What is the Family College Success Center?
The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley (HFSV) published the Silicon Valley Latino Report Card in 2011 to better understand the Silicon Valley Latino community as compared to the non-Hispanic population. The results of the report provided substantial information about the local Latino community and also encouraged the HFSV to further research the quality of life for Latinos in Silicon Valley.
HFSV went into Latino neighborhoods and asked families to participate in a survey; a project that generated and recorded over 2,000 voices. The result was the latest publication for HFSV, the Voices of Change report. Nearly 40% of the participants said that education was their most important issue, and increasing youth programs to prevent student dropouts was their top solution.
The Family College Success Center (FCSC) is designed to do just that with the following concept in mind: to improve the quality of life for Silicon Valley Latinos and the prosperity of the region by increasing the number of Latino students that excel in high school, enter and graduate from college.
FCSC serves as a resource hub for Latino families to increase educational opportunities for Latino students and is the first of its kind in the region, if not the state. It is a one-stop HUB college readiness center for college aspiring middle and high school students and their parents to 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.
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Parent Education Academy
Family College ReadinessFEI 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.
Timeline: Every Thursday at 6:00pm - 7:00pm - September 27, 2018 - November 15, 2018
SAT PREP Workshop - Junior High School Students
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.
Timeline: Every Monday at 4:00pm - 5:30pm - October 6, 2018 - May 20, 2018
Elevate Math - 8th Grade Students
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
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.
Timeline: Every Tuesday at 4:00pm - 5:00pm - October 9, 2018 - December 11, 2018
Family Math & Engineering Classes
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.
Timeline: Every Saturday at 10:30am -12:00pm - October 6, 2018 - October 27, 2018
Immigration " Know Your Rights" Workshops
A six-week course program offers curriculum on the following topics: Financial Education/Budgeting, cultural orientation, referrals and creating one’s own plan of immigrant integration. Classes will be offered in Spanish or with Spanish Interpretation.
Timeline: Every Tuesday at 5:30pm - October 9, 2018 - November 13, 2018
Immigration Integration Courses
A one-hour program that delves into the framework on what to do if you encounter ICE, creating an emergency plan, and resources that are available to the community.
The Nutrition Workshop program dives into subject matter such as food safety, drinking water, diabetes and how to read food labels. Six bi-weekly programs with certificates awarded at the end.
Food Demo Classes
Food Demos provide education on how to cook safe and healthy meals. Can be aligned with food drives that are being held at Mt. Pleasant.