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By Randy Barth Congratulations on a great start to the new school year.  While the dust is still settling in a few places, it appears that this year THINK Together will be providing services to more than 100,000 students at 442 locations across 41 school districts statewide. When we are


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Welcome to the Bay Area page. On this page, you will get to know our team, learn about job openings and stay on top of what’s happening with the schools and students we serve. In the Bay Area, THINK Together provides extended learning time programs to 20 elementary and middle schools in San Jose Unified, Newark Unified and Alum Rock school districts and ACE Charter, serving more than 2,000 kids every day. Program components include academics, enrichment and health/fitness. We also operate a thriving afterschool sports program where students have the opportunity to participate in organized sports. For more information please call 408-946-2727.

Office Address

Sobrato Center for Nonprofits
550 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035
Phone: (408) 946-2727
Fax: (408) 946-4127

History

This summer, the Bay Area After-School All-Stars board announced it was ending its affiliation with the national organization and joining THINK Together, combining forces to provide enhanced benefits to the students and families served in three school districts. THINK Together was formed in 1997 and with this merger will provide afterschool and early learning programs to nearly 140,000 students in more than 420 locations and 35 school districts from San Diego to Sacramento.

Our Team

The Bay Area is served by six full-time staff members, including an executive director, 20 site supervisors and more than 130 part-time program leaders.  We strongly believe in growing our employees and hiring high-quality staff from the communities in which they serve.

Mario_Bay AreaMario Vargas, Executive Director, is responsible  for fund-development, school district and community relations. Mario’s career in non-profits began with the YMCA, where as a teen volunteer in youth sports he developed his skills for motivating youth. He joined Bay Area After-School All-Stars in July of 2011 and began serving THINK Together Bay Area in July 2013. Mario has more than 30 years of nonprofit leadership and has been able to expand and increase the reach of the organization in various communities through board and staff development, community collaborations, and creative programming. Mario holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of California, Davis and has achieved national recognition as a Multicultural Executive and a Healthy Communities Partner. Throughout his career, he has been able to expand and increase the impact of the organization in various communities through board and staff development, community collaborations, and creative programming.

Josh_FelixJoshua Felix, Director of Operations and Integration, Northern California, oversees the operations and integration of THINK Together’s newest region based in the San Jose Bay Area. Joshua joined THINK Together in 2006 and has served in a variety of leadership roles. He began his tenure with THINK Together as a Site Coordinator and moved into Human Capital as Recruiting Operations Manager and was later named Director of Staffing. In his organization-wide positions in Human Capital, Joshua developed and implemented standardized staffing systems and co-lead the integration of Moreno Valley in the Riverside County Region and facilitated the launch of the Sacramento Region in 2011. Josh holds a Bachelors degree from the University of California, Irvine and holds a Professional in Human Resources certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

 

Volunteers

Volunteers are critical to the success of our programs. We are always looking for energetic and positive people and organizations who want to volunteer one day or longer term. For more information please click, here.

Bay Area OST Council

In order to be truly successful, developing partnerships with key community stakeholders is a must. To that end, we have assembled a Bay Area OST Council that will help us to connect with the community, develop a strong local donor base and advise on local issues.

Paula Moreno- Chair, Lankford Crawford Moreno & Ostertag LLP

Julie Vennewitz-Pierce- Vice Chair, eBay Foundation

Steven Robertson- Treasurer/CFO, Silicon Image

Jen Pitzen - Secretary, Community Leader

Bill Tamblyn- First Past Chair

Tammy Gaw- Trustee, Omnis Risk Insurance Solutions 

John Poch- Trustee, San Jose State University Athletics

James Shore- Trustee, Sideman & Bancroft LLP

John Southwell- Trustee, DiNapoli Capital Partners

Martin Ucovich- Trustee, United Mechanical, Inc. 

Edward A. Davis- Emeritus, Petronivich, Pugh & Co., LLP

Charles Faas- Co-Founder, Emeritus, Community Leader

John Kirkorian-Emeritus, Kirkorian Enterprises, LLC

Marti Remmell- Emeritus,  Applied Materials (Ret.)

Jason RodriguezEmeritus, Hewlett Packard Company

Careers

If you are dedicated to improving educational outcomes and are willing to work hard to make that happen, THINK Together may be the right place for you. Our fast-paced environment is on the forefront of educational innovation and offers tremendous opportunity for enrichment and advancement. Our organization has grown exponentially over the last 10 years and we remain on that trajectory today. If you love kids and want to roll up your sleeves and work, check out our Careers page.

Bay Area School Sites

 

Newark USD

Alum Rock USD

ACE Charter Middle

San Jose USD