SJ Aspires

group of happy teens SJ Aspires logo: orange-red graduation cap icon

Helping San José's Students Achieve Their College and Career Goals

The mission of SJ Aspires is to provide San Jose’s students with the skills and knowledge needed to achieve their academic or career goals.

How SJ Aspires Works

Through SJ Aspires, students will earn up to $500 in scholarship funds for distribution to the vocational school, community college, college, or university of their choice. Students will earn these funds by completing six online units. By completing the units students will develop the knowledge base and skills necessary to:

  • Transition into life after high school.
  • Learn about, apply to, and enroll in two-year colleges.
  • Learn about, apply to, and enroll in four-year colleges.
  • Apply for financial aid.
  • Identify career interests and apply for jobs in those fields.
  • Learn life skills to help manage their daily lives.

In support of these pursuits, students will also have access to Student’s Rising Above’s Hub—an online community which provides students with additional college and career resources, personalized guidance, and a network of peers.

Registration, Login, & Waitlist

SJ Aspires is currently in the pilot stage. Access to this program is available by invitation only. To request access, please complete the Waitlist Form.

If you have received an invitation to participate in the program, you can register or log into Student's Rising Above's Hub by following the link below.

Register/Login

For more information about SJ Aspires, please contact Adrian McBride via adrian.mcbride@sjlibrary.org.

Partners

Icon: Person climbing ladder to reach a star. Text: Students Rising Above
Opportunity Youth Partnership icon
Overfelt High School shield
Photo: Five smiling girls sitting on a bench. Text: NCYL
JUMA - It Starts With a Job