Pitzer in Ontario students can pick from several applied, long-term action research opportunities to fulfill their 150-hour internship requirement. Students may participate in a PIO-initiated project or work with an established group that organizes and conducts campaigns to improve local communities.
Huerta del Valle
Huerta del Valle is a community garden and urban agriculture project in Ontario that has grown out of collaboration between the Pitzer in Ontario program and community members. The project is supported by the City of Ontario and a partnership of organizations working to improve community health through comprehensive environmental, educational, policy and promotional strategies.
Learn more about Huerta del Valle.
Inland Congregations United for Change
Working with congregations, schools and neighborhood institutions in San Bernardino and Riverside County, Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC) brings people together to strengthen families and improve communities. Inland Congregations United for Change is an affiliate of the PICO National Network and of PICO California, the largest grassroots community effort in California.
Learn more about Inland Congregations United for Change
The Wheelhouse is a bicycle cooperative founded in 2010 at the Pitzer in Ontario House. The Wheelhouse has however been unable to open as a Bicycle Cooperative but is now operating as an advocacy organization. Students conduct safety or maintenance workshops, create promotional materials for the Wheelhouse, and coordinate events. Interns attend meetings with regional bike advocacy groups and coalitions. Research includes mapping and community-based planning efforts around bike facilities development in the City of Ontario. Basic Spanish conversational skills preferred, bicycle mechanic experience is useful, and any interest in policy planning or city planning work is also strongly preferred.
Learn more about the Ontario Wheelhouse.
Invisible Yet Branded By Society Project
The local Tongan community draws from collective knowledge to develop leadership and empower communities with mutual helpfulness and respect. By preserving their culture and creating access to education and job opportunities, they hope to grapple with police brutality and other social issues.
Riverside All Of Us Or None & Starting Over Inc.
A group comprised of previously incarcerated people advocating for policy change and reform of the prison industrial complex, with the ultimate goal of achieving prison abolition.
Partners for Better Health
A nonprofit which aims to tackle local health problems by providing affordable services and access to healthy food, exercise, and other programs.
Inland Empire Immigrant Youth Coalition
An undocumented and Queer/Trans youth-led organization that provides advocacy and support to other undocumented youth in the IE.
Inland Coalition for Immigrant Justice
Unites organizations to collectively advocate and work to improve the lives of immigrant communities while striving toward a just solution to the immigration system.
The Youth Mentoring Action Network
A critical mentoring program dedicated to leveraging the power of mentoring relationships to increase access to opportunities and higher education for high school youth.
Warehouse Workers Resource Center
While the warehouse workers of the Inland Empire play a crucial role in our global economy,they often work for temp agencies and endure severe injustices. Warehouse Workers Resource Center is a labor organizing group working to fight for better jobs, higher wages, affordable healthcare, better working conditions, and the freedom to choose a union.
Learn more about Warehouse Workers United
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