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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
OCTOBER 2014  


Happy October. I have lots to share with you this month:

College Day is October 10th! On this day we encourage schools and youth-serving organizations to create a college-going culture among students in Santa Clara County, and to inspire and support first-generation students in their pursuit of a college education. Students take part in interactive activities to inspire and support their aspirations for a college education. Join this special day by talking with young people about going to college and creating a college-going culture for Santa Clara County students. We have College Day posters available to schools and youth-serving organizations throughout the county. If you would like posters, please contact me at dbunnett@kidsincommon.org.

Go to the College Day website (www.collegeday.org) for ideas and lesson plans to help celebrate College Day at your school or program. There is a great video from College Day at K. Smith Elementary School - it is a great idea sparker! You can also register for the College Day Family and Community Conference that will be held at SJSU on Saturday, November 1st. This conference will provide college-going workshops in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Don't miss the Carry the Vision Community in Compassion Conference and Youth Leadership Summit on Sunday, October 19th. This is one of my favorite events, and this year one of my heroes is speaking: Father Gregory Boyle, the founder of Homeboy Industries, which is now the largest gang intervention, re-hab, and re-entry program in the United States. Father Greg is also the author of the New York Times Bestselling book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion." It only costs $30 to attend, and youth can attend for $15. You can get more information about this event by clicking here.

Last, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth (LACY) is recognizing Kids in Common and Laura Garnette, Chief of Probation, for our work to improve the lives of children in our community. LACY works to advance the legal rights of children and youth, and by doing so empowers them to lead healthy and productive lives. We are humbled by this wonderful honor and wanted to invite you to join us at the LACY Honors Luncheon on November 7th. You can get more information and register for the luncheon by clicking here.

Have a wonderful October. I hope to see you at one of these events.

Warm wishes,

Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common
Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and successful in life!

Kids in Common advocates for policies, partnerships, and investments that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County. The cornerstone of our work is the Children's Agenda, a county-wide initiative working to create measurable, positive changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

Call for Nominations
Asset Champions Awards

Project Cornerstone's 2015 Asset Champions Awards Breakfast, to be held on March 20, 2015, will honor the individuals and organizations whose ongoing commitment to building positive relationships with young people helps make Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow. Project Cornerstone is seeking nominations from the community for the individuals and organizations to be recognized at this event. Nominations are due by October 31, 2014.

Asset Champions awards will be given in the following categories:
  • Adult Role Model
  • Caring School Climate - Elementary School
  • Caring School Climate - Middle School
  • Caring School Climate - High School
  • Community Values Youth
  • Positive Cultural Identity
  • Positive Peer Influence
To ensure that the Positive Peer Influence award is given to a young person who truly impacts his or her community of peers, only young people may nominate asset champions in this category.

For More Information: To nominate an individual or organization or for more information, visit www.projectcornerstone.org, and click on the Call to Nominations button.
Community Events

Education Options EXPO
Seven confirmed speakers and exhibitors will provide information about Montessori schools, homeschooling, and other educational options for parents of PreK through 12th grade students. One day at the expo will give parents valuable information to make the best decision for their child's educational success. FREE admission.
Date:
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time:
9:00am - 4:00pm
Location:
Conference Center, Center for Spiritual Living, 1195 Clark Street, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Pre-register for a chance to win a Samsung Tablet at educationoptionsexpo.org. You can also send email to organizer David Rodriguez at info@EducationOptionsEXPO.org, or call (415) 939-6768.

DACA Renewal Free Workshop
If your DACA expires ON or BEFORE March 18, 2015, you are eligible for this free event. Receive free assistance in preparing your DACA renewal application package. Limited space is available, and pre-registration is preferred.
Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Time: Appointments available at 9:00am, 11:00am, and 1:00pm.
Location: Yerba Buena High School Library, 1855 Lucretia Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Register online by clicking here, or call (408) 453-3017. You will receive a telephone call or email confirming your registration.

Child Advocates Volunteer Open House
Learn how you can make a difference in the life of a foster youth by being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Date:
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time:
6:15 - 8:00pm
Location:
Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Send email to Amalia Renteria at amalia@cadvocates.org, or call (408) 573-5611.

NEW WEBINAR: How Toxic Stress Impacts CA Children, Families, and Communities
Join Children Now and speakers from the Center For Youth Wellness and Californians for Safety and Justice for a webinar focusing on how toxic stress impacts California's children, families, and communities. During this webinar, we will focus on defining toxic stress; its connection to health care, public health, and public safety; and next steps to increase prevention and mitigate the impact of toxic stress on children.
Date:
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time:
11:00am - 12:00pm, plus time for Q & A
For More Information:
You can register by clicking here.

Health Data Workshop
In honor of Binational Health Week, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department's Epidemiology & Data Management Unit will host a Health Data Workshop for community partners. The goal of the workshop is to provide our community partners with a better understanding of how the public health department collects public health data and reports this information. The workshop will also provide an overview of the city and small area/neighborhood profiles project, an exciting opportunity to learn more about available demographic, built environment, and health data on smaller geographic areas within the county.
Date: Friday, October 10, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 11:00am
Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits (Cupertino Conference Room A -1st floor), 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: RSVP to Sonia Gutierrez by October 8 at Sonia.Gutierrez@phd.sccgov.org. Space is limited. You can review Data and Statistics information by clicking here.

Latino-Latina Role Model Conference: Planting the Seeds of College-Going Dreams into the Minds of Our Students
This conference features doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, probation officers, police officers, firefighters, journalists, and other professions. All students welcome! Free breakfast burritos, free lunch, free raffle, and free registration.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: W. C. Overfelt High School,
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Send email to Esau Herrera, Conference Director, at EsauLawyer@gmail.com, or call (408) 926-7163.

Day in the Park and FARE Walk for Food Allergy
Join Councilmember Rose Herrera for this FREE event that includes a free BBQ (while supplies last), free pumpkins, skate park access, fishing clinics at 8:00am, rock climbing wall, outrigger canoe lessons, kids' action area and obstacle course, job and community resource fair, Moveable Feast food trucks, and live music.
Date:
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time:
8:00am - 3:00pm
Location:
Lake Cunningham Regional Park, 2305 South White Road, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
You can get more details, register as a vendor, or volunteer by clicking here.

Supervisor Dave Cortese Presents: 5th Annual Day on the Bay
Santa Clara County Supervisor, Dave Cortese, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department, presents the 5th Annual Day on the Bay. This fun-filled family friendly event will have over 100+ resource booths, free kayak rides along the Alviso Marina, a rock climbing wall, live entertainment, free health services including free flu shots and blood screenings, children's activities, and so much more!
Date: Sunday, October 12, 2014
Time:
10:00am - 3:00pm
Location:
Alviso County Marina Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso, CA
For More Information:
Call Johnson Tran at (408) 299-5030, or send email to BOS.District3@bos.sccgov.org.

Late Night with Fostering Media Connections
This event is hosted by Lisa Ling, who is a journalist, writer, and TV host. It will highlight FMC's milestones for 2014, and what's on tap for the upcoming year in our effort to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
Date:
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Time:
6:00 - 9:00pm PST
Location:
The Open Square at Futures Without Violence in the Presidio, 100 Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA
For More Information:
You can get details and register by clicking here. You can also send email to yanthy@fosteringmediaconnections.org, or call (415) 416-6187.

2014 Community in Compassion Conference and Youth Leadership Summit
Carry the Vision (CTV) is partnering with Silicon Valley FACES to provide this exciting and dynamic gathering that will inspire, educate, and offer a vision of the compassionate world that we all want to live in. High school age youth will engage in experiential activities for personal reflection, acts of kindness, and modeling a community of acceptance and understanding. Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and rehabilitation program in the country and bestselling author of "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" will be the keynote speaker. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for students; lunch is included.
Date:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm; registration opens at 9:00am.
Location:
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA
For More Information:
You can get more details and register by clicking here. If you would like to volunteer or be a participating organization, send email to Shelley at swan@carrythevision.org.

Inclusion Collaborative State Conference
Join this interactive and reflective educational opportunity for those involved in the care and education of children birth to 3rd grade (with and without special needs). Learn to create or enhance inclusive practices in your programs. Keynote speakers include Whit Hayslip, Mary Falvey, and Sharon Walsh.
Date: Thursday and Friday, October 23 and 24, 2014
Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Participants can attend in-person (currently FULL) or through a virtual site.
For More Information: You can register for the virtual site by clicking here. Registration is due by Friday, October 3 (limited space available).

Free Legal Assessment Clinic for Nonprofit Organizations in Silicon Valley
The Law Foundation of Silicon Valley's Nonprofit Legal Assistance Project, in conjunction with LinkedIn Corporation, Cooley LLP, Covington & Burling LLP, and the Community Organization Representation Project (CORP) at the Justice & Diversity Center of the Bar Association of San Francisco, are co-sponsoring a free legal clinic for nonprofit organizations that serve low-income individuals and the local community in Silicon Valley. To be eligible, organizations must have 501(c)(3) status. Meet with experienced attorneys who will provide a free assessment of your organization's overall legal health, and advise on specific legal issues on which you may have questions.
Date:
Friday, October 24, 2014
Time:
1:30 - 4:00pm
Location:
Sunnyvale (address to be provided upon appointment confirmation)
For More Information:
To obtain an application and schedule an appointment, please call Allison Barnum, Esq., Pro Bono Manager, at the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley, at (408) 280-2412, or send email to allison.barnum@lawfoundation.org. Please note that clinic applications are due by Friday, October 3.

Safe and Green Halloween Fair

This event draws hundreds of families who come to learn about sustainable living practices and safety around Halloween. This in an opportunity to outreach  to families of under-served neighborhoods and promote the values of sustainability - reducing, reusing, recycling, healthy eating, active lifestyles, and energy and water conservation.
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014
Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Location: McKinley Elementary School, 651 Macredes Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Send email to Imelda Rodriguez at Imelda@cucsj.org; call (408) 644-3235; or visit cucsj.org.

Pulling Together for the Whole Child
The vast support system around a child must also work in harmony to ensure that the child develops into a healthy, happy adult. The Center for Early Learning at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Children Now invite you to join us for Pulling Together for the Whole Child - a morning's look at silo busting within the early childhood sector. Learn ways cooperation, communication, and collaboration can improve services to children and help collectively advocate for relevant public policy and systems change.
Date: Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Time: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA
For More Information: Send email to Margot Rawlins at mmrawlins@siliconvalleycf.org. You can also visit www.siliconvalleycf.org.
For Your Reading Pleasure

New Data on California's Homeless Students
The story of California's homeless students is largely a hidden one - many are doubled up with family and friends, while others live in shelters. See new data, from Kidsdata.org and the California Homeless Youth Project, on homeless students in your county and school district by clicking here.

Creating Positive Social Climate Change
Assess the social climate in your child's life and learn skills to fight social pollution and create positive social climate change. See the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library by clicking here.

Mercury News Editorial: Pepper Spray in Juvenile Hall? Let's Talk It Over
Staff at Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall soon will be permitted to use pepper spray on out-of-control kids in custody. Why? Because the Probation Peace Officers Union negotiated it into its latest contract. You can read the full article in the San Jose Mercury News by clicking here.

Bullying Prevention
On August 15, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education held its 4th Annual Summit about Bullying Prevention. Many agencies and organizations shared their recent collaborations that have been underway to promote the most effective strategies for creating healthier social climates in schools. You can read many of the resources shared at the Summit as well as other local links and connections to support youth in schools on the Safe Schools & Communities Resources Page by clicking here. For more information about related school climate improvement initiatives, send email to Roxana Marachi at roxana.marachi@sjsu.edu.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: How to Put Legislative District Data to Work For California Children
If you missed Kidsdata.org's recent webinar on putting legislative district data to work on behalf of children, the recording is now available on the Kidsdata.org website. The webinar covers how to access data available by legislative district and overlay legislative district maps on many other indicators of child health and well-being available by county, city, or school district. You can review the webinar by clicking here.

Deasy Opens School Year with Campaign Against Dropping Out

Los Angeles Unified Supt. John Deasy started the  school year with a speech to administrators in which he urged them to eliminate the dropout rate, and then assigned each one a struggling student to look after. The superintendent asked administrators to reach out to the students; all were freshmen last year who are at risk of dropping out. You can read this story, published in the Los Angeles Times, August 5, 2014, by clicking here.

Hewlett Foundation Blog Post: The Paradox of Story Telling
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) and Kids in Common Children's Summit were recently featured in a blog post by Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Program Fellow at the Hewlett Foundation. You can read the blog by clicking here.

Foster Youth STEM and Workforce Readiness Training
TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children's Fund made a commitment to action at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiiative (CGI) America meeting. That commitment is to provide STEM education and workforce readiness training to 100% of 9th grade foster youth in Santa Clara County by 2017. You can read about this commitment by clicking here.

Former Foster Youth Take Politics Into Their Own Hands: Sokhom Mao
Sokhom Mao is a former foster youth who is now running for Oakland City Council. You can read his inspirational story on The Chronicle for Social Change website by clicking here.

Early Literacy in California's Immigrant Families

Read this report about disparities in exposure to book-sharing programs among California's immigrant families. The Chair of the Children's Agenda Vision Council is a co-author of this report. You can read it on Reuters by clicking here.

School Discipline Consensus Report
Recently released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, this report presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-school partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. You can read the report by clicking here.

How "Stranger Danger" Hurts Kids: "Stranger Safety" Empowers Kids with Knowledge and Skills
This Kidpower article describes the skills that teach kids how to stay safe around strangers, and that when they're having an emergency, they may need to ask for help from someone they don't know. Read this very popular article by clicking here.

The 2014 California Children's Report Card 
This study identifies how kids are doing in our state and what needs to be done about it
. Released by Children Now, it covers 27 critical education, health, and child welfare issues and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California's kids. You can read the Report Card by clicking here.
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Region V Parent Engagement Conference Series 
Advanced Parent Leader Training Institute

Success Starts at Home
With Consuelo Kickbusch
November 3, 2014

The purpose of this conference is to grow the parent leadership in our county and ensure that school and district parent leaders have the personal effectiveness skills to support their children's personal growth and academic success. Participants will also experience personal growth as an effective and inspirational parent leader/mentor in their school community.

Join us for a day full of action, motivation, and learning! Find out how to motivate and communicate better with your children. Become true advocates for your children and their education. Learn strategies for building relationships with teachers, staff, and administrators, and learn to create a vision for your family's success. This conference will be in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Time:
9:00am - 3:00pm (Milpitas Room)
3:00 - 5:00pm (SCCOE Library Visit)
Location:
Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA
Registration:
The parents and community leaders registering for the event should be actively engaged in the parent engagement and leadership activities at their school sites and/or school districts. There is NO FEE, but registration is required by Monday, October 20, 2014. You can register online by clicking here.
For More Information:
Call (408) 453-4322, or send email to brenda_mariano-paz@sccoe.org.
Community Resources
 
A Proven Way to Restore your Child's Health: The Pediatric Weight Control Program
Based on almost 20 years of Stanford's research, the Pediatric Weight Control Program for overweight children and teens has a success rate of over 80% in restoring and maintaining a lifetime of healthy weight. Parents lose weight too!  Early intervention is the best way to ensure your child's success. Class options for groups in English are Mondays from 4:30 - 6:00pm, and 6:00 - 7:30pm. Class options for groups in Spanish are Wednesdays at 6:00pm. Classes will run every week for six months in Menlo Park, CA. No referral needed!
For More Information:
If this sounds like a good fit for your family, call (650) 724-5611, or send email to pediatricweightcontrol@stanfordchildrens.org to reserve your space.

New Teacher Intern Credential Program: Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms
This Fall, the Inclusion Collaborative started an education specialist credential program focusing on inclusion: Preliminary Early Childhood Special Education, Preliminary Moderate/Severe Special Education, and a Clear Education Specialist Induction Program. Classes are held in the evenings and occasionally on Saturdays. These are alternative pathways to acquiring a teaching credential, allowing students to earn their credential while interning with a school district. Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPIC) accepts new students every 2 years, so if you are interested in one of the three programs, plan to apply for Fall 2016.
For More Information:
To learn about the program, see the FAQ page by clicking here. For additional professional development opportunities and resources, visit www.inclusioncollaborative.org.
 
FREE Girls Exploring Math (GEM) Program at Mathson and Crittenden Schools
An exciting, all-girl, after-school math program will be starting mid-October at Lee Mathson Middle School in San Jose and Crittenden Middle School in Mountain View. Through this new, FREE program, offered by ALearn, 7th-grade girls will explore the exciting world of everyday math through hands-on art and science projects. These fun projects help them learn pre-algebra skills needed for high school math success. They will journey through self-discovery and learn about empowerment. Girls will also explore the value of a college education, classes needed for college admission, and careers for women.
For More Information:
ALearn offers FREE after-school and summer math programs for 6th, 7th, and 9th grade students at area schools. For more information about ALearn and its programs visit www.alearn.org, or call (408) 260-7545.

FREE
Kids' Vision and Dental Screenings
Healthier Kids Foundation FocusFirst and DentalFirst programs are conducting FREE (donor-funded) vision and dental screenings for children ages 6 months - 18 years old. Vision screenings are performed with a high-optic digital camera, and dental screenings are performed by a licensed dentist, Monday through Friday at your school, church, daycare center, community center, after-school program, or community-based organization. For dental screenings, all children will receive a FREE toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Healthier Kids Foundation staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.
For More Information: This program is done on a first come, first serve basis. Schedule your screenings by calling Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114, Ext. 206, or send email to  sunny@hkidsf.org.

Personal Safety Workshops   
Kidpower's Public Workshops for ages 3 years to adults offer personal safety skills training that is relevant to the ages and life situations of the students. These dynamic, upbeat workshops teach skills such as boundary setting, advocacy, stranger safety, safety with words (spoken or online), help-seeking, and de-escalation. There are multiple workshops for different child age groups coming up in October and November. Classes fill-up quickly, so let Kidpower know right away if you're interested! 
For More Information: See the public workshop schedule by clicking here; you can get registration information by clicking here. For additional details, call (800) 467-6997 Ext. 1#, or send email to safety@kidpower.org.

Get Help with College Planning  
The Online Colleges Database helps to make the college planning process easier for future students.  It provides an easy-to-use search tool with relevant data and integrated Google Maps. It also includes expert-driven topical guidebooks that aid specific demographics, such as minorities, students and families with disabilities, and veterans who may need a different set of advice and information.  
For More Information: Visit www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org.

GED Preparation Classes 
These classes target older youth, ages 17 - 24 years. An assessment of a student's basic skill level will determine placement. Classes include both lecture and computer-based learning. The GED program is open entry/open exit during the school year.
Date:
Monday through Friday
Time:
8:30am - 11:40pm
Location:
749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Contact Mariah Artley at (408) 213-0961, Ext. 27, or Caroline Sailor at Ext. 30.
 
 
City of San Jose's Recreation of City Kids (ROCK) After-School Program 
This program offers quality, safe, affordable, and fun after-school care for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program consists of enrichment activities, homework assistance, healthy recreation, cooking projects, special events, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. Scholarships are available. 
Date: Monday through Friday during the school year 
Time: End of school until 6:00pm 
Location: Schools throughout San Jose 
For More Information: Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/prns, or call (408) 535-3576.

FutureArtsNow! 
This program hosts weekly Open Dance Sessions at the Edenvale Community Center for $3/session. Youth and young adults are invited to come and hone their Hip Hop Dance skills during our weekly sessions inside the Edenvale Dance Studio/Gym.  
Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday  
Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm 
Location: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA  
For More Information: Call Demone Carter, Program Director, at (408) 320-5022; send email to futureartsnow@gmail.com; or visit www.futureartsnow.org.

Youth Facing Expulsion   
If you know of youth facing expulsion, Legal Advocates for Children and Youth may be able to connect you with a free lawyer to represent your child in a school expulsion hearing.  
For More Information: Call (408) 280-2416.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Dollars
Looking for resources to help advocate for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to support early learning and development? Children Now can help! 
For More Information: Check out Children Now's new campaign with resources by clicking here. Sign up for The Children's Movement of California to receive more talking points, tips, and tools that will be released over the coming weeks and months by clicking here.

CalFresh (Food Stamps) Outreach and Application Assistance

Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can do pre-screening, answer questions, and help clients complete applications for CalFresh benefits. Application assistance can be arranged for weekdays, weekends, and evenings at community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 
For More Information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, at (800) 984-3663, or visit www.shfb.org/getfood

Free Food for Low-Income Families
Free food resources are available to low-income families through Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Our region's Family Harvest, Produce Mobile, Pantries and Prepared Meal programs can accept more participants. Food distributions and meal programs are available weekdays and on weekends at community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 
For More Information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, at (800) 984-3663, or visit www.shfb.org/getfood

For All of Our MFCC's and Other Professionals Under the Board of Behavioral Sciences
 
Kidpower is now certified as a Continuing Education Provider under the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences!
For More Information: Visit www.kidpower.org
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Kaiser Permanente Child Health Program
Did you know that Kaiser Permanente in California insures low-income children who are not eligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California through its Child Health Program? With all of the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many mixed status and immigrant families do not know that the program is an option for their child. The Child Health Program is pleased to offer a quality option in California that gives children the healthcare they need for just $0, $10, or $20 per child, per month, for up to three children, depending on the family's income. Additional children are covered at no extra premium. There are also no co-pays (no charge) for services at Kaiser Permanente facilities.
For More Information:
Send email to Sarah Hurd at sarah.m.hurd@kp.org. You can also get additional details, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, by clicking here.

PARENT PROJECT
This 12-week program, which offers classes throughout Santa Clara County, is specifically designed for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents. Parents learn specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors.
For More Information: Visit www.ParentProject.com; call (408) 808-3794; or send email to parentproject@da.sccgov.org.

Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club 
This club offers children (and adults) important lessons about conserving energy and water, recycling trash, and finding new food sources.  Supervisor Dave Cortese started the Kids Climate Club to introduce children in 3rd through 12th grades to simple tips they can use to help protect the environment. 
For More Information: If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call (408) 299-3050, or send email to dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org.
Volunteer Opportunities 

Volunteer to Become a Certified Car Seat Technician 
In the Bay Area, 4 out of 5 car seats are installed incorrectly. ACCESS (a service of the Good Samaritan Hospital Auxiliary) hosts free car seat fitting inspections. Join ACCESS in our efforts to ensure infants and children are safe in their vehicles. Training is provided at Good Samaritan Hospital, 2425 Samaritan Drive, San Jose, CA.
For More Information:
Call Shannon Hickok at (408) 559-2395, or send email to shannon.hickok@hcahealthcare.com. You can also visit the ACCESS website by clicking here.

Yes We Can...Read! Mentor Program 
Help build stronger Kindergarten and 1st grade readers by volunteering an hour a week for 12 weeks at Dorsa Elementary (1290 Bal Harbor Way, San Jose, CA) or San Antonio Elementary (1721 E. San Antonio Street, San Jose, CA). You will be working in the classroom with 2 students for 30 minutes each, for one-on-one read-aloud time and time to practice sight words and other literacy skills. This program runs from September 22 through December 19, and the one-hour time slots are Monday through Friday between 8:30am - 3:00pm.
For More Information:
Call Gabriela Alvarado at (408) 347-7892, Ext. 306, or send email to galvarado@gfsfamilyservices.org.

OYP Is Seeking Youth Leaders  
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is once again opening Youth Voice positions for youth ages 16 - 24 years who would be interested in representing their peers in this partnership. If you know of a youth who would be interested in the role, please have them complete an application. This is a wonderful leadership opportunity, and a stipend is provided for the youth members.
For More Information:
You can download the application (PDF format) by clicking here.

Be a Child Advocate! 
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is currently seeking individuals, 21 years and older, to become a volunteer Child Advocate to one of the nearly 200 foster youth on our waiting list. 
For More Information: Send email to Amalia at amalia@cadvocates.org, or visit www.bemyadvocate.org.

Join the LPC Council of Santa Clara County 
The Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) of Santa Clara County is seeking individuals who are interested in applying for membership to the Council. Funded by the California Department of Education and housed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the mission of the LPC is to assess, represent, and promote the early care and education needs of children and families in the community. Applicants must work or live in Santa Clara County, and exhibit a strong commitment to advocating for increased quality childcare services; an ability to make information-based decisions; and excellent leadership skills.  
For More Information: If you are interested in submitting an application, send email to Michael Garcia at michael_garcia@sccoe.org, or call (408) 453-6649.

Volunteer with Junior Achievement 
Inspire students at local elementary schools with Junior Achievement! Junior Achievement prepares youth for economic success through a short series of age-appropriate lessons about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. You can volunteer to work in schools and teach these lessons (the teacher will be in the classroom to provide support.) The dates, times, and locations are flexible, including any school or after-school program (i.e. public, private, charter, etc.) There is a one-hour mandatory training.  
For More Information: Send email to Amanda Lopez, District Manager, Silicon Valley, at alopez@janorcal.org, or call (408) 217-7906. 

Be a Mentor for Elementary School Children

Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is seeking mentors for children from Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose. Mentors meet with children in Kindergarten through 5th grade on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library.
For More Information: Send email to Rochelle at  
CCPSantaClara@gmail.com, or call (408) 634-2125.  You can also visit Collaborative Community Program on Facebook.

 
Have You Signed the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth?
 

Kids on Grass

For information about the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth go to:
www.kidsincommon.org/bill-of-rights 

 
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