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Community Advancement Programs

Putting Students to Work for the Community

Community Advancement Programs is housed within APU’s Center for Career and Community-Engaged Learning, which cultivates academically integrated learning experiences for community impact, professional development, and lifelong learning.

Community Advancement Programs employs APU students using community-based Federal Work-Study monies that fund need-based programs that serve a twofold purpose: (1) benefit the local community and strengthen university-community partnerships, and (2) intentionally support the educational development and goals of student workers involved in these programs.

Student workers are placed in positions that help them meet their education goals and prepare them for careers. Through interaction with the community, students develop leadership skills and an interest in public/community service while gaining hands-on experience that will shape a lifetime of civic engagement.

How to Apply

To apply for a student worker position in the Office of Community Advancement Programs, you must be an undergraduate student at APU and eligible for Federal Work-Study.
You must have completed the FAFSA for the current school year to find out whether you are Federal Work-Study eligible. If you know you have completed the FAFSA, you can 1) view your most recent “Statement of Financial Aid” letter (received from the Student Services Center), or 2) talk to your APU financial aid counselor.

Congratulations! You can do one of two things:

  1. Go to Handshake to find the most recent job postings.
  2. Email [email protected] if you have questions about job openings.


Community Advancement Programs designs, implements, and manages all community-based Federal Work-Study programs to serve community needs and fulfill the 7% federal minimum level of community-based Federal Work-Study as required by the Department of Education.

APU partners with numerous programs and community groups, including (but not limited to) the following:

Within the A.V.I.D. program, Azusa Pacific University students serve as tutors and mentors to Azusa middle and high school students through small-group tutorials. A.V.I.D. is an elective course that enhances learning for B- and C-average middle and high school students, helping them learn to think critically and improve their writing skills.

APU tutors support the A.V.I.D. program in the Azusa Unified School District, in all three Azusa middle schools (Center, Foothill, and Slauson), and two local high schools (Azusa and Gladstone).

Azusa Reads/Writes/Counts

Azusa Pacific University, in partnership with the Azusa City Library and Azusa Unified School District, provides free one-on-one tutoring to kindergarten through fifth-grade students in reading, writing, and mathematics. APU students work as tutors to encourage and assist children in developing their reading, writing, and math skills.

Azusa Calculates

Azusa Calculates provides free one-on-one tutoring to eighth-grade algebra students from the Azusa Unified School District. APU students facilitate weekly tutoring sessions, assist with understanding math concepts, and support students as they complete homework and assessments.



Neighborhood Homework House is a nonprofit organization that creates and maintains neighborhood-based learning centers in the city of Azusa, targeting at-risk children and families. Federal Work-Study student workers assist with tutoring, general administration, day-to-day activities, and community events.

THINK Together organization is a nonprofit organization and one of California’s leading providers of after-school programs, reaching more than 50,000 students in more than 200 schools and community centers throughout the state. APU students provide assistance and administrative support to site coordinators and facilitators at all three THINK Together middle school sites (Center, Foothill, and Slauson) in the Azusa Unified School District and two local THINK Together high school sites (Azusa and Gladstone).