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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

JUNE 2013 

 

DearGreetings! ,

 

Summer is here and I wanted to make sure you know about a great San Josť resource.

A Guide to Summer Learning and Activities -  www.sanjosebeyondthebell.com

San Josť Beyond the Bell is an online tool to help parents connect to the best out-of-school programs for their child. Parents can search online for camps, museums and events in their local area. The website also has a summer learning guide to help parents think about what they can do over the summer to ensure that learning continues outside of school.
 
For more information please visit: www.sanjosebeyondthebell.com
 
Have a wonderful June! 

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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Community Events/Trainings: 

Start your summer by planning your future.... Attend the 6th Annual Youth Conference! "Dream it, LIve it" Inviting all teens in Santa Clara County! This conference aimes to inform, inspire and empower youth to become the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Date: Friday, June 14th, 2013
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: San Josť City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St. San Jose 95113
For more information:
or call: 408.793.5559

Kidpower Skills for Child Protection:  A 3-Day In-Person Workshop for Professionals, Volunteers, Parents, and Other Caring Adults.
Date: August 9-11, 2013
Time: 9-4 pm. with 1 hour break for lunch at noon
Location: San Francisco, California
(Participants will be responsible for their own meals, transportation, and housing).
COST: $595, Kidpower offers 4 easy payment options.
INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION: Click Here:
CONTACT: safety@kidpower.org or (800) 467-6997 ext. 1#

Save the Date!  The 23rd annual Latino-Latina Role Model Conference.
ALL students are welcome. The role model conference features doctors, lawyers, judges, engineers, teachers, firefighters, police, probation officers, business executives and other professions, designed to inspire our young people to aspire to higher education and careers.  Conference registration, breakfast burritos, lunch, juice drinks and iPOD raffle are free of charge.
Date: Saturday,
October 12, 2013
Time:
8:30am-2:30pm 
Location:
W. C. Overfelt High School Campus, 1835 Cunnignham Ave. San Jose
For more info, Esau Ruiz Herrera, Conference Director - EsauLawyer@gmail.com, (408) 926-7163
Summer Reading Celebration!
 Win prizes for reading and playing games!  In an effort to encourage children to pick up a book over the summer and avoid summer learning loss, the library organizes its annual citywide reading initiative, Summer Reading Celebration. The eight-week reading initiative invites families to participate and offers rewards for reading. In 2012, more than 15,000 people participated in the reading celebration and received prizes. The reading program is open to all ages and is broken down into four categories: Pre-Readers, Children, Teens and Adults.

Date: June 1-July 31 at all San Josť Public Library locations... or from home!
Time: n/a
Location: all San Jose Public Library branches,
For more information:
Success Stories
 
SJB - Cherrywood Child Development Center walk-a-thon.  A small grant from United Health Care aimed at increasing physical activity while increasing students leadership skills, concluded with a student led activity day and walk-a thon. There was a lot of fun and excitement at the April 26th event. The children were supportive and encouraging of one another and their choice to donate all of the proceeds to St. Jude's hospital further exemplified their community spirit! One of the children said, "My favorite part of the day was walking around the track for St. Jude. We had fun and it was very exciting. It was the first time I did a walk-a-thon too."

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

Kids on Grass

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

www.kidsincommon.org/bill-of-rights 

  
Volunteer Opportunities
 
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.
 

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,
alopez@janorcal.org

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:  CCPSantaClara@gmail.com, 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 www.hearts4minds.org or contact
Young Han, 1000 Hearts for 1000 Minds Associate, Silicon Valley Leadership Group, (408) 501-7874 /

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Do you know a foster youth who needs high school credits? Check out the 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 marie.busque@svcf.org.
Artistic Youth Expression Summer Workshop: presented by Fashion Your Mind Organization (FYMO)
Workshop Classes: Fashion and Art, Life Skills, Entrepreneurship and Health and Fitness. Youth can learn how to create their own mini collection that may be selected to be sold online at local retailers.
Date: Classes from June 17 - August 6
Days: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Sign up by June 7th to win a $100 Scholarship to help cover course fees.
 
For more information call 408.217.9977
 
Community Resources
 
Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Summer Program: 
Did you know that students lose one to three months of academic growth over the summer months? Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley summer program offers Brain Gain academic enrichment activities including STEM programming through fun, engaging games and projects - to combat "summer slide" and improve reading achievement.  The academic program incorporates summer fun: athletics, recreation, field trips and more! 
For more information and locations: http://www.bgclub.org/summer/ 

CalFresh (Food Stamps) Outreach and Application Assistance
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can do prescreening, answer questions and help clients complete applications for CalFresh benefits. 
Date:  Ongoing.  Application assistance can be arranged for weekdays, weekends and evenings.
Location:  Community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
For more information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or
http://www.shfb.org/getfood

Free Summer Meals for Youth
 
Sixty locations at non-profit organizations and schools in Santa Clara County will provide free drop-in summer meals to youth 17 and younger.  To participate, youth need only arrive at meal time.
Dates:  June through August.  Locations, dates and times available after June 3rd by calling Second Harvest's Food Connection at 1-800-984-3663.
Location:  Community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
For more information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or
Free Food for Families 
Free food resources are available to low-income families through Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.   Our region's Family Harvest, Produce Mobile, Pantries and Prepared Meal programs can accept more participants.
Dates:  Ongoing.  Food distributions and meal programs are available weekdays and on weekends.
Location:  Community locations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.
For more information: Call Second Harvest's Food Connection, 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or
http://www.shfb.org/getfood

Teen Talk -A popular Blog for Teens:
Adolescent Counseling Services (www.acs-teens.org), an organization whose mission is to empower teens and their families in the community to realize their emotional and social potential through counseling and preventive education, has a popular blog named Teen Talk, (acsteens.wordpress.com). Teen Talk was created to provide a resource and education piece for parents and community members about teen mental health. It is updated weekly with posts from Adolescent Counseling Services' clinical and administrative staff on topics including: bullying, drugs and alcohol, mental health, online safety, parenting, and sexuality. To learn more about Teen Talk go to http://acsteens.wordpress.com/.
  
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: akeel@fcservices.org 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 Janis.Connallon@lpfch.org
with your suggestions for resources or other information to add to the website.
New Website: Children with Special Health Care Needs - For up-to-date information, go to their website at www.svilc.org - 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 www.chat4teens.org to chat live
For more information:

 

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