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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter 

Last month we were excited to announce that Kids in Common was selected as the backbone organization for the Opportunity Youth Partnership for a one year planning grant to better connect resources for Santa Clara County's opportunity youth (ages 16-24) who are not engaged in school or work. The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is a collective impact initiative that brings together representatives from County workforce development organizations, education, occupational training programs, and businesses who are committed to creating pathways for youth to reconnect with school and work. **We are also looking for youth to serve on the Leadership Council for this project. This is an exciting role for youth to gain valuable leadership experience (and a stipend!). Please let us know if you work with youth who might be interested in getting involved.

We will be kicking off our planning year on Friday, September 20 at 2:45pm at the Sobrato Center for Nonprofits (1400 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose). This is an opportunity to learn more about the project and discuss next steps. If you work with youth in Santa Clara County, this meeting is not to be missed! If you have questions or would like to attend, please contact Katrina Slater at

In Community Spirit,
Dana Bunnett 
Learn How to Help Our Youth Reach and Pay for College - October 11th, 2013

Only 16% of Santa Clara County's low-income students complete college. The rest form a permanent underclass in the world's technology capitol. 
College Day is changing that. 
College Day is creating a college-going culture from kindergarten through high school; showing that there's a road to follow, and there are ways to pay for it.
College Day is a volunteer effort to strengthen our community by investing in our young people; and we need your help. Visit  to:
*         Watch the College Day video and learn about this activity
*         See how you can inspire others by sharing your college experiences
*         Donate to fund materials for classrooms and the College Day Family Conference

College Day is the day every student learns about college at every school in Santa Clara County. Join us in making it happen.


College:  There's Always a Way to Pay!
Saturday, October 19, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
San Jose State University, 1 Washington Sq. San Jose, CA.

At San Jose State's free Family and Community Conference, you'll find:
*    Practical ways to reach and pay for college
*    Advisors to answer questions (in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
*    Colleges who want your student, including CSU & UC
To learn more and to register, go to:

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.
 t Our Sponsor
SJ/SV2020 Symposium - Eliminating the Achievement Gap:  What We can Learn from World Class, High Performing School Systems

The Santa Clara County Office of Education will co-host this symposium. The symposium will deliberate six drivers of student success.

Driver 1 - Early Learning
Driver 2 - Personalization and Pathways for Student Success
Driver 3 - Teacher Selective, Quality and Growth
Driver 4 - Focus on Learning
Driver 5 - Education Linked to Economic Development
Driver 6 - Cultural Expectation of Value

Location: Santa Clara County Office of Education, 1290 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, 95131
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Time:7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration: There is no cost for this Symposium but pre-registration is required. Early registration is recommended as space may be limited.
For More Information go to
For Your Reading Pleasure
Starting School -The Kidpower Way: Seven Steps to Start School Strong, Safe and Sound. The first days of a new school year can be an exciting and anxious time for many families.For planning and skills to prepare
children to start the school year in the best possible way, see the article at
Kidpower announces a new video series: Protecting Youth Athletes from Sexual Abuse - Plus Policies & Tools for Parents, Coaches and Youth Sport Leaders.  Each video includes a role play about a parent or a youth sport leader approaching a coach with a concern and the coach responding positively, providing modeling for how to handle potential problems. Soon to be close captioned in Spanish and other languages. 

Community Events/Trainings:  
2-hour Kidpower Parent-Child Workshop for 5-8 year-olds 
with their adults.
Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. 

 Date: Sunday, September 8

Time: 1:30 to 3:30pm 

Location: Palo Alto

Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or emai 

 or visit  


How School Funding Reform will be implemented - A Webinar Series. LCFF Implementation Webinar #2:

Time: 11:00AM - 12:00PM PDT
Click on the link for information, Webinar Information

Watch free screening of the movie "Bully" 

This is a free community event complete with food, cool door prizes, and a screening of the movie (PG13).  After the screening, there will be a special panel of young adults and experts to discuss the movie and issues in the community. 

Who can attend: All children, Youth, and Families
Location: The Sanctuary of Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1100 Shasta Ave.San Jose, CA
Date& Time: Friday September 13, 2013 @ 6pm 
Questions: Members of the media please contact Joel Storckman  408-294-7447 for more information go to:


Teenpower Full-Force Self-Defense Workshop. 

 Teens ages 13 to 17 practice using boundary-setting, conflict resolution, self-protection, and self-defense skills to prevent and stop most attacks, bullying, and harassment. 

Date :Sunday, September 22

Time: 12:30-5:30pm

Location: Palo Alto 

Call (800) 467-6997 ext. 1# or email 

or visit 

You are invited to the Social Policy breakfast Forum.
The Forum is organized by Catholic Charities Social Policy Committee for a dialogue with Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren and other regional/national leaders.  The forum will shed light on the current status and steps taken for comprehensive immigration reform. 
Date: September 27,2013
Time: 7:45 am
Click here for more details, 
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 Cunningham Ave. San Jose 
For more info, Esau Ruiz Herrera, Conference Director, (408) 926-7163

2-hour Kidpower Parent-Child Workshop for 5-8 year-olds with their adults

Protect your child from harm and gain valuable tools for building better relationships. 

Date:Sunday, Oct 20

Time:1:30 to 3:30pm 

Location: Palo Alto

Coming Soon! 20th Annual Santa Clara County Domestic Violence Conference. The Domestic Violence (DV) Conference is the go-to event for service providers in the Bay Area. 

Date: Friday, October 25, 2013

Time :8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Location: Santa Clara Marriott Hotel,
2700 Mission College Blvd.,
Santa Clara, CA
Registration information to follow.

4-hour Kidpower Full-Force Parent-Child Workshop for 6-12 year-olds with their adults

Families practice personal safety skills together for handling every day emotional and physical safety problems and self-defense skills for stopping emergencies.

Date/Time TBA

Location: Palo Alto

Fullpower Full-Force Self-Defense Workshop 

Adults practice protecting themselves from confrontations and from assaults in realistic scenarios with a head-to-toe padded instructor.

Date: Saturday, Nov 2

or visit 

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


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Community Resources

Do you need a playground in your community?

KaBOOM! is excited to announce that we will be partnering with a corporate sponsor to build a playground in San Jose in Fall 2013! KaBOOM! is currently accepting applications from community groups, non-profit organizations, schools, and civic associations who are interested in building playgrounds in their communities.

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit organization dedicated to saving play. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has

built over 2,200 playgrounds using our signature Community Build Model that rallies local communities to build playgrounds in a single day and strengthen their communities while doing so.

Want to learn more? Wondering whether your organization is eligible for this opportunity? Questions about how you can apply? Contact Keara Cormier-Hill at202-464-6428 or to learn more.

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 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.

For more information: 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 :  

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 /