CalWORKs Voices Instructions and Affinity Groups

In the the CalWORKs Association’s Student Voices, the CalWORKs students are the stars. So, as you write your story, enjoy and have fun. There is no right or wrong answer. THIS IS YOUR STORY… your words are powerful and your words matter. 

The deadline for this year’s application is December 17, 2021.

 

AFFINITY GROUP DESCRIPTIONS AND ESSAY PROMPTS

Using a maximum of 350 words, please share your story by selecting one of the affinity groups. Each affinity group is designed to capture diverse experiences from current CalWORKs students. You are only required to select ONE affinity group from the list below.

To learn more about each of the six affinity groups, please take a moment and read the descriptions and essay prompts. If you need assistance in writing your essay, please connect with your CalWORKs Director/counselor from your respective college for support.

 Affinity GroupIs This Me?Essay Question
1.Up, Up, and Away! CalWORKs Superhero Do you have special powers? What makes you a Super Mom or Super Dad, and even a Super Student?Tell us about your superpowers as a student-parent and how the community college CalWORKs program supported you to build and use your superpowers.
2.It Takes a Village!It takes a village to raise a child and support student-parents achieve their educational goals. Do you have a network of people who are part of your "village"?Describe your village. Who is in it and how do you work as a team to support your family, your education, and your success?
3. Back to the FutureDo you wish you knew what you know now as a student-parent and could go back in time and do things differently?As you reflect on your educational journey as a student-parent, what lessons have you learned and what words of advice would you offer to other parenting students pursuing higher education and resources, such as supportive services offered by the community college CalWORKs program.

4.Proud CalWORKs Dads Only 17% of CalWORKs student-parents are fathers. Are you a CalWORKs dad that rocks? What has been your greatest challenge as a student-father and how has the community college CalWORKs program supported you to succeed?
5.A Whole New World: CalWORKs Students Learning EnglishAre you a CalWORKs student learning English? Did you come to the US from another country? Tell us about your experience of being a college student whose native language is not English. How has the community college CalWORKs Program assisted you in building a strong future for yourself and your family?
6.Conquering COVID-19Have you had to learn how to be a student and parent in new ways? Describe your transition experience adjusting to the new normal as a student-parent and overcoming barriers during the pandemic.Tell us about your experience of having to constantly readjust to change as the new normal. What kind of barriers did you have to overcome and how has the community college CalWORKs program helped you step into your power?
 

QUESTIONS?

Please direct questions to our CalWORKs Student Voices Chair, Dr. LaTesha Hagler, at lhagler1@mtsac.edu

 

THANKS TO OUR 2021 CALWORKS STUDENT VOICES COMMITTEE

Dr. LaTesha Hagler, Mt. San Antonio College CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Chair

Carol Wohlk, Riverside City College CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Member

Heather Sanchez, Copper Mountain College CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Member

Mayra Novasky, Fullerton College CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Member

Ana Chavez, College of the Sequoias CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Member

Letty Campoy, Los Angeles City College CalWORKs Program, Voices Huddle Member