#defendDACA video project

 

We are delighted to post our first #defendDACA video featuring Manuel Romero’s “Alza La Mano” song as well as some photos from some of our Cultura Ambassadors, City of San Jose Council Members and community advocates.

We would also ask you to save the date for our “Moving beyond DACA” Fireside Chat. We are producing this special event in partnership with San Jose City College at their new Milpitas Extension the morning of November 4th from 10AM – noon. We look forward to engaging you all in a conversation and identifying actionable steps towards ensuring fair policies for our immigrant communities.

2017 College Declaration Day – Call for Nominations

 

Silicon Valley Latino is delighted to announce its First Annual Declaration Day.

Declaration Day will be a special event where we will pay tribute to select high school graduates that will be entering top tier schools the fall of 2017.

At this time, we ask our community to submit nominations for this special and inaugural event that will recognize some of our special local graduates.

In order to submit a nomination fill out the following google form: Submission Form

• Name of Student
• Contact Information (phone number and email address)
• Nominees Compelling Story  (Essay 350-500 words)
• GPA (weighted and unweighted)
• University accepted and entering in the fall of 2017

We look forward to receiving your nominations!

Daniela Cervantes: HHF Ignite Program Fellow & SVL Intern

 

 

Daniela Cervantes is a 17-year-old incoming freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. She was born in Salinas, California and grew up in Greenfield, California where she attended Greenfield High School and graduated at the top of her class. Growing up in an underserved, low-income community, Daniela was fueled by her parents’ experiences as blue collar workers and Oaxacan heritage in order to strive for academic success.

Daniela distinguished herself as a leader in her school and agricultural hometown by serving as President of her student body during her 8th grade, freshman, and sophomore years, and then serving as Associated Student Body President as a senior. Through these roles Daniela ensured that organizing, planning, and executing activities such as Homecoming Week, rallies, and Prom met her class and school’s needs. Additionally, she co-founded her school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance to advocate for LGBTQ+ inclusion in a generally intolerant community. Daniela is especially proud to have impacted her community as founder and President of her class’ French Club which fundraised, planned, and executed a trip to France for herself and eight other low-income classmates who had been rigorously studying the language for four years.

Through her extensive leadership positions and dedication to volunteering with her local outreach organizations, Daniela’s senior year of high school was filled with college acceptances to New York University, UCLA, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, and early admission to UC Berkeley, along with Berkeley’s most prestigious merit-based Regents and Chancellor’s scholarship.

Furthermore, Daniela was awarded the Coca Cola Scholarship of $20,000, which went to only 150 students in the United States out of 86,000 applicants, as well as the Youth Award in Community Service from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.

Daniela is truly passionate about activism and advocacy for the representation and success of under-served and underrepresented groups such as communities of color, women’s and LGBT rights. She’s currently at a stage in her life where she can see herself as a politician, cinematographer, marketing executive, film producer, or a non-profit CEO. Daniela is looking forward to taking advantage of all the opportunities at UC Berkeley and beyond to fulfill her goals and create a meaningful impact in the world.

We are delighted that Daniela’s passion, vision and goals align so well with those of Silicon Valley Latino. We also believe her future is full of promise and are optimistic that she will not only accomplish her goals but exceed expectations. Silicon Valley Latino is happy to have her as an intern through the Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s Ignite Program and we’ll do everything to support her success. Adelante!

 

 

SVL Inspire Higher Tour at Luis Valdez Leadership Academy

 

This Inspire Higher Tour continues with stops at the Luis Valdez Leadership Academy and Cristo Rey one more time. We were delighted to feature Pepe Gomez, Jess Ruval, Ivan Reyes, Veronica Cedillos, Marcela Antonia Denniston and Herminia Estrella Ojeda during these past two stops. They shared their journeys filled with challenges, failures, lessons learned and successes. The most rewarding aspect of this program is when these youth envision themselves as successful professionals and leaders because journeys shared by our Cultura Ambassadors.

Next up is ACE Charter High School!

#InspireHigherTour

Interested in becoming an SVL Cultura Ambassador?  Reach out to us so that we can give you all the details on joining this growing community of professional latin@s.  email us info@svlatino.com

SVL Inspire Higher Tour Luis Valdez Leadership Academy

This Inspire Higher Tour continues with stops at the Luis Valdez Leadership Academy and Cristo Rey one more time. We were delighted to feature Pepe Gomez, Jess Ruval, Ivan Reyes, Veronica Cedillos, Marcela Antonia Denniston and Herminia Estrella Ojeda during these past two stops.

The Women and Men In The Arena

 

Regrettably for generations the narrative around the Latino community has strategically been a negative one, and most recently it has taken an even darker tone. However, the Internet and the various platforms that have emerged in the last decade have now allowed a more even playing field. We now have the opportunity to be part of the narrative, in fact, we can now write our own narrative.  We now write a narrative that is based on facts, on our own experiences, our very real experience. Furthermore, documenting these experiences allows us to capture the way we contribute and add value to society and in doing so we educate ourselves and the mainstream about who we are, what we do and how we do it.

 

In our latest video project, The Women and Men In The Arena, we’ve taken Roosevelt’s epic passage from his 1910 speech, Citizenship In A Republic, and have remixed it to pay tribute to some of the men and women who have devoted themselves to strive valiantly towards worthy causes. To those women and men in the arena, who despite your early challenges were able to succeed, we applaud you for your perseverance, tenacity, vision, and aspiration to achieve more than was ever expected. We thank you for having the audacity to envision a different reality, a better reality. We applaud you for daring greatly.

Because of the vision, commitment, leadership and faith in our community by these men and women, our society benefits from organizations like the National Council of La Raza, the Latino Community Foundation, Hispanics in Philanthropy, the Castellano Family Foundation, the Mexican Heritage Corporation, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Sacred Heart Nativity Schools, the Small Business Administration, the Avalos Foundation, Conexion, Latino Start-up Alliance, Hispanic in IT Executive Council and LISTAS to name a few.

It is with great pleasure that we release this video as we approach May 1st’s “Day Without An Immigrant” and it is our hope that as you choose to participate in these marches that you are fueled with more pride about who you are, what you stand for, and what you represent.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”


We look forward to producing more videos that will feature more of the countless leaders from our community who strive valiantly, stay tuned.

 

 

Do you know how to Rock Your LinkedIn Profile?

 

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With over 400 million members and 2 new members joining every second, LinkedIn is the largest professional network and has become one of the top recruiting sources for employers. At the recent sold out San Jose State University Latino Alumni Network (SJSU LAN) LinkedIn Networking Event – “Rock Your Profile” attendees were able to learn how to make their profile stand out from other candidates straight from the source.

Teresa Leija, Associate Program Manager, presented a step-by-step approach to build and expand your networks with your LinkedIn profile. During the presentation, she stressed the importance of how using every feature will increase the views to your profile.

  • Adding a professional photo increases profile views by 14x
  • Including a summary increases profile views by 10x
  • Including work experience increases profile views by 12x
  • Adding volunteer experience and causes increases profile views by 6x

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You get the picture- the more you use LinkedIn’s profile features the more views to your profile. It is so important that you don’t leave anything blank or empty.

Here are a few more ways to really ROCK your profile:

  • Spend some time really crafting your headline. It should explain what you do, show your passion and value. Spend just as much time, if not more, creating a compelling summary that focuses on your career accomplishments and aspirations. The summary should be less than 740 words and include keywords not buzzwords!
  • Make your profile dynamic and visually appealing with presentations, photos and videos that tell your professional story. If you don’t have any media to share, Teresa suggested adding a general presentation about your company and utilizing SlideShare to get ideas for presentation decks and infographics.
  • Add skills that are a mix of high-level and niche skills and try obtaining endorsements for those skills.
  • Complete the volunteer experience section of your profile. Teresa stated that 41% of hiring managers see volunteer work just as valuable as professional experience.
  • Be active and engaged on LinkedIn
    • Join at least 5 groups in your industry
    • Read Pulse to build your knowledge
    • Follow LinkedIn influencers that resonate with you such as Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, and Gwen Stefani to name a few
    • Share links, articles and quotes at least twice a week. Try adding a question in your comment to spark conversation and reaction.
  • Take advantage of the LinkedIn publishing tool to post your own articles. Kathy Goss, Diversity Recruiting Lead, noted that your posts are a way to deeply explore topics that matter to you and an opportunity for potential employers and recruiters to know more about you.
  • Increase your skillset with Lynda.com an invaluable online learning platform to learn business, technology, software, and creative skills through videos.

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On top of the networking and profile tips, another great part of this event was that the attendees had a glimpse of the LinkedIn company culture by being onsite and listening to the panelists from the internal employee resource group HOLA (Hispanics of LinkedIn Alliance) moderated by Sean Cevera, Diversity & Recruiting Champion. The panelists included Matthew Mendiola, Talent Solutions Support Specialist, Nicole Prairie, Customer Success Manager, and Andrew Trevino, Recruiter. They shared their unique experiences which in turn led to their current positions at LinkedIn. For example, Nicole discussed leveraging her Portuguese language skills as she navigated her career path including working abroad in Germany. Andrew talked about how he transferred his recruiting efforts at the UC Berkeley campus for a recruiter position at LinkedIn. Matthew shared the importance of being a part of the conversations about corporate culture and making connections in your career.

Your LinkedIn profile is not only a way for potential employers and recruiters to find you but also a great way to be known for what you do and strengthen your reputation. Be sure to take advantage of all the LinkedIn tools and tips in this article to ROCK your profile!

If you are interested in learning more about upcoming SJSU Latino Alumni Network’s events be sure to follow SJSU LAN on Facebook, sign up for their eNewsletter or become a member.

Technovate brings High Tech to Alpha Public School in East San Jose

 

Only 4% of the tech workforce in companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple are Hispanics, according to a report published by the Wall Street Journal. Hispanics make up 27% of the population in Silicon Valley but are severely underrepresented in the tech industry.

 

Diversity in tech is not a talent pipeline issue. Several studies show that there are more Black and Hispanic computer science and computer-engineering students graduating from college than are working in the tech sector. Tech companies seem determined to address this contentious issue, but much more work and commitment is required to not only look at internal recruiting practices, but also culture in these companies. A very crucial first step is for tech companies to invest and engage with the communities around them. We at Silicon Valley Talent Partnership create opportunities for companies in the valley to do just that. Technovate, held on April 9th, 2016, at Alpha Public School in East San Jose, was an attempt to build that bridge between Silicon Valley and the communities it exists in.

Technovate San Jose

At Alpha, where the demographic leans 88% Hispanic, students learn to code, build robots, and delve deep in computer science. John Glover, the founder and CEO of Alpha Public Schools in East San Jose, is all too familiar with the lack of diversity in tech and his vision with Technovate is to connect his students with Silicon Valley’s innovation community early on.

 

Technovate brought employees from Cisco, SAP, Google, Facebook, SanDisk, Oracle, Samsung, Microsoft, PayPal, Square and others to Alpha Public School in East San Jose. It was a full day event with speakers, demos, workshops and a speed mentoring session, which allowed middle school students and families to interact with individuals currently working in tech.

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Despite the rain, more than 400 students and families assembled at Alpha School early on a Saturday morning. Students experienced virtual reality with Google Cardboard led by Gabe Alatorre and Oscar Cullen, and Shawnee Baughman from Stanford Virtual Human Interaction Lab. Microsoft’s Technology and Civic Engagement Fellow, Andrew Hernandez, taught students how to code with Minecraft. SAP’s Vice President of Portfolio and Strategy, Dean Sivara, introduced the concept of Design Thinking to the students— who before Dean’s presentation thought SAP was just a venue for hockey and concerts. LinkedIn’s Oscar Garcia, Andrea Carlos, and Zach Roberts all took turns showcasing students various LinkedIn tools to navigate through college and career. We were very fortunate to have Gloria Kimbwala, a campus program specialist at Square, to lead workshops on career in tech and looking for scholarships for college. As a woman engineer of color in tech industry, Gloria understands the lack of diversity first hand. She is determined to be a force of change, to move that needle, to shatter ceilings. Parents found her advice invaluable and left motivated to stay involved in their children’s lives.

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A panel discussion on career in tech, featured Ricardo Benavidez from Google, Jessica Ruvalcaba from Samsung, Jorge A. Barrera from Cisco, Gloria Kimbwala from Square and Joseph Phan, Developer Support Engineer, Facebook. A parent in the audience felt that, “the speakers were very motivating and authentic in sharing their stories & experiences.” Speaking in both English and Spanish, panelists shared their personal stories of humble beginnings and their experience working in the tech sector.

 

The event concluded with an hour-long speed mentoring session where 27 mentors from various tech companies made themselves available to students and their families. Feedback from both the mentors and the mentees were enormously positive. Our takeaway from this event is that there is a massive need for engagements such as Technovate— and our communities are strengthened as of result of these activities. We invite tech companies to invest time in the Silicon Valley communities and actively participate in developing the next generation of talent pool, which is as diverse as the consumers.

 

For inquiries, interest and/or inspiration, please email us at info@svtpca.org.

 

Srijana Angdembey, SVTP Engagement Manager

Srijana@svtpca.org

You can see photo album of this  event here ==> http://bit.ly/1VXV4u1

 

About Silicon Valley Talent Partnership:

Silicon Valley Talent Partnership (SVTP) creates, sources, and manages innovative and meaningful partnerships between private-sector volunteers and civic agencies, capitalizing on the unique opportunity to restore public sector’s capacity to innovate, enhance service delivery, and ultimately improve the quality of life of residents and communities across Silicon Valley.

We must invest the same creative muscle and resources we put toward our products into neighborhoods. We must ask how to fulfill the very real needs of communities in ways that are relevant to our business, take advantage of our strengths while being cost-effective and, yes, potentially profitable.

 

About Alpha Public Schools:

Alpha Public Schools is a public charter school network serving grades 5-10 (eventually 5-12) that prepares low-income communities with the knowledge, skills, and character traits they will need to succeed in college and career. By focusing on building collaborative relationships, empowering teachers, and integrating technology with teaching, Alpha Public Schools aims to personalize student learning for each student to ensure that they have the skills ready for future success.

Alpha Schools serves 913 students in 3 schools where 88% of students are Hispanic and 8% are Vietnamese in the East Side of San Jose. 95% of students are on free or reduced lunch and 50% of the students are English language learners.

 

A Peak into Inspire Higher Tour Spring 2015

Here’s a peak at Silicon Valley Latino’s Inspire Higher Tour. So far we’ve Inspired and Impacted hundreds of students!

Silicon Valley Latino would like to thank the Inspire Higher Tour panelists for sharing their journeys in an authentic and inspiring manner. Guillermo Diaz Jr, Laura I. Gómez, Julissa Ramirez Lebron, Ivan Reyes, Tony Quintero, Ileana Rivera, Pepe Gomez, Nancy Rosales, Gabriel F. Lomeli Jr., Veronica Cedillos, Rich Garcia, Jessica Ruvalcaba, Salvador Xava Arciniega, Diana Albarran Chicas, Esmeralda Barriga Gonzalez, Lemuel Lebron.

We are excited to feature other amazing Latinos at our next tour stop is scheduled at Milpitas High School on April 24th.

A special thanks to our sponsors as this initiative would not be possible without your partnership and support!

Champion Sponsor: Cisco
Advocate Sponsors: Microsoft & Perezidential Homes
Amigo Sponsors: Kaiser Permanente & Oracle

Local Laureates Assemble in Support of August Boeger Career Day

 

“Now, on the road to freedom, I was pausing for a moment near Temuco and could hear the voice of the water that had taught me…” Pablo Neruda

Nestled at the base of the East Foothills of San Jose, in the Mount Pleasant Elementary School District, resides August Boeger Middle School. On Thursday, April 2nd, there was an event that drew together a cosmopolitan group of dignitaries who served as diplomats of Silicon Valley success, presenting to the group of more than 600 students in attendance.

photo 1The event would have pleased even Neruda himself, as professionals and university laureates mingled with the students, and shared their diverse backgrounds and career aspirations undaunted. Speakers presented in break out rooms of approximately 30 students. Among the notable professionals were graduates of Harvard, Santa Clara, and San Jose State University. In addition, the fair featured dignitaries from Google, IBM, Dreamworks, the Peace Corps, as well as, Alex Ontiveros of Silicon Valley Latino.

August Boeger’s Student Advisor, Mr. Donati, stated, “We want to provide our students with a glimpse into their perspective futures, allowing them direct access to the many possibilities and opportunities that exist for them, here, in the Silicon Valley, from the professionals who have done it.”

August Boeger Middle School serves a diverse student population that is approximately 75% Latino, and offers a rigorous curriculum embedded in 21st century learning skills.  With a talented and collaborative staff, they combine ability and passion to engage all students in learning that is designed to make students college and career ready. Educators guide students through PBLs, or Project Based Learning Units. These PBL’s allow students to actively learn about a subject through the experience of problem solving. Students develop skills in communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Boeger also boasts an AVID program that is well respected, and has connections to Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, and San Jose State University. AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a global program dedicated to closing the achievement gap by preparing all students for college and other postsecondary opportunities.

As Neruda so eloquently stated, “It was passed from one bird to another…” so too, was this day for the dedicated students, professionals, and community of August Boeger Middle School.

For more information on August Boeger Middle School, please check out their website at:

http://ab.mpesd.org/

 

Conexion – High School Career Fair @ LCPA

 

Cisco’s Conexion spearheads another successful career fair at the Latino College Preparatory Academy in San Jose, CA.

On Friday March 13th over 100 high school students and professionals gathered as Conexion and the Latino College Preparatory Academy (LCPA) produced another successful career fair. The day started with a warm welcome by Conexion San Jose Chapter Director of Talent Pipeline Jessica Ruvalcaba (Americas Channel Marketing Manager at Cisco).

She then introduced Jose Lazares Jr., Sr. Director of Business Development Application Integration Solutions Group at Cisco. Mr. Lazares delivered an open, honest and passionate keynote where he talked about his non-traditional route to corporate success in the tech arena. His authentic messages of determination and perseverance truly kept the audience of high school juniors and seniors engaged. It was impressive to hear his narrative of how he consistently overcame obstacles through his journey and it was also refreshing to see how well the students responded to his candid candor. Silicon Valley Latino was able to conduct a brief interview with Jose at the conclusion of his remarks, we will be bring one that to our audiences soon.

After the keynote, the students were broken-up into a couple of different groups where they either participated in a mock interview or career group discussion. Conexion and Silicon Valley Latino sent out invitations to several groups in an effort to engage them to participate in this special event.

We were delighted to see that many Silicon Valley Latino “Cultura Ambassadors” conduct the mock interviews and career group discussions. This empowerment event certainly resonates with Silicon Valley Latino’s own mission and that is why we decided to roll up our sleeves and assist Conexion and the LCPA in the production of this worthy cause. We would also like to thank many of the collaborators who made this special day possible starting with the planning committee and Cisco’ Conexion, Jessica Ruvalcaba ( Conexion San Jose Chapter co-lead), Esmeralda Barriga Gonzalez (Conexion San Jose Chapter co-lead), Raul Lomeli (LCPA Director), Saira Canales (LCPA Head Counselor), Jorge Calixto (Cisco) , Jessica Graham (Cisco), Paula Garcia (Cisco) and Alex Ontiveros (Silicon Valley Latino) as well as Keynote Speaker Jose Lazares Jr. and the event video production crew Robert Alvarez and Samantha Franco of the Luis Valdez Leadership Academy (LVLA).
Silicon Valley Latino was also proud support as the event’s media sponsor.