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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter

Register Now! for the 2014 Children's Summit to be held on February 28th, 2014.  We are grateful that Microsoft will be providing the venue for the Children's Summit. Our theme is "We are all in this together".

The keynote speaker is Stephen Black, the grandson of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black and the founder and president of Impact Alabama. Mr. Black has led some innovative work in Alabama, utilizing students from the University of Alabama, where he directs the Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility, to improve health and education results for Alabama's children and youth.  For more information go to: www.impactalabama.org .

Participants at the Children's Summit will also have the opportunity to attend workshops on a variety of topics including social emotional learning and the Common Core, the legislative landscape for children in California, linking your programmatic outcomes to community results, and other interesting subjects.

For more information and registration click here
- you won't want to miss this event.  

In community spirit,

Dana Bunnett
Director of Kids in Common
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte

The California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) of San Jose, in collaboration with local colleges and school districts, will host a series of 33 Cash for College workshops from January to February 2014 throughout the Santa Clara County.

High school seniors and college students are encouraged to attend a Cash for College workshops to receive FREE one-on-one assistance with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act Application to meet the March 2nd deadline. Additional resources will include information on the Middle Class Scholarship, AB 540, California Dream Act and scholarship opportunities.

High school seniors who attend a Cash for College workshop can qualify for a $1,000 scholarship by submitting their FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application, verified Cal Grant GPA and an exit survey by the March 2, 2014 Cal Grant deadline.

 To find a Cash for College workshop near you , visit http://www.calgrants.org/
 For information on the Cal Grant, CA Dream Act Application and Middle Class Scholarship , visit http://www.csac.ca.gov/
To access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) , visit https://fafsa.ed.gov/

Parents and students are encouraged to attend and bring the information listed below for a successful completion of the 2014-2015 FAFSA or California Dream Act Application on-site:
  • Parent's social security number (if they have one)
  • 2013 or 2012 Federal Income Tax Return or 2013 W2 forms
  • Parent's record of untaxed income (welfare, social security or child support payments)
  • Student's social security number or Alien Registration Number
  • Student's Federal Income Tax Return or 2013 W2 forms (if they were employed)
  • List of student's prospective schools
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

SVLG Women & Girls Summit.

Join other women and the young girls at Monroe Middle School for a morning of inspiration and interaction through panel-sessions and hands-on activities/discussions about college and career.
Date: February 25, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. / 12:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe Middle School in the Campbell Union School District 1055 South Monroe Street 
San Jose, CA 95128
For more information: Visit the event website at https://svlgmonroesummitfeb2014.eventbrite.com or contact Aditi Goel (Director, Education Policy) at agoel@svlg.org . 
Mayor's Gang Prevention Task Force - 6th Annual Crime and Gang Prevention Summit
Date:  Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014
Time:  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Mount Pleasant High School, 1750 South White Road, San Jose, CA  95127 
For more informationIf you have any questions, please call the Mayor's office at 408-535-4800. Register Now!

Community Partnerships through Local Control Funding Formula.  School districts, businesses, community-based organizations, county offices of education, parents and students will discuss their roles in LCFF and how to create strong partnershps.

Date:Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Time: 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Location: Silicon Valley Community Foundation

2440 W. El Camino Real, Suite 300

Mountain View

For more information contact:  Margot Rawlins, mmrawlins@siliconvalleycf.org or


Unity Day IV - Walk and Resource/Job Fair
Resource Fair, Job Fair and collection of gang colors and weapons 
Date: Saturday, March 29, 2014  
Time: 11:00 am Peace March - 12:00 pm Fair
Location: Most Holy Trinity Church, 2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose
For more information contact: Enrique_essj@hotmail.com or call 408.299.5030
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
: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose
Cost:: $3
Contact:: Program Director Demone Carter 408.320.5022 (futureartsnow@gmail.com)
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.
Fees: Training fees are the sole responsibility of the registrant. Accepted payment methods are cash, check (make checks payable to: SCCOE-Inclusion Collaborative) or by credit card using PayPal. There are limited funds available for financial assistance; it is intended for those with financial restraints. Please request an application for Professional Development Financial Aid at inclusion@sccoe.org.
For more information, contact Kim Boverio at (408) 453-6756 or mail Kim_Boverio@sccoe.org. Visit www.inclusioncollaborative.org or www.cpin.us
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, 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).


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.
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. 

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:
(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.  
For Your Reading Pleasure

Free Kidpower articleWhat about Weapons? - How do I protect myself? In Kidpower workshops, students often ask, "What if someone has a knife or a gun?" - people often feel helpless at even the thought of a weapon. The reality is: the biggest danger is believing the myth that there is no hope..  See the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library:    


Click Here 


New Kidpower Resources for sale15 People Safety Group Lessons and 10 People Safety Assignments.Each book assists parents, caregivers, teachers and leaders of youth groups how to teach ages 5 - 14 how to be safe with people you can find them at the Kidpower store at and 


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If you have a story or an opportunity that 
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In The News
Kaiser Permanente, along with other funders and partners, kicked off the local effort to support State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson's Team California for Healthy Kids initiative. The initiative brings together schools and community support to increase physical activity in students and ensure they have access to fresh water and fresh food, through avenues such as salad bars. The initiative also supports First Lady Michelle Obama's, "Let's Move Salad Bars Schools" campaign, that seeks to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption through placing salad bars in schools.
Community Resources

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. We have different workshops for ages 3 to adults, and 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 peers. Adults, join us for Fullpower February 9, 2-6 - see our Public Workshop schedule at: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/schedule/  

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, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or http://www.shfb.org/getfood

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, 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday, 1-800-984-3663 or 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 Personal
- 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.
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   

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:


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  


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