Project Change at College of San Mateo - Overview
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Project Change


Project Change is the first community college supported program in California to provide wrap-around student support services, direct access to postsecondary education for incarcerated youth, and in-person college instruction inside juvenile youth facilities.


Creating Pathways from Youth Incarceration to Higher Education
A statewide conference to increase post-secondary education opportunities in California for young people impacted by the juvenile justice system.


The project connects students to resources and programs at CSM, such as a college readiness summer bridge program, social and academic support services, nationally recognized cohort learning communities (PuenteUmoja, and Mana), and career and technical education programs. Students are provided a clear pathway to resources on campus to enhance success. 

A supportive network of volunteer faculty and staff mentors, as well as a project director, assist students with navigating their first year in college. 

This program unites CSM and San Mateo County community organizations together in a joint effort to help underrepresented populations of students make the transition to community college.

Contact Us

Project Change Office
College Center Building 10, Room 453
(650) 574-6173

Katie Bliss
Project Director, Project Change

Alex Naeve
Retention Specialist


Upcoming Events

  • Project Change PEP EventOrientation for New StudentsWed Apr 24, 2019 8:30 am - 1:00 pmCSM College Center Building 10, Room 468, College Heights Conference Room
  • From Incarceration to Higher EducationFITE Film ScreeningWed May 1, 2019 6:00 pm - 8:00 pmCSM College Center Building 10, Room 468, College Heights Conference Room