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January 9, 2024  


Katie Vavao, (916) 584-3620 

California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday Issues Statement on New York’s College Service Program

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Today, California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday issued the following statement on New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s announcement that stated:

“…New York will found an inaugural class of the Empire State Service Corps Program in partnership with the State University of New York. Modeled after the California College Corps, the Empire State Service Program will provide paid work opportunities to college students as a way of serving their community.” 

“We are excited New York took this significant step to invest in service and civic engagement,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. “We look forward to seeing the impact it will have on New Yorkers, the same way College Corps has benefited Californians.” In January 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the creation of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, a partnership with colleges and universities. This first of its kind initiative creates debt-free pathways for students to serve their communities while gaining valuable skills. In the first four years of the program, more than 10,000 California College Corps Fellows will serve their communities, tutoring and mentoring low-income students, distributing meals to those facing food insecurity and taking climate action.  Last year, Minnesota and Iowa announced the creation of the Midwest College Corps  Enrollment for the next academic year #CaliforniansForAll College Corps will kick off in March 2024. To learn more, visit INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH:California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. Contact Katie Vavao,, or call 916-584-3620.  B-Roll Footage: California Volunteers, Office of the Governor: College Corps Fellows taking climate action, doing tutoring and mentoring, and combating food insecurity 


About California Volunteers, Office of the Governor   
Led by California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, California Volunteers, Office of the Governor empowers Californians to take action to improve their communities. California Volunteers is the state office tasked with recruiting young Californians to engage in public service.