Community Partnerships

REST develops community partnerships in the diverse communities of the Inland Empire to engage students in service-learning and community-based research. REST students learn from these community partners through field trips, guest lectures, and research conducted in classes.

Students may choose to do internships for course credit either at one of our core partner organizations or at a community-service placement of their choice.

Center for Employment Opportunities

CEO is a national model that provides comprehensive employment services exclusively for people with criminal records. CEO's model is based on a highly structured program of life skill education, short-term paid transitional employment, full-time job placement, and post-placement services. This year, CEO anticipates preparing more than 3,000 people to move into mainstream employment. Student interns can work with CEO to learn about non-profit management, employment and reentry services.

Inland Congregations United for Change (ICUC)

ICUC is a grassroots church-based community organizing group that brings people together to develop local leadership that can strengthen families and improve communities. REST students in a May Term class, Urban Crisis and Renewal, developed a research action project in collaboration with ICUC on the Mexican American Soccer Leagues of San Bernardino. Link to final report:
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Students continue to learn from and work with ICUC on the IE Fair Hiring Campaign and other organizing campaigns in the San Bernardino area.

IF Fair Chance Coalition

The Inland Empire Fair Chance Coalition is working to insure that all people with criminal convictions have a fair chance to gain employment, housing, and the support they need to thrive. U of R classes and interns have done research and worked to build coalitions with TFCF, ICUC, ACLU of Southern California, Riverside All of Us or None, California Partnership and Starting Over. Students have created report cards for a fair hiring campaign, met with elected officials, HR departments and made presentations about fair hiring to civic organizations.

R.E.A.C.H. Partnership with San Bernardino Juvenile Hall 

R.E.A.C.H trains students and faculty from the University of Redlands to work with and learn from students on probation in San Bernardino county facilities. R.E.A.C.H. volunteers build mentoring relationships, conduct writing workshops and lead discussions in order to build emotional literacy, critical thinking and writing skills.

Riverside All of Us or None

Riverside All of Us or None is a local branch of a national organizing initiative of formerly incarcerated people, their loved ones and allies that organize and take action to end the discrimination faced by formerly incarcerated people in areas of employment, housing, education and social services that we face as the result of past criminal convictions. Student interns have worked with RAOUON to plan Job Fairs and to work on criminal justice policy reforms in Riverside County.


Time for Change Foundation

Time for Change Foundation empowers disenfranchised low income women and families to become leaders. They use evidenced based programming and housing to help women leave behind homelessness and incarceration and to build self-sufficient and thriving communities. Student interns have worked to help plan the TFCF Fundraising Gala, to do Civic Education and to do policy advocacy.

Additional Partners:

Urban Conservation Corps of the Inland Empire
Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy