The latest items from the Caltech Y Calendar:
Subscribe via RSS

Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award


The Caltech Y challenges students to grow into responsible citizens of the world.  It is with this mission in mind that the Y has created the Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award providing motivated Caltech students with a unique opportunity to learn about themselves and their place in society by seeking to impact the world through community engagement, activism and leadership.


The goals of the Caltech Y ACT Award are to promote personal growth, increase awareness, civic engagement, and leadership development by:

  • encouraging activists to explore an issue or cause - learning through independent research
    (spring term),
  • empowering activists to engage in the cause – gaining practical experience and learning from experienced activists while making a tangible difference in the efforts of an organization involved in the cause (summer), and
  • challenging activists to lead a campaign to educate and engage other members of the Caltech community in the cause (the next academic year).

The ACT Award offers an opportunity to pursue an interest or passion in a cause through community service and/or advocacy. Activists determine what cause to address, the mentoring or partnering organization with which they would like to volunteer and the nature of the awareness and engagement campaign they will lead in the Caltech community. The Award has been created to help Caltech students expand their understanding of the world and to unleash them to change the world for the better as active citizens.

From the challenge of feeding thousands of homeless living on the streets of Los Angeles to the devastating impact of AIDS in Africa to the complexity of addressing immigration issues and the U.S. position on climate change, the issues facing today’s society are abundant and pressing. This is your opportunity to decide what you are passionate about and to take a proactive role to address that issue!

Application Info:

ACT Guidelines
ACT Application
Recommendation Form


Applications are due no later than 12:00 noon on Friday, April 17th. Applications should be submitted electronically to in Word format. Please note that the Recommendation Form should first be opened and saved before filling in the required information.

The Caltech Y is here to help you! You are encouraged to stop by with any questions during the application process. Staff will gladly provide guidance to help you identify a prospective mentor organization, develop your application, oversee preparation efforts, create a well-balanced partnership with your mentor organization and create your awareness and engagement campaign.

Contact Information: All Y staff can be reached at 626-395-6163

Greg Fletcher,
Liz Jackman,