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This pilot project was our first festival aimed at building community in the Spartan Keyes neighborhood. SJSU students and neighborhood leads worked together in facilitating a successful spring event that provided residents with the chance to engage and interact in a fun and inviting atmosphere. The festival provided family-friendly activities including an Easter egg hunt, outdoor games, crafting and a pet parade fashion show. Community building became the top priority for the project with strong involvement from the City, the Spartan Key es Neighborhood Action Coalition, the Awesome Foundation and a SAP grant from District 3 Councilmember Raul Peralez. Important goals of the project were to have community members build relationships with each other, be accountable for their neighborhood and understand the importance of community engagement.

By the Numbers | 2016-17

7 SJSU students engaged

175 residents engaged

152 hours of service

$3,669 value

Project Impact

  • 175 community members were able to interact with SJSU students in their neighborhood
  • The festival continued placemaking efforts and focused on community building with the help of the City of San José’s Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services Department
  • The project’s long-term effects included promoting the maintenance of cultural diversity
  • Attendees with various backgrounds, including Vietnamese and Latino, engaged with each other in celebrating the neighborhood efforts as a community. Several participants indicated this festival allowed them to feel like they belong and are a part of a thriving community

Community Stories

“[CommUniverCity’s] hard work and talents really made the event a success.”
–Spartan Keyes resident

“We were wondering what we could do [in the neighborhood], but now that we know
about this, we’re going to go!”
–Spartan Keyes resident

“It was a joy to see the many children that came enjoying all the activities. All of the
parents I spoke to wanted to know if we did it every year.”
–Carol Valentine, Project Lead planner, Spartan Keyes resident