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Step Up Incubation

Systems change incubation is one of our key strategies. We spark discussion and ignite systems change as a platform for community members to ideate and incubate innovative models and solutions, such as:

1,000 OUT OF POVERTY

1,000 Out of Poverty is a pilot project of Step Up Silicon Valley that began in January 2013 to change how service providers work together to help participants move out of poverty. Our approach optimizes the collective impact of local nonprofits through common self-sufficiency outcome measures, a shared database, networking, and inter-agency collaboration. Our team consists of: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, The Stride Center, Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, Sunday Friends, The Housing Trust, and Bill Wilson Center. These agencies work together to help their clients reach self-sufficiency through wraparound services via client referrals and collectively measure outcomes of progress in five domains: food, housing, health care, education, and income. To date, the group has measured 650 clients and their outcomes.

ANTI-PAYDAY LENDING

The Coalition Against Payday Predators (CAPP) is working to limit the reckless financial practices of payday lenders in San José and the South Bay by supporting local payday lending control ordinances that will stop further proliferation of payday lenders in the region and pave the way for better consumer lending alternatives.

COLLEGE SAVINGS CIRCLE

The College Savings Circle is a pilot Savings Circle program in partnership with Silicon Valley Education Foundation and EARN in East Side Alliance to support the goal of going to college for the mostly lower income and immigrant communities of East San Jose.

COMMUNITY ACTION POVERTY SIMULATIONS

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a unique tool that can educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the day-to-day realities of those living in poverty in Santa Clara County. During the simulation, participants form families that work together to overcome barriers to social services, live off insufficient income (e.g. $2000/month for a family of four), and encounter unforeseen economic obstacles along the way.

FRANKLIN McKINLEY WOMEN’S INITIATIVE

The Franklin McKinley Women’s Initiative helped low-income women to achieve economic self-sufficiency by providing them with the knowledge and tools needed to start their own businesses.

FRANKLIN McKINLEY CHILDREN’S INITIATIVE

The Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative (FMCI) takes a cradle-to-career approach to building communities that face limited access to education or are impacted by poverty in the Santee neighborhood in East San Jose.

OPPORTUNITY YOUTH PARTNERSHIP

The goal of the Santa Clara County Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is to better connect resources for the County’s Opportunity Youth (ages 16-24) who are not engaged in school or work.

PAY FOR SUCCESS

Pay for Success-Social Innovation Financing is an innovative approach to financing social services that funds what works. This new model implements performance-based contracting between the government and service providers in which funds are more wisely allocated based on successful outcomes rather than the number of services provided.
Project Welcome Home and Pay for Success for Acute Mental Illness are the first Pay for Success projects led by Santa Clara County with support from advisor organization, Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc.

SAN JOSEAN’S FOR A WORLD-CLASS CITY

The San Joseans for a World-Class City Campaign is geared towards retooling the San Jose business tax as a means of funding police, living wage jobs, and repaving our streets.

SELF-SUFFICIENCY MATRIX

We seek to establish a common outcomes measure in the community that is client-centric, measuring success based on the progress of individuals moving out of poverty. Our self-sufficiency index measures outcomes of poverty reduction based on client access to food, housing, health care, education, and income.