“Back to school” this fall means “back to CORAL” for 2,000 young students who attend Catholic Charities’ after-school programs in 22 San José elementary and middle schools.
Since 2003, CORAL (Communities Organizing Resources to Advance Learning) has increased literacy rates and reduced the achievement gap for tens of thousands of at-risk students in San José’s highest poverty and lowest performing schools. CORAL focuses on improving academic achievement through literacy and homework support for K-8 students, with an emphasis on family and community participation.
“It’s so exciting every school year to see our young scholars come into the program and begin a year of learning and growing,” said America Aguirre Gómez, Managing Director of the CORAL Program. “Many of these students stay in the program from kindergarten through middle school, so we develop a long-term relationship with these families and are able to support their unique needs. One of the most rewarding moments is when former students come back and tell us what a difference CORAL made in their lives and the lives of their family.”
The program offers comprehensive educational opportunities, including STEM-based learning, that prepare and encourage youth to pursue a college-bound pathway. In addition, CORAL sports and other enrichment activities are provided at each of the 22 schools.
One of Catholic Charities largest programs serving youth and families in Santa Clara County, CORAL employs more than 125 CASIs (CORAL After-School Instructors) who work in the school sites. The program is currently hiring instructors to work at the school sites approximately 19-23 hours per week, Monday – Friday. To learn more about working as a CASI, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To volunteer or learn more about CORAL programs, please email