Building Skills Partnership

Community Partners


Building Skills Partnership is a member of the UnidosUS Affiliate Network, collaborating on programs and advocacy to address the social, economic, and educational barriers faced by the Latino community. UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos as the national and local level.


The UCLA Center for Labor Research and Education plays a unique role as a bridge between the university and the labor community in Southern California. This role has grown in the past few years with the dramatic changes that have overtaken the Southern California workforce and economy.

As part of the university, the Labor Center serves as an important source of information about unions and workers to interested scholars and students. Through its extensive connections with unions and workers, the Labor Center also provides labor with access to UCLA’s resources and programs. An advisory committee comprised of about forty Southern California labor and community leaders (representing more than one million members in the public and private sectors) provides advice and support for the center.

The Labor Center also has a vibrant outreach office just blocks from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, dozens of major union headquarters and worker centers, and in the heart of a diverse immigrant community.

The Labor Center is a vital resource for research, education, and policy development to help create jobs that are good for workers and their communities, to improve the quality of existing jobs in the low-wage economy, and to strengthen the process of immigrant integration, especially among students and youth.

IDEA provides data and analyses in response to specific questions posed by the people who are most directly affected by schooling—students and their parents. To make these data and analyses useful, IDEA shares its knowledge of research methods and facilitates connections among members of grassroots organizations, media professionals, researchers, and policy makers. IDEA’s research has focused on such varied topics as 1) equity litigation seeking to provide prepared teachers and adequate facilities, resources, and learning opportunities to schools serving disadvantaged students; 2) the impact of school resources, structure and culture on the school success and college access of African American and Latino/a students; 3) activities through which parents and community members hold the education system accountable for ensuring the quality and equity; 4) supports for urban teachers seeking to become leaders of reform networks, developers of community-based urban curriculum; advocates for students; and organizers of teacher-community reform alliances; and 5) efforts to increase college access, retention, and success of low-income students of color; 6) the role of youth research in developing academic and civic skills and shaping public policy.

Founded in 1978, LOSH is a nationally recognized center promoting safe workplaces through teaching and education, research, and policy advocacy. LOSH collaborates with workers, unions, community organizations, employers, academics, students, governmental representatives, and health professionals. Initiatives include health and safety training and education for low-income, minority, immigrant and young workers; public advocacy; and participation in industry-wide research relating to occupational and environmental health policy issues in California.

Over the past seventy-seven years we’ve served as educator to more than three million students. Affordable, accessible and practical, the LACCD offers opportunity to all. Our doors are wide open for a diverse student population eager for skills, knowledge and upward mobility. LACCD educates almost three times as many Latino students and nearly four times as many African-American students as all of the University of California campuses combined. Eighty percent of LACCD students are from underserved populations.

LOHP is a public service program of the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. For nearly 35 years, LOHP has worked to prevent illness and injury in the workplace and raise awareness of the social and economic costs of hazardous workplace conditions for individuals, communities, businesses, and the environment.

Centro Latino for Literacy is a non-profit organization that teaches adult Spanish speakers basic literacy and vital skills to achieve their goals and create a healthier society. Located in Pico-Union, just west of downtown Los Angeles, Centro Latino provides Pre-ESL Basic and Functional Spanish language literacy courses.

Palo Alto Adult School was established by the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) in 1921. The adult school offers a robust program and annually serves a student population of approximately 8000 students. The school is committed to excellence by providing a broad range of affordable, high quality education programs. Our goal is to meet the diverse lifelong learning needs of our community.

Street Level Health Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of underserved urban immigrant communities in the Bay Area.  The organization is an entry point to the health care system for those most often overlooked and neglected, namely the uninsured, underinsured, and recently arrived.

Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest not-for-profit health plans, serving more than 8.7 million members, with headquarters in Oakland, Calif. It comprises:

At Kaiser Permanente, physicians are responsible for medical decisions. The Permanente Medical Groups, which provide care for Kaiser Permanente members, continuously develop and refine medical practices to help ensure that care is delivered in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

As part of the Fremont Union High School District, Sunnyvale-Cupertino ACE offers a variety of programs that provide educational opportunities in basic education, vocational training, literacy, citizenship, parent education, and personal enrichment to adults at 26 locations throughout our district.

The Sunnyvale-Cupertino Adult school provides BSP participants with free in-kind Vocational ESL instruction within BSP’s ADVANCE classes at Juniper Networks in Silicon Valley.


A program of the San José Public Library, Partners in Reading’s mission is to enrich the lives of adults through reading, writing, technology, life skills, critical thinking, as well as English language learning; equipping them to achieve their goals and participate more fully and with greater confidence in all areas of their lives.

Partners in Reading provides free one-to-one and small group tutoring for adults whose reading or writing skills are below the ninth grade level. Tutoring is provided by trained volunteers at the King Library, a San José Public Library system branch, or another public site in San José. BSP and PAR share resources and best practices in ESL tutoring and Vocational English instruction and assessment processes.

The Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity is a non-profit organization that offers opportunities in job training, career coaching and employment connections for the greater Concord community. They empower low-income and unemployed individuals to become financially self-sufficient, realize their potential, and become more engaged in their communities through their Day Labor and Civic Engagement Program, Technology Empowerment Program, and Business and Career Development Programs.

BSP and the Michael Chavez Center for Economic Opportunity collaborate to offer regional Computer Literacy training courses for low-wage janitors and other SEIU-USWW members who live in the Concord area.