What's Resilience Corps?
Resilience Corps is a young adult workforce development program for San José residents.
Resilience Corps Associates:
- Earn a living wage
- Receive professional development training and workshops
- Gain experience in the expanded learning field working with high needs students in grades K-8
"The energy and talent from our young San Joséans in the Resilience Corps are helping us tackle many of our greatest challenges—from the pandemic to climate change to widening gaps in educational and economic outcomes." — Former Mayor Sam Liccardo, San José
About Resilience Corps
How It Started
In March 2021, Former Mayor Sam Liccardo launched Resilience Corps. This jobs program for young adults focuses on five critical areas of community resilience. One area is overcoming the learning loss of struggling students.
The City of San José appointed the San José Public Library to lead the development and implementation of Resilience Corps. The Resilience Corps Learning Pathway program aims to accelerate learning growth among high-need K-8 students in San José. The program achieves this goal by employing qualified part-time Resilience Corps Associates.
Joining #CaliforniansForAll Youth Jobs Corps
Resilience Corps Learning Pathway San José joined the #CalifornianForAll Youth Jobs Corps Program in 2022. Key goals for the program include:
- Increase employment for underserved youth in San José while providing a living wage and professional development opportunities.
- Develop meaningful career pathways in public service and community-based organizations through job training and experience in expanded learning programs.
- Enhance organizational capacity to address challenges in COVID-19 recovery in the key focus area of learning loss recovery by providing staffing solutions that help to lower student-teacher ratios and provide subject-specific support.
Launched in 2021, Resilience Corps is a living-wage, paid work experience designed for the following San José residents. Priority will be given to youth applicants ages 18-30 who:
- Are in or transitioning from foster care
- Are or were justice-involved
- Are engaged with the mental health or substance abuse system
- Are low-income
- May have difficulty finding employment
- Are unemployed and/or out of school
- Have not participated in an AmeriCorps program
- Are first-generation college students
Resilience Corps Associates are placed at qualified program providers. Associates provide afterschool and tutoring support to high-need K-8 students in San José.
These are part-time positions. Associates will gain firsthand experience in the educational and afterschool profession. The San Jose Public Library Foundation, as the employee of record, provides financial compensation, training, and professional development.
Corps Associates hired through this program will work with approved program partners:
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley
- Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
- Mount Pleasant Elementary School District (MPESD) After School
- Parks and Recreation ROCK afterschool
- San José Public Library
- Think Together Alum Rock
Education Agencies with Participants
These programs support schools and students in seven local education agencies:
- Alpha Public Schools
- Alum Rock Union School District
- Berryessa School District
- Downtown College Prep
- Franklin McKinley School District
- Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District
- Oak Grove School District
About the Expanded Learning Programs
Expanded learning programs with Resilience Corps Associates are aligned to common core anchor standards. They prioritize whole child learning opportunities including social-emotional learning, academics, and physical activity. All programs follow CDC public health and safety guidelines and best practices.
Benefits for Associates
- Expect to work a minimum of 12 hours and a maximum of 20 hours a week.
- On-the-job training and support.
- Monthly Professional Development that include Financial Literacy, Career Development, Resume & Interview Workshops, and Expanded Learning Career Specific Trainings.
- Opportunities to network with educational organizations, City Departments, and local Community Based Organizations.
- Support and resources to transition into permanent full-time or part-time employment in the expanded learning and education field.
For more information about becoming an Associate or Program Partner, please contact us:
We're grateful for the financial support provided by the City of San José through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and the State of California Youth Jobs Corps. We're also thankful for the administrative support provided by the San José Public Library Foundation.