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SJ Works

In 2015, in conjunction with the County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Sam Liccardo launched SJ Works, a youth jobs initiative with a goal of increasing youth employment and expanding access to job training. During the summer, over 600 youth, aged 14 and up, many from San José’s target crime hot spots, participated in the six week program that provided them with a week of job training and over a month of work experience at City libraries, parks, community centers, non-profits and other local employers.

Despite a growing economy here in the Silicon Valley, youth unemployment is still over 20%.This initiative is a first step in taking aim at this problem, and providing an opportunity for at-risk youth to succeed and deter involvement in gangs and crime. San Jose provided $1 million in funding with the passage of Mayor Liccardo's March Budget Message and the County Board of Supervisors committed $1 million in funds to this project. 

SJ Works' Working Group brings together employers, non-profits, and City Departments to identify the youths who will participate in the program. The Working Group is chaired by Matt Mahood of the San José Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce and Josue Garcia of the Santa Clara & San Benito Counties Construction & Building Trades Council. See the working group members. The SJ Works Working Group teams up with nonprofits such as Work2Future to connect the youth with summer jobs.

Please visit Work2Future's website to learn more about how you can be part of this initiative.