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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

January 2013 


Please Join Us For The
 "Whatever it Takes"

 MARCH 1, 2013

Villa Ragusa in Campbell - 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM - Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nadine Burke Harris  

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Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, 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 change for Santa Clara County children and families.
The City of San Josť's Early Care and Education Commission is seeking nominations for the annual Outstanding Contributor to Child Care Award and The George R. Howard Memorial Award.
This annual award recognizes exceptional child care and early education programs and/or individuals that have had a extraordinary impact on the young children of San Josť. Awards are given in two categories:

The Outstanding Contributor to Child Care Award is the annual award given to individuals and/or organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the needs of young children ages birth to five and their families particularly within high quality, licensed child care or early education programs.

The George R. Howard Memorial Award is the annual award to recognize an individual or organization that has exceptionally served children ages birth to five through volunteerism.

: Must be located in San Josť or serve a majority of San Josť residents.
Must serve children ages birth to five.
If a licensed child care site, no Licensing "A" citations from Community Care Licensing.
Please take a few minutes to nominate an outstanding individual, family child care provider, child care center, or organization
The deadline for all nominations is January 25, 2013.  Nomination forms can be found at


People on the Move
Fostering Media Connections (FMC) is happy to announce that they have brought on Angelique Ellis to help with development efforts. In 2013 FMC has a broad array of activities and programs, which they will be rolling out. Having a comprehensive fundraising and partnership strategy will be a key component in ensuring that they can maintain momentum.

Upcoming Events:

Get Back On Track - Credit Workshop
Date: January 9th, 2013
Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Sobrato Building - Cupertino Room - 1400 Parkmoor Avenue, San Jose, CA 95126
For more information: You can download the registration packet at:  Here  or you can contact Clear Credit Exchange @ (408) 630-0777

Project Cornerstone's 2013 Asset Champions

Breakfast - The 2013 Asset Champions breakfast
will be kicking off their new location with Super
Bowl MVP Steve Young as our keynote speaker.
This year's breakfast is moving to the Santa Clara Convention Center. The event will honor the individuals and organizations whose commitment to building positive relationships with young people makes Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow. Please join us:
Date: March 28, 2013
Time: 7:30-9:30 AM
Location: Mission City Ballroom, Santa Clara Convention Center
To register visit: Registration site
For more information: Click Here

Willow Glen 5K Run/Walk - Community Festival: 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Date: May 11, 2013
Race Time: 9 a.m., event day registration opens at 7:30 a.m.
Location: Willow Glen Elementary, 1425 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose CA

Volunteer Opportunities
Partners for New Generations (PNG) Volunteer Open House (PNG is a non- profit that recruits and places volunteer tutors and mentors in local schools - volunteer  commitment just one hour per week.)
Date: Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Time:  6-7 pm
Location: MVLA High School District Boardroom, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, 94040
For more information: visit the PNG website:  where you can view a video and read inspiring stories about our volunteers and their students. RSVP:  Carole Dorshkind - 650-766-2162 or

Inspire Students at Local Elementary Schools with Junior Achievement!   
Junior Achievement, prepares youth for economic success through a short series of age-appropriate lessons on entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. You can volunteer to work in schools to teach these lessons (the teacher will still be in the classroom to provide support).  
Date: Flexible
Time: Flexible. One mandatory one-hour training.
Location: Any school (includes all schools and afterschool programs i.e. public, private, charter, etc.)
For more information: Amanda Lopez, District  Manager, Silicon Valley 408-217-7906,

Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is Seeking Mentors:
CCP - (nonprofit status pending) is seeking mentors for children from Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose.  CCP is a 3-year-old organization, Mentors meet with children K-5 on Thursdays from 3:30-5pm at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library. 
For more information contact:, Rochelle @ 408.634.2125.  More info on Facebook:  Collaborative Community Program.

1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds
(An initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group) aims to find caring adult volunteers to serve as tutors and mentors for 1000 public school students.An initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group,  We make it easy for you to have a big impact with only a modest time commitment-1 hour per week, for 10-12 weeks. Our 18 non-profit partners offer a variety of programs at convenient times and locations for your busy schedule. For more information, please visit our website or contact Jennifer Gonzales, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds Associate, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, (408) 501-7874 /
Collaboration Opportunities  


Host a CalFresh Application Clinic for your Clients - Food Bank staff can help your clients apply for CalFresh at your location. A family of 4 can receive up to $668 per month!  

Date: Staff available daily, including weekends, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Community centers, libraries, nonprofit organizations, government organizations, schools
How to get more information:Contact Nicole Martinez, (408-266-8866 ext 294) or Anna Olsen, (408-266-8866 ext. 424)  


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The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA - Offers free classes in the following subjects and dates. Starting January 7, 2013
Mondays - Hip-Hop Dance and Choreography  4:30pm-6:30pm and Video Game Design 4:30pm-6:30pm
Tuesdays - Sound Production 4:30pm-6:30pm and Spoken Word/Slam Poetry 5pm-7pm
Wednesdays - Video Production 4:30pm-6:30pm
Thursdays - Open Lab, free use of the facilities to registered students
Fridays - Photography 4:30pm-6:30pm
The Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA is located at 500 S. First Street San Jose, CA 95113
For more information please email or  or call 408-998-2783
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Community Resources
Watch Kidpower's new 5-minute Video! In 2011, Kidpower launched its "One Million Safer Kids" initiative with the goal of making at least a million more young people safe by July 1, 2016. Our purpose is to protect one million more kids from bullying, violence, and abuse through new tools and partnerships to provide greater knowledge, action, and skills to parents, teachers, and other caring adults. With the help of many of you, we have increased the safety of over 300,000 children by making Kidpower's personal safety skills and
knowledge far more accessible to families, schools, and youth organizations everywhere.  Thanks to the support of generous donors and the expertise of Storytellers for Good, we have just released a heartwarming "One Million Safer Kids" video to further this initiative.  Please take 5 minutes to watch this video and then a few more minutes to share it with others.

Stress Management And Resilience Training (S.M.A.R.T)
This program provides educators, board members & nonprofits tools to realize their full potential, to connect with each other while learning to manage stress and negative emotions. The program provides lessons in team building, conflict resolution and cooperation that transform the school into a unified environment focused on bringing the best out of students.  Includes introduction to YES! for Schools curriculum.
Date: February 8 - 11, 2013
Times: Weekday (Fri/Mon) timing: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Weekend timing (Sat/Sun): 9 AM - 12:30 PM
Place:  TBA
For more information:  Contact Irene Yamane, 510.299.5669

Did you know that Santa Clara Family Health Foundation has a Childhood Obesity Project?
Much like reciting the alphabet or playing a game, eating is a skill that parents can teach their children.  A parent's approach is central to a child's early feeding experience and getting information to parents is an important first step toward preventing childhood obesity and feeding-related health issues. Parents who attend a 5 Keys class learn to provide the structure and support needed to help their children make healthy food choices. 5 Keys is a two-hour, one-time class designed for parents who have young children under the age of five. For more information on the 5 Keys class, please check SCFHF's Website or contact Santa Clara Family Health Plan's Member Services Department at 1.800.260.2055. 5 Keys classes are available to any parent or caregiver with at least one child under the age of five. Please note that this will be one of the workshops available at the 2013 Children's Summit on March 1, 3013

Check Out "Moving Up" today! -
The Milpitas Unified School District is pleased to announce the launch of the Early Learning Transition Model (ELTM) website, moving up! an online resource for supporting each child's moving up! from pre-kindergarten through second grade.  Funding for the ELTM generously provided by the Heising-Simons Foundation. For more information Click Here!

The Juvenile Welfare Office of the Ombudsman Can Help to Resolve Concerns -
The Office of the Ombudsman is an independent and neutral function, whose primary purpose is to serve as a key component of the Department of Family and Children's Services complaint system. Some people consider the ombudsman as the "hallmark of an ethical organization," or the Jiminy Cricket of Child Protective Services. For more information: Click Here

Bill Wilson Center Announces New Juvenile Justice Diversion Services for Youth ages 10 - 17:
Juvenile Justice Diversion Services are designed to prevent further involvement in the juvenile justice system by first-time offenders and youth on probation ages 10 - 17. Counseling, family therapy, case management, 24/7 crisis support, and groups with a focus on improving decision-making skills and impulse control are provided.
Referrals must come through probation officers.  For more information, PO's can contact Bill Wilson Center at 408-243-0222.

Second Harvest Food Bank's Kids NOW Program meets the needs of low-income children and families by providing them with nutritious and easy to prepare food to take home on weekends and over school vacations when other resources such as free or reduced-price school lunches are not available. All food is provided free of charge. Through the Kids NOW program The Food Bank, in partnership with the YMCA's and Boys and Girls Clubs in Santa Clara County, provides low-income children with 8-10 lbs. of groceries each weekend. The Food Bank delivers food every week throughout the year as long as the partner site is open. Call Food Connection Hotline at 1-800-984-FOOD (3663) to find food programs in your neighborhood. Staff members speak English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

The Hub- It All Revolves Around You(th): Resource for Current & Former Foster Youth Ages 15-24. Services at The Hub include: Independent Living Program (ILP) * Housing * Employment * Education * Health and Wellness * Legal * Computer Lab with Internet Access. Our service partners are: CC25I (Connected by 25), Career Development Unit (CDU), Family & Children Services ILP, Legal Advocates for Children & Youth (LACY), Family & Children Services Wellness Program, Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), Santa Clara County ILP, Santa Clara County Public Health.
Location: 2248 North First Street , San Jose 95131 (Karina exit on VTA light rail)
For more info contact: The Hub's main line at 408.792.1750

Chat 4 Teens - Instant Help Through Instant Messaging. Chat 4 Teens connects teens directly with trained peer counselors in a live instant message chat environment.
Date: Chat Lines Open Tuesday - Thursday
Time: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: Visit to chat live
For more information:

Mary's List - Connecting consultants to community benefit organizations in Northern California.

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Non-profits can post their part-time or temporary jobs for free and experienced consultants will respond.     

 Have you signed the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth? 

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For information on the Bill of Rights for Children and Youth go to: 

For a free poster suitable for framing call
Vicky Neider 408.795.3771 or email