San Luis Obispo County-wide High School
Community Service and Internship Program (CSIP)

Citizens Congress Education Foundation (CCEF) is working with community partners, local educators and school boards to establish a uniform Community Service and Internship Program (CSIP) for students of San Luis Obispo City and County high schools.

Community Service offers high school students compelling experiential service-learning that exposes them to real-life experience and community engagement that will prepare them for their future. The benefits are phenomenal not only for the student but their parents and the community – as students take a positive step from being a dependent minor to an independent and contributing adult within their community and beyond. By widening the lens of familiar silos, involvement and exposure through experiential community service-learning may inspire and influence their future career and higher-education choices. CCEF strongly believes that serving a community through service-learning is an immeasurable and valuable asset for young adults as they contribute, become involved, engaged, and empowered with pride and skills for a lifetime.

Our goal is that when the CSIP is fully implemented, each year thousands of high school students will be engaged in thousands of hours of life-building experiences that will enrich their lives while benefiting their community!

CCEF is committed to codifying the program county-wide to make it accessible and efficient for all students, high schools, and community partners -- as a fundamentally essential part of our high school culture of learning.

CCEF aims to standardize the requirements while each district can individualize their programs. This will allow for non-profit community partners and schools to tailor programs and structure volunteer opportunities into uniquely productive experiences.

We have received universal interest and support for this program after talking with principals and educators throughout San Luis Obispo. The Lucia Mar District has implemented a mandatory 40-hour program, yet most schools have a few voluntary programs. We hope to work together with Career Technical Education (CTE) counselors and their innovative programs such as the "Just One" job fair being developed by San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD) to enable young adults to find their niche. Our shared vision is to establish and facilitate a non-profit fair day at the high schools in each district. The non-profit fair will expose students to community service and internship opportunities available from as many of the 1000(+) San Luis Obispo County non-profit organizations that are able to participate. This opportunity will expose students directly so they can better understand the needs of our community and choose for themselves. As an example, in 2016, Santa Barbara High School (SBHS) students were given the option of being involved with approximately 500 different non-profit organizations. They made their choices and SBHS class of 2016 averaged 186 hours of community service - three times their requirement!

Our shared vision is to establish and facilitate a non-profit fair day at the high schools in each district that will expose students to community service-learning and internship opportunities available from as many of the 1000(+) San Luis Obispo County non-profit organizations that are able to participate. This opportunity will expose students directly so they can better understand the needs of our community and choose for themselves. As an example, in 2016, Santa Barbara High School (SBHS) students were given the option of being involved with approximately 500 different non-profit organizations. They made their choices and the SBHS class of 2016 averaged 186 hours of community service - three times their requirement!

We look forward to working with our community partners, students, and high schools across San Luis Obispo County. We are excited to establish the connections to create opportunities for our young adults to become inspired, empowered and engaged!

How can you help?

CCEF hopes to raise $25,000 in funding to establish and facilitate non-profit fairs, provide outreach initiatives, and promote CSIP throughout San Luis Obispo City and County. Please help by making your tax-deductible donation today!