Expanding After-School and Summer Programs to Bolster Academic Achievement

Though San Jose is a booming city with a thriving high-tech industry that provides unparalleled employment and economic opportunities, there’s a growing gap for students from low-income and minority communities who are at a significant disadvantage for securing these competitive positions in their own hometown.

San Jose is working to improve its educational outcomes by engaging with students outside traditional classrooms at an early age. FUSE Fellow Lauren Hancock will help the youth of San Jose achieve academic and career success by designing innovative after-school and summer programs. Lauren will develop a plan with both short- and long-term goals to guide the San Jose Public Library in optimizing the city’s extended learning programs.

This plan will outline priority areas for focus, which population groups are most in need, the role external partners can play, and how much money is available and how it will be spent. She will also outline plans for implementation of the extended learning strategy including ways to leverage existing assets, such as staff time, expertise, materials and resources, as well as funding mechanisms to ensure programs are sustainable.