Regenerative Communities Initiative
Recent studies have highlighted the educational disparity between high-income and low-income Americans, noting that the achievement gap between these groups has grown substantially in recent years. Lack of achievement is often accompanied by a lack of developmental assets that are important in promoting healthy development. This lack of developmental assets is often exacerbated by significant local environmental problems, such as pollution, inadequate access to healthy food, and lack of open space. While these environmental challenges are troublesome, they also provide rich learning opportunities which engage students in relevant natural science, social science, and public policy issues.
The Regenerative Communities Fellowship Program seeks to address the achievement gap by
- encouraging pathways to higher education for underrepresented students;
- empowering communities to address environmental challenges; and
- developing a model for university-primary school partnership which can be replicated.
The Lyle Center has forged a unique relationship with with two elementary school communities in Pomona, Westmont Elementary and Kellogg Polytechnic Elementary schools, advancing environmental awareness and supporting inquiry-based learning. Thanks to support from the Ernest Prete Jr. Foundation, we are pleased to offer a total of twelve (12) paid fellowships for Cal Poly Pomona students to work with school faculty, integrating environmental science and action into curricula, facilitating activities to engage school families and build developmental assets, and hosting visits to Cal Poly Pomona for elementary students. Fellows will be interdisciplinary, recruited from across the University at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. They will work collaboratively to plan and implement the program, creating an enriching co-curricular experience for both present and future CPP students.