Charity

Current Impact Area

Community Focus: Transitional Age Foster Youth

Community Goals

Make a measurable impact in the lives of transitional age foster youth (TAY), while providing meaningful volunteer opportunities to our members, showcasing our impact to our community and articulating a clear value proposition to our donors.

Junior League of San Jose (JLSJ) utilizes an Issue-Based Community Impact (IBCI) model, which directs all League volunteer efforts towards JLSJ’s community focus: transitional age foster youth (TAY). In 2016, JLSJ officially changed our community focus to helping foster youth successfully transition out of foster care. JLSJ is focusing our efforts on foster youth and addressing the complex and intense issues they face by helping to change the statistics. Marcie Soderquist has been a member since 1996.

50 Tay of Santa Clara

500
foster youth are 16-21 years old
2x
the rate of PTSD compared to veterans
4X
more likely to be forced onto psychotropic medications
85%
of cases due to neglect
50%
Less than 50% complete high school
50%
unemployed
33%
homeless
25%
incarcerated
6x
likely to be pregnant by 21
2%
Less that 2% finish college
*Information provided by Child Advocates CASA of Silicon Valley

Project Cornerstone is celebrating 20 years of helping youth in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected and known. Our programs and services help individuals and communities build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults.

Our programs have made the following impact:

  • 300 school partners building caring and inclusive schools
  • 20,000 educators trained in the  developmental assets model
  • 7,400 adults increased their commitment to youth through our six week workshops
  • 6,000 parent volunteers engaged in schools annually
  • 96,000 youth empowered annually

In the past 20 years, the number of thriving youth in Silicon Valley has increased 16% and the number of at risk youth has decreased 10%. Marcie Soderquist has been working with them for 10 years.

Project Cornerstone

Helping families and schools set up for success with distance learning resources and tips. We want every child to feel valued, respected, and known especially during these unprecedented times!

Welcome to Project Cornerstone Trainings.

Here you will find links to view or sign-up for Volunteer Trainings and Parent Workshops.

Volunteer Trainings

This section contains details for:

  • Assets 101 Training
  • Monthly Lead Trainings

*Assets 101 Training*

For all ABC, Los Dichos, PK/TK, and Middle School Volunteers

Please Read:

Due to COVID-19, we are unable to offer live trainings (with the exception of an OPTIONAL Los Dichos Zoom training - sign-up below).

Directions:

  • Volunteers for all programs must watch three (3) training modules.

  • Modules 1 and 2 are the same for ALL programs.

  • Module 3 is specific to each program.

  • The link to sign-up for the OPTIONAL Los Dichos Zoom training is right below the last Module 3 link.

 

Modules 1 and 2 for All Programs

You will view two videos: one from Module 1 and one from Module 2​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

* Module 1 :
​​​​​​​D​​​​​​​evelopmental Assests and Protect Cornerstone

MODULE 1 (ENGLISH) MODULE 1 (SPANISH) 

* Module 2 :
​​​​​​​V​​​​​​​olunteer Expectations

MODULE 2 (ENGLISH) MODULE 2 (SPANISH) 

Module 3 (Select the link below that corresponds to the program in which you are volunteering)

Unless you are volunteering for more than one program, you will only select one video below to view

* Module 3 : Being an ABC Reader

MODULE 3 (ENGLISH)

* Module 3 : Being a PK/TK Reader

MODULE 3 (ENGLISH) MODULE 3 (SPANISH) 

* Module 3 : Being a Los Dichos

MODULE 3 (ENGLISH) MODULE 3 (SPANISH) 

* Module 3 : Being a Middle School Volunteer

MODULE 3 (ENGLISH) 

Los Dichos Only: Assets 101 Live Zoom Trainings

This is an optional live training available for Los Dichos volunteers only

LOS DICHOS: REGISTER HERE

*Monthly Lead Trainings*

Monthly training sessions for School Leads.

Note:

During 2020-21 School Year these monthly trainings will be delivered via a ZOOM Call. Register by clicking on the link(s) below.

PRESCHOOL/TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTENASSET BUILDING CHAMPIONS (ABC)LOS DICHOS

Parent Workshops

Take It Personally (TIP) - 6 week workshop

COMING SOON! TIP (ENGLISH)COMING SOON! TIP (SPANISH)

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