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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
May 2014  

Happy May Day!  I know this day carries many meanings, however I like to focus on the flowers.  As someone wise once said, to plant a garden is to believe in the future.  I feel the same way about children. Working to improve children's lives is to believe in the future.

I just want to remind you we still have room in the following workshops:
  • Implicit Social Cognition and the Justice System: The Pros and Cons of Autopilot - May 7th from 10 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Helping Youth Develop a Growth Mindset - May 16th from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Common Core Education Standards: The Crucial Role of Nonprofits - June 2nd from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m.
These workshops are all free and you can register by going to www.kidsincommon.org/2014Springworkshops

Also,  I had an opinion piece about childhood hunger in the Mercury News this week. You can click here to read it  and if you are interested in meeting with others to discuss how we can impact child hunger please contact me at dbunnett@kidsincommon.org or call 650-705-6569.

Have a wonderful month!

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.
Double the Impact of Your Donation to Benefit Kids & Families Through Silicon Valley Gives on May 6th!

We are excited to participate in the first-ever Silicon Valley Gives, a 24-hour event to  inspire and unite  our local community in support of philanthropic causes--including the essential family health-care services at PPMM! 
We have received $20,000 in matching grants from The Charles B. Kuhn Memorial Fund and an anonymous donor has added another $2,500 to inspire your participation.

Your gift will be processed on the day-of-giving (May 6th), and you have the opportunity to get ahead of the game by scheduling your donation today. Just follow the steps below:

1.Go to:  http://bit.ly/Rbc9Cu into your browser 
2. Select the amount you want to give and click the green "Donate Now" option  
3. Create a Razoo user account as prompted* 
"Complete" your donation 
4. Receive confirmation email outlining the details of your pre-scheduled donation

Your donation will go to support the range of services and programs that PPMM provides, including accessible and affordable health care services, education, and advocacy efforts as well as Kids in Common, a program of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte that advocates for policies, investments and systems that improve children's lives in Santa Clara County.  

Thank you for helping us to continue to offer the services that PP Mar Monte provides every day!

*To donate, you must create a user account and save credit card information so the Razoo system can store it securely, as "pending." If you do not want card information stored, you have the option of waiting until May 6th to make your gift.
Community Events
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

Own Your Success -
Current and former foster youth ages 16-21, in Santa Clara County, are invited to join Santa Clara County's Foster Youth Success Initiative Collaborative to find out how to put yourself on the path to success; in celebration of Foster Care Awareness Month.
Date: May 17th, 2014
Time: 9:30am-2pm
Location: San Jose City College
For more information: (RSVP by May 9th) Contact Blair Dawkins blair.dawkins@svcf.org, 408-484-6207

Silicon Valley Leadership Group Women & Girls Summit -
A morning where elected officials, community leaders, and women executives help inspire young girls through panel discussions, hands-on activities, and classroom visits.
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ronald McNair Middle School, 2033 Pulgas Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA 94303-2025
For more information and registration go to: https://wandgravenswood2014.eventbrite.com

Educare Ground Breaking -
Please join our public-private coalition as we break ground on California's first Educare center.  Educare of California at Silicon Valley (ECSV) will join a national network of high-quality early learning and training centers.
Date: Thursday, June 5, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. - noon
Location: Santee Elementary School / Educare Site, 1313 Audubon Drive, San Jose
To learn more about Educare of California at Silicon Valley, please visit: www.educareSV.org

Festival in the Park 2014;
Free, family event featuring dancing, live entertainment, Wild zone, jump houses and much more!!!
Date: June 7, 2014
Time: 11:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Hellyer Park
For more information: www.parkhere.org or email: parkinfo@prk.sccgov.org; 408-355-2201

Don't Miss....

Healthier Kids Foundation's 4th Annual Symposium on the Status of Children's Health 
Emphasizing the importance of engaging in "Healthier Earlier" strategies. This year's Symposium will focus on accessing preventive health service in an effort to create healthier children at an earlier age.
Date: Thursday, May 29th
Time: 8:30 am to Noon 
Location: 2665 Seely Ave, San Jose, CA 95134 
For More Information and Registration:  
For Your Reading Pleasure


Free Kidpower article: How "Stranger Danger Hurts Kids: "Stranger Safety" Empowers Kids with Knowledge and Skills. These skills teach kids how to stay safe around strangers, and that when they're having an emergency, they may need to ask for help from someone they don't know. See the very popular article 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.

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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JOIN THE IPA TEEN LEADERSHIP COUNCIL - Judge LaDoris H. Cordell, San Jose's Independent Police Auditor, is currently recruiting San Jose Youth! If you are or know someone who is between the ages of 15-18 years old and live or go to school in San Jose, you are invited to apply for the Independent Police Auditor (IPA) Teen Leadership Council (TLC). As a member: Get to know teens from all over San Jose, Meet with elected officials and community leaders, Develop leadership skills, Help with Community Outreach. For more information about this exciting opportunity for youth, please contact the office of the Independent Police Auditor, City of San Jose at www.sanjoseca.gov/ipa.

Community Resources

Boys & Girls Clubs of Silicon Valley Summer Enrichment Program for youth ages 6 - 18:
Join us for an exciting summer filled with fun, friends and adventure! And NEW for 2014, Teen programming: Preparing our youth for college, career and life!
Dates: June 16 - August 1, 2014
Times: Ages 6 - 12          7:30am - 6:00PM
              Ages 13 - 18       1:00PM - 5:00PM
Locations: 6 Locations in San Jose and Morgan Hill.
For more info visit www.bgclub.org or call us at (408) 957-9685

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 - see our Public
Workshop schedule at: http://www.kidpower.org/what-we-do/california-services/schedule/

If you know of youth facing expulsion,
Legal Advocates for Children & Youth
may be able to connect you with
a free lawyer to represent your child
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. 

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  

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 you would like to share in a future newsletter, please send us an email!  info@kidsincommon.org  

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