The San José Public Library Foundation (SJPLF) was established in 1987 by a group of volunteers who understood that a great library system needed more than public funding. SJPLF provides advocacy, financial support, and leadership to our public libraries and educational programs throughout San José to create an educated, equitable, and engaged community. In partnership with Students Rising Above (SRA), SJPLF is currently spearheading a program called San José Aspires. The San José Aspires program allows students to earn financial awards as they pass certain guideposts that are critical to postsecondary success. These guideposts are selected to ensure that students obtain the skills and knowledge needed to:
By identifying different college and career readiness guideposts and awarding students as they pass them, San José Aspires will allow students to adapt, change, and explore new interests as they connect their high school experiences to their postsecondary goals. Once the students graduate high school and have enrolled in their postsecondary program, the funds earned in the San José Aspires program are paid out directly to the student to use on education-related expenses.
After identifying the different college and career readiness guideposts to structure the program around, as well as determining the amount each student would be awarded for passing the guidepost, SJPLF needed to ensure that they could keep track of each student’s progress and maintain engagement with the students in the program from the time they enroll in San José Aspires through the start of their postsecondary education.
In partnership with Passion Fruit Partners, SJPLF implemented the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack as the backbone that securely manages all program data, allowing SJPLF to track and report on each student’s progress towards receiving financial awards that will contribute to their award plans education.
They also implemented Salesforce Experience Cloud to enable students to log in to a custom portal where they can submit program-related documentation securely to SJPLF, track awards they’ve received, see which awards they are eligible for, and view their progress in a visually appealing way.
The solution was built to scale with fully customizable award plans. This allows SJPLF to develop and maintain award plans that are tailored to the specific needs and opportunities at each school or non-school partner. Students will also have access to Knowledge Centers that have been created to provide them with access to helpful resources and content to aid on their journey toward postsecondary education.