Our Mission


The UCLA BruinCorps mission is to leverage the power of community service-learning and civic engagement to improve the educational achievement of students from disadvantaged communities.  Through service, tutors and VISTAs provide program participants with transformative educational experiences; simultaneously BruinCorps staff members develop as global citizens, strengthen their leadership skills, and gain requisite competencies to help them persist through their path from higher education into their chosen professions.

BruinCorps serves a dual purpose for UCLA broadly, and Student Affairs and Enrollment Management specifically.  As a service to the Los Angeles community, it is a two-pronged response to the relatively low levels of academic achievement of educationally disadvantaged students in California.  The tutoring program employs UCLA work-study students to provide academic support to under-performing K-12 students with a focus on literacy in the elementary school years and algebra readiness in middle and high school.  The AmeriCorps VISTA program utilizes recent college graduates to establish and maintain college centers in under-resourced schools and community-based organizations.  BruinCorps programs develop organizational capacity while preparing pre-college students for educational success by enhancing their academic skills and guiding them to eligibility for college admission.