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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

MARCH 2013 


Dear Greetings! ,

Thanks to all of you who attended the Children's Summit on March 1st.  You were 265 strong and I hoped you enjoyed the workshops,  our speakers including Dr. Xavier De La Torre from SCCOE who emceed the Summit, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris our keynote speaker, Dr.  Vince Matthews who gave us our data update, Supervisor Dave Cortese, Keren Hendel and Johnson Tran from the Youth Task Force, Dr. Fernando Mendoza and Len Edwards who chair the Children's Agenda Vision Council and the
wonderful moms and preschoolers from Grail Family Services who sang the ABC's to us.

All the materials from the Children's Summit, including the 2013 Children's Agenda Data Book are now available on our website (, and even if you did not attend, you should check it out.  The good news is that we are making progress on 11 of the 13 indicators of the Children's Agenda.  However, we still have work to do, so keep your eyes open for upcoming meetings and convenings in the next couple of months.

Thank you so much for your on-going commitment to children.  Hope to see you soon.

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:
Rebellious teens in East San Jose apologize to parents, promise to seek respect and stay in school -By Joe Rodriguez - Mercury News Columnist,Posted:   02/01/2013 10:52:04 AM PST
Updated:   02/01/2013 03:26:34 PM PST


For Your Reading pleasure:
DCP's College Success Report: I am the First! 
Released in February 2013, I Am the First is the culmination of a two-year study that offers a critical look at the factors that influence college success among low-income, first-generation college students. Nearly 500 students have graduated from DCP, triumphing over challenges both academic and personal. DCP alumni have among the highest rates of college matriculation and are four times more likely to graduate from college than their peers nationwide. DCP's values-ganas, comunidad, and orgullo-have been central to realizing our mission and continue to guide our work in the community.
Read it at  

Upcoming Events:

Project Cornerstone's 2013 Asset Champions
Sold Out! March 28, 2013
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: 

Eighth Annual Disaster Preparedness Conference
TOGETHER WE DO BETTER - Charting Our Road Ahead. The goal is to help service organizations prepare for and respond to disasters in a coordinated way to minimize disruption of services.
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Time: 9am to 4pm
Location: NASA Ames Conference Center
500 Severyns Rd. Moffett Field, CA 94035
For more details see CADRE's brand new website at

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
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: 

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 attendance.  
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

Citizenship Day 2013 -
This event takes place in 14 languages & is free.
April 20, 2013
9 am -1 pm
2100 Moorpark Ave., San Jose, CA 95128
For more information go to: 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

You can find great resources and information for children with special health care needs on the new website recently launched by the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. The website features information about the foundation's grant making process, reports, issue briefs, and current data on children with special health care needs. Resources for your advocacy work and links to sites for families also are featured. This site will grow as the foundation expands its work to support children and families, as well as providers, policymakers, and advocates. E-mail California Advocacy Network for Children with Special Health Care Needs Manager Janis Connallon at with your suggestions for resources or other information to add to the website.

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

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.

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.