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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
APRIL 2015   

How can it be April already? If you are anything like me, the pace is fast and it takes an intentional effort to stop and breath and to be mindful. I find one thing that helps me to be more mindful is to have the opportunity to learn something new. Kids in Common wants to offer you the opportunity to stop and breath and to learn something new. In May, we will be offering two FREE workshops that will give you new perspective on engaging families in treatment and recovery programs, and another on breathing life into education.The full descriptions are below, and I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to stop and think.

Please attend the Santa Clara County Youth Works nonprofit convening Thursday, April 16, from 4:00 - 5:30pm. I want to make sure you know about this important meeting for nonprofits that will be taking place at the Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium, 70 West Hedding, San Jose. This meeting will focus on the nonprofit role in the Santa Clara County Youth Works summer youth job initiative being led by Work2Future. This initiative will place youth in paid internship and employment opportunities. Nonprofits are critical partners in this initiative, and it is hoped that they will hire, sponsor, and/or host a youth through SCC Youth Works. Please RSVP to Cassandra Nash if you are able to attend this meeting.

Have a wonderful April!

Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common
Kids in Common FREE Workshops 

Protecting Children's Future Behavioral Health Through a Family Approach to Treatment and Recovery
When professionals address mental health and substance use disorders, it is imperative that they take a family-centered approach to engagement, treatment, and recovery. This workshop will provide an overview of a powerful evidence-based model called Celebrating Families TM! Learn about the benefits of family-centered treatment and its impact on results. Presenters are Rosemary Tisch, Prevention Partnership International, and Melissa Santos, Community Solutions.
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, Gilroy Room, 1290 Ridder Park, San Jose, CA
For More Information: You can get more details and register by clicking here.

Breathing Life into Education
Youth Empowerment Seminar, YES! for Schools is a dynamic, powerful, and easy-to-learn program that helps youth handle their stress and perform better as students and individuals. This experiential workshop will introduce participants to the YES! For Schools Program through interactive processes, targeted breathing techniques, and games. The presenter is Priya Mayur, International Association for Human Values.
Date: Friday, May 22, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
Location: Sabrato Community Conference Center, Cupertino B, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: You can get more details and register by clicking here.
A Piece from Their Award-Winning Publication
In this April newsletter, we continue to feature The Beat Within, 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.
I'm tired of staring at all the brick walls.
I'm tired of the system and this hall.
Always trying to find a way to see me fall.
Only connection I have with my loved ones is through a five-minute call.
I can't stand these dumb laws.
I really feel like going crazy.
Everyday more weak and lazy.
Nothing to look forward to, just at my past.
I hope my time flies by fast.
I don't know when I'll be released.
I don't know when I'll start my life.
Everything is so trife, the girls I thought I was riding for can't even plea
to the judge to set me free.
I was blind but now I can see my girls turned their backs against me.
There not there to ride for me and I hurt a lot of people who would have died for me.
Those are the ones out there crying for me.
In the end I only got me.
I'm the one striving everyday to be the best I can be.
One day I'll be out and show my past, they couldn't get the best of me.
Tears can't shed from eyes.
After all the pain and lies.
I try to force myself to cry but I can't.
I feel so shut down inside.
My heart feels tired.
You'd be surprised how much I'm able to hide.
But, never from God, He's always by my side.

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.
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.

Community Events

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, April 2, 2015
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm (lunch included)
Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA
For More Information: If you have questions, send email to programs@mentortutorconnection.org. You can register online by clicking here.

Baby Shower for Pregnant and Parenting Teens
The Santa Clara County Education Department will be hosting their Annual Baby Shower for pregnant and parenting teens in the AFLP/Cal-Learn and Teen Success Programs. During this free event, clients can get clothing, diapers, food, toys, bath items, and much more for their families.
Date: Thursday, April 9, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 6:00pm
Location: 1879 Senter Road, San Jose, CA
For More Information: To learn more about the event, call (408) 795-3732. If you would like to donate new or gently used baby items, you can bring them to our office (1746 The Alameda, San Jose, CA), or you can call (408) 795-3732 to arrange a pick-up.

Volunteer Open House with Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Learn how you can make a difference in the life of a foster youth by being a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA).
Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
Time: 6:15pm
Location: Sobrato Non-Profit Center, 1400 Parkmoor Ave, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Send email to Amalia Renteria at amalia@cadvocates.org, or visit their website at   www.bemyadvocate.org.

2nd Annual Northern California PBIS/School Climate Symposium
The theme for this year's symposium is "Aligning Efforts to Create a Sustainable Positive School Climate." Keynote Speaker, Kent McIntosh, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the University of Oregon's College of Education, will speak about "Sustaining PBIS and Other School Climate Efforts Through the Seas of Change." Workshops include PBIS Tier 1, 2, 3; PBIS Coaching; Cultural Responsiveness and School Climate; Bullying Prevention; Restorative Practices; Social Emotional Learning; and Mental Health.
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 7:30 - 8:30am for registration and continental breakfast; 8:30am - 4:30pm for keynote and symposium
Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, CA
For More Information: You can register by clicking here. For further details, send email to Janeen Salcido at janeen_salcido@sccoe.org, or call (408) 453-6504.

Stanford Pre-Health Conference for High School Juniors and Seniors
The Stanford Undergraduate Minority Medical Alliance (SUMMA) is pleased to offer the inaugural one-day pre-health conference for high school juniors and seniors! The conference structure allows students to learn about different health careers and design a plan to prepare them to apply to college and professional schools as a confident, competitive applicant for an exciting career in health. Priority is given to juniors and seniors and under-represented minorities. Cost is $10. This workshop is expected to fill up fast, so register ASAP.
Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Location: Stanford University, 291 Campus Drive, Stanford, CA
For More Information: You can get details and register by clicking here.

Child Trends Hispanic Institute Reports
Join us to hear the latest data and research on Hispanic children and youth from the new Child Trends Hispanic Institute. Carol Emig, President of Child Trends, and Lina Guzman, Ph.D., Director of the Child Trends Hispanic Institute, will share accomplishments and insights from the Institute's first year.
Date: Monday, April 20, 2015
Time: 1:30 - 3:30pm
Location: Sobrato Nonprofit Center - Cupertino Room, 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Register for this event by clicking here.

Fit and Fun Earth Day Fair
Celebrate wellness and green living for the whole family with free health screenings and information, family wellness resources, and tips for environmentally sound living. There will be fun games, over 75 exhibitors, entertainment, and valuable community wellness information. Admission is FREE!
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Columbia Neighborhood Center, 785 Morse Avenue, Sunnyvale, CA
For More Information: Visit www.FitandFunFair.inSunnyvale.com or call (408) 730-7800.

"Express Yourself": A Celebration of Foster Youth
This event is for former and current foster youth in Santa Clara County (ages 15-21) to explore the arts and post-high school opportunities. It is sponsored by the Santa Clara County Foster Youth Success Initiative Collaborative. All youth under age 18, must be accompanied by an adult.
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 10:00am - 2:30pm
Location: Santa Clara University
For More Information: To RSVP by April 9, call Ashley Matysiak at (408) 484-6204, or send email to Ashley.matysiak@svcf.org.

Healthier Kids Foundation 5th Annual Symposium: Status on Children's Health in Santa Clara County  
This Symposium emphasizes the importance of engaging in "Healthier Earlier" strategies and accessing preventive health services in an effort to create healthier children at an earlier age. Join us as keynote speaker, Dr. Robert H. Lustig, discusses the sugar pandemic in our society. Other speakers will cover a variety of children's issues in our county.    
Date: Monday, May 11, 2015
Time: 8:30am - 12:30pm
Location: Microsoft - Building B, 1020 Enterprise Way, Sunnyvale, CA
For More Information: You can get more details and register for the event by clicking here. You can also send email to Ashley Lancaster at Ashley@hkidsf.org.

IAHV Stress Management And Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T) for Educators & Community Leaders
This event will introduce IAHV YES! for Schools Student Curriculum and practical strategies to handle stress, build resilience, and inspire leadership. Healthy mind, body and lifestyle modules focus on physical exercise, powerful breathing techniques, and practical life wisdom to readily connect with and inspire peers, to communicate with clarity and confidence, and to remain positive and transform challenges into opportunities.
Date: May 26 - 28, 2015
Time: Tues/Wed: 8:00am - 3:00pm; Thurs 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Fremont High School, 1279 Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road, Sunnyvale CA
For More Information: You an register for this event by clicking here. You can also send email to Priya at  

EARLY REGISTRATION: Kidpower Skills for Child Protection Advocates Training Institute
Learn how to use Kidpower's prevention, intervention, advocacy, and personal safety strategies and skills and Positive Practice Teaching Method in your personal and professional activities to take charge of the safety and well-being of the children and teens in your personal and professional life. Participants develop increased tools for taking leadership to protect young people, including those with special needs, from harm caused by thoughtlessness, neglect, bullying, abuse, or violence within their schools, organizations, youth programs, communities and families. Reduced fees for early registration now available.
Date: August 10 - 12, 2015
Location: California Orientation Center, 400 Adams Street, Albany, CA
For More Information: You can learn about registration, training topics, and program use by clicking here.

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.
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.
For Your Reading or Viewing Pleasure

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 our experts. You can see a list of live webinars and register by clicking here.

TeenForce Plans to Ramp Up in 2015
TeenForce, which was founded almost five years ago by retired mortgage executive, John Hogan, specializes in finding jobs for young people who have been in the foster care system. You can read about their ambitious plans for 2015 in the Silicon Valley Business Journal by clicking here.

Foster Youth STEM and Work Readiness Program
Silicon Valley Children's Fund and TeenForce is happy to announce that Symantec will be funding the pilot and implementation of the Foster Youth STEM and Work Readiness Training Program. This program was developed as part of the Clinton Global America Initiative. You can read the press release about the program by clicking here. You can also read about this commitment to action 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) recently 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.

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 about homeless students in your county and school district by clicking here.

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: How to Put Legislative District Data to Work For California Children
If you missed Kidsdata.org's webinar about 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.

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

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.
Volunteer Opportunities 

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.

Summer Camp Volunteer
There's lots to do at summer camp! The Grail Family Services in East San Jose (2003 E. San Antonio Street, San Jose, CA) is looking for summer camp volunteers. Some things we need the most help with include leading morning small group literacy activities (reading, writing, story time, computer time, etc.); snack and lunch break supervision (talk, play, and keep a safe eye out for our campers during their breaks); and afternoon enrichment activities (help our campers get creative with dance, science, and arts and crafts times.) Summer camp dates are June 22 - July 31, 2015. Morning, afternoon, and full-day time slots are available, Monday through Thursday. The morning time slot is 8:00am - 12:00pm, the afternoon time slot is 12:00 - 2:30pm, and full day is 8:00am - 2:30pm.
For More Information: Email Gabriela Alvarado at GAlvarado@gfsfamilyservices.org.

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 12-session commitment in a school semester. 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 or San Antonio Elementary Schools in East San Jose. Volunteer recruiting is year-round, so sign up today!
For More Information: Visit Beamentor.org/gfs, or send email to Gabriela Alvarado at GAlvarado@gfsfamilyservices.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

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.

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.
SVGives Is Coming Up!  

Bay Area nonprofits are invited to register for SVGives, the region's second annual giving day on May 5, 2015. In 2014, 800 local nonprofits raised a total of $8 million in 24 hours! It's a wonderful opportunity for your nonprofit to attract new donors, build your fundraising skills, and generate excitement about your work. Join us! The registration deadline for nonprofits is April 15, 2015.

For More Information: Learn more and register at www.svgives.org.  
Provide an Internship to a Foster Youth This Summer   

TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children's Fund are seeking 8 internships for foster youth who participated in a 60-hour STEM education program this past winter. If you are willilng to hire an intern, TeenForce will manage the entire process for you, hiring and paying the youth and helping you design a meaningful internship that is a win for everyone. 

For about $2,250 you can have a talented intern from June 9 - August 14, 2015. Join SanDisk, Xilinx, Technology Credit Union, SYNNEX and Princeton Capital in giving a foster youth a work experience that will help them be successful in life.

For More Information: If you are interested, contact John Hogan at TeenForce at johnhogan@teenforce.org.    
"Stick to Fitness Powered by Kaiser Permanente" Program at Local
Middle Schools

Kaiser Permanente has proudly partnered with the Sharks Foundation to provide the Stick to Fitness Powered by Kaiser Permanente program for 2,000 6th grade students at 10 local low-income middle schools. Each school is visited by a Kaiser Permanente physician and a Sharks player who present to the students about Healthy Eating and Active Living.

Kaiser Permanente provides street hockey equipment for each school, while each student receives a pedometer, jump rope, and THRIVE bag to help them remain active and eat healthy, as well as a Stick to Fitness workbook to keep track of their physical activity and eating patterns. At the end of the 5-week program, the students are rewarded with a visit from the playful Sharks mascot, Sharkie.

For More Information: You can learn more about the program by clicking here.  
Community Resources
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.

(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.

East San Jose Futbol Club 
There's a new youth soccer program for low-income East San Jose kids that promotes not only soccer, but gang prevention, child obesity awareness, academic support, and referrals to parent services. Youth play at Clyde L Fisher Middle School, 1720 Hopkins Drive, San Jose. The club is always looking for players who reside in East San Jose, coaches that can be positive role models, and office volunteers to help in administration of the club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
For More information: Send email to Luciano Zamora, President and Co-Founder, at Luciano@LucianoZamora.info, call (408) 968-9571, or visit www.EastSanJoseFC.org.

Access Opportunities for Incarcerated Youth

The Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) in collaboration with Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation have partnered to bring Community College (Gavilan and Evergreen) access to our students at Blue Ridge and Osborne schools during the 2014-15 school year. Over the last year, 35 students have taken classes in Astronomy, College Success, Chicano/a Studies, and Mexican History. Each class is three units, and students complete all college entry paperwork at their school site supporting their expedited admission to their local college upon release.
For More Information:
Call Yvette Irving, Director of Alternative Education, Santa Clara County Office of Education, at (408) 453-6998.

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.

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. 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
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.

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 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.

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. The site 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.
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 11:40pm
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.

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 children. 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.

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.

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