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CI Corps is a community service initiative and collaboration between the Center for Community Engagement (CCE), the Federal Work Study program and CCE community partners. The program provides employment opportunities to student leaders at area non-profits, schools or the CCE to meet community needs in education, literacy, mentoring and volunteer recruitment.

CI Corps members:

  • serve 10-20 hours per week for 2- 4 years
  • begin their service by learning about the partner's strengths and needs, then gradually increase their responsibility by taking on leadership of programs, volunteer recruitment and training, and other efforts that increase the capacity of the community partner
  • align their service with their academic and career goals so that they graduate with the skills, knowledge and experience needed for graduate school or a career in their area of interest

The primary goals of the CI Corps programs are to:

  • build and support a network of community-committed students from CI in their academic, civic, and professional development while increasing their community involvement in meaningful ways
  • foster connections between the University, its students, and the community
  • provide pathways for CI students entering graduate school or the workforce

To advance these goals, the CCE provides biweekly seminars focusing on topics such as: civic and interpersonal development, graduate school, undergraduate research, and professionalism and public-speaking, as well as networking opportunities.

Meet Our 2017-18 Corps Members

  • Bianca

    Bianca Ayon

    Bianca Ayon is a senior and is a first generation student. Bianca chose CI because she wanted to grow as part of a developing community. She is majoring in Early Childhood Studies and plans to graduate in 2018. After graduation, she would like to work with children with disabilities and help them become independent and active members of their community. Bianca serves as an America Reads Tutor at the Camarillo Library assisting in literacy programs and events offered in the children’s area. What attracted her to the position was the hands-on experience working with children. Her service is directly related to her academics because she sees children from different socioeconomic backgrounds with specific needs. She believes the community has given her many opportunities and it is important to her that she give back.

  • Christian

    Christian Berumen

    Christian Berumen is a junior studying psychology. He chose CI because of the great environment and small campus. He is the first in his family to go to college and after he graduates, he intends to continue on to a graduate program. His role with the CI Corps members is at El Centrito Family Learning Centers serving as an America Reads Tutor. He feels he can educate others about important social issues by providing examples and discussing the impact of service programs like CI Corps. He believes it is important to be involved in the community because it allows people to become more open minded and aware of what is out in the world. This encourages people to realize that there is always help needed.

  • Karen Castañeda

    Karen Castañeda

    Karen Castañeda is a senior and the first in her family to attend a four-year university. She is majoring in Psychology and Communication, with a planned graduation date of May 2018. After graduation, she plans to possibly move to Europe and continue her studies in Spain. She would also like to start a hybrid organization that contains a nonprofit and business branch to help those with disabilities. Karen serves as an America Reads Tutor at the Camarillo Library where she supports literacy in children, which she believes is absolutely foundational. The most satisfying parts of her service are seeing the improvements students make over time, or receiving a smile that lets you know they’ve finally understood a concept. In past CI Corps positions, Karen has worked with underprivileged children. Karen’s CI Corps colleague, Bianca, has made a positive impression on Karen. She values Bianca’s work ethic, relationships with her coworker, and her knowledge of the library. Karen hopes to be equally as knowledgeable one day and grow close relationships just as she has. Karen believes it is important to let every single person know that they have her full support, regardless of their gender, ethnicity, or race.

  • Jocelyn

    Jocelyn Cumplido

    Jocelyn Cumplido is a freshman and the first in her family to go to college. She chose CI because the class sizes are small and she would be able to get to know her professors. Her major is Sociology and she plans to graduate in Spring 2021. After graduation, Jocelyn wants to receive her Master’s degree in social work. She is an Academic Homework Support person at Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. Jocelyn was interested in this position because of her past experience working with young kids, which she greatly enjoyed. Her service is related to her academics because in social work, you work with children and parents from all backgrounds. At the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo, she is able to do exactly that, which allows her to get feel for how it is working with both. In the 7th grade, Jocelyn began a program called Gear Up from CSU Fullerton that helped low income families reach higher education. This program followed Jocelyn through high school graduation and along the way, she met her mentor, Cindy Ponce. Jocelyn looks up to her because, like her, Cindy was a first generation student and now she has her Bachelors and Master’s degrees and is also a counselor to students at Kennedy High School.

  • Edrian

    Edrian Ferrer

    Edrian Ferrer is a senior and chose CI because the atmosphere and people surrounding him contribute positively to his growth and success. He is a Business major and plans to graduate in Fall 2018. After graduation, Edrian plans to find a campus position to support his career growth. As the Community Engagement Ambassador for the Center for Community Engagement, Edrian hopes to build on his skills as well as network and meet new colleagues. In his current role at CI, Edrian facilitates service events and promotes volunteer opportunities for students. As a business major, his studies connect directly to his position. He uses marketing and communication strategies to build relationships with the campus and strives to raise awareness about social issues by reaching out to people and encouraging them to make a difference through volunteering.

  • edith

    Edith Flores

    Edith Flores is a sophomore and chose CI because it has a strong nursing program. Edith’s majors are Sociology and Spanish. When she graduates in May 2020, she plans to become a translator or social worker. Edith serves at El Centrito Family Learning Centers providing homework support by creating and facilitating Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) activities. Edith was interested in this position because she enjoys working with children as well as supporting the community. She believes it is important to be involved because it makes us more aware of the environment around us.

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Hernandez

    Elizabeth Hernandez is the first in her family to go to a four-year university and chose CI after attending an AVID trip with her high school. Elizabeth is majoring in Biology and anticipates graduating in May 2019. After she graduates, she is planning to attend Western University Health of Science in Pomona where she will obtain a degree in pediatric optometry. Elizabeth currently serves as the Peace Corps Ambassador promoting the Peace Corps program on the CI campus. This position allows her to be involved on campus and do something with a purpose, while also gaining information about the Peace Corps program.

  • Nathalie

    Nathalie Huerta

    Nathalie Huerta is a senior and chose CI because of the small campus and accessibility of professors. She is majoring in Liberal Studies and Mathematics with plans to graduate May 2019. After she graduates, she plans to enroll in a credential program or apply for the Peace Corps. She would like to travel and explore different cultures and gain a new perspective. Ultimately, Nathalie would like to be a university professor. Nathalie currently serves as an America Reads Tutor at the University Preparation Charter School where she provides homework and reading support to children. The most satisfying part of Nathalie’s service is interacting with children, as well as getting tips from teachers on how to succeed when she has her own classroom. The most challenging part is working with children that are behind in their reading skills. Nathalie wants to become a teacher, preferably teaching 6th grade math and through her service experience, she has been able to see many different teaching styles. One teacher in particular, Mrs. Kent, has made a great impression. Nathalie admires how she helps students succeed by creating hands-on activities, rather than handing out worksheets. These are invaluable experiences for Nathalie as she begins to plan her future as an educator.
  • Octavio

    Octavio Leon

    Octavio Leon is a junior and the first in his family to go to college. He chose CI because of the small campus feel, the proximity to home, and because of the great computer science program. Octavio is majoring in Computer Science and is also pursuing a minor in Mathematics. He plans to graduate May 2019 and after graduating would like to pursue a career in Cyber Security. His dream job would be at Netflix. He serves as an Academic Homework Support person at El Centrito Family Learning Centers. He assists young kids between the ages of 6 and 10 with math related problems as well as engaging them in STEAM related activities. One of his goals is to engage the kids in code related activities. His service is closed related to his academic interests, due to the fact that his position is very computer and math oriented. Programming is an art and challenges you to think in a new way. He is excited to get the kids thinking differently!

  • Gerardo

    Gerardo Ortega

    Gerardo Ortega is a junior majoring in psychology. He was the first in his family to go to college and he chose CI because of a small school setting that could help him grow. He plans to graduate at the end of the Fall 2018 semester, then attend graduate school to further his goals of working with children and adolescents. Gerardo serves as an Academic Homework Support person at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. He was attracted to this position because of the similarities of previous jobs he’s held. He feels as though he can bring his past experiences to this site and contribute to his new environment. As a psychology major, his position goes hand in hand with his academics because he ultimately wants to help people. Erika, a recent friend, is somebody who he feels fortunate to have met. They are officers in the M.E.C.H.A. club and as they’ve grew closer, she has inspired Gerardo to challenge himself with new ideas and tackle new concepts.

  • leslie

    Leslie Sanchez

    Leslie Sanchez is a sophomore studying psychology with plans to graduate in May 2020. She chose CI because of the small campus size, proximity to the beach and the student to professor ratio. After Leslie graduates, she will attend law school. Leslie serves as an Academic Homework Support person at the Boys and Girls Club of Camarillo. She believes it is important to be involved in the community because it shows kids that giving back the little that you can does make a difference. Leslie thinks working with children is exciting because they are so curious, funny, and cute!