591 North King Road, Suite 1
San Jose, CA 95133
The Hub is a youth-led and organized community center, dedicated to supporting current and former foster youth, ages 15-25, by providing a safe, welcoming center where foster youth feel a sense of belonging, empowerment, and are offered a variety of services by their peers and other caring community members.
In addition to DFCS staff, community partners operate from The Hub to support youth, creating a one-stop resource center where youth can receive a variety of services including:
Independent Living Program (ILP) Services
The Department of Family and Children's Services currently has a contract with the Bill Wilson Center (BWC) to provide ILP case management services including overseeing day-to-day operations of the Hub. BWC coordinates The Hub services to ensure that a wealth of community resources are made available to foster youth to support their transition into becoming adults.
Access to Free Resources
- Computer/printer: The Hub has multiple computers to use for job searching, homework, college applications, and social media.
- HubMart: The HubMart is stocked with a collection of interview clothes, backpacks, school supplies and hygiene products.
- Shower/laundry: Youth have access to a fully stocked shower and washer/dryer.
- Health van: Medical mobile van offers check-ups, sick care, immunizations, pregnancy testing, and Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing.
- Food: Youth have access to hot food and a pantry.
Wellness & Crisis Response
The Crisis Management Response program at The Hub was developed in response to an influx and ongoing need for mental health wellness and drug use and overdose concerns in our current and former Foster Youth community. The Crisis Intervention Specialist focuses on preventative safety care, assessing, evaluating and determining risk of harm, appropriate level of care or services and referrals to be made out for collateral services.
Youth Leadership Council (YLC)
YLC was created to foster empowerment, civic engagement, and partnerships among youth who want to be leaders. Youth who attend have an opportunity to serve as the collective voice for decisions related to ILP/Hub youth programs. They are able to gain leadership coaching in areas such as public speaking, motivating groups, and more.
The Hub offers support, advocacy, and information to LGBTQ and questioning youth and young adults up to age 25. Youth can also receive referrals to LGBTQ programs for direct services, peer support, family support, counseling, housing, clothing, and medical care. For information, consultation, and resources for youth and families, contact the LGBTQ Social Worker at 408-501-6889.
Parent & Kid Socials
Parent & Kid Socials are offered through a partnership with the BWC and Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY). Youth explore a variety of parent education topics, learn about community resources, and socialize with other young parents.
The Hub offers a variety of internships, workshops, and trainings to assist youth in securing and maintaining employment. Resources include the Career Development Unit and Work2Future.
You can obtain a High School Diploma at The Hub with the Opportunity Youth Academy (OYA). Support and guidance with college applications, financial aid, and scholarships is also available on site.
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY) provides free confidential legal advice, consultation, and resources to youth. In addition, LACY can run a credit check for youth and assist with any follow up.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Support
DFCS collaborates with the BWC to provide the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) for current and former foster youth at The Hub Youth are able to access free support in filing their taxes for the current tax year and up to three years back.
The Hub frequently hosts events to celebrate achievements, foster connections, create a sense of belonging, and a welcoming atmosphere. Events include holiday parties, birthday celebrations, movie nights, game nights, BBQs, outings, workshops and more!
Read our The Hub February 2024 Newsletter.