The Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action

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CASA's Youth Engagement Initiative originally began as a cooperative effort between several colleges in the San Diego area, designed with the overarching goal of encouraging students to attend college. The program still maintains that goal, but with a deeper effort into increasing literacy and critical thinking skills of local K-12 students through in-school and after school programming. Today, the Youth Engagement Initiative sends USD work-study students, along with volunteer tutors, to the following sites:

Youth to College pictureYouth to College

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CASA's Youth Engagement Initiative is guided by five strategic goals:

  • Instill the desire to learn and become civically engaged in K-12 students
  • Provide K-12 students with the mentorship and strategies needed to successful inside and outside of school
  • Recruit college students and others to tutor and build relationships with the local community and be changed from immersing themselves in another culture and community
  • Expose college students to larger social issues and inspire them to become civically engaged change-makers
  • Inspire children to attend college

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Youth Engagement Initiative Vision

USD Intra–Campus Partners

  • Center for Character Development
  • Changemaker Hub
  • Ethnic Studies program
  • School of Leadership and Educational Sciences
  • Student Employment
  • MA in School Counseling