The Silicon Valley Organization is proud to announce that through a partnership between its Strive San Jose program and San Jose Unified School District, it will be connecting 80 high school students with six industry hosts for the second Job Shadow Days this year.

“Economic development comes in various forms. This week, it comes in the form of our Strive San Jose Job Shadow Days,” said Matt Mahood, The Silicon Valley Organization President & CEO. “Businesses open their doors to local students, ensuring an interested and informed local talent pipeline. Students in turn see first-hand what these businesses and industries are like and can make better informed decisions around their career choices."

The Job Shadow Days will provide an introductory career exploration experience to 80 students from Gunderson, Willow Glen, Lincoln, and San Jose High Schools. The students gain an understanding of the workplace by participating in hands-on activities that mimic real-life work responsibilities.

“We’re excited to continue this partnership with Strive San Jose to elevate opportunities for our students and provide them with hands-on experience in careers that are driving the Silicon Valley economy,” said San José Unified Superintendent Nancy Albarrán. “Programs like Job Shadow Days are helping us prepare today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow.”

The industry hosts for the Fall Job Shadow Days are local businesses Reel Eagle Studios, So Gold Marketing, DuGood Creative, San Jose Giants, DMC Studio MACLA, and 360 Payments.

“I was thrilled when I got asked to participate in a Job Shadow Days,” said Sophie Bounphisai, CEO of So Gold Marketing, LLC. “I want showcase that you can have a career in social media marketing and can do anything you set your mind to. I also want to give back, have fun, and spread creativity!”

"360 Payments is fired up to host several high school students providing them with a dose of real world experiences that will deliver a lasting impact on their understanding of Silicon Valley tech companies,” said Derek Distenfield, COO of 360 Payments.

About San José Unified School District

San José Unified is an innovative urban school district that prepares today’s students to be the thinkers, leaders, and creators of tomorrow. We are reinventing the education system by bringing together teachers and staff with parents and students, inspiring each to discover their own greatness. Serving over 30,000 students from transitional kindergarten through high school in 41 schools from Downtown San José to the Almaden Valley, San José Unified is Silicon Valley’s largest and most diverse school system. For more information, please visit

About Strive San Jose

Strive San Jose is the education and workforce development program of The Silicon Valley Organization. It facilitates deep regional partnerships between schools, higher education institutions, employers, and other community partners to align education systems with career pathways. Current program partners include Campbell Union High School District, East Side Union High School District, and San Jos√© Unified School District. For more information: 

About The Silicon Valley Organization

The Silicon Valley Organization, formerly known as the San Jose Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce, is Silicon Valley’s premier business networking and advocacy, and economic development organization, representing nearly 1,400 employers and 300,000 employees throughout the greater Silicon Valley. It promotes a robust and sustainable regional economy to support business growth while improving the region’s quality of life. For more information:

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