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 Bold Steps for Children Newsletter 
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College Day is almost here
!  On Friday, Oct. 11, schools and organization throughout Santa Clara County will celebrate College Day.  This year's theme is "College: There's Always a Way to Pay," and activities will center on financial literacy and financial aid information.  Now in its third year, College Day is a county-wide college-going effort, spearheaded by the volunteer-led First-Generation College Attainment Coalition.  The goal of College Day is to create a college-going culture in Santa Clara County, and to inspire and support first-generation students in their pursuit of a college education.  

Celebrating College Day is easy and fun!  Go to for ideas and lesson plans.  Some simple things you can do are:
  • Have your staff wear college gear
  • Play college fight songs during passing periods.  Here's a link: 
  • Have each teacher or site create a "College Corner."  It can include college pennants, pictures of the teacher or staff when s/he was in college, mascots, blue books, etc.  It can also include your teachers' or staff's "Ed Journey" poster.  There is a template for making an Education Journey poster at: Conduct a College Day lesson.  Lesson Plans are at under the Lesson Plans & Resources tab.
College Day will also host a new
Family and Community Conference on Oct. 19 at San Jose State University.  The free conference will include a "College Fair," with representatives from numerous colleges.  Attendees can also participate in multiple workshops on topics such as "College Knowledge" and "How Financial Aid Works."  Participants will learn how to complete a FAFSA or California Dream Act application.  A "College Success Lab," with CSU/UC admissions experts will be available all day to assist high school seniors and their families.  Sessions will be presented in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
To Register go to

We can also use your help.
Be a College Day Speaker. We need college students and graduates to go to schools to talk about their college experience.  This is a fun activity and helps demystify the college process for students of all ages.
To sign up to be a College Day Speaker Click Here

Last,  we still have English and Spanish College Day posters that you can put up in your program, school or business.  If you can come by my office to pick those up, just email me how many you would like and we will have those waiting for you.

In Community Spirit,

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.
Supervisor Dave Cortese's
Fourth Annual Day on the Bay:
A Multicultural Festival

Join the celebration that brings people together to enjoy activities, rich in diversity and talent, and abundant in ethnic expression. It is  an informational fair where the local community can meet non-profit, government, and community-based organizations to learn about their services. Free food will be provided to the community and Free pumpkins for the kids (while supplies last). Other attractions include ethnic food booths, arts and crafts,face painting, fire trucks, kayak trips in the Alviso Slough, girl and boy scout troops, and much more.
Date: Sunday, October 13th
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Location: Alviso Marina County Park
For information on the 2013 Day on the Bay festival or for vendor, sponsor, or volunteer opportunities, please contact Supervisor Cortese's office at 408-299-5030 or visit:
Health Insurance is becoming mandatory. Learn how to find affordable health care plans.

Did you know that on 
January 1, 2014, most people will be required to purchase health insurance?  To help the community, Senator Jim Beall is hosting two health forums in October.  The forums will provide important tips on how to find an affordable health plan that fits the community's needs and how to avoid mistakes that could cost hundreds of dollars in health care and prescription costs. There are two FREE Medicare and Health Forum.

Date: Saturday, October 5, 9am-12pm

Location: Campbell Community Center, Orchard City Banquet Hall

1 West Campbell Ave., Campbell

SECOND FAIR: This event is co-hosted by Sourcewise (previously Council on Aging Silicon Valley) & SEIU Local 521, Vietnamese and Spanish translation available for those who call ahead.

Date: Saturday, October 19, 9am-2pm

Location: Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave. San Jose 

To RSVP Click Here  or call (408) 558-1295.

Community Events/Trainings:  
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 

SVLG Women & Girls Summit 
Please join us for a morning where elected officials, community leaders, and women executives join together to inspire young girls at Columbia Middle School through candid panel conversations, activities, and classroom visits about college and career 
  • Date: Thursday, October 17th
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. - noon
  • Location:Columbia Middle School, Sunnyvale
  • For more information: (leave contact information, web links or any other registration or contact information. 
9th Annual Santa Clara County Bi-national Health Week

Bi-national Health Week is one of the largest mobilization efforts of Federal and State government agencies, community-based organizations, and volunteers to improve the health and well-being of the under served Latino population in the United States and Canada. 
DateMultiple events being held October 1 - 21, 2013 - click on the County link to review the program 
Time: see program for specific event details 
Locationsee program for specific event details 
For More Information: Contact

Eduardo Alaniz, or call 408-793-2789.
or you can Click Here.  


Project Cornerstone Call for Nominations for the 2014 Asset Champion Breakfast. Project Cornerstone's 2014 Asset Champions Awards Breakfast, to be held on March 21, 2014, will honor the individuals and organizations whose ongoing commitment to building positive relationships with young people helps make Silicon Valley a better place for young people to live and grow.  We are accepting nominations in the following categories: *  Positive Cultural Identity * Caring School Climate-Elementary School* Adult Role Model * Caring School Climate-Middle School * Positive Peer Influence  * Caring School Climate-High School *Community Values Youth

Date: The nomination period is from October 1-31.

To nominate an individual or an organization please visit or call 408-351-6482.


Do You Lobby or Advocate?
Do you meet with Elected Officials and Policy Makers? Are you filing your correct paperwork with your 990 forms? Attorney James Zahradka from the Law Foundation will lead a training for Nonprofits that provides you and your board with the information needed to make sure you are in compliance with the law. Learn about Lobbying Rule and How much lobbying can a 501(c)(3) do? When is it advocating and when it is lobbying when you met with elected officials and policy makers. Be sure your organization is in compliance on Record keeping & reporting, including Tracking staff time, 990 requirements.
Date: October 15th 
Time: 9-10:30 am 

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 or visit

Starting Strong with Kidpower Workshop for 3-5 year olds
with their adults through puppets and fun, interactive stories, learn how to introduce People Safety Skills and to continue to practice them in your daily life.
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 Click Here.


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, November 2 


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, November 3

Time: 12:30-5:30pm

Location: Palo Alto 

For Your Reading Pleasure

Kidpower Safety Tips for Babysitters and Caregivers.Taking care of children is the most important job in the world. For advice on how to be a safe caregiver - whether a new babysitter, or a seasoned nanny - see the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library: Click Here   

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. 

Volunteer Opportunities


The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force is Seeking New Members!
YTF is an appointed body of 15 high-school aged youth who serve as an advisory body to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors. Members are involved with making policy recommendations concerning youth in the County and work to find solutions that will make improvements to the lives of young people in our community today.Whether you're a student leader, community activist, are interested in applying to be a member, or would like to see what YTF is all about, please contact Tiffany Lee, or to apply.
Date & TimeMembers meet every third Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm-7:00pm 
LocationCounty Government Center (70 W. Hedding Street, San Jose).


Now recruiting for Year Up March 2014 class! 
Year Up is looking for motivated young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 who want to take a step forward in their careers, but may not know where to look. Year Up's mission is to close the Opportunity Divide by providing urban young adults with the skills, experience, and support that will empower them to reach their potential through professional careers and higher education. We achieve this mission through a high support, high expectations model that combines marketable job skills, with stipends, internships, and college credits.
Deadline: The Priority Registration Date is Friday December 6th and Hard Deadline for registration will be on Friday February 7th.
For more information, please contact Rodney Tabares, Manager of Admissions and Outreach, or call  408-513-3004. 

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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Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan. 
Did you know that Kaiser Permanente provides full membership to over 50,000 low income children in Northern California through our subsidized Child Health Plan?  For the last 12 years, the Child Health Plan has worked closely with community partners throughout the region to provide health coverage to children left out of government programs like Medi-Cal and Healthy Families, because they are immigrants without the required documentation or have parents with incomes barely above the eligibility limit. 
The Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan is pleased to offer a quality option in California that gives children the health care they need for just $8 or $15 per child, per month, for up to three children. Additional children are covered at no extra premium.
For More Information: Contact Sarah Hurd at  Additional info (including eligibility guidelines and how to apply) can be also be found by clicking this link -  Application assistance is available and recommended - click on the link above to find the Enrollment Assistance Center in your area.


Fire Up Your Feet and Join the CA School Activity Tracking Challenge!

As part of the Thriving Schools initiative, Kaiser Permanente is partnering with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and the National Parent Teacher Association for Fire Up Your Feet. This online walking and activity program encourages school staff, teachers, students, and their families to walk or bike to and from school, and to incorporate more physical activity in their in-school and out-of-school day. Minutes of activity are then tallied for each school and schools with a high level of students participating (20% or more of the school) can be entered into a drawing for a challenge award of up to $5,000. Families can register themselves and their children right now through the website. School staff is also encouraged to participate. Participation will be tracked from October 1 -31. Fire Up Your Feet also includes a fundraising option that offers schools a healthy way to raise funds. 

For More Information: Contact Rosie Mesterhazy at rosie@saferoutespartnership.orgor 510-465-2087.  Also click, Information about the California School Challenge Awards can be found by clicking here -


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 :  

 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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