The Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative is a collaboration of partner organization working in the Santee and Seven Trees neighborhoods in east San Jose.

Every FMCI child graduates High School ready for College and Career.

A community partnership that supports children from cradle to career through; 1) Community Schools; 2) Safe and Strong Neighborhoods; and 3) Economic Development.

FMCI works in partnership with the community, local service providers as well as partner agencies: City of San Jose, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Franklin McKinley School District, East Side Union High School District and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to provide resources to the students and their families of the target schools. Our geographic scope encompasses two neighborhoods, the Santee Elementary in east San Jose where the work began in 2010 and the expansion to the Seven Trees neighborhood in 2018.

This collaboration of partners, service providers and community members meet regularly to identify, research, and streamline resources focused on the FMCI mission. FMCI partner organizations identify systems issues that hinder progress and work to break down silos to better address the needs in the community.

Three focus strategies:

  • Hub Schools
  • Safe and Strong Neighborhoods
  • Economic Development

What's Possible

Through working groups, FMCI has fostered relationships between vital partners in the community.

  • Community Garden where 32 families have access to fresh food
  • Informal Childcare Early Education Training
  • Open space and access to community park
  • Economic Development: English as a Second Language, Driver License Workshops, Employment Preparation and Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Every summer students with no prior early education experience are prepared for kinder through a Bridge to Kinder program
  • Every semester 15-25 university and community volunteers conduct tutoring and mentoring to youth at Santee School

FMCI Community Advisory Committee: 2nd Friday of each month
FMCI General Meeting: 3rd Friday of each month
Parent Engagement: ongoing
Homework Club, Youth Enrichment & Late Night Gym: ongoing
Tutoring / Mentoring: ongoing

Who Are We

Elizabeth Alvarez, Program Director
Deyanira Hurtado, Program Manager
Brenda Flores, CORAL site manager, Santee Elementary and Bridges Academy
Chris Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District
Eddie Truong, Senior Manager, The SVO
Greg Kepferle, CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Jennifer Cater, Community Representative
Jolene Smith, Chief Executive Officer of FIRST 5 Santa Clara County
Juan Cruz, Superintendent, Franklin McKinley School District
Lynne H. Brown, Statistician and Santee Property Owner  
MaryAnn Dewan, Superintendent of Schools, Santa Clara County Office of Education
Rudy Rodriguez, Board of Trustees, Franklin McKinley School District
Sara Reyes, Director of the Children, Youth, and Family Development Division, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Tam Nguyen, San Jose City Council Member
vacant, Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose

Volunteer with us!

We are always looking for volunteers in the community. To get involved, contact Rosalia Estrada for volunteer opportunities

  • S.F. Junior Giants baseball coaches and assistant coaches
  • 1 to 1 reading tutors
  • Youth Mentors
  • After School Assistants
  • Beautification and Garden Activities
  • Special Projects

Join a FMCI Committee
Interested in participating in a committee, please contact Elizabeth Alvarez at or call (408) 675-6563.

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