San Jose Councilmember Peralez Offers Internship for Summer 2017

At our STEM program graduation, San Jose Councilmember Raul Peralez revealed that he is a former CASA volunteer and spoke about the importance of caring adults for foster youth success. "[It] doesn't always have to be a parent," he says, "but having somebody in [a youth's] life who is there to help guide [them] and shows [them] love. That is what we need." Committed to helping foster youth thrive, Councilmember Peralez announced that he will offer to host an internship for a foster youth in our STEM program this summer. He also offered to allow our youth to shadow him for a day, attending meetings with him and experiencing a day in the life of a city councilmember. We are so thankful to Councilmember Peralez for his support of not just our STEM program but foster youth in general! 

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STEM Program Testimonials

"I was so impressed with the participants and the program. The students are learning so many valuable skills - interacting with clients, graphic design, research skills, the value of trial and error, I could go on and on.

I value the fact that each student receives their own laptop computer as part of the program. This laptop computer puts [foster youth] on a more even playing field with fellow students who have more family and financial support.
In addition, your staff was very impressive. The students are receiving good advice, without being told how to do everything. Your teachers are making them think for themselves as much as possible, while they are learning complicated concepts. It seems like just the right balance for young teenagers who are heading to college and/or careers."

-Jenny, Gilroy Foundation Ambassador

"[The] young lady [I worked with] is truly amazing! She carried herself with so much professionalism and it was delight to work with her. Her understanding of the website editor system is outstanding. She was able to maneuver her way around it as though she herself created the software. Also, I would like to add that [she] has excellent communication skills and I foresee a very successful future for her in whatever she chooses to do in her life. This young lady is extremely responsible, focused, dedicated, detail oriented, knowledgeable and her people skills are superb! As a previous foster parent, [she] will always hold a special place in my heart and I know that anyone that is blessed with the opportunity to work with this brilliant young lady will feel as I do."

-Shirley, Hack the Hood Client

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