Community Partner Profiles

We support community-based organization in the fields of:

  • Immigration and Labor: We work with local schools, nonprofits and NGOs to affect positive and collaborative change in college access, equity, mentoring and leadership development
  • Education and Mentoring: We support community-based organizations in the field of education. We work with local schools, nonprofits and NGOs to affect positive and collaborative change in college access, equity, mentoring and leadership development.
  • Arts and Culture: We support community based-organizations in the fields of art and culture aimed at preservation and celebration. By honoring the histories and activism of communities that have been traditionally marginalized and underrepresented. Students are provided with numerous opportunities for community engagement by way of class based mural projects with non-profit organizations, art curriculum for youth, etc.
  • Health and Environment: Pitzer students work with community-based organizations in the fields of health and environment to deepen understanding of health and environmental disparities in under-served populations. Opportunities for involvement include community gardens, health campaign, legislative actions, and researching/providing accessibility to wellness resource
  • Incarceration, Re-Entry and Recovery: To confront mass incarceration as a defining social problem of the contemporary era, Pitzer College works with regional carceral institutions, local community partners, faculty, staff and students on a variety of projects related to education, public policy advocacy and re-entry services through the Inside-Out Prison Exchange program and beyond.

Community Partner Organizations

Claremont After School Programs (CLASP)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Jan Creasey

In five neighborhood programs, CLASP provides safe, fun, friendly, and supportive settings for academically at-risk children from all of Claremont’s public elementary schools, so that they may gain the academic guidance and personal mentoring they need to be successful in school and in life. The programs offer homework help, recreation, enrichment activities, and healthy snacks for two hours per day, three days a week. Transportation is also provided at four of our centers.

CLASP is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization that collaborates with the City of Claremont and Claremont Unified School District, as well as local businesses, nonprofits, and regional foundations. Individual donations are a major portion of CLASP’S budget.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access, Environment,

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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Kelly Heimdahl

Since 1997, ConductAbility has been providing Conductive Education programs for people from 6 months to young adults. Our Danbury program is integrated into a public school classroom and specializes in the combination of Conductive Education and assistive technology. We also have private programs including our After-School program and our Summer Program. ConductAbility, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation that exists to develop the abilities of people with neuromotor impairments by providing Conductive Education programs in both public special education and private settings, working toward the increased independence and self-esteem of the whole person, physically, cognitively, and socially.

Keywords | Health, Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

CYFC (Children Youth and Family Collaborative)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Maritza Medina and Lydia Templeton

CYFC’s mission is “to establish partnerships with school districts, youth-centered organizations and youth in foster care for the purpose of ensuring that foster youth graduate from high school, postsecondary institutions and transition to rewarding careers, gainful employment and successful lives”. Since the COVID-19 health crisis started, CYFC has been exploring distance learning tools for their tutoring and mentorship program. We happy to announce that CYFC’s tutoring and mentorship programs will be up running during Spring 2021.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

FTP (For the People)
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CEC Staff Contact | Tricia Morgan
Partner Contact | Aleka Jackson

Fore The People (FTP) was founded in 2020 in response to the murder of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Aubrey. FTP is a national organization in the United States whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and institutional racism by building local power. FTP intends to combat acts of violence, inequities in education, provide advocacy for marginalized individuals and groups, and fight racism and discrimination.
We are a collective group of freedom fighters and activists who believe that marginalized people need to be supported and united to obtain our freedom, justice, and equality. We also believe that Black people need fair, safe, and equitable learning spaces in order to thrive and put an end to the school to prison pipeline. We are a movement that advances issues affecting our community to the forefront. The time is now!

Keywords | Racial Justice, Education, Civic Engagement, Community Organizing, Coalition Building

GENTE Organizada
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Jesus Sanchez

Using an asset-based approach to community organizing, Gente Organizada works to partner with communities comprised of historically underrepresented, immigrant populations understand their rights and the power of community action. Instead of focusing narrowly on the deficiencies and plight of immigrant communities, Gente builds upon the deep-rooted, unique cultural strengths that help have helped immigrant communities survive for generations and increase capacities for these communities to not just survive, but to truly thrive. We have three main components of our work: Empowering the youth of Pomona through the Pomona Students Union; Organizing parents through Padres Unidos de Pomona, and; Building coalitions through collaboration with our partners and social action groups to promote a community-led movement for change

Keywords | Arts & Culture, Social Media & Communications, Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

Huerta Del Valle (HDV)
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CEC Staff Contact | Jonathan Chan and Saleck Tikande
Partner Contact | Arthur Levine

We envision one garden every mile in our region. ​We envision a city where all people can eat delicious, nutritious, fresh, local, sustainably produced and just food through farming, healthy food access, nutrition education, sustainable production and distribution, and economic development addressing complex regional health issues. Our mission is to cultivate an organization of community members to grow our own organic crops. Through growing our food we work toward sustainable community empowerment and health: creating meaningful work, building lasting skills and developing strong relationships within the region. “Growing change in the Inland Valley.”

Keywords | Social Media & Communications, Health &Environment

IEIYC (Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Collective)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Angel Fajardo

Founded in 2010, we create a safe space for immigrant youth to express themselves and achieve their full potential, identity that intersects with being undocumented. Through grassroots organizing, our mission is to engage youth to gain equal access to higher education and professional development and to seek justice for the immigrant community by empowering those most impacted by unjust policies. Our approach to these objectives are grounded in: Community building, Youth Development, Creativity and Artistic Expression, Healing and Restorative Justice, and Civic Participation and Political Education.

Keywords | Civic Engagement, Direct Action, Community Organizing

Immigrant Rising
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Estefania Hermosillo

Founded in 2006, Immigrants Rising transforms individuals and fuels broader changes. With resources and support, undocumented young people are able to get an education, pursue careers, and build a brighter future for themselves and their community. We empower undocumented young people to achieve educational and career goals through personal, institutional and policy transformation. We envision an America where all young people can pursue and complete an education with confidence and without constraint.

Keywords | Immigration & Labor, Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

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Pitzer Staff Contact | Jenessa Flores Parker, Jumpstart Site Manager
Location | Atherton Residential Hall 415-417, Pitzer College

Jumpstart is a national non-profit working toward the day every child enters school prepared to succeed. Through Jumpstart, college students work in teams in local preschools serving low-income neighborhoods. Through our focus on school success, family involvement and developing future teachers, Jumpstart works to create a nurturing environment where children can thrive, and advocates for equality in access to high-quality education.
Claremont College students work in teams of 5-6 spending about 8-10 hours in their preschool classroom. These students reach out to families and the greater community, working to create a positive and enriching learning environment for these local children. Find out more about Jumpstart Claremont.

Jumpstart Claremont currently partners with Easter Seals Child Development Center in Upland and Easter Seals Child Development Center in Montclair.

Latino/a Roundtable
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Lina Mira

Welcome to our Roundtable. We are the Latino & Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley. We care about social, political, and economic justice for our community. The Latino/a Roundtable of the San Gabriel Valley and Pomona Valley is an non-profit organization dedicated to promoting education, civic engagement, advancing leadership, and to provide a proactive voice.

Keywords | Arts & Culture, Community Organizing, Civic Engagement

Literacy for All in Monterey Park (LAMP)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Kathy Yep, Faculty

Since 1984, Literacy for All of Monterey Park (LAMP) has been a leader in adult and family literacy programs. They work to improve human lives by providing high-quality, learner-centered literacy services to the San Gabriel Valley at no cost. Trained volunteers in one-to-one, small group, and classroom settings provide tutoring and instruction.

Keywords: Immigration and Labor, Health and Environment

Pomona Economic Opportunity Center (PEOC)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Daniela Alvarenga
Location | P.O. Box 2469, Pomona, CA 91796

The PEOC is a non-profit day labor organization whose mission is to provide an opportunity for day laborers to find safe work at a fair wage, to obtain new trades and skills that improve their employability and quality of life, and to improve overall conditions for all immigrant workers. The PEOC is made up of day laborers, household workers, other low-wage, immigrant workers, community leaders, Pomona residents, students from Claremont Colleges, and supporters of worker and immigrants rights coalition leaders.

Fernando Pedraza Community Coalition
The FPCC continues the mission of the jornalero activist Fernando Pedraza who was tragically killed when hit by a car while at the corner on May 5, 2007. He was a leader of the corner who wanted what was best for the workers of Arrow and Grove – to cultivate a more positive perception of jornaleros and ask the City of Rancho Cucamonga for a safe environment to find work.

FPCC’s primary goals include increasing the financial security, safety, health, civic participation and human rights of day laborers in the Pomona Valley region, along with addressing and working to change the systemic obstacles that stand in the way of achieving those goals.

Corner of Arrow and Grove, Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Keywords | Immigration & Labor, Civic Engagement, Community Organizing

Pomona Public Library
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Roberta Perlman and/or

Pomona Public Library Homework Club is a partnership between the Pomona Public Library Foundation and the Pomona Unified School District. The Homework Club works closely with partners with local University students to ensure that students and their parents can find the best free drop in tutoring program in the local community.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

Pomona Unified School District
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Contact a CEC Staff member to be directed to the most relevant contact.

The Pomona Unified School District, in partnership with parents and community, provides a well-rounded, challenging, and quality educational program that develops character and integrity. Students are equipped and empowered through academic opportunities, career and technical experiences, and whole-student supports needed for college and career success. A service culture of operational excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement empowers all to flourish with trust and pride.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

Promise Scholars
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Leslie Sorensen

The Ontario-Montclair Schools Foundation is the convening nonprofit coordinating Promise Scholars. The Foundation’s mission is to help children achieve their college and career dreams. We accomplish this through the Promise Scholars program which works to ensure all students in the community have access to an education after high school. We believe education = opportunity, equity, empowerment, economic vitality and a healthy community. We believe that everyone who wants to go to college can go to college. We help all students and parents with awareness, information, and navigational support on the path to a college degree or certificate.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access

Prototypes Womens Center Pomona 
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Garret Staley
Location | 831 E Arrow Highway, Pomona CA 91767
Faculty Liaison | Laura Harris – Professor of English and World Literature

Prototypes’ mission is to rebuild the lives of women, children and communities impacted by substance abuse, mental illness and domestic violence. We promote self-sufficiency while ensuring safety and shelter for those in need. We set the standard for comprehensive, integrated, evidence-based services. Our team of top professionals and dedicated staff provide residential and outpatient addiction treatment, detoxification, mental health services, prevention and education, vocational training and parenting support for men, women and children. 

Keywords | Recovery, Rehabilitation, Addiction, Substance Abuse, Women, Children, Incarceration

Uncommon Good
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Carolina Vallejo

The mission of Uncommon Good is to break the intergenerational cycle of poverty and to work for the restoration of our planet. These two goals are intertwined, since the alleviation of poverty depends upon having a healthy earth with enough resources to support everyone. We accomplish these goals by helping underprivileged children succeed in school and go to college, by supporting young doctors who are bringing health and wellness into underserved communities, and through a variety of environmental initiatives.

Keywords | Health, Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access, Environment, Sustainability

YMAN (Youth Mentoring Action Network)
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Partner Contact | Cade Maldonado

The Youth Mentoring Action Network was founded in 2007 with the mission of leveraging the power of mentoring to create a more equitable and just society for young people. Founded by two veteran educators who understood the importance of making solid connections with young people, they recognized that young people were at their best when their voices were heard and they felt fully supported. With those foundational elements in place, the youth they mentored thrived: graduating from high school on time, going off to college, and staying in college once they got there. 100% of our young people have graduated from high school on time with 99% continuing to college. 100% of those who go to college stay in college until graduation. Since 2007, YMAN has been fostering connections with young people in order to help them thrive through in high school, college and community.

Keywords | Tutoring, Mentorship and College Access, Community Organizing

PITZER/5C Student Led Organizations

Claremont Market Shares
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CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood

Claremont Agricultural supported is a club that supports locol farmers and promotes health equity by providing locally grown fresh food to the campus community.


CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Club Contact | Stephanie Camey

TFAC (Tutors For A Cause)

CEC Staff Contact | Ari Wood
Club Contact | Aaron Scher

TFAC is a students lead club that provides tutoring and mentorship to the children of Pitzer staff and faculty members. During the fall 2020 19 Pitzer students were involved through TFAC and provided more than 400 hours of tutoring and mentorship programming to 15 elementary and middle school students.