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For Immediate Release
April 13, 2022
Contact: Katie Vavao, (530) 306-0816

Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, Superintendent Tony Thurmond Join Local College & University Officials to Kick Off #CaliforniansForAll College Corps Recruitment in the Inland Region

New service initiative helps low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt 

Riverside, CA – Today, inland Southern California education leaders and California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond joined Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday to encourage students to apply for the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program – a new opportunity for thousands of California college students to serve their communities in critical issue areas such as climate action, education, and food insecurity.  

Students will benefit from two opportunities to strengthen their future at the same time: $10,000 for completing a year of service and gaining valuable experience by serving their community. This groundbreaking program intends to unite young Californians of all backgrounds in service, and specifically creates opportunities for AB 540 eligible Dreamers to serve their communities. 

Applications opened April 1. Students can learn more and apply by visiting:  

“I am excited to join Inland Region leaders to encourage students to apply for the inaugural class of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps. This service and career development program is a win-win-win: helping to create debt-free pathways for students, who will gain valuable work experience, while investing in the long-term success of their community. Thanks to the governor and lawmakers who helped make funding possible, we are building a diverse class of leaders set to transform California for the better,” said California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday.

California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond: 

“Given all the challenges students have faced during the pandemic, now is the right time to link our K-12 students with volunteer mentors and tutors through programs such as this one, as one more way we can support students as they heal and recover. Providing K-12 students with access to caring adult mentors is known to have meaningful positive outcomes including reducing youth violence and improving grades and school attendance.” 

Riverside City College President, Gregory Anderson:

“With a strong commitment to the communities we serve, RCC is honored to be chosen by Governor Newsom to participate as an inaugural College Corps member. Through this program, our students will thrive, gaining economic mobility and strengthening social justice.” 

Riverside Community College District Chancellor, Wolde-Ab Isaac:

“The colleges of the Riverside Community College District are thankful for the opportunity to participate in the first year of the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps. This program provides both the means and the opportunities for college students to deepen their knowledge of the needs of our local communities and strengthen their commitment to work with partner organizations to provide relevant service to our communities.”

Norco College President, Monica Green: 

“Norco College is thrilled to partner with Governor Newsom on this much needed opportunity that allows students to earn money for continuing their education and gain invaluable experience serving their communities.  This is a win-win for Norco College students and our community.” 

Moreno Valley College President, Robin Steinback:

“Moreno Valley College has a long history of service learning, and we are prepared to join Governor Newsom and our colleagues in higher education to support our students as they become the public service-oriented, problem-solving leaders of tomorrow through active engagement in their own communities today.”

University of California, Riverside Assistant Vice-Chancellor, Elizabeth Romero:

“The University of California, Riverside is elated to be among the colleges and universities selected to partner with California Volunteers in implementing College Corps on our campus making community service a core part of our student’s college experience and preparation for future careers.”


Led by California Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, California Volunteers, Office of the Governor empowers Californians to take action to improve their communities. #CaliforniansForAll is a California Volunteers service initiative launched in response to COVID-19 to establish a volunteer corps to support the state’s response to emergencies and disasters.