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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.

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NEW!  Realizing the Promise of Telehealth for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Telehealth has proven to be an effective tool in making specialized care more accessible for children with special health care needs, but in California providers and families are not using this service to its full potential. A new report explores the barriers to use and proposes some solutions. You can view the report by clicking here.  
 
Respect 360 eTraining
If you were unable to attend The Respect Institute's recent in-person trainings in Silicon Valley, no worries! You can get trained online to implement the Respect 360 Toolkit and/or Journal Program at your own pace by clicking here. You can also send email to Jessica Baker at jessica@therespectinstitute.org with questions or to inquire about partial scholarships.

Social and Emotional Learning and School Climate Resources
There has been a lot of attention recently on the importance of developing healthy school climates and fostering social and emotional learning in schools. If you are interested in resources for strengthening relationships, increasing student engagement, improving school climate, integrating SEL into professional development, or bridging Restorative Practices and Trauma-Informed approaches within your schools or organizations, please visit http://bit.ly/SEL_Resources.

In Their Own Words: Improving the Care Experience of Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs
Straight talk from 52 parents highlights the limitations of the current system of care for children with special health care needs and their families. A new report summarizes findings from 10 focus groups in which family members discussed what their lives are like, how well their families' needs are being met and how the health care system could be improved. You can review the report from Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health by clicking here

Keeping Your Children Safe 
Young children are accidentally being exposed to marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs, with potential medical consequences. Prevention Partnership International's Advisory Committee, program developers of Celebrating Families!, recently put together a handout for parents, grandparents, and family members: Keeping your Children Safe - Alcohol, Prescription & Illegal Drugs, Marijuana & Other Hazards. You can view this handout by clicking here. Feel free to copy and share it.  

2014 Data Now Available on California's Homeless Students
Nearly 300,000 public school students in California were homeless at some point during the 2013-2014 school year - 5% of all such students. "Doubling up" with others for nighttime residence was the most common living situation among homeless public school students, but many lived in shelters, motels, or unsheltered during the school year. You can explore data from Kidsdata.org about homeless students in your county and school district by clicking here.

Promoting Children's Long-Term Health and Functioning: Applying a Life Course Approach to Pediatric Care for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Life Course Theory, which promotes a life-span approach to an individual's health, is taking hold in adult medicine, but adoption has been slow in pediatric practices. This paper proposes a framework to help pediatric practices become life-course settings for children with special healthcare needs. You can read the paper by clicking here.

ONLINE TRAINING: Helping Parents to Feed Well so Children Can Eat Well
Parent educators can improve their knowledge of how child development influences child eating, learn how to help parents teach their child to be a healthy eater, and learn how to support parents in having enjoyable family mealtimes. You can view the four 30-minute videos created by Childhood Feeding Collaborative of Santa Clara County by
clicking here
. For more Information, send email to Carol Danaher at carol.danaher@phd.sccgov.org, or call (408) 793-2708.

New Standards and Tests Are Worth the Effort
This article discusses the new Smarter Balanced assessments, and the challenges and opportunities involved in these new tests for California students. The author, Gina D. Dalma, is the senior program officer at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and leads the Silicon Valley Common Core Initiative. You can read this article by clicking here.

Synchronizing Youth Programs in California Shows Signs of Success
This article from the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange describes Santa Clara County's innovative approach to better support youth involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. You can read this article by clicking here.

Dropping Out and Clocking In: A Portrait of Teens Who Leave School Early and Work
This article from the Urban Institute looks at teens who leave school early and are employed, and how they differ from other teens who leave school early. It discusses how working youth are contributing to their families' economic support system and how this potentially impacts government programs and policies. You can read this article by clicking here.
 
DOCUMENTARY: Poverty in a Land of Riches
This powerful documentary from CNN is about being poor in Silicon Valley. It is a "must watch" for anyone concerned about how low-income families make it in this county and its high cost of living. You can view the documentary by clicking here.

Child Abuse Prevention Resources for Schools
Please share this important information with parents, teachers, and school administrators about Kidpower's abuse, bullying, abduction, and other violence prevention resources for schools. You can check out this resource by clicking here.

Drugging Our Kids
This 5-part series by the Mercury News explores the excessive use of psychiatric drugs in the foster care system. Parts 1-4 examine how psychotropic meds are being used to treat troublesome behaviors, rather than to heal kids from the trauma they've suffered. Part 5 is a 40-minute documentary that takes viewers inside these children's lives and provides expert commentary. Check out the dedicated website by clicking here.

Facing Prejudice with Compassion and Determination
This article describes how to address prejudice and work with members of our communities to keep everyone safe. See the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library by clicking here.

WEBINAR: Social and Emotional Learning
Supported by music and videos, take-home activities, and stories kids relate to, the developmentally appropriate Second Step lessons have helped teachers instill social-emotional skills in their students for over 20 years. Interested in putting the Second Step program to work for your students? Attend one of the sessions from Committee for Children to hear directly from their experts. You can see a list of live webinars and register by
clicking here
.
 
New Study: Cómo Están los Niños? The Health of Latino Children and Families in California
A comprehensive new study of California's Latino children paints a complex picture of their health and well-being, and finds striking differences within a 4.7 million-strong population that comprises more than half of all the children in the state. You can review the study by clicking here.

VIDEO: Sports Illustrated Introduces Us To America's Homeless Student-Athletes
More than 100,000 student-athletes in America are homeless, according to Sports Illustrated. While athletes such as Kevin Durant and James Jones have made headlines for overcoming childhood poverty and struggles, the magazine introduces us to today's kids who are succeeding in athletics but have no place to call "home" at the end of the day. You can watch the video by
clicking here.

FIRST 5 Obesity Prevention Efforts
The California State Association of Counties (CSAC) profiled FIRST 5 Santa Clara County's efforts to prevent early childhood obesity. Through a blog post and video, CSAC highlights how FIRST 5 programs are making healthy habits fun! You can read the blog by clicking here; you can watch the YouTube video 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
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.
thebeatwithin  COLUMN: THE BEAT WITHIN 
The Beat Within is a San Francisco-
based non-profit that has been committed since 1996 to providing incarcerated youth in the Santa Clara County Juvenile Justice system with a weekly writing and conversation workshop. Below is another piece written by an incarcerated youth that was featured in their award-winning publication, The Beat Within.
 
The Person I am
What's good Beat? How are you doing? Me, I'm just chilling, happy to be alive. Well I have been here seventeen months and I've seen myself progress into a wonderful person. I like the person I am and that's all I care about.

Some people like to judge me but they don't know me. They see my cover (the charges I'm in here for) and they think I'm a bad person.

A lot of the staff likes me. They think I'm a cool kid. I have a lot of relationships with the staff and they're pretty good.

When I leave I am going to leave a lot of friends but you have to move on. Sometimes when I'm thinking, I say, "This whole thing can be a dream." But then I say, "Have I been dreaming?"

For a long time, I thought about what I did and I felt bad. But the government doesn't care. They just want to make money off us. I wish they could see who I am, the real person, not the person that came here, because I honestly feel that person is dead.

I know that saying: you do the crime, you do the time, but for a person that got accused of doing something when he was fifteen and might not get out until he's twenty-five, thirty. I mean that's violated the amendment that states cruel and unusual punishment.

I get sentenced soon. I have faith that the Lord will help me and my time of need.

I hope and pray that everybody will get out and do something with their life. I have seen a lot of people in here come and go and the come back. It's sad to see them.

Some people will only learn if they get confronted with real time. I'm not talking about six months to a year. I'm talking about double digits. I'm hoping that my little piece of writing will encourage anyone out here.

To anyone reading this, I hope and pray that it will not change you but stir something in your mind to do something good, so God bless everyone and stay safe.
-Jose

To find out more about The Beat Within, please see The Beat Within Facebook page , or visit www.thebeatwithin.org . To find out more about getting involved in their weekly workshops inside juvenile hall or to get a subscription to their magazine, send email to Lisa Lavaysse at llava@thebeatwithin.org .
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SEPTEMBER 2015 


On Tuesday, September 1st, a dozen volunteers came together to assemble College Day boxes to go out to 121 schools in Santa Clara County. We counted and sent out about 40,000 pencils and 33,000 wristbands to give to the 93,000 students -- 50% on free/reduced price meals -- all with the goal of creating a college-going culture across the county on October 9th.

It's not too late to be part of College Day. We are still seeking College Day speakers to talk to students of all ages so they can begin to see college in their futures. If you are interested in speaking to a classroom of enthusiastic students, please visit the www.GoVoluntr.com website to sign up. (After you register for GoVoluntr, type College Day in the Search box to locate our sign up form.)

If you are a youth-serving organization, we want you to reinforce the College Day message. We have posters and pencils available on a first-come, first-serve basis, and our lesson plans are free to everyone at www.collegeday.org.  Contact me at dbunnett@kidsincommon.org for more information about this.

Last, you can purchase a College Day t-shirt or make a donation to College Day at
http://www.booster.com/collegeday2015
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Have an amazing September!

Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common
feature1  FEATURE
San Jose Mercury News Article:
"California children need strong early learning plan"

children-reading.jpg This opinion piece was co-written by Children Now President, Ted Lempert, and First 5 Santa Clara CEO, Jolene Smith. It outlines a holistic, comprehensive early learning plan, and argues that full state support of such a plan will reduce the opportunity gap and help break the inter-generational cycle of poverty. To read the article, click here. To see more recent press coverage of children's issues, please visit Children Now's website by clicking here. 
communityevents   COMMUNITY EVENTS 
September Is International Child Protection Month!   
ICPM is a free online initiative to transform the fear of bullying, violence, and abuse into a future of lifelong safety and success for today's youth. Celebrate adult leadership by committing to put safety first and by promising the children in your life that they can tell you about their safety problems. 
Date: September 1 - 30
For More Information: Visit www.childprotectionmonth.org. For more information about Kidpower, visit www.kidpower.org.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House
Mentor Tutor Connection, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools. Come hear about how you can support youth in our community. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. Bring a friend!
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
For More Information:  For questions, send email to programs@mentortutorconnection.org. You can register online by clicking here.

2015 Human Trafficking Conference: Building Capacity through Collaboration
Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal enterprises in the world, and the Bay Area is a top destination for human trafficking activity. The goal of the 2015 Human Trafficking Conference, which is sponsored by the South Bay Coalition to End Human Trafficking, is to train individuals across sectors on how to identify and respond to human trafficking cases through collaboration. General sessions will focus on the collaborative model, with specialized workshops for law enforcement, government agencies, attorneys, service providers, and groups focused on outreach and prevention.
Date: Friday, September 18, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA

Assemblyman Rich Gordon's Education Update -
What Score Would You Give Common Core Testing?

Assemblyman Rich Gordon is hosting the education update, and this one will be around standardized testing and Common Core. With him on the dais will be State Board of Education President, Michael Kirst; SMCOE Director of Accountability, Innovation and Results, Brian Simmons; and Immediate Past President of California School Board Association and Vice President of the Cupertino Union School District, Jo Lucey.
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 - 11:30am
Location: Hillview Middle School Library, 1100 Elder Ave, Menlo Park, CA
For More Information: You can RSVP online by clicking here. For questions, please send email to francesca.segre@asm.ca.gov, or call (650) 691-2121.

10th Annual Food Assistance Training
Learn from experts in food assistance programs about how to connect children, adults, and families to food assistance programs. Also hear about how Urban Agriculture is connected to food assistance that is available in Santa Clara County.
Date: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm
Location: Sobrato Center for Nonprofits, 1400 Parkmoor Ave1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: You can get details and register by
clicking here.

Day on the Bay
Supervisor Dave Cortese and the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department present the 6th annual Day on the Bay at Alviso Marina County Park. Mark your calendars for this Multicultural Festival celebrating our community's diversity and promoting health amongst Santa Clara County residents. The day will feature fun activities for all ages, free food, free pumpkins for kids, music, entertainment, free kayak rides, a resource fair, and much more!
Date: Sunday, October 11, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Alviso Marina County Park, 1195 Hope Street, Alviso, CA  
For More Information: Call Vanessa Turner at (408) 299-5030; visit www.sccgov.org/dayonthebay.

SAVE THE DATE!  Binational Health Week 2015: 11th Annual Health Conference
The topic of this year's conference is "Approaches to Advancing Latino Health Equity." The featured speaker is Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health, UCLA School of Medicine.
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Morgan Hill Community Center, 17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA
For More Information: Please call Michelle Wexler, M.A. at
(408) 793-2703, or send email to Michelle.Wexler@PHD.SCCGOV.ORG.

SAVE THE DATE! 25th Annual Latino-Latina Role Model Conference
This inspiring educational event is designed to plant the seeds of college and careers into the brains of our young people. Free registration, free breakfast burritos, free lunch, and bottled water.
Check out the conference program by clicking here. Also see the conference flyer by clicking here.
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: W. C. Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Send email to Esau Ruiz Herrera at EsauLawyer@gmail.com, or call (408) 926-7163.
communityresources   COMMUNITY RESOURCES
NEW! Summer-Fall Soccer Season Registration 
The East San Jose Futbol Club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is starting their 10 game tournaments for boys and girls, ages 6-15. Both complete teams and individual players can register.
Games for ages 6-10 are at Clyde L. Fisher Middle School, 1720 Hopkins Drive, San Jose; games for ages 11 and older are at Joseph George Middle School, 277 Mahoney Avenue, San Jose
.
For More information: For details and costs, send email to Luciano Zamora at Luciano@eastsanjosefc.org, call
(408) 676-9571.


Stanford Children's Health Pediatric Weight Control Program
Concerned about a child's weight? Based on nearly 20 years of research, the Stanford Children's Pediatric Weight Control Program is nationally recognized for its success rate of over 80% in achieving age-appropriate weight reduction. Parents lose weight too! Classes begin August/September 2015 at 4100 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park .
For More Information: Visit weightcontrol.stanfordchildrens.org or call (650) 725-4424. We look forward to hearing from you!  

CalFresh Application Assistance: Same Day Service  

Community members now have faster access to CalFresh Benefits at 5 locations (listed below) around Santa Clara County! Eligibility workers are stationed at 5 Emergency Assistance Network Agencies (EANs) alongside Food Bank representatives to assist people with CalFresh. In 1-2 days, community members can be screened, apply for CalFresh and have their County interview. If approved, a client could pick up their EBT card on the same day at the Social Services Agency or the next business day at the EAN agency.
Locations:

(1) InnVision, Palo Alto - 33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA; Wednesdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; drop-ins only.
(2) St. Joseph's Family Center - 7950 Church Street, Gilroy, CA; Mondays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (408) 842-6662.
(3) Sunnyvale Community Services - 725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA; Mondays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (408) 738- 4321.
(4) Community Services Agency of Mt. View & Los Altos - 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, CA; 1st and 4th Thursdays, 9:00am - 4:00pm; for an appointment, call (650) 968-0836.
(5) West Valley Community Services - 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA; 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 10:00am - 7:00pm; for more information, call (408) 255-8065.

10 Steps to a Healthier You! 
A FREE, three-class series for parents and caregivers about implementing a positive, healthy lifestyle into home environments. Classes are for residents of Santa Clara County, and are held at various dates, times, and locations throughout Santa Clara County year-round.
For More Information:
To sign up for the free three-class series or to host the free classes at your site, call Healthier Kids Foundation at (855) 344-6347. You can get more details about the program by clicking here.

Eastside Elite Basketball League

If you want a basketball program for your child, this program offers both non-competitive and competitive programs. The Co-Ed Non-Competitive League is for 6 - 9 year olds with little or no basketball experience who would benefit from participation in a structured program with a focus on skills development, basketball fundamentals, and structured game time. The Eastside Elite Competitive Basketball League is for 10 - 16 year olds with emphasis placed on good sportsmanship and skills development.
For More Information:
For program details and fees, call Eric or Rhonda at (408) 794-1060.

FOR EDUCATORS: Embrace the Core Website and Communications Toolkit

The Embrace the Core website and Communications Toolkit are designed to help educators cut through the noise and communicate to parents about California's Common Core State Standards in their classrooms. Teachers, principals, district leaders, after-school program administrators, and anyone else who regularly fields questions from parents can use the posters, sample letters to parents, talking points, and various other resources to drive those conversations.
For More Information:
Visit the website at www.embracethecore.com. You can get to the toolkit by clicking here. If you have questions, send email to Neha Singh Gohil, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, at nsgohil@siliconvalleycf.org.

Good. To Go. Is in San Jose!
Good. To Go. (G2G) is a community-based marketing campaign aimed at increasing San Jose residents' purchase of "fun, fast, and fresh" items such as fresh produce and kid-friendly 'grab n go' snacks at participating G2G outlets: Healthy Corner Stores, Fresh Cart mobile produce vendors, and PCFMA farmers' markets. To find G2G locations in San Jose, visit our online interactive map by clicking here. To stay up to date on events, new products, and program updates, be sure to "Like" our
G2G Facebook page.
For More Information: To learn how to spread the word about G2G within your network and become a G2G brand ambassador, please contact Misha Taherbhai at mishat@healthtrust.org or call
(408) 513-8716.

New Teacher Intern Credential Program: Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms 

In Fall 2014, 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 credentials while interning with a school district. Education Preparation for Inclusive Classrooms (EPIC) accepts new students every two 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
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 soon. Classes fill-up quickly, so let Kidpower know right away if you're interested! 
For More Information: See the public workshop schedule for Palo Alto by clicking here; you can get registration information by
clicking here
. For questions, call (800) 467-6997 Ext. 1#, or send email to safety@kidpower.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.
 
 
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 MFCCs 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
.

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 Maury Rosas at maurice.o.rosas@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.
volunteers  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES 
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.

Yes We Can...Read! Reading Mentor 
Become a reading mentor today! With just a one-hour a week commitment, you can work one-on-one with two Kindergarten or 1st grade students in East San Jose to build an intrinsic love for reading and learning. You will be trained on Interactive Reading Strategies that will boost your book-sharing skills and help you build up a little reader's confidence and literacy skills. This program requires a 24-session commitment in a school year. Fall semester sessions will begin at the end of September. One-hour time slots will occur Monday through Friday between 8:30am - 1:30pm at Dorsa and San Antonio Elementary Schools in East San Jose.
For More Information: Visit Beamentor.org/gfs, or send email to Gabriela Alvarado at GAlvarado@gfsfamilyservices.org.
 
Volunteers for Writing Workshops 
The Beat Within is looking for volunteers to support their weekly Thursday night workshops in juvenile hall. They are always looking for people of all walks of life. You do not need a background in juvenile justice or related issues; you do not need to be a great writer. All you need to have is an interest in the program and working with young people.
For More Information: Visit www.thebeatwithin.org, or send email to The Beat's Program Director, Lisa Lavaysse, at llava@thebeatwithin.org.
 
Be a Child Advocate!  
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is recruiting volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs) to work one-on-one with foster children and be a mentor and their voice as they navigate the dependency system. We train and support our CASAs as they work to support foster children.
For More Information:
To learn more and sign up for an introductory session, visit www.bemyadvocate.org

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

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 at 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 the Collaborative Community Program Facebook page.