In collaboration with San Jose State University Foundation, League volunteers participated with experienced artists in local schools to provide children with basic cross-cultural knowledge and sensitivity to art and artistic process through sequenced instruction and in-depth hands-on experience. Children’s artwork was shared with their parents through a culminating event.
Big Brothers Big Sisters: School-Based Mentoring
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to build responsible, independent children and youth by matching them with supportive and caring adult role models. Research has shown that children with caring, compassionate, empathetic, stable and dependable adults in their lives have a far greater chance of becoming resilient and pro-social adults. For at-risk kids, facing steep odds against success, finding mentors is not only helpful, but essential.
The School-Based Mentoring Program provided youth with a “point of contact” who contributed her time toward academic, social and emotional support. Volunteers met for one and one half hours each week, during school hours, on school property. Activities were designed to facilitate the relationship between the “Big” and the “Little,” and focus on development of life skills, recreation, arts and crafts and academic tutoring. The program helped at-risk youth reach their fullest academic, social, emotional, and physical potential.
Bring Me A Book Foundation
Bring Me A Book Foundation
Child Assault Prevention Program (C.A.P.P.)
The purpose of C.A.P.P. was to reduce sexual abuse of children; increase awareness and defensive living skills among children; form a supportive, cohesive community comprised of children’s peers, parents and teachers; and provide a safe atmosphere where children who have experienced sexual abuse can talk about the abusive situation and get help in dealing with its effects on their lives. C.A.P.P. is currently a program of the YWCA.
Children’s Discovery Museum*
Adopted as a League Project in 1984, Committee members researched and designed the exhibit “The Streets Of San Jose,” and planned and implemented a fundraising event. Volunteers also assisted in the Museum’s two outreach programs, “Stage Door Stories” and “One Way or Another.” Further programs included designing the Museum’s newsletter, assisting the Museum staff with public relations and marketing responsibilities, and researching and designing “Discovery Kits” which focused on festivals and celebrations of major cultural groups represented in our community. The Children’s Discovery Museum opened to the public in 1990.
Children’s Performing Arts Week*
Co-sponsored with the San Jose Parks and Recreation Department, this yearly event delighted about 8,000 elementary school children each spring. It featured art in action, craft demonstrations, puppet shows, musical groups, and theater productions by the San Jose Junior Theater.
Children’ Shelter Project (In Collaboration with Children’s Shelter Association)
With the opening of the new Santa Clara County Children’s Shelter, there was a tremendous increase in the number of calls from the community wanting to offer volunteer services. Additional volunteers were needed to support programming designed by Shelter staff and to provide increased services to the abused and neglected children housed at the Shelter. League members developed an orientation and training plan for new volunteers, developed a volunteer recognition program, identified outside resources to provide additional programming and implemented a nursery school program.
Children’s Shelter of Santa Clara County
The purpose of this project was to incorporate volunteers and additional programs to meet the needs of the children housed at the shelter. Volunteers spent countless hours conducting cooking and arts and crafts workshops, serving as classroom aids, hosting holiday parties, all to help foster self-esteem in a non-threatening and noncompetitive environment. The Children’s Shelter continues to offer a wide variety of enrichment activities and field trips to the children temporarily housed there.
Formed in 1962, to establish a permanent children’s theatre group and facility, San Jose Children’s Theatre gave elementary school children an opportunity to view live theatre and quality performances through four plays each year. As more children’s theatre groups were established in the area, the League felt its purpose had been fulfilled, and terminated the project in 1975.
Community School Pilot Program
In 1970, the League funded over a three year period the Alum Rock School District to set up two “Community Schools” at existing school sites. The main purpose was to open up the schools to the entire community on a day and night, year round basis.
Community Tour Program
The League conducted tours of the San Jose City Hall facilities and of the downtown redevelopment area, including the new library, community theater and office complexes.
Court Designated Child Advocates
To lessen the trauma of children who have been abused, neglected and/or abandoned, League volunteers, as Child Advocates, were trained to assist a child and his/her family as they proceed through the Juvenile Court System. The volunteer formed a close relationship with the child, representing the child’s interests with social workers, psychologists, family members, and court personnel. The Project included court report writing, telephone calls to professionals involved with the case, and possible trips to doctors, family, friends, and court appearances.
Discovering the Santa Clara Valley
This tour guide was published in 1972 and became a useful reference for residents and visitors interested in cultural and recreational activities in Santa Clara Valley. Nine thousand (9,000) copies were sold.
Drug Alternative Spot Announcements
Fifteen Leagues in Region XVI joined together in 1972 to finance the production of drug alternative spot announcements for television. Featuring the theme “Turn On To Life,” the six public service announcements (two in Spanish) were shown widely throughout the area.
In 1971, the Junior League of San Jose, Inc. purchased four copies of the film “Drugs Are Like That” to be placed in the County Film Library for use by children in grades one through six.
Family Education Center
Provided training and help for people responsible for raising children. The goal was to teach them skills which would enable them to raise children in a nonviolent and positive environment, and to provide referral to other resources. Family Education Center is currently a program of the YWCA.
Family Writing Project (In Collaboration with Partners in Reading/San Jose Public Library)
Partners in Reading focused on improving adult learners’ attitudes toward writing and strived to increase their self-esteem by involving them and their children with positive writing experiences. League members promoted family literacy by conducting writing workshops and art workshops. A book of learner writings with a theme of “The Family” was produced and published. League members assisted in promoting the book by holding a family-oriented celebratory event.
Foothill Family Learning Center Spirit, Body and Mind Project
Volunteers served as mentors to the teens serving on the Center’s Infant Advisory Council (IAC). Volunteers also assumed the role of event planners and meeting facilitators for the Infant Advisory Council. JLSJ provided significant funding for the purpose of purchasing and installing a new play structure for the 1 to 2½ year old infants and toddlers attending the FLC Program, created and funded an incentive program and built a library for use by the teens and their children.
Grandparent Caregiver Resource Center Independent Living Program (ILP)
The ILP educates youth in basic life skills, such as nutrition, cooking and budgeting. The curriculum promotes healthy relationships, including ways of breaking the cycles of substance abuse and domestic violence, and career skills, such as résumé preparation and interviewing strategies. JLSJ volunteers helped to develop and deliver curriculum to the youth.
Grail Family Services (GFS)
Since its inception in 1995, GFS has served the Mayfair community of East San Jose by fostering learning and empowering families with young children through programs that educate, develop leadership skills, and build a sense of community. Selected as the League’s Signature Project in 2009, League volunteers worked closely with GFS to enhance existing programs with the creation of the Family Enrichment Program (FEP). The FEP was designed to promote literacy, improve the parent-child bond, empower the parent to be the child’s first teacher, and increase the parent’s awareness of their child’s development. The components of FEP included Tyke Tales, a six-week early literacy program for children and their parents, and Speaker Series, a monthly program designed to promote active parenting while providing education and hands-on experiences for entire families. Over four years, this remarkable partnership served 1,145 unique community members of all ages and was possible due to JLSJ funding of $100,000 and 1,385 volunteer service hours.
Giarretto Institute (ICEF, Institute from Community as the Extended Family)
The philosophy for ICEF was that successful clinical intervention must be integrated with guided self-help activities which empower children and teens to seek out healthy relationships with others, and thereby reverse the tendency to become re-victimized. Volunteers received a four-day orientation workshop, and those having direct contact with the children received additional selected clinical workshops. Skills learned were applied in re-socialization development activities such as field trips, speakers at teen business meetings, birthday and VIP celebrations, and holiday parties.
Hospice of the Valley
Hospice of the Valley provides high-quality home-based hospice care and grief support for terminally-ill patients and their loved ones. Medical, psychological, educational, bereavement, and advocacy services ensure individual dignity, choice and quality of life.
The Junior League of San Jose was in the forefront of founding possible one of the first hospices in the country. The League helped found Hospice of the Valley to serve West Santa Clara Valley patients. The League project, which was active between 1980-1982, included hiring a patient care coordinator and developing a robust PR program including speaker’s forums and newsletters to tell the community what hospice was, recruit volunteers, and create a mailing list. In addition, the League provided fundraising assistance, leadership at the Board level and $18,000 in support, along with 10 volunteers.
More than 30 years later, Hospice of the Valley continues to provide patients with its valuable service, working to help patients and families enjoy life to the fullest of their abilities, and helping them create more cherished moments and memories together. Hospice of the Valley provides a unique approach to care and services to help patients and families embrace living every moment.
Homemaker Service of Santa Clara County, Inc.*
This service was initiated in 1969, when the first group of trained, mature homemakers was available to help families in which accident, illness, or old age had disrupted the home. The Junior League of San Jose provided funding to hire additional staff, enabling the service to triple its case load.
The Project was turned over to Hospice of the Valley, functioning as an independent nonprofit organization, in 1983. Hospice of the Valley was organized as a nonprofit, non-sectarian, home-based Hospice Care Program that provides physical, psychological, spiritual, and social support to people with terminal cancer and to their families in the West Santa Clara County area.
A patient library and cart service were provided by the Service League to San Jose Hospital and Good Samaritan Hospital and maintained until the auxiliaries assumed responsibility for them.
Independent Aging Program
The Independent Aging Program was started in 1977 to help older people remain independent and maintain their preferred life style by evaluating each client’s needs and then coordinating the necessary health and social services for them. Examples of these services are transportation, home help and personal care, counseling, respite care, and medical monitoring. IAP was turned over to Catholic Social Services in 1980.
Independent Aging Intergenerational Program
The Intergenerational Program, working through local high schools, matched one-to-one a student and an older person. The students provided a variety of services for their clients, such as help with shopping and light household and garden chores. An important part of this program was the personal relationship that developed between the student and his or her client.
Job Opportunity Hotline*
Junior League volunteers produced this weekly television program to help improve the unemployment situation in San Jose in 1968-1969. The program was designed to bring people and jobs together by describing available jobs and applicants, then asking job seekers and/or potential employers to call the hotline number.
Junior Achievement (In Collaboration with Junior Achievement of Santa Clara County Inc.)
Junior Achievement is the only program in existence linking education and the world of work through a sequential curriculum progressing from kindergarten through high school. Students learn the relationship between school and their successful participation in the workplace and community.
This project established a presence in an area had been underserved, by pioneering Junior Achievement’s Elementary School Program to schools in Campbell. The volunteer roles included liaisons to school principals, parent groups and community partnerships, as well as classroom consultants. Using the curriculum provided by Junior Achievement, the classroom consultants delivered the materials to elementary school aged students.
Kids On The Block (In Collaboration with Parents Helping Parents)
The Kids on the Block Program was an educational puppeteer program that taught children and families about issues such as AIDS, fire safety, bicycle safety, teen pregnancy, disabilities, chronic and terminal illnesses, gangs, drugs, and cultural diversity. As puppeteers for Kids on the Block, League volunteers provided visibility in the community. At the same time volunteers offered necessary knowledge, information, support, training, and resources to ensure all children, able and disabled, every opportunity to achieve their full potential.
KTEH Instructional Television
As part of a two-year project, the League developed the Summer Screen Tour Docent Program and gave tours to over 2,000 children. “Plug Yourself In,” a critical viewing presentation that illustrated the positive and negative effects of television, was shown in 15 schools. League volunteers wrote, taped, edited, and produced a ten-minute videotape, “I Wish I Knew…,” that explained how a television program is made.
Las Hermanitas MACSA Little Sisters (In collaboration with Lee Mathson Middle School and MACSA’s East San Jose Youth Center)
The Las Hermanitas project addressed young women ages 11 to 14, who live in the Mayfair neighborhood of East San Jose and attend Lee Mathson Middle School, which is adjacent to MACSA’s East San Jose Youth Center. The school determined which girls were in the highest risk group and allowed these young women to attend a weekly one-hour mentoring class with MACSA representatives and League volunteers.
The program focused on issues related to teen pregnancy, gang involvement and early school dropout rates of the young women. League volunteers worked closely with the girls both in and out of the classroom serving as mentors, meeting with the girls on a weekly basis at Lee Mathson Middle School, and taking girls on field trips throughout the community.
Lead the Way (In collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Santa Clara County)
This project was an important one for girls in Santa Clara County. This program strived to be on the forefront of responding to the important needs of young women throughout Santa Clara County.
Lead the Way involved the development of an interactive three day leadership workshop, committed to helping young women (14-17 years of age) tap into their potential to develop marketable skills with caring adults so that they are prepared to be successful leaders with bright futures. League volunteers worked with high school aged girls and the agency to plan and execute this exciting event.
Legal Advocacy Program (In Collaboration with Next Door, Solutions to Domestic Violence)
The Legal Advocacy Program provided expanded services and support to battered women and their children who came to Next Door for help with domestic violence in their lives. League members provided assistance to women in securing and completing temporary restraining orders to protect them and their children from batterers. League members also provided support and encouragement to battered women by accompanying them to court for domestic violence related hearings.
Legal Advocates For Children & Youth (LACY) Guardianship Clinic Project in collaboration with the Santa Clara County Bar Association
The purpose of the guardianship clinics was to assist LACY in increasing the number of guardianship services which can be provided on an ongoing basis. A guardianship is the legal process by which an adult is named caretaker of a child when a parent is unavailable, unwilling or unable to care for a child. League volunteers were trained to complete the court documents, meet with clients to obtain signatures, file the guardianship, and serve notice of the guardianship.
Where appropriate, League volunteers had the opportunity to accompany clients to court. Volunteers were thoroughly trained and supervised by LACY staff, all of whom assisted in providing access to the courts and helped instill a sense of permanence and security in the lives of children.
Legal Rights of Older Persons (SALA)
This project was developed in cooperation with the Senior Adult Legal Assistance Agency. It provides legal services and information about legal rights to senior citizens.
Let’s Listen To Music
This project was a 50-minute presentation of American history through its music and an introduction to the basic concepts of music. Its purpose was to develop an awareness of music through listening and participation. It was designed for fourth grade students.
Let’s Look At Art
This project was a cultural enrichment program designed for elementary school children to stimulate an awareness and appreciation of art at an early age. Trained volunteers transported a portable collection of quality reproductions of famous paintings to the classroom. The project was transferred to the San Jose Museum of Art.
Minds Alive! (Sacred Heart Community Services)
Initiated in 1992, this project aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty by using education as a tool toward empowering adults and children, and by assisting them in becoming self-sufficient, independent members of our society. Services included: Moms n’ Tots English as a Second Language, After-School Homework Clinic, Academic Summer Day Camp, and Survival English as a Second Language.
The purpose of this project was to bring joy through music into the lives of the elderly and children with special needs. League members selected music from show tunes, popular folk songs and interactive children’s songs to perform to “shut-in” groups of adults and children. For eight weeks each year, the League choir would perform to different groups. This Project became a community service in 1987 and was discontinued in 1989.
Nonprofit Development Center (formerly Grantsmanship Resource Center)
Originally started as a community service, the League founded a library of funding sources to help nonprofit agencies locate funding from corporations and foundations. As the word spread, the League hired a full-time staff, established a permanent office, and broadened the services to include workshops, such as “Proposal Writing,” among others. In 1989, after 12 years of operation, the Grantsmanship Resource Center changed its name to the Nonprofit Development Center and became an independent non-profit.
Outreach For Women served as a resource center for women seeking to enter or re-enter the job market, to upgrade themselves in existing careers, or to change careers. The Project provided employment services, educational services and information and referral services to women, and strived to involve women in the process of defining and serving their own needs.
Family Resource Project (In Collaboration with Parents Helping Parents)
Parents Helping Parents provided resources to families that have children with special needs to empower them to achieve their full potential. Through LINCS (Local Information Network Communication System), families were provided access to community resources.
League members instructed families in the use of LINCS and collaborated with SHARE (Software/Hardware Acquisition and Redistribution Effort) to provide families with a computer for home use. League members trained volunteers to conduct Learning Difference and Attention Deficit Disorder simulations and perform workshops demonstrating to educators and families what it feels like to be a child with a learning disorder.
Parents Helping Parents, Inc. – Touchstone Support Network
Parents Helping Parent’s Touchstone Support Network served children and youth with severe medical problems, such as cancer, and their families. Children in the program were dealing with life-threatening/chronic illnesses. As a result, their siblings often felt isolated, confused and angry.
Touchstone Support Network provided advocacy and guidance to seriously ill children and youth and their siblings to help them reach their full potential. Volunteers play a major role in providing support and guidance by facilitating youth support groups and the SIBSHOPS sibling support group program.
Peralta Adobe Project
In 1976, the League developed a comprehensive educational program in the historic Peralta Adobe, located in downtown San Jose. In 1978, the Project was turned over to the San Jose Historical Museum.
Project Idea (Infant Deafness Educational Assistance)
The educational program for hearing-impaired children under the age of three was founded as the Pre-Nursery Hearing Clinic at Valley Medical Center in 1967. The League provided funding, maintained Board positions and provided volunteer staffing. In 1970, Project Idea became an experimental program for the State of California, and in 1971, it received a three-year Title III grant from the Federal Government.
“Leadership, Experience and Development” were the goals of this Project. Students identified by their school, who were not leaders but had leadership potential, were recruited to work in teams of six with two adult volunteer mentors. Student/adult teams attended a two day leadership training conference. Once they returned to school, Project LEAD teams would develop and implement a community service project based on assessment of the community’s needs. Over the four years of this project, the League worked with 11 high schools throughout Santa Clara County.
The Junior League of San Jose adopted this project in 1987. Volunteers attended an initial training of 20 hours, followed by monthly and quarterly updates as well as legal and psychological consultations with experts. This project is currently an independent non-profit agency.
Ralph Rambo Project
This educational kit was designed for use in junior high school English and history classes and introduced the student to a literary, social, and cultural history of the Santa Clara Valley through the works of Ralph Rambo, a local writer.
Respite Care Program (In collaboration with the Visiting Nurses Association)
This project was aimed at developing an on-going, affordable respite care program for primary caregivers of frail elderly, the chronically ill and/or disabled of all ages, children of mothers with high risk pregnancies and the siblings of high risk infants and/or chronically ill children. League members developed and trained a group of volunteers.
Safe Place Community Outreach
In collaboration with the Bill Wilson Center (SPCO) consisted of a group of 100 young people (ages 12-17) were trained in leadership skills, gang prevention activities, public speaking, self-esteem building, organizational skills, and voluntarism.
These teens then returned to their schools and neighborhoods with enhanced interpersonal skills and the conviction that their efforts can make a difference. SPCO members performed skits and presentations for 30,000 children in San Jose, ages 8-14, and provided 3,000 hours of community service each year. League volunteers served as mentors and coaches for groups of these teens. Mentors encouraged the teens to study, to learn the benefits of volunteerism and to experience success.
This project, in collaboration with the American Cancer Society, was developed to increase awareness among women of the importance of breast health and to encourage women to participate in early detection programs and prevention techniques.
League members conducted trainings on breast health issues in the community and in the spring of 1996, League members coordinated a breast health forum attended by over 900 individuals, featuring Ann Jillian as the guest speaker.
This project was intended to build a sustainable leadership team of mostly-volunteer leaders who are well-trained to Sunday Friends who provides a supportive environment for homeless and very-low-income families to learn and practice social and economic life skills. The Sunday Programs impart academic, social, economic, and service skills. Activities include healthy cooking, art, writing, and the earning and “spending” of tickets. The children are taught with the full involvement of their parents. Two thousand volunteers work with Sunday Friends to serve nearly 300 families each year, but approximately 35% of the volunteers each week are new to the program.
JLSJ volunteers served as leaders at the Sunday Programs and helped to define and develop the leadership program for Sunday Friends volunteers. League members also helped to identify, recruit and train outstanding volunteers with leadership potential.
Teen Outreach Program
A nationwide Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. project, locally in collaboration with Eastside Union High School District, is a high school based program targeted to help increase self-esteem, develop healthier lifestyles and encourage students to become part of the solution through volunteering in their community.
The Tech Volunteers
The Tech Museum of Innovation was an inspiration of Carol Schwartz, who is a Sustaining member of the Junior League of Palo Alto Mid-Peninsula, Inc. A few years after the opening of the Tech, the Junior League of San Jose joined forces with the Junior League of Palo Alto – Mid Peninsula to establish and implement volunteer recruitment programs, enhance the training program, and plan and organize a recognition program for volunteers.
Triton Museum of Art
The Triton Museum of Art develops and implements innovative art and museum education programs. Their aim is for each visitor, regardless of age, background or ability, to experience the museum with enthusiasm, empowered by new perspectives and ideas.
With the help of JLSJ funding and volunteers, the Triton Museum of Art’s ArtTours Program brought children and art together. The interactive docent led tours also provided hands-on art projects so kids would have the opportunity to express themselves through art.
The Valley of Santa Clara
Historic Buildings 1792-1920 was published in 1975, the culmination of a three-year survey of 1,500 historic structures in Santa Clara County. The League collaborated with author Phyllis F. Butler, whose manuscript highlighted 48 of the most significant structures.
Vanished Children’s Alliance
Adopted as a project in l986, Junior League Committee members produced a quality edition of “The Vanished Children’s Alliance Directory” which was distributed throughout the Santa Clara County Office of Education to both public and private schools in our county. This directory is updated regularly and continues to be distributed by the Vanished Children’s Alliance.
Voluntary Action Center
Opened and organized by the Service League in 1949, the Volunteer Bureau of Santa Clara County, as it was previously called, was turned over to the Community Welfare Council in 1956 and became a United Fund Agency in 1957.
Volunteer Career Development*
Started as a service to the community in 1978, this Project was made possible by AJLI regional training provided by a $95,000 Kellogg Foundation Grant. The course, which consisted of two courses, one for adults and one for career life planning for youth, was a process of self-assessment conceived to promote volunteerism. Volunteer Career Development is currently a program of the YWCA.
This organization was started in 1987 as a unique collaboration between United Way of Santa Clara County and the Junior League of San Jose. The League’s goal was to assist in increasing the number of volunteers in our county. League members were trained to train volunteer coordinators of nonprofit organizations. During the five year Project duration, five Volunteer Fairs were organized at Oakridge and Westgate Malls.
The number of young volunteers was increased through workshops on youth volunteerism for school personnel, youth group leaders and representatives from nonprofit agencies. Approximately 3,400 volunteers were matched with over 400 nonprofit agencies.
Today, the Volunteer Exchange continues to be the only program in Santa Clara County that refers potential volunteers to nonprofit agencies.
W.A.T.C.H. (Women and Their Children’s Housing)
W.A.T.C.H was adopted as a Project in 1986. League members spent their first year in training sessions designed to help them act as peer counselors to women in the shelter. Committee members also established a volunteer auxiliary to support the shelter. W.A.T.C.H. is currently an independent non-profit agency.
WITI (in Collaboration with WITI-Women In Technology International Silicon Valley Chapter)
Women are tremendously underrepresented in technology companies, both in leadership positions and in junior and supporting roles. The WITI Foundation, a California nonprofit mutual benefit corporation, has been working since 1995 to improve this situation, encouraging young women to choose careers in science and technology.
In collaboration with a Portland, Oregon-based program entitled AWSEM (Advocates for Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics), League volunteers arranged site visits to high technology companies in the Silicon Valley area for young women (ages 11-18) interested in technology careers. League volunteers also helped prepare, execute and staff these site visits.
Witness Assistance Project
The purpose of the Witness Assistance Project was to aid witnesses of sensitive felony crimes by bringing them into a cooperative and understanding relationship with the criminal justice system. Witness Assistance is currently a program of the National Council of Christians and Jews.
Woman to Woman
The purpose of this AJLI sponsored project was to educate the public and particularly women about the effects of alcohol on a woman’s body.
Phase I was the formation of broad-based coalitions to assess available services for women, including information, education, prevention and intervention programs, and treatment facilities.
Phase II was a public awareness campaign. In Phase III (1989), it became a League project. Committee members received 18 hours of training from the National Council on Alcoholism. They produced a 15 minute video and an informational pamphlet targeted at women aged 18 through 25, which was presented in workshop form to women on college campuses and in business environments.
The goal of these workshops was to increase awareness of the physical and psychological effects of alcohol on women. This project was completed in Phase IV. Copies of the video tape and workshop are available from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence or from the League office.
Wonder Cabinet at the Children’s Discovery Museum
The Junior League of San Jose was a visionary partner of the Wonder Cabinet, along with First 5 Santa Clara County and United Way of Silicon Valley Success by 6 initiative. JLSJ volunteers served as play and learning facilitators in the art, literacy and infant areas of The Wonder Cabinet exhibit space. Additionally League members designed the Wonder Quilt to expand the outreach of the exhibit and attract new audiences to the early childhood initiative taking place within the Children’s Discovery Museum and Wonder Cabinet space. The Wonder Quilt brings the Museum to children at festivals, schools, etc.
Young People’s Concerts and Art Exhibits
From 1952 to 1965, when the Junior Guild of the San Jose Symphony took over the responsibility, the Young People’s Concerts were an annual event, attended by about 10,000 school children each year. In 1959, a Children’s Art Exhibit was held in conjunction with the concerts. This program was later expanded into Children’s Performing Arts Week.
Youth Education Program (formerly Youth Alcohol Awareness Project)
This Project was developed to train League and community volunteers as alcohol educators in elementary schools. The goal was to enable youth to deal effectively with situations involving alcohol and alcoholism.
Youth Science Institute
Originally the Junior Museum, the Service League provided its financial and volunteer support exclusively when it opened in 1953. YSI provides a wide range of specialized science and nature programs to the schools in the county and to the general public. The League provided funding to YSI for 14 years.
Youth To You Project (In Collaboration with Arts Council Silicon Valley)
Youth to You was a project which utilized local arts organizations, arts education programs, and the Santa Clara County Office of Education to help provide disadvantaged students. The goals was to help the students gain an understanding of business practices, express their individual creativity and gain a knowledge of how artists earn a living in our society. The students, enrolled in the Santa Clara County Alternative Schools, ranged in age from 12-17. The program included development of lesson plans with artists and creation of business plans addressing sales, marketing and record keeping for the art products.
Youth With Promise (In Collaboration with The Volunteer Center)
With an increased emphasis on service learning from the California Department of Education, many school districts include community service as part of their graduation requirements. Organizational management and volunteer coordination require a variety of both practical and interpersonal skills important to the success of these outreach programs.
The Volunteer Exchange “Youth With Promise” project provided approximately 12 young people with the opportunity to continue and coordinate the “Youth With Promise” curriculum. The young people were part of the Youth Services Program of the Volunteer Exchange’s Youth Leadership Team. In mentoring the Youth Leadership Team, the League volunteers facilitated training through a series of service projects with the youth leaders. This Project culminated with the Silicon Valley Youth Service Summit in the spring of 2002.
* indicates project originated by JLSJ