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"The discussion around our future, and renewing San Jose’s promise of opportunity, must begin with our children. We can give every child the chance they deserve by leveraging our libraries, leadership, linkages, and learning."

-Mayor Sam Liccardo


SJ Works
SJ TechHire
SJ Learns
My Brother's Keeper
Innovative Library Programs

SJ Works

Mayor Liccardo launched the San Jose Works program in 2015 to provide training and job opportunities to teens and young adults who could otherwise fall into gangs or crime. With the help of private employers, like Target and Microsoft, the SJWorks program placed 700 teens and young adults into jobs - many for their first time - where they has the opportunity to build a resume and professional skills. In 2016, the City of San José expanded the program to reach at least 1,000 participants. Learn more about SJ Works by visiting the work2future foundation website.

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SJ Works 

TechHire   SJ TechHire

San Jose is one of 31 cities in the United States to qualify as a TechHire City, an initiative to help residents gain the skills they need to work in the tech sector through collaborations with cities. Through its place in Techhire, San Jose has secured more than $1 million in funding to develop new pathways to good-paying tech jobs - particularly those that don't require residents to obtain a 4-year college degree. The City is currently recruiting a wide array of corporate, educational and non-profit partners to join the initiative.Learn more about the SJ TechHire initiative.

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SJ Learns

In 2015, Mayor Liccardo launched SJ Learns, a high-quality after-school learning program that provides educational enrichment and a supportive, safe place for K-3 students to spend their afternoons after the school bell rings. In its first year, the program has engaged 650 students in 16 schools serving disadvantaged neighborhoods. In addition, the City will work with participating schools and non-profit providers to identify the most promising, innovative learning methods and scale them for broader impact. Learn more about SJ Learns.

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MBK  My Brother's Keeper

In 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Shortly after, Mayor Sam Liccardo joined Dr. Emmett Carson, CEO and president of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, to kick off the program in San José focused on four of the national campaign’s main pillars: to get young men healthy and ready to learn at school; to have boys reading at grade level by third grade; to have young men ready for careers and college at graduation; and to decrease the youth involved in crime. A final report that will guide the coalition's work will come out in late 2016. Read more on this White House initiative.

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Innovative Library Programs

After restoring library hours to six days a week during his first year, Mayor Liccardo has sought to re-imagine how the City's public libraries serve our residents. For example, he has been involved in efforts to launch innovative early learning programs, “coding camps,” maker spaces, on-line classes, and hundreds of other science and technology workshops for the thousands of kids who visit a library each year. He has also advocated for transforming every city library computer into a career training center to help job-seekers learn English as a Second Language, accounting or coding. Learn more by visiting the San José Public Library website.

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