Weekly Updates


January 18, 2012  Vol. 2. Issue 3                 



Hello Friends,


There are many upcoming exciting events which we hope many of you will decide to become a part. One in particular is happening this Friday. It's a unique summit on youth civic engagement and empowerment in Central California (in Merced) this Friday, January 20. The event is being hosted by the Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California (CCREC)


We encourage everyone interested in civic engagement, youth issues, and the Central Valley to attend as it promises to be an exciting event. 


Read on for more exciting opportunities and information related to regional change.  

Best wishes,


The Center for Regional Change.


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In This Issue
CRC Activities
Special Reports on Regional Change
Regional Change in the News
Request for Proposals & Call for Papers
Upcoming Events
Jobs & Employment Opportunities

CRC Activities


Center for Regional Change Executive Committee member, Faculty Affiliate and Associate Professor in Community and Regional Development at UC Davis, Chris Benner has recently come out with a book, Just Growth: Inclusion and Prosperity in America's Metropolitan Regions, co-authored with Manuel Pastor, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at USC. The book draws on years of research related to the connection between growth and social equity at the regional scale.  


Tomorrow; CRC Director, Jonathan London, will present the findings of the San Joaquin Valley Cumulative Health Impacts Project (SJVCHIP) to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution control District. The project was conducted by the CRC and community partners and the findings have been widely disseminated since their release late last year.
Special Reports on Regional Change


According to a statewide study and Josh Sugarmann, Executive Director at the Violence Policy Center,  the youth homicide rates "show the urgent need for effective violence- prevention strategies that stress tailored, localized approaches that engage local leaders and community stakeholders." Find the story by clicking here.  

Regional Change in the News

Thousands of city workers empty their desks. Offices go dark. Rows of deteriorated buildings may sit untouched...this is how California's redevelopment program dies. Read this entire story by clicking here.   


More than 15 years after California voters approved a ban on affirmative action based on race or gender preferences, a new challenge to Proposition 209 has reached a federal appeals court - and the challengers this time include Gov. Jerry Brown. Read the rest of this story here.    


The Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission's Local Conservation Corps has received more than $800,000 to help troubled young people get a new start in life. EOC officials said they've been awarded a federal grant of $810,340 to implement a YouthBuild SMART program. SMART stands for Start Making a Real Transformation. Click here for more on this story.   


Over the last five years, the number of CalWorks families without a permanent place to live has grown by 98%. That's nearly four times the growth of non-homeless families who are also getting assistance. Read more here.
Upcoming Events


UCLA Center for Health Policy Research Symposium and Reception; February 8, 2012. The title of the symposium is, "Sustaining and Extending Health Care Reform" and  the program will feature health care leaders discussing the Center's work, the value of evidence in policy making, and the future of health care reform. Click here for more information on this event.   


Attend the panel: "Inequality, Educational Access & the Future of the University". Events across UC campuses this past fall remind us of the need to engage in discussions about the core challenges facing access to higher education in California. Our panelists will discuss how higher education can positively impact individual economic outcomes, and what strategies the University can employ to ensure all students have access to higher education.  For more information click here.


Registration is now open for the Valley Go Green Summit: Creative Solutions for a Sustainable Future" . Registration is free for anyone interested in making the valley more sustainable. The event will be held on February 23rd in Tulare. Click here to learn more about this summit.  


Request for Proposals & Call for Papers

With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Native American Public Telecommunications' Public Media Content Fund will award grants for video projects boasting significant Native American involvement to help bring the projects to public television for national broadcast. Click here for more information.


AVANCE, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that provides parent and early childhood education programs along with other family support services, has extended the deadline for proposals from qualified nonprofit organizations working to expand the AVANCE Parent-Child Education Program to serve low-income Latino families. Click here for more details about this opportunity.      


The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation is accepting applications for the 2012 Connections for Cardiovascular Health program. The program seeks to improve cardiovascular health within the United States and its territories. To qualify for a grant, applicants must be a U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) or similar organization and be engaged in charitable work in the United States or its territories that addresses the program's mission of improving cardiovascular health.  Click here for more on this prize.  

Fellowships and Employment Opportunities 

Vacaville Social Services is seeking a Shelter Coordinator for one of northern California's most successful shelters. The position offers a safe, secure, drug-free and supportive environment for each participant to use as a springboard to self-sufficiency and a productive lifestyle. Click here for the full description.  

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has several position openings and is accepting applications at this time for: the Freeway Performance Initiative Program, and two Section Director positions. To get further details about these positions, click here.    


The Girls Leadership Institute is a small, but fast-growing nonprofit organization. They are looking for a Director of Programs to join their executive team. The program offers: workshops and camps for girls, parents and educators, teaches the practices of emotional intelligence, assertive self-expression and healthy relationships,  and  gives girls the skills and confidence to live as leaders. For more on this position, click here