The Silicon Valley Out-of-School-Time Collaborative (SVOSTC) launched in 2010 as a Northern California-based regional capacity-building initiative for select organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. Each of the nine member agencies serves secondary-aged students outside the formal school day through a variety of academic supports, including tutoring, academic advising and summer enrichment programs.
The Sand Hill Foundation, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation, SV22, and The Sobrato Family Foundation provided $2.6 million in funding to the Collaborative from 2010-16.
Phase I (2010-13) focused on building organizational capacity to serve youth by leveraging the skills and network of Executive Directors, who engaged in five collective learning sessions per year on topics ranging from board development to program evaluation to staff management and leadership.
For Phase II (2014-16), the Executive Directors of the Collaborative agencies elected to focus on cultivating non-cognitive factors such as grit, character, and curiosity, among the youth they served, since these skills help young people succeed in school, the workplace and the community. After a five month planning process, the Collaborative members collectively selected three non-cognitive skills as the focus of their efforts: Academic Mindsets, Learning Strategies, and Social Skills.