Expanding Out-of-School Education Opportunities for Underserved Families

Lauren Hancock has been working with the San Jose Public Library to increase after-school and summer learning opportunities for children of low-income families. As part of her fellowship, she launched a technology-based platform that helps San Jose families discover thousands of out-of-school activities. She also strengthened partnerships with key community-based organizations that offer learning programs, such as the YMCA and the city’s Department of Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Services.

As a FUSE executive advisor, Lauren will build on this work, helping to implement the city’s Education and Digital Literacy Strategy. Among other tasks, she will supervise the work of two literacy program specialists, help expand the network of out-of-school education providers, and establish and oversee quality standards and assessments tools. Through these initiatives, San Jose continues to facilitate learning beyond the classroom for children from underserved families.