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Project SHINE

If you are interested in participating in Project SHINE in the Fall 2024, please contact

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?

  • 20-hour commitment over semester (minimum to earn a certificate)
  • A desire to help others
  • A basic grasp of the English language
  • No prior experience necessary
  • No second language skills necessary

When does the service take place?

  • Each Fall and Spring semester

Where are classes held

  • North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) locations and via Zoom

What are the benefits of participation?

  • Receiving a certificate (upon successful completion of 20 hours of service)
  • Meeting new people and learning about various cultures
  • Developing new skills
  • Making a difference in the community

How do I get involved?

  • Email or call Katie Herbst, Community-Engaged Learning Specialist, for details and to be put on the interest list at (657) 278-7151 or