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.

Summer time could be challenging for some kids in low income communities. Join the San Jose library to change the narrative so that all kids can thrive:

Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Mentor

As a Summer Reading Challenge Volunteer Mentor, you can help your community while interacting with local youth and families. We're looking for enthusiastic adults wanting to work alongside a teen volunteer to help promote our Summer Reading Challenge.

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Summer Lunch Program Assistant

As a Summer Lunch Program Assistant, you can help ensure that local children get the nutrition they need to succeed. Last summer the San José Public Library was able to provide over 7,000 meals to children and families. volunteer to distribute nutritious food to neighborhood children anytime during the week.

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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

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.

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.


Educare California at Silicon Valley is the first model early learning in the state, focusing on giving the best start to children ages 0 – 5 years. We narrow the opportunity gap for low income children in East San Jose by supporting the social, emotional, math, and language skills development that they need to be successful in school and in life.

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.


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.

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.

We Teach Science

Our mission is to motivate, inspire and mentor K-12 American public school students to achieve excellence in the disciplines of math and science.

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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