Thriving Neighbors

The SCU Thriving Neighbors Initiative will actively promote strategic ties between Santa Clara University and the Greater Washington Community of San Jose in order to advance prosperity and education of both SCU students and neighborhood students as whole persons in whole communities.


The vision of the Thriving Neighbors Initiative is to bring SCU schools, departments, and community programs together with community residents, leaders, businesses, schools, and non-profit and government entities to create mutually owned, interconnected, and multidisciplinary solutions. Read More.

Grant Projects

The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education provides funding for community research grants for projects that demonstrate a collaborative program design, development, implementation and evaluation partnership that incorporates at least one faculty member, two undergraduate or graduate students, and one community associate and includes a plan for sustainability. Read More.

Program Offerings

The Thriving Neighbors Initiative offers a number of programs designed to engage Santa Clara University faculty, staff, and students to work in collaboration with Greater Washington residents, businesses, community leaders and organizations, Thriving Neighbors will build local capacity for entrepreneurship, expanded educational choice, healthy living, and more. Read More.

"I am From"

In the beginning of spring quarter at the TNI after-school program, Washington Elementary students wrote poems describing their sense of home and belonging. They wrote about families and field trips, soccer games and recess with friends, eating mangoes, sitting in the shade, and choosing reading over sleeping. In their “I am From” poems, students highlighted who they are, what they love, and the moments and people that hold significance for them. Read More.


Good Neighbors
In its first year, Thriving Neighbors began a long-term partnership with residents of San Jose’s Greater Washington area. Here, one in five residents lives below the federal poverty line. TNI’s first community partner is Washington Elementary, home to a successful after-school program and Madre a Madre, an active mother’s group. Read more.

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Hopkins & Carley
Hopkins & Carley welcomes a group of 5th grade students from Washington Elementary School in San Jose. Read More.


Poor Kids of Silicon Valley
Columnist John D. Sutter covers a story on child poverty in the Silicon Valley. Read More.


To learn more or get involved:

Jennifer Merritt
Director of Community-Based Learning
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

To make a donation of support:

Risa Harrison
Director of External Relations
Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education