April 5, 2024


Christina Cano,, (279) 224-2907

California Volunteers and Mayor Gloria Announce San Diego Area Recruitment for Nation’s Largest Service Force  

California Volunteers, Office of the Governor is now recruiting hundreds of paid California Service Corps Members in the San Diego area to help their community while tackling the state’s most pressing issues, gaining economic opportunities and
shaping the future of the region’s workforce.

San Diego, Calif. – Today, California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, and Assemblymember David Alvarez announced the recruitment of hundreds of service members in the San Diego area for the California Service Corps. This program offers a unique opportunity for individuals to gain meaningful work experience while making a positive impact in their communities and earning a paycheck. 

“As Californians, the spirit of service and giving back is in our DNA – it’s why we have the largest service corps in the nation, bigger than the Peace Corps and a model for other states,” said Governor Gavin Newsom. “In the coming year, 10,000 service corps members will devote nearly five million hours to our communities as we work to build a California for all.”  

Over the coming year, California Service Corps programs will be over 10,000 strong and members will serve nearly five million hours. Service members help communities by taking climate action, tutoring and mentoring students to help them succeed, supporting communities impacted by disasters, working to end hunger and connecting vulnerable people to vital resources and services.   

“These are California’s future leaders, and we need their passion, energy and enthusiasm to address our greatest challenges,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. “These programs pave pathways for prosperity, propel progress on our most pressing issues, and promote unity to help unravel the crisis of social isolation and division.” 

California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, Mayor Todd Gloria, Assemblymember David Alvarez and members of the California Service Corps join forces to support recruitment efforts for the California Service Corps in San Diego.

California Service Corps is administered by California Volunteers, Office of the Governor and consists of four paid service programs: #CaliforniansForAll College Corps, California Climate Action Corps, #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps and AmeriCorps California. Combined, it is a force larger than the Peace Corps and will be mobilized at a time when California is addressing the climate crisis, post-pandemic academic recovery and shaping the future of the state’s workforce.

#CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps alumna Dallas Purvis shares her experience of how the California Service Corps has positively impacted her life and enabled her to make meaningful contributions to her community in San Diego.

“In partnership with Governor Newsom and California Volunteers, the City of San Diego has provided paid internship opportunities to more than 800 young people through California Service Corps programs, giving them valuable public service experience and creating pathways to full-time employment while also earning a wage,” said Mayor Todd Gloria. “We’re honored to be chosen as a key recruiting ground, and I’m grateful to the state for investing in our communities and providing thousands of service opportunities to help bring about positive change across California.”   

California Service Corps members gain skills and experience while connecting with others and making a positive difference. Service experiences also foster a positive sense of connection and belonging, an answer to the loneliness crisis – as defined by the U.S. Surgeon General.   

“The California Service Corps programs help our future leaders embark on a journey of service and community impact,” said Assemblymember David Alvarez. “These initiatives play a pivotal role in empowering individuals to make a positive impact in their communities while gaining valuable skills and experience. I encourage those committed to public service to join this dedicated workforce.” 

“The California Service Corps offers people of all ages the opportunity to serve their communities and learn new skills. This recruitment event highlights the incredible programs such as #CaliforniansForAll College Corps and #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps that San Diegans can explore. California Service Corps changes lives and opens doors, it is an incredible resource for our region and our state,” said Senator Toni G. Atkins.  

“Our youth are making a difference. The California Service Corps is empowering our future leaders to make their mark through mentoring students, taking climate action and getting people connected to the services they need. I am excited to see the next generation rise to the challenge,” said Assemblymember Tasha Boerner.  

“I am thrilled that the California Service Corps is recruiting in San Diego County for four different paid service programs,” said Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber.“Public service is a significant pillar in the foundation of strong communities and a strong state. I encourage San Diego residents to find their fit in these programs and sign up to serve today!” 

“Giving back to your community is one of the most fulfilling experiences you can have in life,” said Assemblymember Chris Ward. “I encourage all San Diegans who are interested in public service to apply for a service member position with the California Service Corps and make California a better place for us all.” 

Those interested in finding a paid service opportunity can learn more and apply at    

INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND ENGLISH: California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday. Contact California Volunteers: Christina Cano,, (279) 224-2907 



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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.