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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter 
JULY 2013 
DearGreetings! ,


I am happy to announce that Santa Clara County is a recipient of the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund planning grant from the Aspen Institute. Kids in Common and the Children's Agenda, will be the backbone organizations for this grant. This funding will  provide for a year of planning to address the needs of opportunity youth - youth ages 16 - 24 who are not working and not engaged in school.  We will be looking at many issues that impact opportunity youth and will be setting priorities for programs and systems change that will lead to improved results for these young people. Our planning process will take place over the course of the next year and at the end of the year, we will be able to apply for up to $500,000 of implementation funding.

The vision of the Children's Agenda is that every child is safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life. This funding will help our community focus on helping opportunity youth develop be successful in learning and in life.  I welcome your participation in this planning process.  If you are interested in joining us in this important work, please contact me at .


Stay cool!


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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For Your Reading Pleasure

Find the latest article of The Chronicle of Social Change which discusses the potential outcomes of California's upcoming education reform and how it will benefit the foster youth of California. Read the article, here,

Here's another interesting article in The Chronicle of Social Change's  which discusses how the mainstream media is beginning to pay attention to and raise awareness about gay youth and foster parents. Read the article here,  

J.Ronald Lally's latest book For Our Babies: Ending the Invisible Neglect of America's Infants is now available here. For Our Babies paints a bleak picture of how societal changes in the U.S. over the past 60 years have affected babies. The book provides crucial testimony from developmental psychologists, child care providers, health and mental health professionals, economists, specialists in brain development, and early learning educators. These specialists address how U.S. policy and practices must change if all parents are to raise children to be physically and emotionally healthy and productive members of society. Visit the For Our Babies website to learn more about this initiative.

Want to watch a heartwarming film?Take a look at this piece on a fabulous film about group homes. Read:

Read the  interview with Annie E. Casey CEO Patrick McCarthy about the new Kids Count Data Book:

Community Events/Trainings: 

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.
CONTACT: 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
W. C. Overfelt High School Campus, 1835 Cunningham Ave. San Jose
For more info, Esau Ruiz Herrera, Conference Director -, (408) 926-7163

4th Annual West Coast Disability Pride Parade & Festival.

The event celebrates the 23rd Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) of 1990. The festival includes: Disability & Wellness Fair, music, art, family activities and resources to assist people to learn about long-term services and supports available in your community, meet health care professionals, get health screenings, free massages, and how individuals with disabilities are empowered to make their own choices and manage their own lives.

Date: Saturday, July 20th, 2013

Parade Check-in Time: 10 a.m. Parade Starts at 11 a.m.
Festival at 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Downtown Mountain View, CA. Parade starts at Centennial Plaza. Festival at Pioneer Park

Information & Registration: please visit or call 408-894-9041(TTY: 408-894-9012).


Save the Date! Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Network (APPN) Strategic Planning Retreat.This will be a full day retreat (either 8:30-3:30 or 9-4, time still TBD). 

Date: July 18th, Thursday 

Location:Casa Grande at Lake Almaden Quicksilver Park.  


9th Annual High-Promise Dads Bay Area Fatherhood Conference and Health & Information Fair 

Location:Cathedral of Faith (San Jose)

Date:Saturday, July 20:  


Kidpower Skills for Child Protection:  A 3-Day In-Person Workshop for Professionals, Volunteers, Parents, and Other Caring Adults.

Learn how to be an effective child safety advocate in your organization, school, and community. This personal and professional growth training will share Kidpower's 24+ years of experience in teaching 'People Safety" to children, teens, adults, parents, teachers, other professionals, and our own instructors."People Safety" means people being safe with and around people. Workshop includes 3 days of in-person training, plus an individual pre-assessment to define goals, a workbook, snacks during the training, and one personal follow-up coaching session by e-mail, telephone, or Skype.

Location: San Francisco, California 

DateAugust 9-11, 2013 9-4 pm. with 1 hour break for lunch at noon
COST: $595, Kidpower offers 4 easy payment options.(Participants will be responsible for their own meals, transportation, and housing.) 

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

 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: 


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Community Resources
A Guide to Summer Learning and Activities-
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:

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: 

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

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

Teen Talk -A popular Blog for Teens:
Adolescent Counseling Services 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, ( 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
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.
New Website: Children with Special Health Care Needs - 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:

Together We Learn (Juntos Aprendemos).  Coming October 2013.

The program targets parents with children zero to three with the intent of providing tools for school readiness success and parent literacy.  This is a six weeks Parent education/life skills program to teach the fundamentals of parenting and the four areas of child development.  This program would emphasize the parent as the child's first teacher and the development of a strong family foundation as a spring board to lifelong learning and economic success.  

Date:Orientation is October 23, 2013

First Day of the Class: October 30,2013


Location: Ellis Elementary School in Sunnyvale, CA.

For more information, contact:  Cirila Ramirez, (408)482-1952  or email:  


Making Online Giving Personal is a nonprofit using crowdfunding to directly link donors to individuals with one-time needs that can help lift them into economic independence. Local nonprofit agencies partner with Benevolent to identify and post needs using the first-person narratives of the beneficiaries. Typical needs include tools or uniforms to start a new job, books or supplies for returning students, household goods (furniture, dishes, pots & pans), or even auto repairs. Benevolent is currently expanding into Silicon Valley through the support of the Knight Foundation. Ken Goldstein, a long-time Valley resident and nonprofit consultant, is the new Community Manager for the region. He can be reached at 408.389.4024 or 

For more information, visit the site at 



The Parent Project is a 12 week program which offers classes through the Santa Clara County. The program is specifically designed for parents with difficult or out-of-control adolescents. Parents learn specific prevention and intervention strategies for destructive behaviors

Time: Following class schedules are available

Wednesdays. April 17-July 3, 2013. 6pm to 9pm

Wednesdays. April 24- July 10, 2013. 6pm to 9pm

Mondays. June 10- August 26, 2013. 6pm to 9pm

Thursdays. June 13- September 05, 2013. 6pm to 9pm.

Location: Yerba Buena High School, San Jose. 

Seven Trees Community Center, San Jose.
Cost:The fee is $120 per person or $155 per couple. Financial assistance is available on a first come, first served basis. Dinner will be provided first six (6) weeks of class.

For more information, visit  www. or call: 408.808.3794 or email: 


Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club.

This club offers children - and grownups - important lessons about conserving  energy and water, recycling trash and finding new food sources.  Supervisor Dave Cortese started the Climate Kids Club to introduce children in grades 3 through 12 to simple tips they can use to help protect the environment. There are now are more than 2,000  members across the county who pledge to take action to preserve our natural resources. If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call (408) 299-3050 or 

email :  


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