The Richter Center Ambassadors

The student group for the Jan & Bud Richter Center at Fresno State

Emerging Future Student Leaders

Me and my fellow Ambassador, Francisco, talking to student leaders at the Emerging Leaders Retreat.

Earlier this month, I attended Fresno State’s Emerging Leaders Retreat (ELR) as a Richter Center Ambassador and talked to the new cohort of emerging student leaders.  I previously participated in ELR and felt that the experience was unbelievable and so much fun! Continue reading “Emerging Future Student Leaders”

My Day with Paul

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I was fifteen when I first came to the Tenderloin District of San Francisco. Coming from a relatively sheltered background, the things I saw in that first day was a massive shift from the definition I had previously used to describe American poverty. I grew up in a stable, safe home with two parents who loved me. It was shocking to me that just a couple of blocks marked the divide between what seemed to me like two different worlds. The first was shining in its middle class splendor, much like what I had known growing up. The other, however, was a place of sidewalks littered with heroine needles and blank stares. Continue reading “My Day with Paul”

Make-A-Wish Golf Event




Every year in the United States,  children are diagnosed with a life-threatening condition  they must endure. This is often a difficult sight for loved ones and friends to witness as the victim battles the illness. However, the Make-A-Wish Foundation was established to grant desires for children who are suffering from a prolonged illness. Continue reading “Make-A-Wish Golf Event”


Alternative Spring Break team posing next to the finished planter boxes that they built at Stone Soup.

For eight years and counting Fresno State has offered its students a fun and priceless learning experience through  Alternative Spring Break (ASB). Through this program, students at California State University, Fresno devote their spring break to the Fresno community by working towards a chosen organization’s goals and objectives and working on meaningful service projects. This year Alternative Spring Break teamed up with three organizations: the Ronald McDonald House, Scout Island, and Stone Soup. Continue reading “#ASBethechange”

National Volunteer Week is coming up! This nationally celebrated event will take place from April 10-16 and is centered around recognizing individuals and organizations who have served the public, ultimately encouraging others to engage in service projects around the community. Continue reading “National Volunteer Week at Fresno State”

Unfinished Work

 SERVE member Hannah and I exploring what the future could hold!
SERVE member Hannah and I exploring what the future could hold!

Being a Richter Center Student Leader (RCSL) allows us students the opportunity to take our experiences with service and be resources for our peers in order to help them engage in service. In February, RCSL had engaged in an annual retreat to reflect on what we have done thus far, what we are working on now, and what lies ahead for us. In addition to that, we attended the Change the Status Quo conference at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Continue reading “Unfinished Work”

My Pig Chase in Fiji

Toushulong enjoying the sun
Toushulong enjoying the sun in Fiji.  Photo Credit: Khone Saysamogdy

Let me take you to a place, where time stands still and the worries of the world slip away. Blue oceans, white sandy beaches, palm trees, and the locals sitting around enjoying each other’s company. This isn’t usually the ideal setting for a service-learning project; however, for twenty Fresno State students and three professors, it was just right. Continue reading “My Pig Chase in Fiji”

The Power of Mentoring


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Are you looking to explore career opportunities and experience meaningful lessons through volunteer work? If you are interested in education, children, or counseling, Fresno Unified School District Mentoring Programs is the spot for you! Continue reading “The Power of Mentoring”

Ms. Song Vang, Ambassador Alumna

Cheerful, confident, kind, service-oriented. These words describe my dear friend Song Vang, a former Richter Center Ambassador, now a Fresno State graduate. She’s still making a difference in her community through her career choice. Sharing a meal just the other night with her brought a flood of memories, as we served together as Ambassadors for a year. With dark hair falling to her shoulders, spunky glasses, and a gracious demeanor, she is a picture of a blossoming young professional.  I was ecstatic when she agreed to be interviewed!

Continue reading “Ms. Song Vang, Ambassador Alumna”

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