Community and Civic Engagement

Community Partners for Service Learning

Service Learning Faculty: If you need assistance:

  • finding service learning placements for your students
  • finding resources and model handouts
  • learning how to integrate engagement
  • how to have your class be "S" designated

Please contact:

Service Learning Community Partners for 2014

Community Partner/Project


Contact Information

Mentors For Youth Empowerment (MYE)

Mentor high school student through community engagement projects and preparation for higher education




Albert LutzPaap ‎


Transition is a student group that advocates for better transportation options to De Anza College, including Bus Rapid Transit; a faster, frequent, and reliable form of public transportation. Our goal is to provide viable alternatives to the automobile so more students can get an education without wasting time on slow bus service or stuck in traffic.

Chris Lepe - (408) 406-807448

South 7th St. Suite #103

San Jose, CA 95113


Latino/a Empowerment

at De Anza (LEAD)

¡LEAD! started in 2005, and aims to help students find a connection to our college and their communities and understand how powerful they can be as agents for positive social change.

Dr. Marc Coronado



Higher Education for AB540 Students at De Anza College(HEFAS)

HEFAS is an institutional and educational program that will provide resources, reduce financial stress, and create a safe learning environment for all students with an emphasis/including on undocumented/AB540.  We are dedicated to empower students, build leadership skills, promote social justice, and advocate for higher education.

Desiree Berdejo ‎



Integral Movement for AB540 Student Success(I.M.A.S.S.)

Our purpose is to promote understanding of the circumstances and rights of all AB540 students in a respectful and safe environment. Our weekly meetings will be a forum for sharing our life experiences, resources, and information as it pertains to current immigration issues.

Desiree Berdejo ‎

I.M.A.S.S. Facebook

California History Center

Silicon Valley Documentation Project - oral histories

The California History Center and Foundation present exhibits, offer classes with De Anza College, publish books and a periodical, and operate a library and archives. Special events including lectures, panel discussions and workshops are also featured

Tom Izu

Website:download here

Asian Pacific American Students for Leadership(APASL)

Our goal is to promote Asian Pacific American student empowerment and leadership through community awareness and involvement.


Flier:download here

 Office of Equity

The Office of Equity, Social Justice and Multicultural Education promotes — through programs and services — an academic, cultural and social environment that provides equity, social justice and academic success for all members of the De Anza College campus community. It supports the district and college missions, which consider diversity an essential component of student education in the 21st century.

Veronica Neal



Adapted Physical Education (APE)

The mission of the APE program is to provide students with disabilities the accommodations needed to effectively participate in physical education.  APE is looking for exercise assistants to help students with their individual programs and reach their personal fitness goals through a variety of physical activity courses.

Cindy Chu
(408) 864.8978



De Anza College Child Development and Education

 This project consists in training 10 De Anza Students to assist eligible DACA students fill out their DACA applications.

Contact: Mayra E. Cruz


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For information on all local elections:

  Certified list of candidates:


 Note: These are not endorsements for these candidates, they are all the campaigns that contacted us.

Cupertino City Council: Savita Vaidhyanathan


CA State Assembly: De Anza Professor Evan Low,   and Chuck Page. 


San Jose City Council District 1: Professor and Assembly member Paul Fong   & Charles “Chappie” Jones


Mayor of San Jose, County Supervisor: Dave Cortese  and Councilmember Sam Liccardo 


San Jose City Council District 7: Maya Esparza and Tam Nguyen


San Jose City Council District 3(downtown): Police Officer Raul Peralez  and Don Gagliardi


San Jose Unified School District: TA#4 Sam Ho  , Veronica Grijalva Lewis and Payvand Zarghami


San Jose Evergreen Community College District T.A. #4:  Huong Nguyen and Maria Fuentes

AVID at Sunnyvale Middle School

  AVID is designed to prepare students who are underrepresented at 4-year universities for rigorous college-prep courses. At Sunnyvale Middle School, we have 7th and 8th grade classes looking for college-age tutors to work with our AVID students on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays from 8:30-9:30am. No tutoring experience required

Alexa Watrous
 Asian Law Alliance, Poll Monitoring Project

ALA’s poll monitoring project was developed to assess county compliance with Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act, which requires jurisdictions to provide assistance to voters in a number of Asian languages, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Tagalog. 

Nick Kuwada, staff attorney
 Alum Rock Counseling Center

To foster healthy communities by increasing family cohesiveness, school success and personal development through counseling, mentoring, and life skills education among high-risk youth in Santa Clara County.  


Contact Person: Courtney Groszhans, Volunteer Coordinator



FIRST 5 Santa Clara County

Our mission is to strengthen families and communities by helping them make the most out of the first five years of a child’s life.  We offer a variety of services such as parenting classes, family events, arts enrichment events, family field trips, and Medi-Cal application assistance, in addition to our 4 family resource centers in Santa Clara County.

Nancy Doan, Volunteer Coordinator



Filipino Youth Coalition

To build a stronger, healthier community with youth-based programs through an asset-building and culture-competency.

Mark Serrano


Kinship, Adoptive and Foster Parent Association of Santa Clara County

Working together to provide resources and advocate for the needs of kinship, adoptive and foster families in Santa Clara County.

Adriana Garcia



Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula mission is to guide and inspire the youth of our community to develop the attitudes and life skills they need to thrive. We have sites in East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Redwood City.  We're seeking POSITIVE, ENERGETIC LEADERS to help in school-based after-school academic and enrichment program for K-12 students. Renee Infelise, (650)646-6062, email: or visit our website

Sunnyvale Community Services

An independent, nonprofit emergency assistance agency to prevent homelessness and hunger for low-income families and seniors facing temporary crises. We provide financial aid, food, and other support that prevents larger problems with more expensive solutions.

My-Dung Tran

(MAIZ) Movimiento de Accion Inspirando Servicio

To develop leaders and use cultural advocacy in order to increase political participation in the San Jose Mexican community specifically among Women, Youth, LGBTQQI.

Yolanda Aguirre



(YUCA) Youth United for Community Action


Grassroots community-organization created, led, and run by young people of color, majority from low-income communities, provides a safe space for young people to empower ourselves and work on environmental and social justice issues

Charisse Domingo



Bring Me A Book Foundation

To provide easy access to the best children's books and inspire reading aloud to children.


Carmina d. Littlefield
(650) 625-5000 ext 227
1045 Terra Bella
Mountain View, CA 94043

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County serves and advocates for families and individuals in need, especially those living in poverty. Rooted in gospel values, we work to create a more just and compassionate community in which people of all cultures and beliefs can participate.

Juniel Butler


CET-Immigration and Citizenship Program Internships

The Center for Employment Training’s Immigration and Citizenship Program (ICP) serves immigrant, minority, and low-income residents in Santa Clara County and beyond.
Volunteer opportunities include: Administrative Support, Receptionist, Accounting, Media/Outreach/Marketing, and Legal internships.


Sandra K. Guzman, Volunteer Coordinator 




Silicon Valley De-Bug

Silicon Valley De-Bug is a collective of writers, artists, organizers, and workers based in San Jose, California.  San Jose and supporting families who have loved ones experiencing the criminal justice system.

Raj Jayadev




Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay, Inc.

JA Worldwide is a partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers — all working together to inspire young people to dream big and reach their potential. JA’s hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy to young people all over the world.

Jennifer Mendoza

408.988.9815 x 2



MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana is an inclusive contemporary arts space grounded in the Chicano/Latino experience that incubates new visual, literary and performance art in order to engage people in civic dialogue and community transformation.

Pali Nijjar



Our City Forest

The mission of Our City Forest is to cultivate a greener, healthier urban environment and a renewed sense of community by involving Silicon Valley residents in the understanding, planting and

care of the urban forest.

Monica Nanez

(408) 998-7337


Reading Partners

Help children become lifelong readers by empowering communities to provide individualized instruction with measurable results.

Salleha Chaudhry



Sacred Heart Community Service

Our mission is to change lives and impact poverty by providing essential services, offering tools for self-sufficiency, and ministering with dignity, compassion and respect. We engage the community and inspire volunteers to love, serve and share.

Terri West



Teatro Vision

Teatro Visión is a Chicano theater company that celebrates culture, nurtures community and inspires vision. Our art will move people to feel, think and act to create a better world.

Carlos Velazquez


TOUCCH (Tutor Outreach Uniting Communities for Change)

A grassroots organization that was created by De Anza students. The mission of TOUCCh is to provide supplementary educational services to adults and children in the migrant farmworker community in Watsonville, and to help educate our community about the struggles migrant farmworkers face.

Scott Hallgren

(408) 799-1267


Unite Here Local 19

Organizing the unorganized in our industries is the top priority for UNITE HERE. Over 50% of the new Union national budget will go toward organizing. Current major organizing campaigns are underway at Cintas, Hilton, H&M, and the gaming industry. In the past five years, the two unions have organized more than 100,000 new members.

Elvis Mendez

(408) 321-9019


West Valley Community Services

Encourage the sharing of community resources, to provide basic human needs in a caring and dignified environment, and to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in West Valley Community Services' activities

WVCS Main Office



California Community Opportunities






We work with adults Developmental Disabilities. CCO offers individuals with severe developmental and behavioral challenges the opportunity to live in their own homes in the community and develop a lifestyle of their choice. 


Lisa Franklin (lisafranklin@ca.cco-org)




Day Services Director




408-369-1910 ext.612

Team Up for Youth



Is a nonprofit that uses sport as a tool for youth development in low income communities. We partner with a variety of after-school programs ranging from Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCAs to more sport specific nonprofits like First Tee (golf) and MASCA (soccer.)  At TUFY we believe that sport is an effective and fun medium for youth to learn the life skills that are needed to succeed in life.

Kristin Karcsh



Full Circle Farm

Full Circle Farm represents a shift toward food systems that are local, fresh, and sustainable.Full Circle Farm serves a pivotal role in our community’s movement toward a food system that nourishes our bodies, the land, and the generations yet to come.

Dan Hafeman

Veggielution empowers youth and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose. Our urban farm engages the community by providing access to healthy and local food, crating youth leadership opportunities, and developing creative solutions to social and environmental justice issues.

Mark Anthony Medeiros

408- 634-3276


 San Jose Peace and Justice Center

The San Jose Peace Center educated and engages the South Bay community around critical issues of peace and justice, with a current focus on ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Contact person: Shelby Minister
48 S. 7th Street, Suite 101 
San Jose, CA 95112 
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center

Our mission is to provide a broad array of opportunities and programs, a dedicated and caring staff, a corps of volunteers, and a spirit of community that celebrates the many facets of our broad-based Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender constituency.

938 The Alameda

San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 293-3040


Fill out a volunteer application online, e-mail Marcos, or visit the center to see about service opportunities. A minimum of 24 hour commitment per quarter is required. 

Californians for Justice

Californians for Justice is a statewide grassroots organization working for racial justice by building the power of youth, communities of color, immigrants, low-income families, and LGBTQ communities.  Led by students, we organize to advance educational justice and improve our social, economic, and political conditions.

Contact: Rosa 

phone: (408) 272-0236



One Brick Silicon Valley
One Brick provides support to local non-profit and community organizations by creating a unique, social and flexible volunteer environment for those interested in making a concrete difference in the community.  

Tracey Lee Davis, Director of Community Outreach,

Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto (CLSEPA)

CLSEPA- is a free legal clinic that provies services such as consumer rights, , housing, and immigration for low income residents of San Mateo County. Its a great opportunity for prelaw students.

Contact: Lacei Amodei

Heart Beat Earth  

This project will target native plans in need of a second planting following the recent hot summer month. We would like De Anza Students to participate.




eSafety: Prismbreak

This Project will work to create to educational resources to address the online safety needs of activities.




 Indian Health Center  We provide providing San Jose's youth ages 12 to 17 years old with with our homework assistance and tutoring program. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 5:30pm   Chelsey Russell
408.445.3400 ext. 330

Institute of Community and Civic Engagement

Building: East Cottage Contact: Cynthia Kaufman
Phone: 408.864.8739


Last Updated: 11/18/14