UC Links serves low-income, ethnically and linguistically diverse preschool-through-twelfth grade (P-12) students.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, UC Links continued to engage P-12 students. In 2020-21, 1,512 P-12 students participated in UC Links programs located at 29 sites. Prior to the pandemic, in 2019-20, 3,069 P-12 students participated in UC Links programs located at 28 sites. UC Links primarily serves students in the elementary and middle-school grades and in 2020-21 partnered with 24 public, private, and charter schools and five community-based organizations.
UC Links serves a highly diverse population of P-12 students, primarily of Latinx (62%), African American (17%), Asian (9%), and White (7%) backgrounds. Approximately 21% of UC Links P-12 students are English Language Learners and 66% would be first-generation college-going students if they pursue college.
UC Links also serves both undergraduate and graduate students. UC Links programs enable undergraduates to connect theory and real-world experience by taking practicum academic coursework that places them in community settings to interact with diverse P-12 students.
UC Links graduate students gain opportunities to teach undergraduate courses, coordinate community-based programs, and conduct research related to their academic interests.
In 2020-21, there were 696 undergraduate and 34 graduate student participants from diverse backgrounds at university campuses throughout California. The vast majority of all undergraduates (89%) received sustained mentoring from UC Links faculty and graduate students; 88% engaged in community-based research (including the writing of field notes of their observations of P-12 student activities and preparing research papers for the UC Links course); almost 14% had internships related to UC Links; and 79% received course credit and a grade for fulfillment of their UC Links-related academic coursework for each semester or quarter that they participated. All of the 34 graduate students participating in UC Links were engaged in research in local communities, and all received extensive mentoring in the areas of research, teaching, program organization and coordination, evaluation, and assessment.