Patterned after the Peace Corps program, the California Mini-Corps Program (CMC) was initiated in 1967 through the support of Butte County Schools. A corps of college students with rural migrant backgrounds were recruited to work as teacher assistants during the summer in K-12 schools with migrant student populations. In 1974, the summer-only Mini-Corps program began its expansion into a school-year program. Today, Mini-Corps serves migrant communities in 23 sites throughout California during the school year and summer.
Mini-Corps college students, with their own migrant backgrounds, understand the unique challenges migrant children face in the school system and community. Mini-Corps college students are able to connect with the migrant children they tutor, thus serving as good role models and, hopefully, raising the aspirations of migrant children.
California Mini-Corps Program Goals
The objective of the Mini-Corps Program is twofold:
- To provide direct instructional tutorial services to increase migrant student academic achievement through a cadre of trained college tutors.
- To develop a cadre of future bilingual-bicultural, credentialed teachers that will be better equipped to work with migrant students.
California Mini-Corps Program Locations
Mini-Corps Programs are located in 23 sites throughout California.