Somos Mayfair cultivates the dreams and power of the people of Mayfair through cultural activism, social services and community organizing. We are generations of immigrants, rooted in a vibrant community who nurture healthy families and successful students, and who speak out for justice in Silicon Valley.
Somos Mayfair was created in 1997 (originally as the Mayfair Improvement Initiative) to address chronic crises in the working-poor, immigrant, Mayfair neighborhood of east San Jose. In the early years, Somos partnered with government, corporate, and nonprofit allies to renovate community infrastructure, catalyze new community investment, and develop new coalitions. Over the years, Somos revamped itself to most effectively operate in line with the needs of the community, and opportunities for regional partnerships evolved. In the past five years, this has led Somos to focus our efforts on two long-term community priorities –fostering early school success and nurturing family wellness. Our desire to be proactive in addressing the needs of the community has ignited our most recent shift, serving as the catalyst of our new programmatic strategy – In Our Hands: A Community Teacher Campaign.