Community Action Projects

Financially Fit for Life

Strong Girls, Strong Women conference participants watch documentary "Miss Representation”

Strong Girls, Strong Women conference participants watch documentary “Miss Representation”

Financially Fit for Life (FFFL) provides women and girls with the knowledge, skills and confidence to be just that – financially fit for life. We develop and present financial education programs targeted to women and girls, both in the community and within our Branch. This past year, along with the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy, AAUW San Jose sponsored the Strong Girls, Strong Women leadership conference for high school girls and their advocates. We also work with other young women, AAUW branches, and people in the community through such groups as Family Supportive Housing. Our purpose is to serve others, but in the process we gain a great deal of knowledge ourselves.

Tech Trek

Tech Trek is a week-long math and science summer camp for 8th grade girls sponsored by AAUW California. Our Branch sponsors girls chosen from the Tech Excellence program and the San Jose community to attend Stanford University for this exciting hands-on learning experience. The girls live the life of a college student, interacting with women who model competence and mastery of science and math in their daily lives.
Local Scholarship Committee

Edie Kerr of AAUW San Jose Local Scholarship with scholarship recipient Vanessa Aldaco

Edie Kerr of AAUW San Jose Local Scholarship with scholarship recipient Vanessa Aldaco

AAUW San Jose awards scholarships each year to women working to finish a four-year degree. This project contributes to the advancement of women in their pursuit of higher education. Watch this site in March for application information.

Since 1980, AAUW San Jose has awarded over $215,000 to 160 young women. In 2014, a total of $30,000 was awarded. AAUW San Jose members support scholarship funds through grant writing, monetary donations and a November holiday boutique. In 2015, Local Scholarship elected to establish the Edie Kerr Memorial Scholarship in honor of Edie’s lifelong commitment to higher education and improving the lives of women and girls. Read more >>

Eligibility for the scholarships is determined by:

  • Permanent home address in Campbell, San Jose, Milpitas or Santa Clara
  • 2 full years at an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Enrollment in a 4-year institution as an undergraduate

Recipients tell us that our support and faith in them made a significant difference in their ability and desire to finish college.

Gifts for Teens

Community Action 4Since 1997, the Gifts for Teens project provides community support and help to homeless and low-income San Jose teenagers. About 1,500 sturdy duffels and totes are stuffed with fun and practical gifts and distributed at holiday time to teens living in poverty who are often overlooked by local youth charity programs. These teens are served by Home First, the Bill Wilson Center, Unity Care Group and Sacred Heart Community Service. All Gifts for Teens staff and helpers are community volunteers, and all gift items are donated or purchased. Check the GFT website for information and details on how to get involved in this worthwhile project, or contact AAUW San Jose member Elaine Benoit.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Members collaborate with local agencies and community groups to provide hands-on help for the homeless and working poor in our community, making a difference in the lives of those whose basic needs for food, clothing and shelter are not being met. Projects have included food sorts for Second Harvest, blanket making for Project Linus, bingo at Julian Street Inn, providing cleaning supplies and dinners at the Family Supportive Housing, the holiday boutique at Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, school backpacks for Warm Hearts at Santa Maria Urban Ministry, and donating and sorting clothing at The Grateful Garment Project.