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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
MARCH 2014  

Last Friday more than 260  people who care about children and youth came together to recommit to the goals of the Children's Agenda and create a community where every child is safe, healthy, successful in learning, successful in life.  They were treated to an amazing keynote address by Stephen Foster Black from Impact Alabama,  a youth panel focused on creating work and learning opportunities for youth, interesting workshops.  They also celebrated the work of CommUniverCity San Jose, Franklin McKinley Children's Initiative, Grail Family Services and Somos Mayfair who all received the Bold Steps for Children Award.  

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We hope to have the workshop materials on our website later this week.  Also, we have some additional FREE workshops that we will be offering with some of our community partners this spring.  Below are their titles and dates.  You can get more information on the workshops and register by going to 



  •  Friday, March 28,  2:00 - 3:30 - Breathing Life into Education
  •  Monday, April 21, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Building a Culture of Respect
  •  Wednesday, May 7, 1:00-2:30 Implicit Social Cognition and the Justice System:
     The Pros and Cons of Autopilot
  •  Friday, May 16, 3:00 - 4:30 - Helping Youth Develop a Growth Mindset


Thanks again for making this year's Children's Summit great.  Have a great March!


Dana Bunnett, Director

Kids in Common


P.S.  For those of you at the Summit luncheon - the awards were found and will be delivered soon to our Bold Steps for Children honorees.



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

 Special Screening of "No Kidding, Me 2!!" Los Altos High School "LETS" Club (Lets Erase the Stigma) in partnership with Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley present a special screening of "No Kidding, Me 2!!" Starring Emmy Award Winning Actor Joe Pantoliano, in his first documentary film to address removing the stigma and shame associated with mental health struggles and creating a supportive culture to thrive.  Mr. Pantoliano will be in town to speak about the documentary at Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley's Circle of Support Breakfast on May 8th, 2014.

Date: March 12, 2014

Time: 7:00pm

Location: Los Altos High School Auditorium.

For more information:  Please contact Sarah Bennett at sbennett@fcservices.org or call 650.543.5412 or visit www.fcservices.org


Unity Day IV Peace Walk and Resource/Job Fair  http://immigrantinfo.org/events/index.html
Sponsored by the Corazon Project, Supervisor Dave Cortese, the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force, and the East Side Heroes. \ 11:00am March for Street Peace, followed by Resource Fair and collection of gang "colors" and weapons. Free food, music entertainment by DJ Mo, games for kids.
For more information please contact: Enrique_essj@hotmail.com or 408-299-5030.
Date: Saturday, Mar 29, 2014
Time: 11 AM to 2 PM
Location: Most Holy Trinity Church
2040 Nassau Drive
San Jose, CA 95122  

FuttureArtsNow! 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
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

Protect kids from bullying with knowledge and skills: Kidpower's Executive Director and Founder, Irene van der Zande, answers common questions on bullying - see the article from Kidpower's extensive free online library: www.kidpower.org/library/article/bullying-questions-answers/   



New study released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Children Now finds the majority of California's fourth graders are not reading proficiently. Click here to read more  


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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In The News

Save the Date!
Join Supervisor Dave Cortese and Silicon Valley Education Foundation on a free bus trip to Sacramento to talk with legislators about educational concerns. If you are a parent, teacher, administrator, student, activist or anyone who cares about education you are invited.
Date: April 30, 2014
Time: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
For more information and registration go to:
http://www.sccgov.org/bustrip or contact Lara McCabe at 408.299.5030 or lara.mccabe@bos.sccgov.org 
Community Resources

Kidsdata.org "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. To see what's new, Click Here.


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/  

 The 2014 California Children's Report Card: How Kids Are Doing in Our State and What Needs to Be Done About It, a study released by Children Now, covers 27 critical education, health and child welfare issues and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California's kids. Read the Report Card here.


CalFresh (Food Stamps) 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 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.  
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 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  


 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: