This January 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom and the leaders of California’s college and university systems launched the largest state-level investment in a college service program in California history. College Corps will provide more than 10,000 college students with opportunities to support and learn from community-based organizations working in three priority areas: K-12 education, climate action and food insecurity.
The SLO Beaver Brigade, with fiscal sponsorship by Ecologistics, will be a Host Organization for two CalPoly College Corps Fellows for the 2022-2023 school year. We’d like to introduce you to our first Fellow, Jorge Marin.
My name is Jorge and my hometown is Koreatown, Los Angeles. I am a Cal Poly SLO undergrad studying Animal Science with a minor in biology emphasizing wildlife management/conservation. During the summer of 2022, I spent my time as a volunteer at a wildlife rescue center in Costa Rica where I helped with veterinary care and husbandry. It was such an amazing experience to work with sloths, anteaters, and monkeys. When I’m here in SLO I volunteer on the weekends with The Marine Mammal Center. I tend to our local seals and sea lions who are in need of rescue with medical care and tube feeding till they can be rehabilitated back into the sea. I’m excited to be joining as a fellow for the SLO Beaver Brigade who have partnered with the CollegeCorps to advocate for climate action in the central coast. What I hope to learn from this experience is how to be a leader and advocate myself for our community here in SLO spreading awareness of beaver ecosystems and community contribution.