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Grant Funds Collaborative Effort for Eastside Youth

Youth Education Partnership Welcomes AmeriCorps Grant

UCR, the Riverside Unified School District and the City of Riverside are awarded $843,492 grant to be used to fund University Eastside Community Collaborative.

(June 17, 2009)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – Riverside youth will get some extra help with schoolwork as a result of a recent AmeriCorps grant. The $281,164 per year award to the University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC) the next three years will help provide approximately 1,300 Eastside youth with tutoring in language arts and mathematics at area schools, and mentoring at area parks and community centers.

The University Eastside Community Collaborative was established in 1995 by the UCR chancellor, the mayor of Riverside and the superintendent of the Riverside Unified School District. Its mission is to help improve the quality of life in the neighborhood adjacent to the UCR campus, known as the Eastside, and to promote academic achievement for the youth living there. The collaborative partners provide in-kind resources and financial support.

“We will be recruiting 80 college students to provide tutoring and after-school mentoring,” said Josh Maher, UECC project director. “These students will work either 450 hours or 675 hours in a year. They will be awarded scholarships upon completion, $1,250 for 450 hours and $1,800 for 675 hours.”

Maher added that biweekly community service events, such as cleaning up the park, graffiti paint outs and tree planting, are also a part of the program.

“The UECC not only works to improve academic performance but also strengthens the Eastside community through increased volunteerism,” said James Sandoval, vice chancellor, student affairs. “We’re very pleased to be awarded this grant to continue the collaboration of this partnership.”

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