Community Scholars

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The Community Scholars program started in 1999, in a partnership between SCPD and Jordan High School, when faculty members at Jordan noticed the sophomores in their International Baccalaureate (IB) program leaving the academic accelerated program in large numbers after that year. Faculty realized that Jordan High School students did not have a real understanding of college and all that it entailed, nor were students clear on the benefits of a college education. The vast majority of IB students would be the first in their families to attend college; they lacked the understanding of what a college education could mean for them in terms of opportunities. In a meeting of local educators this topic came up in a discussion and the Community Scholars program was born.

Due to much success with Jordan High School, the Community Scholars program has expanded. In 2016, we welcomed a partnership between SCPD and Poly High School.



The Community Scholars (CS) program is a mentoring program that matches college juniors and seniors from the College of Business Administration at California State University, Long Beach with sophomores at Jordan and Poly High School (inner city, public high schools located in Long Beach). Research indicates that the majority of high school sophomores make the decision about whether or not they'll attend college during this crucial year. The CS program was designed to influence this decision in a positive manner.

Before meeting with the high school students, Scholars (the college students serving as mentors) complete mentor training based on college student development theories that emphasizes traits such as self-discovery, leadership, and building a sense of community.

In teams of three lead by an instructor, they create workshops focused on college readiness topics. All workshops are presented at Jordan and Poly High School on pre-determined dates, during the spring semester.

The program culminates when the high school students are brought to CSULB campus for a daylong tour. This experience helps motivate them to succeed in high school and pursue a higher education.

Participants in this program also are invited to attend the SCPD Awards Banquet at the end of the academic year.



Enrollment in Community Scholars is limited to students who meet the following requirements:



Accepted participants will be expected to attend ALL training sessions (fall and spring), visits to Jordan and Poly High School for the mentoring sessions, CSULB campus tour, and SCPD's Awards Banquet.

Fall Training Sessions:

  • Training Session #1
    Friday, November 18, 2016
    9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    CBA Building (Room 125)

  • Training Session #2
    Friday, December 9, 2016
    9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    CBA Building (Room 125)

Spring Training Sessions:

  • Training Session #3 - Jordan and Poly High School Campus Tour
    Date: February 3, 2017
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Venue: Jordan High School

    Date: January 27, 2017
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Venue: Poly High School

Spring CS Workshops (Mentoring Sessions):

  • Selected Fridays, February through April - 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    • February 17, 2017
    • March 3, 2017
    • March 17, 2017
    • April 7, 2017
    • May 5, 2017

    Venue: Jordan High School

    • February 10, 2017
    • February 24, 2017
    • March 10, 2017
    • March 24, 2017
    • April 28, 2017

    Venue: Poly High School

  • CSULB Campus Tour
    • Date: May 12, 2017
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SCPD Awards Banquet:

  • Friday, May 5 or 12, 2017
    Time: 6:00 p.m.
    Venue: TBD

The CS program satisfies the community service substitution of the Business Professional Certificate (1 workshop).

Other Eligible Community Service Activities

Our commitment is to assist in the development of responsible professionals engaged in civic participation through volunteer service. With that in mind we offer a list of eligible community service activities, however others may be accepted (with the approval of the Program Coordinator). Approval will be granted for volunteering regular hours (minimum of 20 hours per semester) supporting a non-profit or civic organization. It also will be granted for participating in meaningful projects.

Alternative Spring Break
Silent Auction
Service Learning Center
The Wooden Floor
Rotary Readers
Ronald McDonald House
Centennial Park
Other regular non-profit hours
Other volunteer project

If you are interested in other activities not listed in this page, we invite you to visit the Center for Community Engagement (CCE) and learn more about their opportunities.