The Stockton Scholars is the following simple commitment to young people in the City of Stockton: if you want to pursue higher education, tuition and fees will not be a barrier. With an initial private donation of $20 million, Stockton Scholars will provide $1,000 a year to students who will be attending 4-year universities and $500 a year to students attending 2-year colleges or trade schools. This scholarship will be open to students from the Stockton Unified School District beginning in the 2019-2020 academic year.
The office of Mayor Michael Tubbs partnered with Code Stack Academy and Girls Who Code Stockton, to design an app for our Inland California Rising conference. Thanks to a donation from BroadBandNow, local students in our Girls Who Code program were able to earn as they learned by designing and building an app.
Mayor gives graduating seniors “Scholly” app
Early in 2017, the Mayor provided students with free access to “Scholly.” This App connects Students with scholarships dollars. To date, students from throughout the country received $70 million worth of scholarships through the use of Scholly.
Summer Jobs for youth:
The Mayor Increased the summer youth jobs program from $100,000 to $200,000 with no additional tax dollars.
College Signing Day
Mayor Tubbs held the first College Signing Day in Stockton. Special Guest, Astronaut Jose Hernandez, joined the Mayor as students from Stockton announced which college they will attend in the fall of 2017.
In an effort to remind the public that we need their help to stop our local parks from being vandalized, the Mayor along with Councilmember Dan Wright, joined the community to reopen Heroes Park. Vandals originally damaged the park and it was closed for several months. The Mayor and council also met to provide guidance on Measure M dollars – nearly $190 million for our local parks and services
The Mayor along with the Stockton Heat hockey team and Stockton Ports, launched a youth reading program. The program runs from Oct – March of 2018. Professional athletes will visit 5 area schools and read to students monthly. All participating students will have the chance to attend a Heat game towards the end of the season.
Hero Day Stockton
Mayor Tubbs held the first Hero Day in Stockton. This event focused on encouraging children to stay healthy and active. Each child participating was fitted for a free pair of shoes and had full access to Skyzone. Hundreds of local children participated. The Mayor hopes to make this an annual event.
Street Code Academy
Over the summer the Mayor’s office partnered with Street Code Academy to give a few local students an opportunity to learn about computer programing. As part of this program, students had the chance to visit Facebook over the summer and learn from mentors.
Rio Calaveras Elementary Gold Champions
Mayor Tubbs honored students from Rio Calaveras Elementary for winning first place in a National Academic Pentathlon tournament in Minneapolis. Both the Rio Calaveras 7th and 8th grade teams won gold in separate levels of competition. Each team member reached a $250 scholarship and tickets to a Sacramento Kings game, along with other surprises.
The Mayor’s office created a new internship program that provided an opportunity for talented college students to spend a summer at City Hall. Each student worked on specific projects and provided additional resources for ongoing efforts to improve Stockton.
The Mayor’s office has Partnered with Fuse Corps to bring two fellowships to Stockton. Fuse Corp is a program that encourages entrepreneurial professionals from the private sector to serve one year in a community where they can match their skills and background to assist with local efforts. Here in Stockton, our two Fuse Corp fellows are focusing on economic development and education.
Push for a CSU Stockton
Mayor Tubbs along with Assemblymember Susan Eggman, co-wrote an Op-Ed in the Sacbee titled “Why CSU needs to put a campus in Stockton.” Mayor Tubbs will continue to push for a CSU Stockton campus in 2018. However, this is a multiyear effort that will take the entire community to support. The Mayor will do his part to help place Stockton in a position for future success.
The Mayor is also working to launch a major initiative around college access. He believes in order for the city to be successful in the 21st century, we must work to provide educational opportunity for all of our youth.