Building Skills Partnership

May Newsletter: Building a Healthy Future for Immigrant Workers

Studies show Latinos are disproportionately affected by illnesses such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. Check out this month’s newsletter featuring the stories of janitors who are committing to a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families, with the support of BSP’s Health and Wellness Program.

BSP Featured in California State Policy Guidelines for Serving Adult Learners

BSP was recently featured in the California Workforce Development Board Policy Brief on how to best serve English Language Learners (ELL) populations using best practices and model partnerships. Below is an excerpt from the report (pg 17). Click here to read the entire report.

Building Skills Partnership (BSP) is an example of a Labor Management Partnership that helps support low-wage workers through training opportunities and engagement with union employers. The program currently trains 5,000 workers a year, offering occupational training, vocational ESL, computer literacy, financial literacy, health and wellness, civic engagement and citizenship, and other job readiness skills across 100 employers. The program develops its training to fill the gaps based on existing adult education and workforce training in the local area. To learn more about the BSP program, visit

BSP is proud to play an active role participating in high road partnerships to advance equity among workers while providing value to business.

April Newsletter : Mapping Pathways for Financial Opportunity and Success

Our April Newsletter celebrates a successful tax season and the work of our staff, VITA volunteers and financial coaches. We are grateful for our funders and supporters that have made this tax season a great experience for immigrant workers and their families! Check out the impact stories here:


Partners at Sobrato Foundation Feature ADVANCE ESL Classes at LinkedIn

See pictures of BSP’s ADVANCE Vocational English Class at LinkedIn, thanks to the support and partnership of The Sobrato Foundation!

Honoring Mike Garcia

Since beginning his career with SEIU-United Service Workers West in 1980, Mike’s commitment to upholding the rights and dignity of immigrant workers inspired statewide campaigns that helped janitors and their families achieve social and economic justice across California.

BSP is proud to partner with Mike’s family and SEIU-USWW, to continue to support the children of immigrant workers in their pursuit of a higher education through the Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund.

The scholarship fund was established to honor the contributions of Mike Garcia and founded on his vision to see the children of immigrants prosper. For more information or to donate, visit the Mike Garcia Scholarship Fund page.


Parent Worker Project: Creating a Cadre of Janitor Parents to Advocate for their Child’s Education

By engaging low-wage immigrant janitors at work, at school, and at their unions, The Parent Worker Project is developing a cadre of parent leaders to become advocates in their children’s education. In collaboration with the UCLA Labor Center, BSP is able to improve educational opportunities for janitor parents and communities.

We invite to watch the Parent Worker Project video, a visual testimony to the positive impact of our Parent Engagement program on the lives of immigrant families.

Special thanks to our funders and supporters:

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

National Council of La Raza (NCLR) 

UCLA Labor Center



Executive Director, Aida Barragan Attends National Skills Summit in DC

Last week, Aida Barragan joined advocates and policy makers at the National Skills Summit in Washington DC.

Hosted by the National Skills Coalition, Aida Barragan attended meetings and conferences with members of congress and their staff aimed at advocating for opportunities to advance a national skills agenda through a range of federal policies, including work-based learning, public assistance, higher education, immigration, funding, and infrastructure.

The conference was successful in examining the opportunities and challenges for advocates, including the potential policy vehicles that provide equitable opportunities for immigrants and other populations with basic skills barriers.





BSP Continues its Partnership with United Way in San Diego, Orange County, and Bay Area


BSP was awarded a grant from United Way of San Diego County, United Way of Orange County, and United Way Bay Area to provide free, tax filing services for SEIU-USWW members, their family, and members of the community. We are excited to continue our partnership with United Way through work extending to new sites in San Diego, Orange County and the Bay Area that will help low-income families complete their taxes this 2017.

Learn more about how to file taxes with BSP by watching the following video.

Happy New Year! See our 2016 Highlights!

Wishing you a bright 2017 from BSP! Thank you to our amazing network of staff, board members, and community partners who have allowed us to reach thousands of property service workers and their children. From our BSP family to yours, Happy New Year! We look forward to our continued collaboration in 2017.

Please enjoy the following highlights of BSP milestones this past year.







Celebrating the Holidays and Good Health at BSP Los Angeles


BSP Los Angeles in collaboration with SEIU hosted a successful toy drive and health fair! Health Fairs are an opportunity for everyone to engage in health related information. A special thanks to the organizations who provided free health screenings and resources to our participants and their families, including Kaiser Permanante, Faro Optometry, and Health Fax!

For more on this event, visit our Facebook page.