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Together for a brighter future

San Jose believes its citizens are its greatest asset. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, San Jose is one of the wealthiest and most diverse communities in the US. However, many of the children and youth in low income and under privileged neighborhoods are not reaching their educational potential. One in three youth do not have a mentor and a role model in their lives. In San Jose we have a thriving population of adult’s 50 years and older who have a wealth of wisdom, experience, and compassion and who want to make a difference in kid’s lives and build stronger community.

With Generation to Generation campaign, the city of San Jose seeks to set a new standard for community involvement, particularly among those 50 years and older — to engage these retiring residents in methods that help tackle the city’s toughest problems. The older generation will specifically help youth and children, promoting these services as a core part of what it means to be a citizen in the most innovative city in the world.

Be a champion

The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, is an advocate for advancing volunteer programs as an effective way to engage residents to improve San Jose and participate in addressing neighborhood issues.

In partnership with the mayor’s office and through various City volunteer programs and youth serving organizations, Gen2Gen campaign will serve as a conduit for adults 50 years and older to connect and find youth serving opportunities, to unleash their spirit of service, empower their creativity and leverage their professional expertise.

Opportunities abound — whether serving as a tutor in a public library, reading with a child, or helping to maintain a playground at a local park —you have many ways to connect.

Generation to Generation Summer
May-July 2018

Summertime is a welcome break for school-goers all over America.  But it is also a time when many students — especially those from low-income communities — lose learning ground and access to healthy meals, and don’t have opportunities to build skills and confidence. Generation to Generation San José in partnership with San José Public Library will shine a spotlight on these challenges. Our plan is to mobilize San José adults 50 years and older to volunteer in youth serving opportunities in 24 libraries around San José to help local kids thrive over the summer.


Join us and let’s change the narrative for children throughout San José


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Find Opportunities in San Jose

Find hundreds of stipended and volunteer opportunities — perfect for adults 50+ and focused on helping kids thrive — in San Jose through our partnership with VolunteerMatch.

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Our Partners

AARP Santa Clara

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with approximately 3.3 million members in California and 160,000 members in Santa Clara County. AARP works to strengthen communities and promote the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare security, financial security and personal fulfillment, including intergenerational volunteering. To learn more about AARP in California, visit or follow @aarpca on Twitter and @aarpcalifornia on Facebook.

Bay Area Tutoring Association

The Bay Area Tutoring Association is a dynamic academic support and enrichment 501c(3) organization designed to complement our education system. We are a collective of educators, tutors, parents, students, community members, grass roots organizations and business leaders with a shared desire to invest in the future prosperity of the San Francisco Bay Area through the facilitation of student academic development, parent empowerment, and high quality extended learning program.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley’s mission is to inspire and empower all young people, especially those who need us most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring adults. Our vision is to provide a world-class Club Experience that assures all our youth possess the 21st century skills they need to be successful in school, a career and life—Critical Thinking, Creativity, Collaboration, Communication and Citizenship—so they become self-directed, lifelong learners and leaders.

Citizen Schools

Citizen Schools equips young people with the skills, access, and beliefs they need to thrive as students and succeed as adults in the modern world.  We envision a world in which schools, companies and families partner to provide students with a set of real world learning experiences that set them on a path to college and career success.

Coaching Corps

Coaching Corps coaches are part of a national movement of thousands who are committed to increasing quality sports and mentorship opportunities for youth in underserved communities.

You don’t need coaching experience – just a love of sports and a desire to make a difference in your community. Our premier training program will prepare you to bring your skills and enthusiasm to an afterschool program and to youth who are excited for your support.

East Valley YMCA

East Valley Family YMCA enriches kids, adults, families and
communities through health, fitness and wellness programs, licensed child care,
camps, family programs, swimming and aquatics, and other activities for people
of all ages and abilities.

At the Y, we help build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all with core values
of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility at the heart of everything we

First 5 Santa Clara

FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, an organization that funds programs for children and their families, exists to ensure children are healthy and prepared for school.

Gen2Gen San Jose

With Generation to Generation campaign, the city of San Jose seeks to set a new standard for community involvement, particularly among those 50 years and older — to engage these retiring residents in methods that help tackle the city’s toughest problems. The older generation will specifically help youth and children, promoting these services as a core part of what it means to be a citizen in the most innovative city in the world.


iMentor builds mentoring relationships that empowers first generation students from low income communities to graduate high school, succeed in college, and achieve their ambitions. By partnering with public schools and matching every 11th and 12th grade student in the school with a mentor, iMentor leverages the community to reimagine how public high schools support young people through the college process.

Reading Partners – Silicon Valley

Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that provides literacy intervention programs at elementary schools in low-income communities. At each school, our program transforms a classroom into a Reading Center, and recruits community volunteers from all walks of life to serve as one-on-one tutors for struggling student readers. Our mission is to help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results

San Jose Public Library

Volunteering at the library is a great way to use your talents, provide valuable service to the community, learn new skills and meet great people.

Santa Maria Urban Ministry

The mission of the Santa Maria Urban Ministry is to provide our community with a safe, welcoming place for basic services that meet short-term needs and to promote permanent,
uplifting transformation for client families through education, service and
targeted programs.

The Healthtrust

The Health Trust is a nonprofit organization founded in 1996. We strive to build health equity in Silicon Valley by ensuring that health related grants, policies and services exist to support Silicon Valley’s most vulnerable communities. To learn more, please visit

The Tech Museum

The Tech Museum’s mission is to inspire the innovator in everyone. It is a family-friendly interactive science and technology center located in the heart of downtown San Jose, California. It is a landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most inventive place on earth- Silicon Valley. The tech is also a valued community resource for education and innovation, one that in 2015 was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor a United States museum can achieve.

Thinking Together

Think Together partners with schools to help low-income kids beat the odds. State’s largest nonprofit provider for extended learning time programs. Our staff work closely with school site staff, including principals, to ensure that all our kids are safe, prepared for college and career, and deliver high-quality programs to benefit students and help close the achievement gap.

Join the San Jose Generation to Generation Movement

Whether you are a youth serving organization, an organization working with adults 50 years and older, or if you are an adult 50 + with skill and passion for volunteering, join the San Jose Generation to Generation movement where inter-generational relationships are leveraged and celebrated for building a stronger community

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