January 6, 2015
Expanding Possibilities and Opening Doors
Bringing STEM Education and Employment to Foster Youth

A group of 90 high school freshmen started high school in Santa Clara County in September. Statistically, 25% of them will be homeless at the age of 20. 45% will not earn a high school diploma. And their average wage at age 24 will be $690 per month. 



This group of freshmen have one thing in common. They are all in the foster care system. The statistical outcomes described above aren't acceptable to TeenForce or our partners; we know that you agree that we can't continue to raise children with these results.



TeenForce and our partner, Silicon Valley Children's Fund, have launched a strategy specifically targeted to improving education and employment outcomes for these youth. We know this will translate to better jobs, higher incomes and healthier, happier young adults.



Read on for the details of the Foster Youth STEM and Work Readiness Training program and the amazing list of partners and supporters that are joining the movement.



Making it Happen

Commitment Details


The STEM training program was announced in June as part of a Clinton Global America commitment. The specific goal is to offer a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and Work Readiness training program to 100% of high school foster youth in Santa Clara County. After completing training, the youth will be offered paid STEM internships with Silicon Valley technology companies.


We are launching the first pilot class on January 10! Those students will attend training on Saturdays through May. They will be placed in STEM internships during the summer of 2015. We are very pleased to have 23 youth in the pilot class, and look forward to expanding the size of future classes.

Our Support Network
Financial and Internship Partners

We are very grateful to the financial partners that are supporting the launch of the program. Symantec is the lead sponsor, providing substantial first year funding, with the opportunity for additional support in future years. eBay, SanDisk and Intuitive Surgical have also signed on as funding partners.


We also have a growing and impressive list of internship partners. Our first class of youth will be excited to have work based learning opportunities at companies such as Xilinx, SYNNEX, SanDisk and Technology Credit Union.


We need additional funding and internship partners in order to bring the program to scale. Corporate support levels range from $1,500 to $30,000.   Please contact us for details.  

Our Support Network
Curriculum Partners

Our entry level curriculum partner is the very successful Mouse Squad program. Students will learn the basics of computer hardware and software. Students will also participate in the proven TeenForce work readiness training curriculum. We want them to be fully prepared to work in a professional Silicon Valley office environment.


Students will also participate in an important curriculum provided by The Respect Institute. This award winning program helps youth understand that they are an important part of the community and that their contributions matter.


We are also pleased to recognize San Jose City College and The Tech as training partners, who will provide training locations and additional supports.


All of this would not be possible without the ongoing support of the Santa Clara County Office of Education and the Department of Family and Children's Services.    

Part of the Clinton Global Initiative centers on the engagement of partners to ensure that "commitment-makers" such as TeenForce and the Children's Fund are successful in meeting their commitments.


Please contact us to find out how you can be added the growing list of partners who are committed to ensuring that foster youth have the same opportunities as other youth in our community.  

TeenForce in the News

What we've been up to!


 TeenForce at the White House      NBC 11 News Story    Clinton Global Commitment 

Our Stats Since Inception
Teens employed/ placed : 402
Teen hours worked : 141,435
(over $1,409,500 in wages paid to teens)
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