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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
APRIL 2014  

 I just wanted to remind you that we have some great workshops coming up that are FREE!  If you work with youth, this is a real opportunity to add to your toolbox.    

  •  Monday, April 21, 3:00 - 4:30 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
  •  Monday, June 2, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:00 Common Core Education Standards: The Crucial Role of  Nonprofits.  
For registration and information: Click Here

Have a wonderful April!  


Dana Bunnett, Director

Kids in Common

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.
Don't Miss.... 

Dave Cortese's Bus Trip to Sacramento - 
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 Events

East Side Alliance Official Launch. Silicon Valley Education Foundation is pleased to formally announce the creation of an East Side Alliance, to bring together into one collaborative alliance the East Side Union High School District and 7 partner elementary districts.
Date: Friday, April 4th
Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Mt. Pleasant High School - Mufti-purpose room. 1750 S. White Road, San Jose 95127
RSVP Here.

The San Jose Youth Commission is proud to host their 7th annual Citywide Youth Conference: "Today's Vision, Tomorrow's Reality"  
April 18, 2014
9:00a.m - 3:30p.m.
San Jose City Hall Rotunda
For registration and information please go to: 
www.sanjoseca.gov/prns/youthcommission  or contact Betty Ramirez, Youth Commission Staff at (408) 793-5559. Email: Betty.ramirez@sanjoseca.gov

26th Annual Children's Faire
: Spark your imagination. Arts, Crafts, Games, Entertainment and Community Resources for Families.
Date: Saturday, April 26th, 2014
Time: 10:30 am - 3:00 pm
Location: Discovery Meadow Park (in front of the Children's Discovery Museum)
For more info go to: http://sjpl.org/moyc 
or call:

Challenge Team Champions for Youth Breakfast
Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 7:00am - 8:30 am
Location: Michael's at Shoreline, 2960 N. Shoreline Blvd., Mt. View CA 94043
For registration and information: Click Here

Do you want to find out why the San Jose Mercury News named CommUniverCity the "Best Civic Gift" of 2013? CommUniverCity will showcase signature community-based projects led by San Josť State University students and faculty in partnership with central San Josť neighborhoods.
CommUniverCity: Celebrating Partnerships
Date: May 8, 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara St., San Josť, 95116
Register here

4th Annual Symposium: Status on Children's Health in Santa Clara County This year's Symposium emphasizes the importance of engaging in "Healthier Earlier" strategies, with a focus on accessing preventive health services in an effort to create healthier children at an earlier age. Keynote speaker is Douglas Jutte, M.D., M.P.H., pediatrician and professor and population health researcher at UC Berkeley's School of Public Health.
Date: Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time: 8:30am to 12pm
Where:Cadence Design Systems, Building 10
2665 Seely Avenue, San Jose, CA  95134
Register Here

Silicon Valley Gives: 
Silicon Valley Community Foundation will host the first-ever day of giving to benefit every nonprofit organization in our region, an event aimed at inspiring and uniting our local community to support philanthropic causes.

Taking place on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 (deadline to sign up is April 15th), in celebration of the 100th anniversary of community foundations, SVCF will raise money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a great way to connect donors to the charitable causes that will impact thousands of people right here in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

Learn how your organization can win matches and prizes of both cash and Microsoft products while bolstering your online presence. Visit www.svgives.org. Meet new donors and raise more money through Silicon Valley Gives. Register now   
Questions?  Email svgives@siliconvalleycf.org 
For Your Reading Pleasure


Developing Structure and Process Standards for Systems of Care Serving Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs, developed by the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs with support from the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. See the report: Click Here 



Volunteer Opportunities


The Local Early Education Planning Council (LPC) of Santa Clara County is seeking individuals who are interested in applying for membership to the Council.  Funded by the California Department of Education and housed at the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the mission of the LPC is to assess, represent, and promote the Early Care & Education needs of children and families in the community.  Applicants must work or live in Santa Clara County, and exhibit: a strong commitment to advocating for increased quality child care services; an ability to make information-based decisions; and excellent leadership skills.  If you are interested in submitting an application, please contact Michael Garcia at 408-453-6649 or michael_garcia@sccoe.org.

Partners for New Generations Volunteer Information Open House.
Do you like working with kids?  Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student?  PNG, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.   Come hear about how you can support youth in our community.  Bring a friend!
Date: Wednesday, April 16th
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: MVLA District Office Board Room, 1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View
Register: www.pngmvla.org/openhouse-reg

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.  


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If you know of youth facing expulsion,
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth
may be able to connect you with
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in a school expulsion hearing.
Please Call (408) 280-2416

Looking for resources to help advocate for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to support early learning and development?
Check out Children Now's new campaign here with resources: http://ow.ly/uLxwd. Sign up for The Children's Movement of California to receive more talking points, tips and tools that will be released over the coming weeks and months:  http://ow.ly/uKQ9

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

"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.
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 Program
Did you know that Kaiser Permanente in California insures low income children who are not eligible for Medi-Cal or Covered California through its Child Health Program? But with all of the confusion surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), many mixed status and immigrant families do not know that the program is an option for their child. The Child Health Program is pleased to offer a quality option in California that gives children the health care they need for just $0, $10 or $20 per child, per month, for up to three children, depending on the family's income. Additional children are covered at no extra premium. There are also no copays (no charge) for services at KP facilities.
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 here. 

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, 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  

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