Wow, isn't this weather grand?!!!I hope you are able to enjoy the great outdoors and all that our beautiful Humboldt County has to offer.
This year has flown by. So many great activities and resources were delivered this year in support of the Decade of Difference's goals and objectives. We have officially completed the first year of Phase 2-Community Engagement and are excited about continuing to share the supports and resources that have been developed.
To this end, the Decade has partnered with local non-profits such as the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods, the Multi-Generational Center in the Eel River Valley, a whole host of Parks and Recreation programs, the California Conservation Corps, as well as several Family Resource Centers. Our goal with these partnerships is to identify where we have shared interests and then target resources, supports, and training to related program staff for successful implementation. This model has been well received and further extends the reach into our larger community. We know that an Initiative such as the Decade of Difference is only successful when the community comes together to align resources in pursuit of common goals such as early literacy, high school graduation, and completion of advanced training beyond high school...our economy depends on it! Speaking of community engagement...come join us this Wednesday evening at 7 pm for a night at the Crabs baseball game that celebrates literacy and the Jr Giants of the Boys and Girls Club of the Redwoods. Wear orange and back and bring the kids for a whole host of fun activities out on left field. Link to Flyer
Congratulations are in order for another Decade of Difference partner, Humboldt State University. Under the leadership of Vikash Lakhani (Associate Vice President), they recently were recognized by the State of California as one of only 14 recipients of the Innovations in Higher Education Award. Specifically, their efforts in the areas of K12 integration as well as efforts centered on providing responsive programming to ensure their students are able to graduate within a four year time period were recognized. For this accomplishment, they will receive $3 million dollars which will be used to further support students with successful college graduation. This also marks the completion of Dr. Lisa Rossbacher's (HSU President) first year at the helm. She has been a wonderful champion for HSU and is fully committed to the K12 efforts here on the North Coast. Job well done Dr. Rossbacher!
Additionally, I want to thank the College Futures Foundation and Stanford University's John W. Gardner Center for their commitment to the youth of Humboldt County. They have provided the Decade of Difference team with invaluable support and technical assistance in an effort to ensure we are making a difference. Specifically, they have supported efforts that are aligned with increasing our local high school graduation rates as well as our college completion efforts.
Some of you might be wondering about the "new" building in the HCOE parking lot. I am pleased to say that the stunning Sequoia Conference Center has officially opened its doors. It is a stellar facility that has state of the art technology within a beautiful and accommodating environment. It can accommodate over 400 people and will provide a much needed venue for large professional development opportunities as well as can be available for private events.
I invite you to read the following articles to gain a glimpse into the work that is happening across our region in an effort to strengthen our youth's ability to become productive contributing members of our Humboldt County society.
College and Career Night
Innovate! Business Challenge Competition
Tips to Encourage Literacy
Thanks for being a part of it!
Heidi Moore, Coordinator