Community Service & Leadership
There are many ways to serve the community in addition to course-based community learning. You can participate in service leadership programs, team with existing community service projects or volunteer on your own. Find an opportunity that's right for you!
AmeriCorps Bridging Borders
SJSU Center for Community Learning & Leadership hosts an AmeriCorps program. Members serve at a community partner organization and receive training and support throughout the year. Members earn a monthly living stipend and an Education Award. Citizenship or legal permanent residency and one year of college is required for eligibility. AmeriCorps members can serve in three ways:
- Peer Leader for University Service-Learning (PLUS),
- Community Educator, or
- Community-based Tutor.
Project SHINE links college students with older immigrants and refugees in the San José community who are seeking to learn English, obtain U.S. citizenship and become more engaged in their community. SHINE students commit to serving as a tutor for 20 hours a semester through a community learning class.
Visit the Project SHINE section, or contact: Gabrielle Boles, Center for Community Learning & Leadership, firstname.lastname@example.org 408-924-6964.
One Day Service Projects
One-day service projects are a great way to get involved if your time is limited or if you want to help in a variety of ways. Service projects are a fun and rewarding way to build unity and team spirit in a student group. They are also a great way to meet new people! Contact the volunteer placement agencies listed below for group opportunities.
Volunteer Center of Silicon Valley
The Volunteer Center is Silicon Valley's greatest single resource for volunteer opportunities! With a database of over 700 local opportunities, the Volunteer Center specializes in finding opportunities that are tailored to your schedule, interests, and skills.
To find an opportunity that is right for you or your group, call 408-247-1126 or visit the Volunteer Center's website.
Volunteer Match is a national web-based volunteer opportunities database that permits visitors to search for opportunities by location or category of service.
Idealist is a great site listing volunteer, employment and other opportunities related to social change and public benefit organizations.
Guidestar is a searchable database of nonprofit organizations and philanthropy.
Post Graduate/Full Time Service Opportunities
National service program engaging individuals in a year of intensive service in communities throughout the United States. AmeriCorps addresses national issues in the areas of education, public safety, environment and health/human needs. Great leadership and life experience! In exchange for service, AmeriCorps "members" receive a monthly living allowance and money for education.
Search for AmeriCorps programs in this area or across the nation on the AmeriCorps website.
Other Local AmeriCorps Programs
- City Year San José/Silicon Valley
408.907.6500 x 244
- Public Allies
- BAYAC AmeriCorps
- AmeriCorps VISTA
Since 1964, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) members have dedicated a year of service to the mission of alleviating and eradicating poverty in local communities. VISTAs work with local agencies to build and design programs and lasting systems for change. VISTAs receive a monthly living stipend and AmeriCorps education award. For more information, contact the Center for Community Learning & Leadership or search the AmeriCorps database listed above.
- Peace Corps
Help change and improve the human condition at a grass roots level around the world. Peace Corps volunteers deliver services and support community efforts abroad. Peace Corps is a federal, two-year international service program.
- City Year San José/Silicon Valley