Universal National Service Principles:
The San Jose Impact Community is led by the office of the Mayor. San Jose, known as the “City of Innovation,” at the local government level, has developed several new service year programs to address local community needs over the years. Unmet community needs are identified from the city plan and the Chief Service Officer works with the mayor to identify the needs that can be met through national service. The latest include a Climate Action Corps and a Resilience Corps to help the community address climate resiliency and wildfire prevention and respond to the pandemic more broadly. San Jose is working to build connections to career and educational pathways after service.
“Certainly the Service Year Alliance has been such a critical partner for us and for so many communities—valuable resource in sharing information, identifying best practices and connecting to new partners, and of course in advocating for more resources.” - Mayor Sam Liccardo
“Today, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo was joined by council colleagues and community partners to announce the proposal to create a new Resilience Corps. High pandemic-induced unemployment rates disproportionately afflict high-poverty neighborhoods. The Resilience Corps will create more than 400 jobs primarily––but not exclusively––for young adults focusing on five critical tasks of community resilience.”
“The impacts of our climate crisis have become too real and too destructive--rampant wildfires, rising sea levels, and recurrent heatwaves--putting lives and livelihoods in peril,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “San Jose has long taken a leadership role in the fight against climate change, and we're proud to partner with Governor Newsom on this unique initiative to leverage the energy and commitment of our young adults to take action."
"Since October 2021, Resilience Corps members have been learning new skills and developing self-awareness for their future careers. This is their story of achieving dream goals, inspiring others, and making an impact."
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