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Support College Day, Oct. 19, 2018!
This month, I am writing to ask you to support College Day, a Kids in Common collaborative effort to create a college-going culture at schools throughout Santa Clara County.

Part of the College Day effort includes sending wristbands or pencils engraved with this year's theme, "College Today, Career Tomorrow. Be a Star!" Sending this "swag" to the schools helps inspire them to create a celebration around college aspirations. We expect over 150 schools to participate this year, reaching more than 100,000 students. Our survey results indicate that the schools do so much more than pass out pencils or wristbands. Teachers are conducting lessons about going to college, and having contests and rallies. Last year, 4,200 students completed an evaluation. Nearly 90% of those students, wrote down the name of a college they would like to visit, and 96% said they would go to college someday! College Day works!

For a small investment of less than $15, you can be a big supporter of College Day by purchasing 90 wristbands or pencils for an elementary school grade. Go to the Roonga fundraising website at https://www.roonga.com/collegedaydrive2018 to make this small -- but really big to us -- investment.

I hope you will consider supporting this event. Have a great summer and "see" you in September.

In partnership,
Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common

In This Issue
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.

2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book
Check Out This New Resource!
California has moved up slightly on the national ladder for children's well-being, from 37th place in 2017 to 36th in 2018, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released by Children Now and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The Data Book uses 16 indicators to rank each state across four domains as an assessment of child well-being: health, education, economic well-being, and family and community. You can review the 2018 Data Book by clicking here. You can see California's state profile by clicking here.   
Girl Empowerment Initiative
Applied Materials Foundation Announces New Grantmaking Program
The Applied Materials Foundation has launched an evidence-based, three-year grantmaking initiative which will fund organizations and programs directly addressing societal factors that prevent girls from learning more about fields where women are traditionally underrepresented. Applied Materials invites you to learn more about the program by clicking here to visit the Community page on the Applied Materials website. We hope you will take the time to share this opportunity with your networks as well, if appropriate.
Deadline: Applications may be submitted up until August 15, 2018.
For More Information: For questions, send email to Julie at Julie_Lata@amat.com.
Sunday Friends
Please Refer Your Clients to the Program!       
At Sunday Friends, very low-income families engage in hands-on learning activities, create gifts for children in hospitals and for nursing home residents, and prepare and serve healthy meals. They attend classes on financial literacy, parenting effectiveness, English literacy, health, nutrition, violence prevention, computer skills, and STEM education. Through their participation, family members earn "tickets," the currency of Sunday Friends, redeemable for essential goods such as diapers, laundry detergent, personal hygiene items, school supplies, and more.
Date: 2nd, 3rd, 4th Sunday of each month
Time: 10:45am - 4:30pm
Location: 2nd Sunday - Santee Elementary School; 3rd Sunday - Jeanne R. Meadows Elementary School; 4th Sunday - Lowell Elementary School (all in San Jose!)
For More Information: Contact Vanessa Torres, Program Manager, at (408) 819-6776 or vanessa@sundayfriends.org.  
The Kidpower Skills for Child Protection Advocates Institute
This three-day training provides an in-depth opportunity for educators, mental health professionals, health care providers, youth group leaders, and parents to learn and practice Kidpower's intervention, advocacy, and social safety skills to protect and empower children and teens, including those with disabilities.  
Dates: Monday, August 6, 2018 - Wednesday, August 8, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm each day
Location: Albany (near Berkeley and San Francisco)
For More Information: You can get more details by clicking here. You can register by clicking here.    
Silicon Valley Education Summit 2018
The annual Silicon Valley Education Policy Summit brings together nearly 400 industry executives, education advocates, and elected officials to engage in meaningful discussions to strengthen our education system, expand pathways into well-paying jobs, and diversify the STEM pipeline.
Date: Friday, August 17, 2018
Time: 7:30am - 2:00pm
Location: NetApp, 1395 Crossman Avenue, Sunnyvale
For More Information: You can get details and register by clicking here.    
WEBINAR! A Conversation on Supporting Self-Management in Children and Adolescents with Complex Chronic Conditions 
The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health would like to invite you to a lively discussion about supporting self-management in children and youth with complex chronic conditions. Hear from experts in the field as they share frameworks for pediatric self-management and how health systems could better support self-management by pediatric patients and their families. Attendees can listen via web or phone.
Date: Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Time: 10:00 - 11:00am
For More Information: You can get more details and register by clicking here.     
ACEs Network of Santa Clara County Community Meeting
The meeting is free and open to community providers. Join us to network, learn about best practices, and support initiatives to educate community. We are looking to partner with organizations to offer screening events using the film Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope.
Dates: September 11, 2018 and December 11, 2018  
Time: 9:00 - 11:00am
Location: FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, 1st Floor Community Room, 4000 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose
For More Information: Visit the website by clicking here, or contact Angelica Diaz, Santa Clara County Public Health Department, at angelica.diaz01@phd.sccgov.org
Latino-Latina Role Model Conference
This inspirational educational event is designed to plant the seeds of dreams into the minds of our students by presenting to them doctors, lawyers, teachers, probation officers, coders & engineers, community leaders, police officers, and other professionals. Conference registration, breakfast snack, bottled water, lunch, and raffle are all free of charge.
Date: Saturday, October 13, 2018
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: Overfelt High School, 1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose
For More Information: Check out the website by clicking here. View the conference flyer by clicking here. For questions and to register, contact Esau Herrera, Conference Director, at EsauLawyer@gmail.com or (408) 926-7163.  
SAVE THE DATE!  Hunger Action Summit (HAS)  
Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting their annual Summit on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, to discuss hunger and other issues within our community. More details will be coming soon. For questions, contact Cynthia McCown, Vice President of Community Engagement and Policy, at cmccown@shfb.org
NEW! FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Releases New Strategic Plan and Community Impact Report 
FIRST 5 has released their new FY 2018-2023 Strategic Plan and FY 2015/16 and FY 2016/17 Community Impact Report. The new strategic plan maintains the strategic direction the FIRST 5 Santa Clara County Commission established in 2006, builds on the successes of past and current investments, and stays true to FIRST 5's vision of being a catalyst for ensuring that the developmental needs of children prenatal through age 5 are a priority in all sectors of the community. The community impact report provides in-depth information about the investments FIRST 5 has made over the past two fiscal years and the positive, measurable outcomes those investments have had in supporting the healthy development of children prenatal through age five and enriching the lives of their families and communities. You can go to the FIRST 5 website and review these documents by clicking here.   
NEW! Maternal Emotional Health Topic New to Kidsdata 
A woman's emotional well-being during and after pregnancy is central to her health and to her infant's development. That's why Kidsdata and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) have partnered to share important new measures of maternal mental health before and after a live birth from the Maternal and Infant Health Assessment (MIHA) survey. Read how prenatal and postpartum symptoms of depression can affect California mothers and infants by clicking here.

NEW! San Jose State University's Early Childhood Initiative
The Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, practitioners, and other early childhood stakeholders who are working together to promote high quality, inclusive, early childhood education and care through activities supported by developmental science and community partnerships. We welcome feedback and guidance from the ECE community and invite those who are interested in learning more to send email to earlychildhoodinitiative@sjsu.edu and stay tuned for information about an upcoming ECI launch event in Fall 2018!  
NEW! A State Multi-Sector Framework for Supporting Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) 
With support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health, Child Trends developed a State Multi-Sector Framework to help parents, state lawmakers, and other stakeholders better understand how various child-serving systems support CYSHCN. The framework provides short, concise systems-level outcomes that describe the ideal experience for CYSHCN and their families as they seek the services they need. You can read more by clicking here.    
NEW! Childhood Adversity Data Available by County, City, and School District 
Adverse childhood experiences - such as family separation, abuse, exposure to violence, and poverty ­- can have negative, long-term impacts on the health and well being of a child. You can see what childhood adversity data are available in your local area on Kidsdata.org by clicking here  
NEW! Potter the Otter Gets Ready for Kindergarten
Through a collaboration with FIRST 5 Santa Clara County, SCCOE has printed and begun distributing Potter the Otter Gets Ready For Kindergarten. The 25,000 copies - one for every four year old in the county - will be distributed to organizations like the San Jose Library, the Santa Clara County Library District, FIRST 5's family resource centers, Valley Medical Foundation and preschool programs that are part of the QUALITY MATTERS quality rating and improvement system. The book, in Potter's unique style and written in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese, introduces children and parents to a range of activities and steps along the path to being kindergarten-ready. Our partners will provide these free books to families as part of Strong Start's public education campaign on the importance of high-quality early care, health, and education. Additional copies can be purchased from FIRST 5 Santa Clara County at shop.pottertheotter.com. You can get a full preview of the book by clicking here.  
The Children's Movement 
There are nearly 150 organizations in Santa Clara County, and over 2,600 across the state, in The Children's Movement - is yours? The Children's Movement is a network of businesses, nonprofits, and organizations across California that want kids to be prioritized in the policy-making process. Our goal is simply to connect organizations that care about kids - members do not have any obligations. If you join, we add you to our "pro-kid" list, and then share relevant updates. We also invite Movement members to join us when we run campaigns on critical issues, but these are always optional. Join us! You can send email to info@childrennow.org, or join here: https://www.childrennow.org/themovement/.  
Rate of Depression is Double for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Youth
An alarming 61% of youth who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual have felt depressed in the last year in contrast to 29% of their peers who identify as straight. Sadly, most children who need mental health services often don't receive it due to stigma and access to care. Kidsdata.org shares how California youth experiencing depression-related feelings and suicidal ideation­ compare across counties and school districts. Read more on their blog by clicking here.
Report: Examining Barriers to Delays in Medical Equipment for Children with Special Health Care Needs 
Approximately 200,000 children with serious medical conditions receive health coverage through the California Children's Services program, whose responsibilities include ensuring that these children are provided with the medically necessary durable medical equipment. A new report from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health assesses the administrative obstacles that contribute to delays in obtaining essential equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, ventilators, leg braces, and hospital beds and proposes policy changes and recommendations for what can be done to address them. You can read the report by clicking here.     
New Data on Child and Family Poverty on Kidsdata.org
Poverty and inequitable distribution of resources are fundamental impediments to healthy and well children. Poverty can alter children's developmental trajectories in cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical health. Addressing poverty among all children must be a key part of programs and policies that aim to maximize health and well-being. Learn more on kidsdata.org about poverty among California's children by clicking here.
2018 California Children's Report Card
Children Now's bi-annual publication grades the state on its ability to support better outcomes for children, from birth to age 26, from our early childhood to our higher ed systems. This year's grades range from an A on Health Insurance to a D in several areas -- Academic Outcomes, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention, and Youth Justice. You can review the 2018 California Children's Report Card by clicking here. If you have any questions, send email to Maria Mejia, Communications and Outreach Assistant, at mmejia@childrennow.org.        
Kidsdata.org Now Provides Data on Health Status of Children
Health status during childhood sets young people on a path toward good or poor health in adulthood. Kidsdata.org's new topic, Health Status, offers self- and parent-reported data on whether a child's health status is fair/poor, good, or excellent/very good. The data are available overall, by race/ethnicity, and by family income level for California and for counties. In California, children's health status has improved overall and for each race/ethnicity for which we have data since 2001. You can check out Health Status by clicking here.     
Local Control Funding Formula and Advocating for Early Childhood Funding  
California's school funding law, the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF), gives school districts flexibility-and an unprecedented opportunity -- to spend district dollars on early childhood education. It also provides parents, community members, and early childhood champions a chance to weigh in on how districts spend their resources. To help local advocates garner much needed funding for early childhood programming, Children Now created these helpful resources:
Step-by-Step Guide: You can review a step-by-step guide to help contact local district leaders and encourage them to fund early childhood programming in their local school districts by clicking here.
Sample Letter: You can read the sample letter that Children Now created for local advocates to use in encouraging their district board members to adopt a resolution that identifies your district as a preschool-12 district by clicking here.
Sample Resolution: You can review Children Now's sample resolution by clicking here
Second Harvest Food Bank: Food Connection Application Assistance Partners 
Did you know that households you serve may be missing out on needed benefits and free food? Increase the support you provide to your clients by becoming a Food Connection Application Assistance Partner. Help community members you serve to enroll in CalFresh and free grocery programs. We will train and support you! Together we can create the hunger-free community we all want to see. The 6-hour training is offered monthly and is held at Second Harvest Food Bank, 750 Curtner Avenue, San Jose, CA. The date and time are flexible. For more information, contact Jaime Rios by sending email to jrios@shfb.org, or calling (408) 266-8866, ext. 419.

Elevating Policies to Support Children and Families
At the first-ever Aspen Forum on Children and Families in January 2017, Ascend released Children and Families at the Center, a new report with recommendations and opportunities to move the needle for children and families. The report is a culmination of multiple strategy sessions and individual contributions from 200 diverse leaders and reflects the insights of a broad range of sectors. Central to the ideas and recommendations put forth is a set of guiding principles: set and track outcome goals for children and families, engage parents and families, embrace equity and inclusion, and leverage public-private partnerships. Accompanying the report are also three policy briefs on Career Pathways, Child Care and Early Childhood Development, and Family Health and Well-Being. You can review the report by clicking here.  
Starting Now Policy Vision
Despite mounting research in brain science, economics, and social science pointing to the importance of investing in the early years, California has yet to make significant investments in a comprehensive system for infants and toddlers in the state, leaving an alarming number of children behind. This lack of foresight puts our state's economic and civic future at risk. Children Now published a report,
Starting Now: A Policy Vision for Supporting the Healthy Growth and Development of Every California Baby, which provides California's leaders with a policy road map for supporting our youngest children from the very start. You can read the report by clicking here.
Poverty and Child Health in the United States
Almost half of young children in the United States live in poverty or near poverty. The American Academy of Pediatrics is committed to reducing and ultimately eliminating child poverty in the United States. Poverty and related social determinants of health can lead to adverse health outcomes in childhood and across the life course, negatively affecting physical health, socio-emotional development, and educational achievement. You can read this first ever AAP policy statement on poverty by clicking here.   
Social-Emotional Learning Webinar  
In partnership with the Center for Reaching & Teaching the Whole Child, San Jose State University, and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, Children Now led a webinar on January 19th to highlight the importance of Social-Emotional Learning. You can find the recording of this webinar on how the new California Teaching Performance Expectations align with Social-Emotional Learning and Culturally Responsive Teaching by clicking here.    
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, visit the Scoop.it! page by clicking here.   
Second Step Program: 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 visiting the new Second Step website at www.secondstep.org.  
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 
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 .
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 2018. To learn about the program, visit the EPIC web page by clicking here For additional professional development opportunities and resources,  visit the Inclusion Collaborative website by  clicking here . 
NEW! Medical-Legal Partnership Serves Transgender Youth 
The Medical-Legal Partnership at Valley Medical Center serves transgender youth up to age 25 in petitioning for legal name and gender ID changes. Youth who are interested in a free and confidential meeting with an attorney can come to the attorney office at VMC Downtown, 777 E. Santa Clara Street, 2nd Floor MLP Office, San Jose, CA. Hours are from 2:00 - 5:00pm on Wednesdays.
For More Information: Call or text message the MLP intake line at (408) 350-7260.   
UPDATED! CalFresh Application Assistance: Same Day Service  
Community members now have faster access to CalFresh Benefits at 6 locations (listed below) around Santa Clara County! Eligibility workers are stationed at 6 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) LifeMoves, Palo Alto
Where: 33 Encina Avenue, Palo Alto, CA
When: Wednesdays, 9:00am - 1:00pm
(2) Community Services Agency of Mountain View and Los Altos
Contact: (650) 968-0836
Where: 204 Stierlin Road, Mountain View, CA
When: 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of the month, 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00pm for lunch)
(3) Sunnyvale Community Services
Contact: (408) 738-4321
Where: 725 Kifer Road, Sunnyvale, CA
When: Mondays, 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed 11:30am - 1:00pm for lunch)
(4) West Valley Community Services  
Contact: (408) 255-8033
Where: 10104 Vista Drive, Cupertino, CA
When: 1st Thursday and 3rd Tuesday of the month, 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00pm for lunch)
(5) St. Joseph's Family Center  
Contact: (408) 842-6662
Where: 7950 Church Street, Gilroy, CA
When: 1st, 2nd, and 4th Mondays of the month, 9:00am - 4:00pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00pm for lunch)
(6) Salvation Army  
Contact: (408) 282-1165 x3210
Where: 359 N. 4th Street, San Jose, CA
When: Wednesdays, 8:00am - 3:00pm (closed 12:00 - 1:00pm for lunch)     
UnBEETable Quality at Your Local Farmers' Market: CalFresh EBT Welcome!      
Most Santa Clara County farmers' markets now accept CalFresh/EBT cards. You can swipe your EBT card at the info booth and get CalFresh tokens to spend at the market. For every CalFresh dollar you spend at participating farmers' markets, you will get a dollar-for-dollar match FREE up to $10 per day to spend on fruits and vegetables through the Market Match incentive program.  
For More Information: Find a list of all farmers' markets in the County, along with those that accept CalFresh and participate in Market Match by clicking here.
InPlay: Find Affordable After-School and Summer Camp Programs  
The City of San Jose and Santa Clara County Office of Education are sponsoring a service from InPlay that helps families to find local and affordable after-school and summer camp programs. All San Jose out-of-school programs are listed on ONE searchable site, including city-funded and 200+ other non-profit and for-profit programs.
For More Information: You can check out the InPlay website for San Jose by clicking here.  
Summer Soccer with East San Jose Futbol Club
Have fun, while exercising and playing soccer this summer. All ages/genders and abilities welcomed. Teams are forming now! Registrations is open, and there will be games all summer at various schools in the Alum Rock Area. Practices depend on teams; games are typically Sunday mornings but adjustable.  
For More Information: Contact Luciano Zamora at (408) 968-9571 or luciano@eastsanjosefc.org. Also visit www.EastSanJoseFC.org.
Spaces for Good: Find Office and Event Space for Your Nonprofit
Spaces for Good is a free online tool that supports Bay Area nonprofits in offering and finding available office, co-working, event, and program space. If you're a nonprofit, broker, or agent, list your available space at www.spacesforgood.org.
For More Information: Visit the website at www.spacesforgood.org, or send email to jtownsend@ncclf.org.

Tips for Parenting Young Children in Recovery 
From Prevention Partnership International, these six booklets are available to help parents of young children who are dealing with substance use disorders. Topics include: Strengthening Attachment, Communicating with Young Children, Helping Children Express Their Feelings, Disciplining with Love & Respect, Showing Your Love, and Playing with Young Children.You can find the order form for the booklets on page 3 of the PPI Summer newsletter by clicking here .  
For More Information: For questions, please contact Rosemary Tisch by sending email to rstisch@gmail.com or calling (408) 406-0467.
Stanford Pediatric Weight Control Program
Concerned about a child's weight? Based on almost 20 years of Stanford's research, the Pediatric Weight Control Program has a success rate of over 80% in helping children and teens achieve age-appropriate weight reduction. Parents lose weight too! Classes are held at 4100 Bohannon Drive, Menlo Park, CA. To hear more about the program from past participants, watch a video by clicking here
For More Information: Visit weightcontrol.stanfordchildrens.org , or call (650) 725-4424. We look forward to hearing from you!  
Black Infant Health Program: Helping Women Develop Life Skills and Social Support
Black Infant Health (BIH) Program aims to improve health among African-American mothers and babies in Santa Clara County. The BIH program empowers and supports pregnant African-American women to make healthy choices within a culturally-affirming environment. BIH services consists of a group-based approach along with complementary client-centered case management to help women develop life skills, learn stress reduction, and build social supports. Services also include support from a dedicated Maternal Public Health Nurse. All BIH services are provided at no cost to participate, and women can enter the program at 30 weeks or less within their pregnancy. Both afternoon and evening group session options are available.
For More Information: Call (408) 937-2270, or visit the BIH website at www.SCCBIH.org
Silicon Valley Medical-Legal Partnership Expands Hours, Locations, and Eligibility
The Silicon Valley Medical-Legal Partnership provides free legal services to children and youth up to age 21 to address legal issues that affect health. Legal issues that can be addressed include accessing special education services in school, guardianships, substandard housing, school expulsions or suspensions, emancipation, custody and paternity questions for teen parents, immigration questions for people up to age 21, and more. Children and youth are eligible for this program if they are patients of Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, including all clinics.
(1) VHC Bascom - 750 S. Bascom Avenue, Suite 230, San Jose, CA; Mondays from 4:00 - 7:00pm.
(2) VHC Downtown - 777 E. Santa Clara Street, 2nd Floor, San Jose, CA; Wednesdays from 2:00 - 5:00pm. 
(3) VHC Gilroy - 7475 Camino Arroyo, 2nd Floor, Gilroy, CA; 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 2:00 - 4:00pm. 
For More Information: Families may call the intake coordinator at (408) 350-7260 to speak with the intake coordinator, who is bilingual in Spanish. Families may also ask their medical provider at SCVMC to make a referral to the program. Visit the legal assistance website by clicking here.   
FREE Workshops to Prepare for the DMV Driver License Written Exam!
The Licencias.us project provides culturally sensitive instruction in Spanish to motivate and prepare adult undocumented immigrants to secure a California Driver License as they continue on the road towards citizenship. The class is conducted in Spanish only, and participants must be 18 years of age or older to attend. A Social Security Card is not required to get a DMV license.  
For More Information:
Visit www.Licencias.US for the most current schedule of classes, which run September - November 2016. You can also register by sending a text message to 408-800-4458 with your name, cellphone number, and workshop dates that you will attend.
Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers' Market
The Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers' Market is a "farmers' market on wheels" that addresses issues related to lack of access to fresh, locally-grown produce in food desert communities in the Bay Area. We source produce directly from local farmers to sell at sites across the Bay Area. We keep prices low and offer the Market Match incentive, which matches CalFresh spending at our market up to $20 a day, to spend on fresh produce! You can get the updated route schedule by clicking here.
For More Information: Visit www.FreshApproach.org. 
Better Health Pharmacy 
Better Health Pharmacy offers free medications to any patient in need. The pharmacy targets patients who cannot afford their medications, including those who 1) have insurance but cannot afford the co-pays or deductibles, or 2) do not have insurance. The pharmacy is a new initiative of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, and is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 4:00 - 8:00pm, and on Saturdays from 9:00am -1:00pm.  
Location: 725 East Santa Clara Street, Suite #202, San Jose, CA 
For More Information:  You can access the full inventory on the pharmacy website at BetterHealthRx.org, or by calling (408) 794-0564.

Catch Up on the Latest SJUSD News!   
San Jose Unified School District Trustee, Susan Ellenberg, publishes a quarterly newsletter to keep constituents and stakeholders abreast of important district news, as well as her thoughts on current issues related to education and equity.  
For More Information: You can read the most recent edition by clicking here.  
English as a Second Language Classes 
These ESL classes are offered at no charge. If you are 18 years or older, you can join the classes to learn reading, spelling, and literacy. The classes are open entry, so you can start at anytime.
Dates and Times: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:30am and/or Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 - 7:30pm
749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Call (408) 213-0961.
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 
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.
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.
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.

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 .  

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
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@dao.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.   

Bright Pathways Mentoring Program
Bright Pathways Mentoring Program is looking for mentors in Santa Clara County! The goal of the program is to build a support system for our youth to help them build resiliency and match them with a positive, caring adult role model. This program is on-going throughout the year; the requested time commitment is four hours per month for one year. 
For More Information: Contact Adriana Diaz by phone at (818) 277-3361 (cell) or (408) 213-0961, ext. 36 (office), or send email to Adriana at aadiaz@conxion.org.

Yes We Can...Read!
Become a reading mentor for two Kindergarten or 1st grade students today at Dorsa and San Antonio Elementary Schools in East San Jose. There are mentoring sessions available Monday through Friday, between 8:30am - 1:30pm. Your commitment of just one hour per week will improve their reading readiness, increase their confidence and self-esteem, and instill in them a love of learning.
For More Information: If you are interested in the program or would like to receive more information, email the Family Literacy Coordinator, Keishla Echevarría, at kechevarria@gfsfamilyservices.org or call (408) 347-7892, ext. 305.  
Be Part of the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force 
You can be a voice for the children and youth of Santa Clara County! Make a difference by applying for and joining the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF), which is composed of young people, ages 14 - 18, and is the official youth-led commission for the County of Santa Clara. The YTF strives to improve children's lives by reviewing and analyzing policies and programs that impact children and youth, providing informed advice to local policy-makers and supporting community service activities throughout the county. If you are a high school-aged youth who resides and goes to school in Santa Clara County, you can fill out an application and be appointed by your Board of Supervisors Representative. YTF members are non-paid volunteers, and the time commitment is approximately 15 - 20 hours per month.
For More Information: If you want to be an important voice to policymakers and decision-makers in Santa Clara County, apply for YTF by clicking here.
Make a Difference...BE A MENTOR 
There are two great mentoring programs in the East Side Union High School District. See how you can be part of these game-changing opportunities for our students, especially those who deal with some very challenging circumstances.

(1) Bright Futures' mentors support highly challenged freshmen at Yerba Buena High School and WC Overfelt High School to set and achieve meaningful goals for their future. Join them on a journey of self-discovery!  
For More Information: Call (408) 218-3963, or send email to mentor@BrightFuturesSJ.org. Visit   www.BrightFuturesSJ.org.

(2) iMentor pairs juniors and seniors at James Lick High School with college-graduate mentors to help them successfully make the leap from high school to college. The time commitment is just one email per week and one two-hour in-person meeting per month. If you have time for one Happy Hour a month, you have time to be a mentor! You can sign up for an orientation/training by clicking here.
For More Information: Send email to Nate at nfalkner@iMentor.org. Visit www.iMentor.org.

Be an Educational Surrogate for Foster Youth
Would you like to help students in foster placement, but are unsure how to help? The Santa Clara County Office of Education Foster Youth Services Coordinating Program is recruiting volunteer Educational Surrogates, and providing all necessary training.
For More Information: If interested, please contact Shannon McIntosh, SCCOE Foster Youth Services Liaison at (408) 453-6998, or send email to Shannon_McIntosh@sccoe.org.

The Beat Within Is Seeking Volunteer Facilitators  
Since 1996, The Beat Within has been committed to its mission to provide incarcerated youth in the juvenile justice system and beyond with a one-of-a-kind forum where they can write about the things that matter to them, explore how they have lost connection with those things they value, and consider how they might re-connect to positive situations in their lives through the power of the written word and visual art. Volunteer facilitators are needed to support this transformative work inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall every Thursday evening from 7:00 - 9:00pm.
For More Information: Send email to the 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. 
The Beat Within is a San Francisco-based non-profit that has been committed since 1996 to providing incarcerated youth inside Santa Clara County Juvenile Hall with a weekly writing and conversation workshop every Thursday evening. Below is another two pieces written by an incarcerated youth that was featured in their award-winning publication, The Beat Within
I wish I would have just stayed in school and listened to my family because when I would just ignore them, and do whatever I wanted to do, they were really looking out for me because they want to see me do good.
Maybe I should have just listened to them when they told me that my boys are bad to be kicking it with.
If I had the opportunity to go back in time, I would change the decisions that I made that got me in juvenile hall. I wish I could go back to those nights where I drank and smoked, and since I wasn't really conscious of what I was doing, it resulted in me getting put into a bad situation.
 If I could, I would start my life over and not be the person that I am. I could make a change, but it's hard. I get out and I go back to the same crowd who have been doing the same things the whole time I've been locked up, thinking to myself how did I even get myself involved in this type of crowd, this type of life? It all comes down to decisions.
-Juwan, Santa Clara

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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