How We Work

College graduates earn twice as much as a high school graduate, and neighborhoods with educated populations also confer wide-ranging benefits to the economy, such as lower rates of unemployment and higher wages even for workers without a college degree.  

Early Learning

“There’s a chain reaction. You get involved in one thing and then you find out more.” April Vinson, HPN Community Advisory Board member and Parent Advocate for children with special needs

It starts before children enter kindergarten. HPN brings to the community outreach through “promotoras, quality pre-school curriculum and instruction, early childhood programs and a home visitation nurse, among many services.

Cal State East Bay’s Community Counseling Clinic, the only free counseling program in the area, serves toddlers and entire families in this age group and older while training Educational Psychology students to serve the community.

Neighborhood Health and Empowerment

The community environment and parent achievement is the focus of this area. Multiple strategies are used to reduce family mobility, provide food for low-income families and seniors, increase literacy through Words for Lunch that boosts a supportive learning environment and fresh food and vegetables, and adult career technical educational classes to foster family mobility.

Cal State East Bay coordinates the Community Leadership Initiative to develop parent advocacy skills and engage parents in projects to improve and advance the community.

Cradle to Career Education 

Cal State East Bay coordinates an internship program of its current students who are deployed as tutors in the schools and interns in agencies. The university also provides scholarships to students from Hayward schools, and coordinates the Student Success Coaches who work in the high schools to support student success and works with many of these same students when they come to Cal State East Bay

How you can help 

  • Support scholarships for students from Hayward Unified School District high schools or transferring from Chabot Community College who want to attend Cal State East Bay.  Contact Holly Fincke at (510) 885-3032, for more information. 
  • Explore a corporate volunteering or giving partnership. Contact Valerie Schutz at (510) 885-2496, for more information.
  • Volunteer at Hayward Promise Neighborhoods Fresh Food for Families food pantry program. If you can help on Tuesdays or Thursdays, sign up. If you are available on Mondays, contact Randy Nakamura at