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Project SHINE is a national service-learning initiative that began at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, to build partnerships among community colleges, universities and community-based organizations to benefit older immigrants, refugees and college students.

Project SHINE at Cal State Fullerton began in 2001. Project SHINE links college students with immigrants who are learning English as a second language, increasing their participation in the community and/or working toward becoming U.S. citizens. As part of a service-learning course or as volunteers, the college students assist participants in a variety of ways, including teaching English, teaching citizenship, providing them with written histories in their native language, and serving as conversation partners.

What it takes to be a part of Project SHINE

  • 2 hours a week for 10 weeks (20 hours minimum to earn a certificate)
  • A desire to help others
  • A basic grasp of the English language

What you do NOT need

  • No prior experience necessary
  • No second language skills necessary


Email us or call (657) 278-3746

Project SHINE in the News

CSUF students help immigrants improve their English speaking and writingPDF File Opens in new window (OC Register 1/27/15)

Project SHINE CSU Fullerton Receives President's National Volunteer Service AwardOpens in new window

(Inside Cal State Fullerton 01/18/08)