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 made paramount by COVID-19:
- Pandemic Response
- Vaccination Champions
- Environmental Resilience & Disaster Preparedness
- Accelerating Learning Recovery
- Economic Recovery
The San José Public Library Foundation is a key partner in the work to accelerate learning growth among high-needs K-12 students (#4). Through this program, we are hiring 50 Resilience Corp Associates – those who are college students ages 18-26 living in San José’s low-resourced census tracts and those who are impacted by the COVID pandemic – and putting them to work in expanded learning organizations across the City.
This program has a triple benefit:
- Living wage employment for 15-20 hours per week
- Professional development and career exploration for mainstream employment
- Educational support for K-12 students in under-resourced neighborhoods
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.