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Third Street Community Center

Rating: 5 stars   2 reviews 1,014


160 N Third St San Jose CA 95112 USA


The Third Street Community Center is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds are actively engaged in enriching themselves and their community through education, arts, technology and service.


The After School Academic Program provides a 10-month comprehensive curriculum for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders that are academically at-risk. Our program using project based learning as our education strategy, and focuses on teaching mathematics, science and technology to 45-55 students during the academic school year. Services are provided M-Th between 2:00pm-5:30pm. Core services include daily tutoring and one-on-one time with a mentor; opportunities to engage in bi-weekly science projects, bi-weekly physical activities, bi-monthly visits to a local museum using interactive educational exhibits, quarterly anti-tobacco projects, quarterly writing workshops, and quarterly cultural educational workshops or celebrations. The Robotics Program provides a 14-week enrichment curriculum using a team mentoring approach to help children in grades 5-8 develop leadership, team building & project management skills through the use of technology. Services are provided on Saturdays and students enrolled participate in the Tech Challenge, an annual Robotics competition. This curriculum is designed to be highly competitive and requires Tech Challenge Mentors (engineers) to support our student teams in meeting a challenge. The Adult Education Program offers English as a Second Language and computer classes for parents and interested adults to encourage parental involvement in children's education and help them develop new skills. Our curriculum includes a series of three 6-week sessions taught in the evenings in small groups by volunteers. Students in our computer program have the opportunity to receive a refurbished computer upon successful completion.

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Rating: 5 stars  

One of the best run, most effective community based programs I have ever known. I volunteer as needed, with any area that is asked. I donate to their fundraisers all because I see what an impact the agency has on some of the most at risk children in our community.

Truly and inspirational organization.

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I came to Third Street as a student volunteer from SJSU. I came with little expectations, but I did come with a great curiosity of what was in store for me. I've been working with kids almost all my life and I wondered if Third Street would be any different than my past experiences. And it was... I left Third Street with another reminder of how important it is to care and give attention to our youth. Many say that the youth are our future, and they're right. But they have no future if we don't steer them in the right direction, especially when they're young. My greatest memory of volunteering at Third Street was when I was talking to one of their after school program participants on our way from the school to the center. I asked him what he wants to be when he grows up, and with amazing enthusiasm, he responded: AN ACTOR! He wasn't too different from any of the other kids, but just the way that he told me about his dream of becoming an actor, I knew... I was reminded that with all the circumstances many of the kids at Third Street endure, hope was hiding in each of them. It's just a matter of others having hope and belief in them, and never losing that hope. That is definitely one thing that the staff at Third Street offers and teaches them. The youth are great dreamers, and the least we could do is to fuel their dreams with hope, so that one day their dreams do come true. That's where their future lies. So to the Third Street staff and most especially to the kids, I thank you for teaching me how to never lose hope... and keep dreaming!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the way that the students grow day to day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

teach and show the kids that there is more than the four walls of Third Street, their homes, their schools, and such.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

spending time with the kids.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...


If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

definitely reach out to all the other youth who cannot afford to participate in such a program.

Ways to make it better...

I didn't have to go to other previously made obligations (work, school).

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of resources.

One thing I'd also say is that...


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