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Undergraduate Service Learning Programs

Are you a UC San Diego student seeking to leverage your own skills in local schools and youth-serving programs? CREATE supports a number of outreach projects linking UC San Diego undergraduates to local students. 

Thurgood Marshall College/CREATE School Partnership Program

We partner with Thurgood Marshall College (TMC) in the TMC/CREATE School Partnership Program, which seeks students to serve in classroom and non-classroom positions at partner school sites as volunteers or for credit. The program sends students to the Preuss School on the UC San Diego campus and to Gompers Preparatory Academy in Southeast San Diego. Volunteers support educators using innovative and effective methods of shaping positive outcomes for low-income, first-generation college-bound youth. Available positions include school counseling, Dean's office, special education, student services, registrar, teaching assistant, and more. As part of a well-connected community invested in education, participants will gain professional contacts and work experience that provide an excellent gateway into future job opportunities and graduate programs. Volunteers make a one-quarter commitment with opportunities offered fall, winter, and spring quarters. Contact (, for more information.


Math Tutor Corps at Eleanor Roosevelt College

The Math Tutor Corps at Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC) brings together several UC San Diego organizations in order to support math students at Lincoln High School in southeast San Diego. ERC students take a 2-unit course (ERC 89) and learn how to tutor mathematics from some of the county’s best high school math teachers (recipients of the prestigious Math for America San Diego Master Teaching Fellowship). While they are taking the course, the students serve as tutors for Lincoln High School students in math classes for at least four hours each week. Students work primarily in algebra and intermediate algebra classes at Lincoln, courses where the greatest need exists. The UC San Diego students acquire real-world skills as math tutors while making an important contribution to a UC San Diego partnership school. Contact ERC/CREATE Math Tutor Corps Program Coordinator ( for enrollment information.

College Academic Mentoring Program

The College Academic Mentoring Program (CAMP) is a collaboration between CREATE's Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP), Muir College and UC San Diego's Department of Education Studies. The four-unit course readies UC San Diego students for onsite academic advising and mentoring to students at Castle Park, Clairemont, and San Diego High Schools, Gompers Preparatory Academy, and King Chavez Academy. Particpants will gain real-world experience working with a diverse student population, including first-generation college applicants historically underrepresented in higher education. CAMP students meet once a week to learn the theoretical framework of academic outreach, mentoring procedures and academic advising techniques and six to eight hours per week onsite at a partnership high school. Contact Rafael Hernandez, EAOP Director ( for enrollment information.

Other UC San Diego Programs for Student Service

CREATE works to encourage students to join the following student service learning programs!

Partners at Learning

CREATE encourages students to join the Partners at Learning (PAL) Program through UC San Diego's Education Studies Department. PAL offers undergraduates an opportunity to get involved in K-12 schools and earn course credit for that participation. PAL participants are placed at one of over 40 partner schools throughout San Diego, and serve as tutors and mentors to students for one quarter. Advanced PAL courses place students as design researchers helping local educators and students investigate issues of educational importance. Learn about the variety of PAL courses offered throughout the academic year. Contact Emme Domingo, PAL Coordinator (, for enrollment information.

La Clase Mágica

La Clase Mágica is a six-unit course designed to provide students with an intense experience combining theory and practice in the study of child development. As part of our philosophy, our approach to learning is practice-based. Connecting undergraduate students with children in neighboring communities allows them to put theory into practice and more rapidly gain an understanding of the city where they reside. Students become researchers, chronicling their experiences in ethnographic field notes, data surveys and final papers. They also become more enlightened about low income communities, digital identity and voice, and sharing cross-cultural experiences. Contact Daniela Padilla, LCM Program Director (, for enrollment in the course or other volunteer and internship opportunities. The course is offered every quarter. 


EducationCorps at UC San Diego recruits and trains UC San Diego students to serve as volunteer tutors and mentors to K-12 students in underserved and underrepresented San Diego communities. The program maintains partnerships with local schools and community-based organizations. It seeks to promote a college-going culture, better attitudes toward school, and an increase in academic performance. EducationCorps members gain experience in serving with youth, learning about diverse cultures, and exploring educational issues facing San Diego communities. For tutoring, mentoring, and leadership opportunities, please contact Natnael Petros at