UC Riverside Mentoring Program Funded for Another Year

AmeriCorps Awards $272,000 grant to University Eastside Community Collaborative

UECC strives to improve the lives of youth in the Eastside of Riverside by providing academic assistance in their schools, providing a safe and welcoming after-school environment, and engaging Eastside residents in service to their community.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC), the premier mentoring and tutoring program on the University of California, Riverside campus, has received a federal grant of $272,000 by AmeriCorps.

“This award proves to me AmeriCorps recognizes the importance of our partnership between the City of Riverside, Riverside Unified School District, and UC Riverside,” said Christine Morgando, the UECC program manager.

The UECC AmeriCorps Mentor program is made up of highly committed college students who are passionate about helping young people.

The UECC AmeriCorps Mentor program is made up of highly committed college students who are passionate about helping young people.

As one of Riverside’s oldest and largest residential neighborhoods, the Eastside community has a rich history, and is filled with stories from the African-American and Mexican families who settled in the area. “Over the years, poverty and crime started haunting the neighborhood,” Morgando said. “Families struggled to make ends meet, often leaving the next generation in need of guidance and educational support.”

Each year, 80 college students become year-long mentors and tutors for students in the eastside of Riverside, nearly all of them are from UCR. They are tutors and role models in eight public schools.

UCR is one of the nation’s most diverse major research universities, and one at which underrepresented minority and low-income students graduate at roughly the same rates as all others. About 60 percent of UCR undergraduates are the first in their families to attend and graduate from college and nearly as many are eligible for federal Pell Grants.

“More of our college students will be helping the community while they complete their higher education here at UCR,” said Christine Morgando, the program manager.

“More of our college students will be helping the community while they complete their higher education here at UCR,” said Christine Morgando, the program manager.

“This grant means more capacity and strengthens UECC’s ability to impact more youth in the Eastside community,” Morgando said. “More of our college students will be helping the community while they complete their higher education here at UCR.”

Morgando said the UECC organization is – a collaboration between the Mayor of the city, the Superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District, and the Chancellor of UCR to improve the academic futures of K-12 youth.

For more information on UECC, go to: http://www.uecc.ucr.edu/

 

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