Local Connections aims to connect out-of-state Cal Poly students with members of the San Luis Obispo community. Its mission is to provide students with a local sponsor who will help foster their sense of community in their new home away from home.
The program offers students the chance to find and form a lasting support system during their Cal Poly journey. It also provides the opportunity to meet, connect and build long-lasting friendships with other out-of-state students.
Local residents who participate in the program get the opportunity to connect with students and become a valued resource during their transition to SLO and time at Cal Poly. It is a great way to stay involved and connected to Cal Poly while giving back to the campus.
The idea to create Local Connections was sparked by Cal Poly parents Julia and Scott Starkey in 2014 who saw the benefit of having this type of program available to their child at another institution.
“A sponsor program gives those students who are far from home the opportunity to have a local connection that offers some of the benefits of being close to family. Many of these students just need a place to get away, a home cooked meal, or simply a little peace and comfort." - Julia Starkey