New Opportunity for Immigrant Communities to Build Civic Leaders and Connections

April 22, 2002

Source: Mercury News

On April 22, 2002, the Mercury News reported that "in an unprecedented partnership, Santa Clara County [CA] and San Jose City College are teaching immigrants how to maneuver through the political system and build strong community networks... In doing so, the county hopes to groom a new generation of immigrant leaders in an area where one in three residents is foreign-born... [The program] has a clear goal: to produce a pool of immigrant leaders who can be tapped, years from now, to serve on various public and private boards across Silicon Valley... County officials hope the group of 48 residents -- from 22 countries -- will forge multicultural collaborations and help bridge the gap they say exists between many immigrant groups."