Message from the Director

Julie McClureI am inspired by the desire I see in young people to make a difference in the world. CalSERVES was created to connect this passion for service with the real challenges facing children and families. Our programs expose participants to the greater needs of the community, and provide tangible ways to make a difference.

CalSERVES works in partnership with schools and non-profits to build high-quality programs. A cornerstone of this effort is our wonderful team of AmeriCorps members and volunteers who dedicate themselves to this work. Through our programs, people have an opportunity to serve in a variety of ways. They can teach students to read, promote physical activity & good nutrition, ignite a love of learning, and build volunteer programs.

We believe that all children deserve to thrive academically, physically and emotionally. To achieve this, our programs focus on providing access to resources families need, particularly through after school programs that include health & wellness education, science, technology, engineering and math, and literacy tutoring. CalSERVES also supports a thriving network of non-profit volunteer programs that offer family services in many areas, from food banks to transitional housing and career & college readiness mentoring to high need and first generation students.

The staff at CalSERVES, many of whom are former program participants themselves, are focused on the vision to support the potential, encourage the passions and cultivate the power of all of those involved in the program.

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Julie McClure, CalSERVES Founder & Director