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“Numerous health organizations in San Diego County have seen dramatic increases in patients because of financial hardships brought on by the downturn in the economy. Our students are very excited about using their talents and aspirations to lead Health Corps as part of California Campus Compact’s Student Leadership Initiative. Health Corps is a vital effort that will provide the underserved in our community the health services they so desperately need.”

Ryan Crawford
Community Service Coordinator
University of California, San Diego

Social Innovation Generation: Student Leadership Initiative (SIG:SLI) is part of California Campus Compact’s three-year initiative that is catalyzing and mobilizing colleges and universities to aid in the state’s recovery and renewal. SIG:SLI encourages and supports change-making student-led service and service-learning projects that will not only aid those hardest hit by California’s economic crisis, but also help California emerge from the crisis with a more innovative, green and sustainable economic future.

Recipients of subgrants for September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2011 are:

California State University, Monterey Bay. Fifteen miles from California State University, Monterey Bay’s Seaside, California, campus is the 59,000-person Latino immigrant community of East Salinas, known as Alisal. With a major freeway separating Alisal from the rest of Salinas, residents grapple with physical, social and economic isolation and marginalization, high unemployment rates and gang violence. Partnering with an array of local agencies, including the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), the Monterey County Office of Education (MCOE) AmeriCorps Literacy Program and the Alisal Unified School District, student leaders from California State University, Monterey Bay, are creating the Alisal Peace Garden Project.

The Alisal Peace Garden Project is addressing the social and educational needs of Alisal’s school-aged youth and supporting community violence prevention efforts, and the creation of a stronger, peaceful, more vibrant future for Alisal’s youth and their families. Student leaders are collaborating with K-12 schools to: (1) build safe, life-affirming educational and community spaces for youth and their families; (2) provide youth with garden immersion experiences that create and sustain community; (3) encourage and inspire youth to become engaged citizens; and (4) provide road maps for youth to commit to a college education and envision academic and career paths focused on social and ecological responsibility.

University of California, San Diego. Student leaders at the University of California, San Diego, long known as a leading training institution for healthcare professionals, are mobilizing their fellow students along with faculty, staff and community organizations to create Health Corps. Health Corps is aiding the more than 20 percent of San Diego County residents who have no health insurance and limited access to health care. Health Corps is partnering with local community medical clinics and nonprofit agencies to provide healthcare services, including language translation, one-on-one assistance and medical literacy support, to those in need. It is anticipated that thousands of additional patients will be served yearly because of the support that will be provided by Health Corps.

For more information, please contact Piper McGinley.

Learn and Serve logoCalifornia Campus Compact gratefully acknowledges the Corporation for National and Community Service, Learn and Serve America Higher Education for its significant support in making the Social Innovation Generation grant initiative possible.