The University Eastside Community Collaborative (UECC), the premier mentoring and tutoring program on the University of California, Riverside campus, has received a three-year federal grant of $816,000 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.
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.
“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.
UECC is an outstanding example of Seizing Our Destiny’s unified city pillar- people coming together for common goals and interests for the betterment of all.
For more information on UECC, go to: http://www.uecc.ucr.edu/