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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter



DearGreetings! ,

This week,  Len Edwards,  co-chairperson of the Santa Clara Children's Agenda Vision Council wrote an excellent opinion piece for the Mercury News on school suspensions.   You can read this by going to:

Len Edwards: OP Ed


Related, we will be recognizing Yerba Buena High School at the Santa Clara County Children's Summit on March 1  for their amazing achievement of decreasing the suspension rate from 682 suspensions in  2010 to 77 suspensions in 2011.  I hope you will come and join the celebration of this accomplishment as well as hear our keynote speaker Dr. Nadine Burke Harris who has been featured in the New Yorker for her innovative work to address trauma and the stress of poverty in her clinic in Bayview Hunter's Point.  She is doing whatever it takes to improve outcomes for the children she serves.

The theme of the Children's Summit is "Whatever It Takes" and if you attend, you will not only have an opportunity to network with others who care about children and youth, but you will also be able to participate in workshops on a wide range of topics including implicit bias and how it affects youth entering the juvenile justice system, California legislation impacting children, meeting the challenge of changing outcomes for homeless youth, school-linked services, helping parents help their children to eat well, achieving large-scale change to improve education outcomes for students,  and measuring the results of your work with children and youth.


I hope you will be able to join us on March 1st To register, click Here.  Space is limited, so register now and secure your place at the Sixth Annual Children's Summit.


In community partnership,


Dana Bunnett

Director, Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte


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.
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In The News:

At, January 29th's State of the County address, Board of Supervisors President Ken Yeager announced 12 goals for the coming year.  Several of these goals support improved outcomes for Santa Clara County children.  These include:  

  • Ensure every eligible child has medical and dental insurance, Create a program to install hydration stations (with filtered water as an alternative to sugary drinks) in places where children gather.  
  • Establishing a program for conducting developmental screenings during well-baby check ups. This is a proven strategy to help identify early and address behavioral and developmental issues that may get in the way of a child's later school success.   Read Kids in Common's 2011 policy brief on this topic, "Approaches to Developmental Screening in Santa Clara County". 
Click Here to view President Yeager's State of the County address.


Your Signature Can Make a Difference - Sign the Petition Asking President Obama to Form a National Commission on Children
Save the Children, First Focus, Harlem Children's Zone and Share Our Strength are calling on President Obama and Congress to establish a new National Commission on Children to ensure the safety and well-being of every child.

For Your Reading Pleasure:
"Renewing Our Vision for America's Children" Read this Huffington Post Impact blog by Bruce Lesley calling for a fresh vision from our nation's leaders for our country's children. Also featured in this post is a link to "Changing the Paradigm: A Bill of Rights for Children and Youth" by Dana Bunnett focusing on Santa Clara County's game-changing leadership in adopting our own children's bill of rights.

The Common Core State Standards, adopted by California and 45 other states are an important development in how we frame education, teaching and student evaluation. These new standards will go into effect in 2014 and have the potential to dramatically improve the education of our children because they focus on building students' higher-order thinking skills. The standards focus on making connections between seemingly unrelated ideas, connecting learning and content to real-world issues, using technology intentionally, increasing literacy skills and knowledge, and, most importantly, assuring that all students have high quality learning opportunities that prepare them for college and a career. For more information go to 



Applied Materials: Clean Tech Competition
The 2012-13 "Clean Tech Competition" - One Clear Challenge, Countless Rewards - (For 7th - 12th Grade Students) It's a concept that should be reality: "Clean Water For All". The second annual Applied Materials' "Clean Tech Competition" is looking for teams of two-to-four students from three regions - the San Francisco Bay Area, USA; Xi'an, China; and Singapore - to develop innovative solutions using clean energy technology, win prizes and scholarships up to $5,000, and possibly change the world.
To learn more, and to register visit , call 1-855-CTC-2103, or e-mail us at (Winners will also be invited to visit the UN.)
Upcoming Events:

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

31st Child Abuse Council Symposium - Fostering Safety for Our Children  - Come hear John Stirling, M.D., Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, Medical School of Stanford University, the Center for Child Protection and SCCVMC, speak on abusive head trauma. Plus, six additional workshops with local and regional child protection experts, including a great opportunity to learn everything about mandated reporters training!
Date: April 5, 2013
Time: 8:00 am ~ 5:00 pm
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel - 2700 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054
For more information:
Register on-line:

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)  

Volunteer Opportunities
Kick-off the New Year by Changing a Kid's Life: 
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: Wednesday, February 13, 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 after-school 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 /


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Community Events: 

The LGBTQ Youth Space Gay-Straight Alliances (GSA) Summit - This summit offers youth ages 13-18 and their faculty advisors the opportunity to meet and network with other local GSA's and learn ways to improve their clubs through building and maintaining membership, effective leadership, and planning and executing events.
Date: Friday, February 8th 2013
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: The LGBTQ Youth Space, 452 South First Street, San Jose, CA 95113
For more information: Contact Adrienne Keel at: or (408) 343-7942 or visit our website at:

Independent City 2013 (For Current and Former Foster Youth Ages 16-20)
Saturday, February 23rd
Evergreen Valley College (3095 Yerba Buena Road, San Jose, CA 95135)
For more information:
Contact Brandy Wright: 408.841.4313

Unity Day III
sponsored by The Corazon Project, Supervisor Dave Cortese, & Santa Clara County Office of the Sheriff  
Saturday, March 23rd, 2013
11am - 2pm (Please wear a white t-shirt during the Peace March)
11am -
We will gather in front of Most Holy Trinity Church- MHT 2040 Nassau Drive & Cunningham Ave)
12pm -
Turn-in Weapons & Gang Colors in Exchange for Gift Cards!(Gift cards will be given to the first 50 people who turn in items)
For more information, please contact:
Enrique Flores (408) 600-8412 or Michelle Pelayo-Osorio (408) 299-5030 or

Children's Faire: Exploring the Possibilities!
Seeking sponsors for the Children's Faire which is the highlight of the San Jose's Month of the Young Child celebration. This one-day outdoor event consists of over 30 booths hosted by local non-profits, community organizations, government agencies, and businesses that provide education, health, safety, childcare, recreation and other information to parents and caregivers, while providing a free activity for children and draws over 5,000 in atttendance.  
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 10:30am- 3:00pm
Location: Discovery Meadow (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum)
For more information contact: Rosanne Alonzo, Smart Start San Jose (408) 808-2617 or visit

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
Community Resources
2013 CASH FOR COLLEGE CAMPAIGN: HELP MORE SANTA CLARA COUNTY LOW-INCOME STUDENTS AND FAMILIES AFFORD COLLEGE!  The San Jose Cal-SOAP Consortium in partnership with high school, college and community partners, is very excited to offer over 25 Cash for College workshops throughout Santa Clara County during this financial aid season! The Cash for College Campaign effort is critical for the thousands of low-income, college bound students and families in need of assistance to successfully complete the FAFSA or DREAM Act Application by the
March 2nd deadline.  We want to ensure all high school seniors can access the state and federal aid they are eligible to receive. 
For more information go to: 
For additional resources and information on the FAFSA and DREAM Act please review the list of resources below. 

The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) has a lot of events coming up!
For up-to-date information, go to their website at - SVILC Address: 2202 N. First St., San Jose, CA 95131 - 408.894.9041 (Voice) or 408.894.9012 (TTY)
Coordinated Advocacy for Duals (CAD) Meeting:
Every 4th Friday from 2-3:30pm at SVILC.
Housing Workshops:
Every Tuesday from 10am-2pm at SVILC.
Peer Group Meetings:
Dates and times can be confirmed by looking at our event calendar on our website or calling SVILC.
Employment Opportunity:
Independent Living Skills/ Assistive Technology Assistant (F/T). Position Open until filled. CLICK HERE for job posting.
4th Annual Disability Pride Parade Planning Committee Sign-up Form:
It's that time of year to start planning the 4th Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival! The parade date is scheduled for July 20th, 2013! If you would like to join our parade planning committee, CLICK HERE.

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 & nonprofit leaders with 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 supporting student success.  This program Includes an introduction to "YES! for Schools" curriculum. 
Date: February 8 - 11, 2013 
Times: Weekday (Fri/Mon) timing: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Weekend (Sat/Sun): 9 AM - 12:30 PM 
:  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 the5 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.