Silicon Valley Talent Pipelines


The Braven Accelerator empowers promising young people on their path to college graduation and strong first jobs. 


Braven offers a variety of volunteer opportunities - from coaching small teams of Fellows to performing mock interviews and 1:1 mentorship. Our volunteer roles give you the opportunity to engage meaningfully in the local community, make connections with diverse talent who could become your future teammates, and develop your own leadership and management skills. 

Internships & Employment

The Braven Accelerator has trained 160 and counting talented San Jose State University students, whom we call Fellows. The vast majority identify as first-generation college students or from underrepresented racial backgrounds, and they represent a variety of majors and levels in school. We'd love to connect them to local employers for internship and full-time roles. 

Impacting Curriculum

The Braven Acclerator is a rigorous professional development experience that prepares talented college students for success in securing and performing in strong first jobs post-graduation. Our model focuses on 5 key competency areas: self-driven leading, working in teams, networking and communicating, strategic problem solving, and operating and managing. We look for employer partners interested in reviewing our competency model and curriculum, and ensuring alignment with their talent needs. 

Introducing Students to Industry

Braven partners with employers in a variety of ways to elevate your brand and increase interest in your opportunities. From sponsoring events like our Capstone Challenge and our Mock Interview evening, to hosting informational interviews and site visits, there are many ways to expose your industry and organization to our talented Fellows! 

Donating Resources

Braven looks for anchor employer partners, those aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, who are excited to donate to expand our work and value to Silicon Valley. Donations can be in the form of event sponsorship, space and talented volunteers, or financial investments. 




Andrea Schwartz



EnCorps is the only nonprofit in California or the nation that helps STEM professionals personally explore their role as tutors or teachers in high needs middle school or high schools. EnCorps offers a selective Fellowship, through which STEM professionals receive comprehensive training, and engage directly with students in need in a highly supported, low risk way. Interested candidates must apply ( We ask a minimum of 2 hours/week for an entire academic year of our Fellows.



Business in STEM industries can refer or recommend individual employees to apply for the EnCorps Fellowship as one way to volunteer in the community. Our volunteer experience is designed with the student in mind; the training, support, and time requirements built into our model ensure that volunteering has real and meaningful impact for students. When EnCorps Fellows volunteer their time to work with under-resourced students, we see that students increase their knowledge and skills in math and science and learn to become problem solvers, innovators, creators and collaborators. We also find that the Fellow grows personally and professionally because of their increased ability to connect with students and help them learn. This is very impactful, meaningful, and gratifying work! 

EnCorps is currently piloting initiatives to support existing corporate volunteer tutoring programs: we are prepared to pilot a full-service turnkey solution for companies interested in increasing the student impact of their own volunteer programs, as well as a la carte trainings and professional development for STEM professionals who are volunteering to work with high needs students.






David Taus


Genesys Works Bay Area

Genesys Works partners with local corporations to create a skilled local talent pipeline, and lift disadvantaged youth out of poverty and into sustainable careers. Our proven model combines rigorous skills training, meaningful internships at leading companies, and impactful relationships to launch students into college (98%) and a professional career path.

Internships & Employment

Local businesses are hungry for talent and supporting our diverse community – but traditional summer internships often provide unskilled workers, and only for a brief period of time. We provide high school seniors with training prior to placing them in corporate internships, so that you get true young professionals ready to take on middle-skilled tasks in IT, Marketing, Accounting and other back office functions. You also are impacting their lives at the most critical juncture – when they are deciding whether to pursue college and a rising career or revert to a minimum wage job. And as part-time workers for the entire school year, they can learn, grow, and take on meaty projects and workloads.


Employees can also change lives by volunteering at events like Mock Interviews and Networking Day that help students hone their professional skills.



Ignited is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in Silicon Valley focused on transforming STEM education. Our mission is to connect business leaders and scientists with teachers to transform the classroom experience, inspiring students to become the next generation of innovators.

We were founded in 1985 by a consortium of technology companies and universities. Originally called Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education (IISME), we have provided fellowships for educators in the SF Bay area and beyond for over three decades. 

Support Teachers

Each summer for the past 32 years, we have recruited companies, universities, and research labs to host local educators who want to see how STEM concepts are applied to real-world problems.

Our Summer Fellowship is a full-time, eight-week placement where each teacher fellow works with an experienced mentor to complete a challenging project for their host organization.

Over the course of the summer, Ignited coaches train teachers to incorporate learnings into new curriculum to engage and inspire students when they return to the classroom.




Lesli Smith



We partner with high schools in low-income communities, where a majority of students served will be first-generation college graduates. Each year, we recruit thousands of volunteers who commit to mentor a high school student for at least three years.


iMentor matches every student in our partner high schools with a college-educated mentor—a personal champion to help them on their college journey. You could be that champion. 






Job Corps

Job Corps is a no-cost education and career technical training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through career technical and academic training.

Work-based learning

 Host Job Corps students on a temporary basis through the work-based learning program. You’ll observe Job Corps training firsthand and see how students perform on the job. 

Inform curriculum

Be a part of curriculum planning with Job Corps instructors. Your knowledge can help shape Job Corps’ training program so students will meet your standards before they even apply for a job. Become an active member of your local Job Corps center’s Industry Council and help make decisions to direct the program in your area.  



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NOVA Workforce Development

NOVA is a non-profit Silicon Valley workforce agency providing services for job seekers, business and youth including job search workshops, staffing and recruitment assistance and employee training and retention services.  


Interns & Employees

NOVA has a number of resources to help meet your staffing needs, whether through NOVA directly or through our many connections with other community organizations.

If you're hiring for mid- to high-skill level positions, you've come to the right place! NOVA job seekers are experienced in such fields as engineering, programming, project management, business operations, finance and accounting, human resources, admin support, and many others. We invite you to post your job on our no-cost job board. Contact a NOVA Business Liaison for assistance at (408) 730-7232. If you're hiring for locations in San Mateo county, please contact our San Mateo office directly at (650) 581-0058 and they will assist you with your job posting. 

Is your company recruiting skilled talent for multiple openings? Both our Sunnyvale and San Mateo locations may be able to arrange an on-site recruitment session. Contact us at the numbers above for details.

Do you have a position for a young adult starting a career? Contact the NOVA Youth Office, serving ages 16 to 26. You may post jobs directly online at; for questions and assistance, call 408-730-7640.



Luther Jackson


San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School

The San Jose Conservation Corps & Charter School is a non-profit organization that provides youth with a quality high school education and teaches valuable work and life skills that empower them to become responsible, productive, and caring citizens.


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Silicon Valley Leadership Group

Impact Policy

The Leadership Group Education Policy Team promotes and champions quality public education through partnerships with local, state, and federal decision makers. We work to ensure that the educational system in California and the Silicon Valley fosters academic excellence and high quality instruction, while producing world class graduates armed with 21st century skills. The team initiates outreach and advocacy to inform internal and external stakeholders and policymakers that a desirable, accessible and affordable education system ensures that Silicon Valley and California can remain competitive in the innovation economy.

The Education Policy Team, with the help of an SVLG Members Education Committee, seeks to  promote and champion high-quality education in our region through policy advocacy, programs, and public-private sector partnerships, with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) to develop a strong, regional workforce.  


Margaret Gray



San Jose State University Spartan Staffing

The SJSU Career Center helps businesses identify, attract, and recruit employees and interns.

Internships & Employment

SJSU Spartan Staffing is a high touch customized candidate referral service that matches SJSU students and alumni to jobs and internships at various companies. SJSU Spartan Staffing accommodates internships, direct hires, temporary, temporary-to-regular, and gigs/freelance workers. We refer candidates for short-term or long-term assignments and special projects or events. We also offer payroll services. SJSU Spartan Staffing can source for entry-level talent or seasoned professionals.






The Stride Center

The Stride Center has developed a curriculum and teaching staff that responds to the unique circumstances of men and women who face barriers to employment and access to careers in the burgeoning technology economy. The Stride Center's professional environment for learning and proven, comprehensive learning model is helping deserving, capable people gain jobs, self respect and financial independence.

Internships & Employment

The Stride Center doesn’t just train its students in IT – it prepares them in every aspect for a new career. Our graduates are ready to work with you. Contact us to learn more about our programs, students and graduates.




Samantha Akwei


strive san jose

strive san jose is the Education and Workforce Development project of the silicon valley organization. strive san jose's mission is to connect industry and education so all students are prepared for success.

Interns & Employees

The Strive SJ Internship Program will place a high-school aged (16-18) intern at your business for six weeks over the summer at no cost to you! Interns must apply and complete pre-internship training to ensure they are prepared to succeed. 

Work-Based Learning

Connect with schools across San Jose to introduce students to your business and industry through job shadows, guest speakers, industry projects, industry field trips and more.

Inform Curriculum

Sit on an industry advisory board to inform curriculum for local career pathways.

Impact Policy

Join the Education and Workforce Development Policy working group to advocate for the policies effecting your talent pipeline.


Kelly Peaton




TEALS pairs computer science professionals from across the industry with classroom educators to team-teach CS in high schools throughout the U.S. Started in 2009 by Microsoft employee Kevin Wang, who developed and ran the program in his spare time, TEALS was embraced by Microsoft in 2011 and has been supported by the company ever since as part of its global YouthSpark initiative, which aims to increase access to CS education for all youth around the world.


TEALS pairs computer science professionals from across the industry with classroom educators to team-teach CS in high schools throughout the U.S.



TeenForce is a social enterprise supporting young people (14 - 24) with employment, training, internships and other opportunities. We operate as a non-profit staffing agency for youth and half our focus is on foster youth. We run a STEM and Work Readiness program for high school age foster youth whereby they train and learn through the school year and get paid summer internships at notable companies in Santa Clara County.  



John Hogan, CEO


Internships + Employment

Host a foster youth in a paid summer internship or hire a youth on an on-going basis


YearUp Bay Area

Year Up seeks to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education.

We achieve this mission through a one-year, intensive training program that provides low-income young adults, ages 18-24, with a combination of hands-on skills development, coursework eligible for college credit, corporate internships, and wraparound support.

Internships & Employment

Our partners invest in local talent by providing internships to Year Up students. Employers get a chance to meet, train, and work with potential new hires before officially bringing them on board.
From the tech industry to federal agencies, from education to finance, from the Fortune 500 to hot new start-ups, hundreds of companies are finding that Year Up interns and graduates help their businesses grow. Over 90% of Year Up corporate partners would recommend the program to a colleague or friend.


As a mentor to a Year Up student, you’ll have a unique opportunity to help young adults navigate new experiences and shape their careers. It’s your chance to inspire—and be inspired by—motivated, up and-coming talent in the workforce. You’ll also have opportunities to network with like-minded professionals.