Youth Build San Jose is an alternative education and workforce-development program that helps high school dropouts gain the literacy/numeracy and job-readiness skills needed to make a successful transition into the workforce and/or post secondary education.
Mentoring is one of the important services provided by SMART program, along with case management, vocational training, and leadership development. Mentors are recruited, screened and trained by our staff prior to being matched with participants. We are recruiting mentors RIGHT NOW! Contact Teresa Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org or Norma Aguilar, email@example.com if you would like to be a mentor.
The Recycling Department is a prominent program offered in which students learn valuable skills in the recycling industry while serving their community. The recycling department serves approximately 75 students each year. On any given day, our Recycling students can be found throughout the County of Santa Clara serving over 400 recycling clients and recycling at over 170 special events.
The Environmental Projects Department provides entry-level positions for all new trainees. Following a one-week orientation program, the new trainees are assigned to one of 4 Field Supervisors and a crew of 12 young people. Here they learn the work ethic the importance of being on time everyday, how to work with their supervisors and fellow trainees and the importance of showing up, ready to work, on a daily basis.
The Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors recognized YouthBuild San Jose and San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School for its tremendous contributions to the youth of Santa Clara County. YouthBuild USA, Inc. was granted $810,340 to help over 60 court-involved youth, aged 16-24, to achieve their educational and employment goals. YouthBuild works with Cal-YOR, Cal-GRIP and the juvenile justice/criminal justice systems as well as reducing recidivism by providing comprehensive services and a caring community to young people who have previously been involved in crime.
Founded in 1987, the San Jose Conservation Corps and Charter School (SJCCCS) has provided more than 23,000 "at-risk" disadvantaged, young men and women (mostly minority) with the academic education, hands-on learning, and development of basic skills such as leadership, communication, computer literacy, and employment training needed to enter and succeed in the Silicon Valley skilled workforce. The SJCCCS offers secondary education courses through its full-time charter high school, and vocational education and job training through its Environment Program and Recycling Departments. Another program, YouthBuild San Jose, combines the mandatory academics with paid on-site job training in the high demand, high wage construction trades.
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