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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

Registration is now open for the 2014 Children's Summit.   The theme of this year's Summit is
"We are all in this Together" and it will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Microsoft Corporate offices in Mountain View on Friday, February 28th.  Our keynote speaker, Stephen Black, grandson of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and founder and president of Impact Alabama.  Impact Alabama is making big change for Alabama's children and youth and Mr. Black is an amazing speaker focusing on our responsibility to create a community where children are cherished and have the opportunity to be successful in learning and life.

The following workshops will be offered at the Children's Summit:
  • Common Core Educational Standards: A Brave New World for Us
  • The Political Landscape for Children in California
  • Creating Communities for All Ages: Common Goals, Inter generational Solutions
  • Making Your Connection Count: Linking What You Do to Shared Community Results
  • School Linked Services:  Enhancing Partnerships between Schools and their Families
  • Social Emotional Learning and the Common Core
  • Improving Outcomes for Dually Engaged Youth - Youth Crossing Over Between the Dependency and Juvenile Justice Systems
  • Decreasing Suspensions by Increasing School Engagement - Strategies for Change  
Don't delay in registering for this year's Children's Summit. Register Here! Space is limited this year, so be sure to get your ticket while you can. We also have tables & sponsorships available. Please contact me at dbunnett@kidsincommon.org for more information

Have a wonderful 2014!

In community partnership,
Dana Bunnett
Director, Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
It is Easy to Support Kids in Common

Your financial support makes the work of Kids in Common possible.  Kids in Common does not provide direct service to children and youth.  We do not directly feed, provide health care, or support mentors for children and youth in Santa Clara County.  Instead, Kids in Common through the Children's Agenda takes the long view and focuses on systems change, on making better investments to improve children's lives and on building stronger collaborations that will lead to positive outcomes for our young people.   This work requires financial resources and your gift will help us achieve measurable improvement for our children and youth.  There are many ways you can financially support the work of Kids in Common and the Children's Agenda:
  • Your organization can be a Children's Summit sponsor.  Sponsorships begin at $1,000. As a sponsor you will receive seats at the Children' Summit,  logo placement on the Children's Summit program and the 2014 Data Book, and an ad in the Children's Summit program.
  • Join the Silicon Valley Children's Agenda Network (SV-CAN). You can join as as an organization or an individual. Joining will give you a discount price on the Children's Summit. For more information click here
  • Special Offer - For a gift of $200, you can become an organizational member of SV-CAN and receive a 1/6th page ad in the Children's Summit program and receive one ticket to the Children's Summit. (Note -we need ad content by January 16th). 
  • You may make a personal contribution to Kids in Common. Click here to go to our donation page.

If you would like more information about supporting Kids in Common,  please email or call Dana Bunnett at dbunnett@kidsincommon.org or call 408-795-3772.  


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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Project Cornerstones 2014 Asset Champions Awards Breakfast
This event 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.
Date: March 21, 2014
Time: 7:30-9:30
Location: Mission City Ballroom, Santa Clara Convention Center
For more information: To purchase tickets visit
Community Events / Trainings
Inclusion Collaborative Professional Development Training provides professional development to improve child and family outcomes for children with and without disabilities and/or special needs so that they may have equal access to full participation in inclusive learning and community environments.
For more information, contact Kim Boverio at (408) 453-6756 or mail Kim_Boverio@sccoe.org. Visit www.inclusioncollaborative.org or www.cpin.us

SJSU Collaborative for Reaching & Teaching  the Whole Child (CRTWC). This one-day institute shares the work completed by CRTWC. We will 1) demonstrate how Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS) can be integrated into teacher preparation; 2: facilitate communication between needs of the field and teacher educators: and 3) identify next steps to begin scaling attention to SEL to other teacher preparation programs. Sign-up at reachand teachthewholechild.org

Seniors' Agenda Network Summit
Come learn, share and create an age friendly community through the work of the Seniors' Agenda at the Social Services Agency Auditorium
Location: 333 W Julian Street, San Jose
Time: 8:30am-11:30am. For more information, please contact Diana Miller at 408-755-7695
Volunteer Opportunities


Make a difference in your community by becoming a mentor to a child or young adult. Find out more about how to be a mentor or which organization is right for you!
Date: January 25, 2014
Time: 9:30am-12:30am
Location:County Government Center (70 W Hedding Street)
To register or for more information, visit
www.sccgov.org/mentoringconference or contact Tiffany Lee at 408-299-5030 or tiffany.lee@bos.sccgov.org.

Interns Wanted Interested in gaining valuable public sector/government experience?
The Office of Supervisor Dave Cortese is currently seeking high school
and college interns for the school year. Interns are expected to work 10-20 hours a week; hours and days are flexible. For more information please contact Tiffany Lee at 408-299-5030 or send your resume to tiffany.lee@bos.sccgov.org

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, tiffany.lee@bos.sccgov.org or  http://www.sccgov.org/sites/bos/bnc/bnc-listing/Pages/default.aspx 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).

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 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.
Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is Seeking Mentors: CCP
For more information contact:  CCPSantaClara@gmail.com, Rochelle @ 408.634.2125.  More info on Facebook:  Collaborative Community Program.  
For Your Reading Pleasure

Are Children Simply Small Adults? by Judge Leonard Edwards (Ret.) Santa Clara Superior Court. - This sounds like a foolish question. We all know that this is not true, yet do we design our public policy to reflect the reality that children are not small adults?  Read more...
"In its first major update since 2009, Kidsdata.org has been completely redesigned to make it quicker and easier for you to find, customize, and use data on more than 500 measures of children's health and well being in California. See what's new     

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

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Community Resources

Year Up is recruiting for 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.
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, RTabares@YearUp.org or call  408-513-3004.

CalFresh Outreach and Application Assistance
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties can do pre-screening, 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, 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or go to http://www.shfb.org/getfood

For all of our MFCC's and Other Professionals under the Board of Behavioral Sciences: Kidpower is now certified as a Continuing Education Provider under the California State Board of Behavioral Sciences! For more information on what Kidpower does, go to www.kidpower.org


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? 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 sarah.m.hurd@kp.org.  Additional info (including eligibility guidelines and how to apply) can be also be found by clicking this link - http://info.kaiserpermanente.org/html/child_health_plan/index.html
.  Application assistance is available and recommended - click on the link above to find the Enrollment Assistance Center in your area. 

Making Online Giving
- Benevolent creates a direct link between donors and low-income individuals with one-time needs through their crowd-giving platform. For more information contact Ken at 408.389.4024 or 
ken@benevolent.net or  visit http://benevolent.net 
Teen Talk -A popular Blog for Teens:
Adolescent Counseling Services http://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). 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.
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.
  For up-to-date information, go to their website at www.svilc.org - 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   

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:

Parent Project:  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. ParentProject.com 
or call: 408.808.3794 or email  parentproject@da.sccgov.org

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.  If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call (408) 299-3050 or email  dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org   


FutureArtsNow! - hosts weekly Open Dance Sessions at the Edenvale Community Center.
Open Dance Sessions. Youth and young adults are invited to come hone their Hip Hop Dance skills during our weekly sessions inside the
Edenvale Dance Studio/Gym
When: Every Wednesday & Thursday from 8p-10p
Where: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose
Cost: $3
Contact: Program Director Demone
Carter 408.320.5022 futureartsnow@gmail.com
Visit www.futureartsnow.org   


Kidpower's Public Workshops for children, teens, and adults offer age-appropriate, experiential personal safety skills training relevant to the ages and life situations of the students. From our Starting Strong Workshops for kids 3-5 to our Fullpower Workshops for adults, each dynamic, upbeat workshop teaches boundary setting, advocacy, stranger safety, help-seeking, and other skills to support safe, positive experiences with people, including strangers as well as friends, family, and peer. To see our schedule of California Public Workshops, resources and more, please visit: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/schedule/  


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