According to an article published in The Atlantic, San Jose was once considered a launching pad for those looking to live the American Dream.
The article discusses a very interesting study done by two of the top universities in the world, Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley.
The study, which was released in 2014, showed that children born in San Jose in the early 80’s to low income families had a really great chance of going on to live very prosperous lives.
These days however things have changed quite a bit. In recent years low income families have had to deal with skyrocketing housing prices and fewer available jobs. As a result the future of children being born in this era no longer looks bright.
Preston Smith, the CEO & co-founder of Rocketship Education, believes education is the key to turning things around for low income families in San Jose.
As an educator in the area for over 15 years Smith has seen the pathway to prosperity get narrower by the year. He has also seen how a good education can transform a child’s life.
And that is why he was quick to jump on board with Rocketship Education. Rocketship Education is a non profit network of public charter schools.
The company has been working with several organizations in and around the San Jose community to help provide a quality education to low income children in the area. The goal is to make the path to college, or any form of higher education, a lot easier to navigate.
Thanks to parents, educators and various organizations, Rocketship Education has opened 25 public charter schools over the last 10 years.
The good news is this is just the beginning. Local business leaders such as Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have committed hundreds of millions of dollars to education and technology.
Together, leaders of the community are helping build a very powerful movement in the San Jose area. Because of its innovative strength, San Jose is once again becoming the land of opportunity for every child.