The Program

In March 2021, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo launched the Resilience Corps, a workforce development program for young adults that supports them with living wage employment and professional development opportunities, while simultaneously providing educational support for K-12  students in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Through this program, the San Jose Public Library Foundation has been a key partner in the work to accelerate learning growth among high-needs K-12 students.

Our Impact

The Foundation has placed Resilience Corps Associates (RCAs) at several expanded learning partner organizations across the city to help high-needs K-12 students in San Jose by providing tutoring and extended-day educational support. RCAs perform this work in partnership with Local Education Agencies or Out-of-School Providers such as:

  • Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
  • Boys & Girls Club of Silicon Valley
  • Bay Area Tutoring Association
  • The Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services (PRNS) Recreation of City Kids (R.O.C.K.) program
  • SJPL’s Homework Club and after school programs

Through a partnership with Work2Future and SJPL Works, RCAs are provided professional development opportunities in the form of job training, mentorship, and wraparound services like resume building and interview skills.

The Foundation currently employs 50 Resilience Corps Associates (RCAs) – college students ages 18-26 who are living in San Jose’s low-resourced census tracts and have been impacted by the pandemic.

These programs are located in low-resourced census tracts supporting schools in:

  • Franklin McKinley School District
  • Alum Rock Union School District
  • Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District
  • Berryessa School District
  • Alpha Public Schools
  • Downtown College Prep
“The Associates have so much energy and love for the children they work with. I am happy this program can make an impact to literally help change the Associates’ lives as well as their students’ by providing a livable wage.”
-Yesenia Ramos. Resilience Corps Manager

Invitation To Be a Community Partner

In March 2021, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo launched the Resilience Corps, a jobs program for young adults that focuses on critical areas of community resilience:

  1. Pandemic Response
  2. Environmental Resilience & Disaster Preparedness
  3. Accelerating Learning Recovery
  4. Economic Recovery

The Resilience Corps seeks to support unemployed and underemployed young adults through living-wage employment and work experience opportunities. The San José Public Library Foundation supports the City’s initiative in the areas of economic recovery and accelerated learning through the Resilience Corps Learning Pathway.

Resilience Corps Associates are employed by SJPLF and are placed with partner organizations to support expanded learning programs. The program is administered by the San José Public Library Foundation (SJPLF) with support from the City of San José and the San José Public Library.

What is a Community Partner?

Resilience Corps Community Partners are San José organizations dedicated to mitigating learning loss. Partners are interested in putting Associates to work in their school’s supportive and expanded learning programs. Positions offered to Associates are typically entry-level positions.

While Associates are at their worksite, Community Partners support Associates by:

  • Providing onboarding, training, and professional development related to the position
  • Managing Associates on a daily basis
  • Treating Associates like an employee of your organization

Who Can Apply:

Community Based Organizations and Local Education Agencies serving San José students in grades K-12 are eligible to apply. Priority is given to programs serving low-resource communities.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

  • Serve San José students
  • The program aligns with Common Core Standards Prioritize whole child learning opportunities – including social-emotional learning, academics, and physical activity Follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) public health and safety guidelines and best practices
  • Have availability to host Associates for a minimum of 15hrs a week during the 2022/2023 academic school year OR host Associates for 2022 Summer Learning Programs
  • Be located in or work with low-resource communities in San José, CA
  • Preference is given to organizations that:
  • Provide both 2022 summer learning programs and 2022/2023 academic year expanded learning programs to K-12 students
  • Can host at least 10 Associates for the 2022 Summer and/or 2022/2023 academic school year
  • Programs serving low-resource communities

Key Dates & Timeline

  • Friday, March 25, 2022: LOI opportunity is posted
  • Friday, April 8, 2022:LOI Forms are due at SJPLF Portal
  • Monday, April 25, 2022: LOI decisions are posted
  • May 2022: Worksite Agreements finalized
  • June 2022: Summer learning program starts
  • August 2022: Summer Programs conclude; Some Associates complete their program placement
  • August 2022: Academic year programs begin
  • May 2023: Associates complete their program placement

Application Deadline

Friday, April 8, 2022 11:59pm

Interested Community Partner representatives should register an account at the San José Public Library Foundation’s online portal

  Apply Here

You may click here to download the PDF of the LOI Form Questions.

Contact Information

Yesenia Ramos, Resilience Corps Manager

Phone: 408.808.2121

Partner Organizations:

Our 50 Resilience Corp Associates will be placed for work at our partner organizations:

We know that the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in different ways and we are creating new pathways to support the people of San José.  The Resilience Corps is supporting a brighter future so that we may all thrive in this city.

Make a donation!

If you would like to make a gift to support this program, please visit the donate page on this website, select “Other” under “Where to Give” and indicate Resilience Corps in the space provided.