The Franklin McKinley Children’s Initiative is a collaboration of partner organization working in the Santee neighborhood 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 and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County to provide resources to the students and their families of the target schools. Our geographic scope encompasses Santee Elementary, Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary, Robert F. Kennedy Elementary, Bridges Academy, College Connection Academy, Cornerstone Academy and Rocketship Mosaic Elementary.


This collaboration of partners, service providers and community members meet monthly to identify, research, and streamline resources focused on the FMCI mission. By using a collective impact approach, FMCI partners break down the silos of working in isolation to address the needs in the community.

Three focus strategies:

  • Community 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
  • Life Learning Lab for neighborhood schools
  • Open space and access to community park
  • Every semester 50 parents participate in beginners and intermediate English as a Second Language
  • 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
Youth Enrichment & Late Night Gym: ongoing
Tutoring / Mentoring: ongoing

Who Are We

Elizabeth Alvarez, Program Director
Charu Aggarwal, Family Wellness Program Manager
Sonia Duenas, CORAL site manager, Meadows School and Success Academy
Diana Garduno, CORAL site manager, Santee Elementary
Lucia Sanchez, CORAL site manager, Kennedy Elementary and Cornerstone Academy
Lucina Vasquez, CORAL site manager, Bridges Academy

Madison Nguyen, Vice Mayor, Councilmember District 7
Buu Thai, Vice President, Franklin-McKinley School Board
Norberto Duenas, Deputy City Manager, City of San Jose
Chris Funk, Superintendent, East Side Union High School District
Greg Kepferle, CEO, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County
Dr. Susan Meyers, Dean Emeritus, College of Education, San Jose State University
Dr. John Porter, Superintendent, Franklin-McKinley School District

Volunteer with us!
We are always looking for volunteers in the community. To get involved, contact Charu Aggarwal for volunteer opportunities caggarwal@catholiccharitiesscc.org.
• Junior Giants baseball coaches and assistant coaches
• 1 to 1 reading tutors
• Mentors for Youth
• After School Assistants

Join a FMCI Committee
If you are an interested in community member or would like to volunteer in one of our programs, please contact Elizabeth Alvarez at ealvarez@catholiccharitiesscc.org or call (408) 283-6150 ext. 237.

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