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Hi friends,
 
Recently, I sat down with Josh Fryday, our state’s first ever Chief Service Officer, to discuss the importance and power of service and what it means to our state and our country. We talked about four volunteer programs that are available that give people an opportunity to make a real difference in our community.
 
Watch the full conversation here:

Senator Josh Becker Discusses Volunteer Corps

 
These unique programs not only help communities but they empower volunteers in several unique ways and provide financial assistance, training and career pathways.
 
  • California College Corps – This is a new program that will help create debt-free pathways to college while engaging college students in solving problems and partnering with community-based organizations on three priority areas: K-12 education, climate action and food insecurity. California College Corps is a national model, and New York and Minnesota have already begun adopting programs based on it.
  • California Climate Action Corps – Climate change is a crisis, and each of us has a role to play. Climate Action Corps is a first in the nation program where Fellows work to advance climate actions, engage communities, cultivate change, and leave a lasting impact in areas that need support. Fellows receive $33,000 for one year of service with a $10,000 scholarship to pay down college debt or pay tuition.
  • AmeriCorps California – Individuals 18 and up can access up to $10,000 in education awards and make an impact on environmental stewardship, education, healthy futures, resource access, disaster services, and food security. Participants receive a stipend for their service and a scholarship of up to $10,000 to pay down college debt or tuition.
  • California Youth Jobs Corps – Individuals between the ages of 16-30 who met certain eligibility requirements can help tackle critical issues in priority areas: COVID-19 recovery, food insecurity, and climate action. Not only do these participants gain a pathway into a career but they also gain an understanding that they are valued and can make an impactful difference.
 
Deadlines to apply are quickly approaching. You can find more information for each program at https://www.californiavolunteers.ca.gov.
 
Sincerely,
 
Senator Becker