When a tiny light went on at a table in the lunchroom at ACE Academy, cheers erupted from a group of girls working on an electronics project made up of tiny metal parts pinned to a foam block. Debbie Andres, one of three volunteers from SVLG member companies guiding groups of middle school girls through the project as part of the 2021 Young Leaders Forum, leaned in as she coached each girl, then went around to other tables to help other groups.
WASHINGTON, DC (Dec. 2, 2021)—UNCF – the nation’s most effective minority education organization – and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group (SVLG) – California’s most dynamic business association, representing more than 350 leading companies in Silicon Valley – today announced a partnership and initiative that will connect HBCU students to internship and career opportunities within the Silicon Valley tech companies, and address longstanding tech-workforce diversity issues.
SAN JOSÉ, CA (December 1, 2021) — Federal officials from the U.S. Departments of Education and Health and Human Services will join an important conversation around mental health challenges among the nation’s youth stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. The conversation comes on the heels of a recent report issued by SVLG examining how Bay Area schools are addressing the underlying stressors and concerns facing local youth during the pandemic. The summit will also include an important announcement around establishing new career pathways between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Silicon Valley’s innovation ecosystem.
SAN JOSE, CA (October 21, 2021) — “Providing equal work for equal pay is not only fair, it’s also critical if our goal is to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in the technology sector and innovation economy. Yet today on Latina Equal Pay Day, it’s painfully clear how much work remains to ensure that Latina employees are paid their fair share. In the U.S., Latinas are paid 43 percent less than white men and 28 percent less than white women. This means that on average, a Latina must work more than twenty three and a half months to be paid the equivalent annual earnings of her white male counterpart. SVLG urges business leaders, policymakers, and advocates to remain focused and to take action to close the gender wage gap for Latinas.”
To learn more about efforts to close the gender wage gap, please visit: http://www.equalpaytoday.org/latina-equal-pay-day-2021
SAN JOSE, CA (October 19, 2021) – “The new report issued today by the U.S. Department of Education is a welcome step in raising our national consciousness around how the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of the nation’s youth. We’re encouraged to see that the Department’s report largely echoes the findings and recommendations published by SVLG last month in our report examining how Bay Area schools are addressing the underlying stressors and concerns facing local youth,” said Sara Garcia, Director of Education & Workforce Development at SVLG.
As the pandemic continues to be a factor in our daily lives, schools have been at the center of public concern. While adults opine on teacher vaccination, when to return to classrooms, and masking mandates, one factor remains constant – the effects of this unusual time on student mental health are real and need attention.
Study Details Best Practices in Bay Area Schools as They Prepare for Infusion From $4 Billion New ‘Children & Youth Behavioral Health Initiative’
As student mental health and trauma support gain added attention and funds, for this next school year, the big question remains: How long will the funding last to support this moment?
Good news for folks who care about advancing education and workforce diversity in California. With last week’s Appropriations hearings in Sacramento, SVLG’s education-related bill package – AB 99, AB 1456, AB 927, and SB 22 – is one crucial step closer to becoming state ed policy. Let’s break it down. The headliners: AB 99 and …
Leadership Group Focused on Regional Housing Affordability, Transit & Infrastructure, Education, Climate, and Competitiveness Initiatives San Jose, CA, May 21, 2021: Mike Mielke, Head of Public Policy for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, issued the following statement today in response to the release of Governor’s Newsom revised budget for FY 2021-22: “The Silicon Valley Leadership Group …
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