Center for Community Engagement Programs and Initiatives
Student Leadership for Community Engagement (SLCE) is an initiative within the Center for Community Engagement that provides students with opportunities for growth and development as leaders through paid training, focused experiences, and community service, enabling them to be leaders on and off campus and catalysts for positive change within the community. Through our program, we hope to help students understand leadership skills and utilize them effectively for accomplishing goals; encourage them to exercise personal, professional, and social responsibilities in lives, careers, and communities; teach them to communicate, collaborate & work effectively in a diverse society; and help them to assess, motivate, and hold accountable themselves and others. There are two main programs within SLCE: Pioneers for Change and Hayward Promise Neighborhood.
Pioneers for Change (PfC) is made up of a select team of student s who serve as leaders on and off campus through the Freshmen day of Service and service learning internships. Upon acceptance to the program, PfCs engage in paid training activities, advising, and development of a leadership portfolio. PfCs work in support of the Freshmen Day of Service—classroom presentations, program registration, tabling/promotions, and group project leaders. They also have the opportunity to be individually placed in non-profit or school sites throughout the Winter and Spring quarters for service learning internships. As the Center for Community Engagement continues to grow and connect students and faculty with the surrounding community, the PfC team will look for more ways to encourage, motivate, and support community engagement here at CSUEB.
The Hayward Promise Neighborhood (HPN) is a partnership of residents, local schools, colleges, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit organizations led by CSUEB and funded by a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This network of support will prepare and help students attain an excellent education, transition to college or post-secondary training, and enter successful and rewarding careers.
In partnership with the General Education Program, the Center for Community Engagement works each year to coordinate multiple one-day service projects for freshmen as part of their Freshmen Year Experience General Studies Course. The projects run during the first 7-8 weekends in the spring quarter. The Center for Community Engagement works with a variety of non-profits, schools, and community-based organizations to coordinate this effort. Students engage in environmental work and restoration, community gardening, fun runs, charity and fundraising events for local and national organizations, sprucing up senior residences and low income housing, arts and crafts with kids, and many more service experiences!