Building Skills Partnership

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for low-wage property service workers and their families by increasing their skills, access to education, and opportunities for career and community advancement and participation.

"Having a vocational English class at my worksite helped me greatly. I learned how to better communicate with tenants and my supervisor. Thank you BSP"

Juan P., ABLE worker

"The scholarship I received from BSP helped pay my tuition costs. I'm now a step closer to getting my degree which will not only benefit me, but my family and my community as well."

Cynthia, BSP Scholarship Recipient

"Participating in BSP's Citizenship program gave me the confidence to submit my naturalization application. I passed my exam and achieved my dream of becoming a US citizen."

Isabel Q., ABM Worker

New Grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Launch BSP to New Areas of Focus

New Grant from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Launch BSP to New Areas of Focus

  The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded BSP a two-year grant in collaboration with the UCLA Labor Center to engage parents with young children. With this exciting opportunity, BSP will expand its parent engagement program to new areas of focus, offering immigrant parent workers information on early childhood education that will impact their chances for success. BSP ...

BSP: Expanding the Parent University Program Statewide

BSP: Expanding the Parent University Program Statewide

  In its continued efforts to engage participants in their children's education, BSP will expand the Parent University program throughout California this year. With workshops, campus tours, and college fair visits planned in the Bay Area, Orange County, San Diego and Los Angeles, BSP's goal is to encourage participants to play an active ...

BSP Awarded Cisco Grant and Renewed Western Digital Grant

BSP Awarded Cisco Grant and Renewed Western Digital Grant

Cisco awarded BSP a grant totaling $30,000 to expand its Vocational ESL courses for immigrant janitors and other building service workers in Silicon Valley. Through this grant, BSP will incorporate digital literacy instruction. Western Digital awarded BSP a computer literacy grant totaling $7,500 to train immigrant janitors primarily in Silicon Valley. ...

The California Wellness Foundation Supports BSP’s Preventative Health Program Throughout California

The California Wellness Foundation Supports BSP's Preventative Health Program Throughout California

As part of a three year grant which will culminate in June 2014, The California Wellness Foundation has supported BSP's efforts to provide preventative health programming to immigrant workers throughout California. Recently, BSP hosted health fairs in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Jose, and at LAX-Tom Bradley terminal.Participants received glucose, cholesterol, blood pressure, and BMI screenings and received ...

BSP Receives Renewed Funding for  Health Program Expansion

BSP Receives Renewed Funding for Health Program Expansion

BSP received a $244,000 grant for a second two-year project funded by the California Service Employees Trust Fund. An overwhelmingly positive response from the members of SEIU-United Service Workers West for health prevention information and services has further substantiated the need for health education. This proposal follows the first grant cycle which started ...

2014 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

2014 BSP Scholarship Application Now Available

Building Skills Partnership is currently accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 school year for members and/or children of SEIU-USWW members who plan to continue their studies.     Applications are due May 16, 2014 To Download Scholarship Application CLICK HERE Eligibility Requirements - Be a member of SEIU-USWW or a child of a member. - Enter or continue enrollment at a ...

BSP Highlighted as a Best Practice Model by Brookings Institute

BSP Highlighted as a Best Practice Model by Brookings Institute

On July 22, 2013, BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, was a guest panelist at the Brooking Institute Metropolitan Policy Program to discuss immigrant integration. The discussion examined the potential impact of immigration reform legislation on local areas and highlighting innovative initiatives from around the country. BSP was highlighted as a ...

Aida Cardenas featured on UCLA Website

Aida Cardenas featured on UCLA Website

BSP’s Executive Director, Aida Cardenas, is featured on UCLA Website for her contributions to ensuring property service workers have access to training and education. “She was embraced by the janitors and won the respect of her colleagues for her hard work and dedication,” said Kent Wong. To read story click here: ...

BSP on “The World”, National Radio Show

BSP on “The World”, National Radio Show

  BSP's training programs for janitors at large high tech companies were highlighted in the radio feature "Silicon Valley Immigrant Janitors Learning English at Work", which not only aired on BBC's national weekly radio news magazine called "The World," but also on various NPR stations in California. At Google, Cisco, Microsoft, Stanford ...