A BRIEF INTO FCSC
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) published in 2011 the first Silicon Valley Latino Report Card to better understand the livelihood of Latinos in Silicon Valley. The results of the report provided substantial data, analysis, and comparisons about the challenges Latinos face every day and also sharpened HFSV's mission to improve the quality of life for Latinos in Silicon Valley through education.
In early 2014, HFSV went into Latino neighborhoods and asked families to participate in a survey; a project that generated over 2,000 responses. The result of this was the Voices of Change report published in late 2014. The report indicated 40% of the participants place education as the most important challenge, and increasing youth programs to prevent student dropouts is the solution.
2016 was the launch of the Family College Success Center (FCSC), a hub designed for Latino youths and parents to increase educational opportunities (the first of its kind in the region). A one-stop hub that encapsulates our "cradle to career" course of action empowering middle school, high school, and college students and their parents to excel through education efforts. FCSC helps both students and parents obtain college access information, advice, guidance, workshops, and online resources.
The FCSC’s primary objectives are to contribute to higher high school graduation rates; improve college readiness, increase student and parent knowledge about the college journey, growing numbers of students attending college; increase college graduation rates, and increase the number of Latinos employed in the high tech industry.
2019 Winter Program! Program Calendar
SAT PREP Workshop - High School Juniors
Partner: College Spring
Dates: Every Monday until 5/20/2019; Every Tuesday & Thursday until 5/2/2019
SAT Prep classes will provide students with 35 hours of SAT and college admission support, a proprietary curriculum that addresses student scoring, and instructors that understand their community and school cultures.
The goal is to raise scores and learn how to leverage the SAT. College Spring provides students with the opportunity to apply to colleges and universities, begin higher education at a four-year, attend colleges with high graduation rates, and test out of remedial courses and have successful first years at a higher ed institution.
Elevate Math + | 8th Grade Students
Partner: Silicon Valley Education Foundation/ALearn
Dates: Every Saturday until 5/9/2019
Selected 8th-grade students are invited by their districts to enroll in Elevate [Math] Plus. Students receive up to 50 hours of additional math support from district teachers. This school year program is designed to offer current students direct support throughout their Common Core math class.
Girls Who Code Club - High School Students (6th-8th Grade)
Partner: Girls Who Code • Volunteer Opportunities
Dates: Cohort 1 (Joseph George MS): Every Wednesday at 3 pm starting February 27, 2019
Cohort 2 (KIPP Prize Preparatory Academy): Every Wednesday at 3 pm starting February 27, 2019
The Girls Who Code Club is designed to bring girls to the forefront of STEM education and achievement. The curriculum is designed to engage girls of varying computer science backgrounds. The girls will develop teamwork, time management, confidence and a plethora of other skills that will build their confidence in STEM. The curriculum is developed to have the girls learn computer science by exploring their own interests and ultimately use code to solve a problem.
Technovation - High School Students
Partner: Iridescent • Volunteer Opportunities
Technovation offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. With the help of volunteer mentors, Technovation cohorts have produced mobile “startups” that have helped address problems in local and global communities the world over. Our Technovation cohort will collaborate in identifying a problem within their community. Once identified, the Technovation cohort will begin designing, developing and marketing a mobile app that will solutionize the obstacle at hand.
Family Math & Engineering Classes - Elementary School Students
Partner: Tech Museum
Dates: Every Saturday in March from 10:30 am to 12 pm; Every Saturday in May 2019 from 10:230am to 12 pm
Location: 14271 Story Road, San Jose, CA 95127 • Walk-ins Accepted
Through engaging math and engineering activities, parents learn to reinforce mathematical skills students need to succeed in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) learning. Families get their hands on math and engineering while having fun and developing logical thinking, spatial reasoning, creative problem solving and number sense together. Meets California Common Core Mathematics Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.
Parent Education Academy
Mt. Pleasant High School • Walk-ins Accepted
The Parent Education Academy provides families with the knowledge and skills needed to work with schools to ensure their child achieves. In addition to the PEA, a STEM two-lesson curriculum educates parents on the importance of helping their children build a strong foundation in math and science. Parents learn the meaning of STEM and recognize the importance of fostering careers in these areas. They learn fun and interactive ways to teach their children about STEM concepts in their everyday lives. The curriculum also stresses how parents can cultivate their children’s interests towards a STEM career.
Family College Readiness
Partner: Family Engagement Institute
FEI serves as a college bridge program where families and educators together grow the skills, tools, and agency to successfully navigate educational systems and build capacity to promote family engagement, school and workforce readiness, and pathways to postsecondary education.