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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

MAY 2013 


Dear Greetings! ,


There are a lot of informative and fun activities happening this month.  Two I wanted to be sure you consider are:

On Monday, May 20th, the 3rd Annual Symposium on the Status of Children's Health will be hosted by the Santa Clara County Health Foundation.  Besides being packed with great health data, this symposium will give you new information about an exciting new project being brought to Santa Clara County that is sure to improve school success by identifying young children with vision issues.    Registration information for this symposium is below.

On My 29th, Supervisor Dave Cortese and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation are sponsoring a bus caravan to Sacramento to "Save Our Schools."  I have gone on this trip for the past two years and it is always informative and filled with opportunities to meet with our local elected officials.  This free trip (with lunch) makes for a long day, but on the ride home I feel exhilarated and that I have made a difference.  Information on this trip is also below.

Have a wonderful May.  

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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Supervisor Dave Cortese and the Silicon Valley Education Foundation invite you to: "Save our Schools" Sacramento Bus Trip
May 29, 2013 
6am to 6pm

Each year, Dave Cortese gathers together groups of people - educators, parents, community leaders, nonprofit leaders, students, and others - who are interested in education and bring them on a FREE bus trip to Sacramento to speak with our legislators about their concerns.  Our legislators need to hear us say which educational priorities are important to us. The trip, including lunch is FREE. To join Supervisor Cortese, simply e-mail your name, address, and cell phone number to Lara McCabe in his office at  For more information on this trip, please visit his website at or call 408-299-5030.


The new Common Core State Standards for teaching and learning will affect all California's public school students, teachers and parents by 2014.


The new standards are designed to build students' critical thinking and communication skills and make learning relevant to the real world - but adopting them will not be easy or cheap, and few districts are fully prepared. That's why Silicon Valley Community Foundation has launched an initiative to get all 54 school districts in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties to collaborate on the common core standards.

Community Events: 

You are Invited to an Education Update with Assemblyman Rich Gordon and Chair of the Assembly's Education Committee, Assemblymember Joan Buchanan -  
Please join in a discussion on K-12 Education in California, including: the Governor's proposed Local Control Funding Formula, current legislation, implementation of Common Core Standards, and more. 
Date: Saturday, May 4 
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Location: Palo Alto Unified School District - Board Room 25 Churchill Ave. Palo Alto, CA 94306  
To Register:
Questions? Please visit
Rich Gordon's website or call (650) 691-2121.

Free Workshop: Using Children's Data in Your Work - Learn how to find and use data on the health and well being of California children, including those aged 0-5, at a workshop hosted by First 5 and the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. Using, this workshop will demonstrate how you can quickly access data, customize graphs, export data for analysis, and use your findings in reports, presentations, proposals, and policy/program planning. offers more than 400 measures of child health and well being for communities across California. 
When: Thursday, May 9, 2013
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Where: First 5 Santa Clara County, 4000 Moorpark Ave., Suite 200, San Jose
Cost: Free
Register: Click Here
For More information: Rosie Guzman, 408.260.3787 or email  

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

To help serve the uninsured and under-insured, the California Dental Association will be providing free dental services to children (accompanied by an adult) and adults.
When:    Saturday, May 18, and Sunday, May 19,
Where:   San Jose Convention Center, South Hall ,  150 West San Carlos Street,  San Jose, CA 95113
Time:  5:00AM doors open         
Patients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis with a goal of providing care to more than 2,000 people during the two-day, free dental clinic. For more information, click here, or if you would like to volunteer, click here.

Family Comes First: Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families.   
May 8, 2013
Time: 2:00 PM EST - 3:30 PM EST  
(11:00 - 12:30 PST) 

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in collaboration with the National Center for Youth in Custody will present "Family Comes First: Transforming the Justice System by Partnering with Families." Presenters will review a new Campaign for Youth Justice report on a nationwide study of best practices in family-system partnerships, showcase examples from jurisdictions that have been intentional about infusing family voice into their systems, explain five features of a transformed juvenile justice system, and introduce the FAMILY Model, which jurisdictions can use to assess their own systems from a family perspective. Register here for this free Webinar, the third in a series on engaging and empowering families in juvenile justice.
Volunteer Opportunities
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. 

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
Young Han, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds Associate, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, (408) 501-7874 /

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3rd Annual Symposium on the Status of Children's Health

 MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
8:30 A.M. - 1:30 P.M.
1400 Parkmoor Ave., San Jose 95126

If you are concerned about the health of Santa Clara County children, then this is the conference for you.
President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors Ken Yeager will begin the conference with an opening statement.  He is committed to focusing this year on ensuring that all low-income children in our county have medical, dental, and vision coverage or
Please  register Here
For more information contact: Jennifer Shelton at 408.874.1844 or
In the News

Outstanding Contributor to Child Care Award
: at the April 16th San Jose City Council meeting, Mayor Chuck Reed and Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio recognized the 2013 Outstanding Contributor to Child Care Award recipients. Each April since 1988, the City has recognized individuals and organizations that have made exceptional contributions to the needs of young children through licensed child care programs or volunteerism as part of the City's Month of the Young Child Celebration. The 2013 Award Recipients are: Olga Garcia, Little Steps Family Child Care - Achiever Christian Preschool - Maria Fushiki, Owner/Director, My Dream Academy - Parkway State Preschool and Head Start - Vicci Smith, YWCA Rape Crisis Center volunteer - The award recipients were selected by the San Jose Early Care and Education Commission. Check out the photos here

The Inclusion Collaborative, the effort of the Santa Clara County Office of Education to ensure that children with disabilities and special needs have
equal access to full participation in inclusive learning environments, was selected to receive the Glenn W. Hoffmann Award by the Santa Clara County
School Board Association.  

The 25th Annual San Jose Children's Faire
was held on Saturday, April 13th at Discovery Meadow Park. Over 7,400 attended the Faire that included 40 booths providing free activities and games along with information for families about programs and services for young children. Children's bilingual entertainer Susy Dorn and Radio Disney took the stage with other family-friendly entertainment throughout the day. Special attactions included the San Jose Fire Department engine, rock climbing wall, Metro Ambulance, and San Jose Park Ranger Water Jeep. In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Faire, muralist Andy Gouveia and a Children's Strolling Parade led by the San Jose Public Library's mascot, Conroy Cougar were featured.  Faire sponsors included the San Jose Public Library, Center for Employment Training, El Observador, Telemundo, Santa Clara County Office of Education, and SJB Child Development Centers. The San Jose Children's Faire is part  of the City of San Jose's annual Month of the Young Child celebration. View Photos from the event here!


Community Resources
Summer Credit Recovery Program for High School Foster Youth! The National Hispanic University will be offering English and Math classes for incoming 11th and 12th grade foster youth from June 17th to July 25th.  Students will enjoy a supportive environment that will include meals and tutoring.  College and work campus tours will be offered.
For more information or to enroll, please contact Marie Busque at 408.484.6205 or

including our Bilingual Kidpower Safety Comics for Adults with Younger Children / El Comíc de Kidpower: El Plan de Seguridad! The Bilingual Kidpower Safety Plan Comic Book has Spanish and English on pages facing each other, which makes for an easier understanding of these important concepts in bilingual families, schools, and programs. The Kidpower approach helps adults to create personal safety plans with children in an effective, fun and interactive way.

Host a Panel From the LGBTQ Youth Space Speakers Bureau!
Interested in learning more about gender identity and sexual orientation through first hand experiences? The LGBTQ Youth Space Speakers Bureau is a group of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and ally youth and young adults ages 13-25 who speak about their experiences as members of the LGBTQ community. It is completely free to host a panel at your site, and we are ideal for service providers, educators, classrooms (elementary, middle, and high school, and college level), and community organizations.
For more info, or to request a panel, contact Adrienne Keel at: or (408)343-7942.

The Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) has a lot of events coming up! 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.  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.
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)
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.

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: 



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