Advocates for Community Engagement

The Advocates for Community Engagement (ACE) Program develops socially responsible, civically engaged student leaders who facilitate quality service-learning experiences for all stakeholders and advocate for the common good of the community.

ACEs make a one-year commitment to work onsite at Bay Area nonprofit organizations to facilitate meaningful service-learning experiences for USF students. Primarily, ACEs act as liaisons between their host organizations, USF faculty, and service-learners to ensure the needs and expectations of all stakeholders are accounted for and prioritized. Additionally, ACEs contribute to service project development and oversight, facilitate regular reflections, and engage in their own direct service activities at the host organization. To ensure that ACEs are prepared to take on their responsibilities and supported throughout their experience, the McCarthy Center provides a training curriculum designed to cultivate and hone their skills, knowledge and sensitivities as advocates for social justice.


  • ACEs work 8-10 hours/week during the academic year
  • Training includes a two-day spring orientation, five-day fall training, three-day winter retreat, and biweekly group meetings on Fridays 4:00-6:00pm
  • McCarthy Center staff meet with ACEs once a month to provide mentorship and advising around issues related to the ACEs’ work, professional development, and personal growth
  • ACEs are paid $16.30/hour for the first year and a $0.50/hour increase for each subsequent year
  • Participation in the ACE program is not for academic credit
  • Host organizations are selected through an application process and are paired with ACEs at the discretion of McCarthy Center staff
  • The program requires one year commitment

Contact Info

Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good

M-F 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5662 (415) 422-5641