1. Alumni of the Month: Candace Bergquist

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    Name: Candace Bergquist AmeriCorps Member: 1998-2000, AmeriCorps VISTA at RL Stevens Elementary Current Positions: I am a Librarian at the Highland City Library, and also Director of Princess Festival – an educational program for children to realize they can be the best they can be. In addition, I am Secretary for Lifting Hearts, a...
  2. Supporting Seniors in CalPREP

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    Fontana High School has its first year of CalPREP SENIORS (the Juniors from the program in 2014-2015) and our goal this school year was to enhance the program by continuing to support those students throughout their Senior year. In the first three months of 12th grade, students are inundated with...
  3. Alumni of the Month: Jeff Davis

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    Name: Jeff Davis AmeriCorps Member: 1999-2000, Project SCHOLARS Tutor at Kawana Elementary Current Position: Executive Director, California AfterSchool Network   Tell me about the California AfterSchool Network and the work you do there. The mission of the California AfterSchool Network (CAN) is to provide practitioners, advocates, and community members with the resources and...
  4. CalPREP is Back!

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    CalPREP is back for a second year! CalPREP Fellows across the state are getting settled into their roles and sites, recruiting volunteer mentors to work with students one-on-one, focusing on college and career readiness. We started off strong with the 20th Anniversary Celebration of AmeriCorps, when CalPREP Fellows and other...
  5. Great Stories from CalPREP

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      In the CalPREP AmeriCorps program, AmeriCorps members create a mentoring program that matches volunteer mentors 1:1 with students to increase the student’s college knowledge and readiness. All of our mentors walk through our college readiness-mentoring curriculum with their students – but that’s not all there is to a mentoring...
  6. Classroom Leader Takes Off with First Grade!

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    Megan Cockrum, CalSERVES Classroom Leader The school year began with a new set of kids and a new program for CalSERVES. Although the past month has been challenging, it was one for which I was ready. Not only was I starting the school year moving from mentoring fifth to first...
  7. Bellevue Principal honors CalSERVES AmeriCorps Program

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    I can’t imagine my school without the CalSERVESAmeriCorps staff here–it would be too quiet, too boring, almost lifeless! The mentors are all over the school, all day long–we call them all mentors because they are role models for all the students in the myriad of positions they fill: as tutors,...
  8. Rewards of being a Tutor

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    It is without a doubt difficult to pick one time that tutoring has been rewarding. Almost everyday with each bit of growth you see in your students you feel a sense of accomplishment for your student and yourself. I think the overall comprehensive change I’ve seen since day one in...
  9. A Passion for COOL Sports

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     COOL Sports has always been one of my favorite aspects of the CalSERVES programs. As a mentor at Sheppard Elementary, I coached every Challenge during the school year. I enjoyed watching my students’ faces light up with joy when they arrived at the Challenge and saw all the other students...