Our Mission and Goals

The CSU Fresno Community Based Learning Program (CBL) is part of the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, California State University, Fresno.

CBL exists to connect the energy and talent of University students with opportunities to meet educational needs within local schools and communities, especially with youth from backgrounds of poverty or from high-need schools or communities.

The mission of CBL is to assist youth, primarily from underserved communities, to thrive personally and academically, as they move from early childhood through elementary, middle, and high school, and to emerge prepared for meaningful and productive post-secondary involvement. A primary objective is to involve CSU Fresno undergraduates, in interactive cultural, educational and work experiences, which are problem-based and incorporate experiential learning. The program provides paid and volunteer early field experience for undergraduate students who plan to teach or work with youth.

Program opportunities develop through partnerships with the CSU Fresno Office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning, Fresno County Office of Education, local school districts and community-based organizations. The pool of university student talent is derived from those planning careers, such as teaching, that call for training and experience working with youth.