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Educorps students group photo with Educorps logo - UC San Diego

The EducationCorps Program encourages UC San Diego students to get involved in their community by sharing their time and skills with youth.

Our mission is to improve education equity in San Diego by supporting learning, promoting a college going culture, and improving attitudes towards school at underserved K-12 schools in our local community.

We strive to create a community in which all children have access to the resources that they need to succeed. We believe that a strong tutor or mentor can help a child to recognize their potential, reach their goals, and break the cycle of poverty.

Why Join EducationCorps?

By joining EducationCorps you will...

  • CCR Approved LogoFight poverty and make a lasting difference in your community
  • Connect with fellow UC San Diego students, staff members, local educators, and K-12 students in the community
  • Build your resume and develop professional skills through monthly workshops
  • Have the opportunity to grow with the program and earn leadership positions
  • Earn community service hours for your Co-Curricular Record and receive a personalized letter of recommendation upon request


Carla Espinoza, UC San DiegoCarla Espinoza

Major: Biochemistry and Cell Biology

"I love going to my school site each week, seeing my students smile as I enter the classroom, and being there as they grow and learn and improve on their academic skills. I hope to inspire them to pursue a higher education and help them realize that they can accomplish anything with hard work and determination."

Lily Nguyen, UC San DiegoLily Nguyen

Major: Political Science, Philosophy, Public Policy

"It is rewarding for me to see students grow in their studies and in their lives through our tutoring and mentorship. Giving students the extra attention is important because everyone learns at a different pace. And by giving teachers an extra hand, students are not just caught up to the material but become more open to the idea that they can learn new things and are willing to try with the opportunity and the right mentality. I am also optimistic everyday for the future of education as I work alongside so many patient and dedicated volunteer

Our partner schools

  • Mission Bay High School: At Mission Bay High, over half of all students are first generation, low income, and underrepresented, with about 75% minority students on campus. Mission Bay High has a very strong focus on creating a college going culture and encouraging each student to look into their options after high school. They have created an after school program for all students to receive help with homework, college apps, etc.
  • John Muir School: John Muir School is a K-8 school where over half of all students are first generation, low income, and underrepresented. John Muir has a unique Language Immersion Program, which exposes all students to another language starting in Kindergarten. Students have the choice to focus on French or Spanish. John Muir strives to empower students who are global citizens and lifelong learners.
  • Ross Elementary: At Ross Elementary School, students and teachers from diverse backgrounds come together to create a safe and respectful classroom environment. Students are encouraged to stand up for what is right and to take on leadership roles at a young age through their Leader in Me Program. In addition to this, Ross has partnered with local businesses and organizations to strengthen their ties within the community.
  • Spreckles Elementary: EducationCorps tutors assist in Spreckles’ After-school Math Academy by helping students understand tough concepts and develop a love of math. At Spreckles, all students attend music class weekly, and students have the option to take language immersion classes.

Placement checklist

Each of the following forms must be completed in full AND all supplemental materials must be received before you can start your service.

We have provided a detailed packet of what your application should look like when submitted and we will review the documents at the tutor orientation.

  1. EducationCorps Application Form
  2. Education Corps Liability Waiver and Volunteer Participant Drug and Alcohol Use (PDF)
  3. SDUSD Volunteer Application, Background Check, and Code of Conduct (PDF)
  4. Provide scanned results of Tuberculin skin test
  5. A scanned copy of a government-issued ID
  6. CANRA Training (PDF)
    • If accepted in EducationCorps, we will provide you with access information for the online training. Upon completion of your CANRA training, email a copy of your certification to the program coordinator at
  7. Register with Dispatchur and CST
    • Visit the Community Service Transportation page to complete the online orientation and mandatory rider waiver.
    • You will receive email confirmation of your registration and you may begin to request van rides to your school site. You must request to be on a van route 24 hours in advance.

CSI: Community Service

Phone: (858) 534-0501
Fax: (858) 534-4482

Contact Community Service staff members

Location: Price Center East, level 3 (map)
Mailing Address: 9500 Gilman Drive #0078
La Jolla, CA 92093-0078