Caltech Y: Making a World of Difference


The Caltech Y enriches student life and challenges students to grow into responsible citizens of the world.

Make-A-Difference Day!

Saturday | April 7th

The Caltech Y is partnering with agencies from all over Pasadena and the greater LA region for one day of community service.  All members of the Caltech community are invited to participate in one of a variety of community service projects at the Boys and Girls Club, Monrovia Canyon, The LA Food Bank, Ronald McDonald House, and many more sites. You can choose to work with kids or animals, do physical labor or outdoor projects or visit with the elderly.  Projects are led by other students and will be 4 to 6 hours – including travel, depending on the project. Meals, transportation, and t-shirts provided.


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Register early (by Friday, March 16th) to be entered in a drawing for your choice of free movie theatre tickets (up to $9.50 value), or $10 in free equipment rentals at the Y. 


Registrations are requested by Tuesday, April 3rd but we will continue to add volunteers in as space allows.

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Your world awaits… will you act? 

The Caltech Y Advocating Change Together (ACT) Award

Applications are due by Friday, April 20th no later than noon

Got an issue or cause that warrants attention?  Explore the issue - by attending a conference, training, or workshop, or choosing to immerse yourself with a mentor or organization that is addressing your issue – then plan some programs to raise awareness on campus.  Awardees can receive up to $4,500 to cover expenses for their educational experience, including registration and program fees, travel, lodging, food, and incidentals. 

Local, national, or global travel - as well as one day, multi-day, and even multi-week experiences - are all eligible.  The Caltech Y ACT Award, made possible with generous support of the Caltech Employees Federal Credit Union, offers students an opportunity to pursue an issues through service or advocacy. 


Visit for applications and more information.


The Studenski Memorial Award 

Proposals are due Friday, April 20th no later than noon

Are you wondering about the next step in your life?  Have you reached a crossroad where you would benefit from an opportunity to explore?  Would a trip, an opportunity to volunteer with an organization, or a chance to try a new skill or interest this summer help you gain clarity?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the Studenski Award might be for you. 

The Studenski Memorial Award is a grant of up to $6,000 established in the memory of Paul Studenski, a Caltech student who was killed in an automobile accident while traveling across the United States in 1974.  It is awarded to a Caltech undergraduate who, having reached a crossroads in life, would benefit from a period away from the academic community to obtain a better understanding of self and to explore possible directions for the future.

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Caltech Y Centennial Video

Produced and directed by Iram Parveen Bilal

A brief historical overview on the relevance and birth of the Caltech Y, produced and directed by Caltch Y Board Member and Caltech Alumna Iram Parveen Bilal.

Watch the video here!