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Bold Steps for Children Newsletter
AUGUST 2014  


I am thrilled to announce that Santa Clara County's Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) has been selected for a three-year implementation grant from the Aspen Institute's Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund! This funding, with a two-year match from the county to support our evaluation efforts, means we are able to continue the important work of connecting resources for Opportunity Youth in our community. Santa Clara County is one of 21 communities across the country working with Aspen to support systems' changes for youth who are disconnected from school and work. Kids in Common will continue to be the backbone organization for this collective impact project. The more organizations involved in this work, the better. If you would like to discuss where your organization might fit into the implementation period, please reach out to Katrina Slater at kslater@kidsincommon.org.

I also wanted to share with you a Huffington Post article by Preston Smith, President and Co-founder of Rocketship Education. Preston and I are colleagues in the American Leadership Forum, and I think he makes an important argument for the value of public education whether by charter or traditional district schools. He states, "I know the dedication, talent, and commitment of teachers and leaders crosses sector lines. If you're in this work for our kids, it doesn't matter where you teach."  Read his blog by clicking here.

Last, for those of you who caught the spelling error in my blog post about the Clinton Global Initiative, I have a ditty for you from "Weird Al" Yankovic called Word Crimes. You can watch the Youtube video by clicking here.

Enjoy the remaining weeks of Summer!
 
Dana Bunnett, Director
Kids in Common
Kids in Common wants every child safe, healthy, successful in learning, and 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 changes for Santa Clara County children and families.

SPECIAL EVENT!  
September Is International Child Protection Month

This September, Kidpower is leading the first International Child Protection Month to honor, support, and inspire adult leadership in protecting and empowering children and teens. In addition to local schools and organizations working with Kidpower's 30 centers worldwide, Kidpower is partnering with other national and local sponsors that are committed to the well-being of young people. Kidpower will provide free resources and actions each of us can take to keep kids safe.
For More Information:
Visit www.childprotectionmonth.org, or send email to safety@kidpower.org.
Community Events

Teens' Day Out
T
his is a brand new event! Teens, especially high school students from East Side Union High School District schools are invited to party! It's a great opportunity for teens to meet and have fun with fellow teens. Younger siblings and families are invited too! Music, a karaoke competition, giveaways, free BBQ (if we can find a sponsor/host), and even the famous 'Game Truck' may join us for high-tech video games.
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time: 12:00 - 5:00pm
Location: Berryessa Creek Park, San Jose, CA
For More Information: To RSVP for the party, visit www.teensdayout.com. If you are interested in being an exhibitor or vendor, (space is FREE, and there's no charge for participating) visit www.teensdayout.com, and click 'Apply for Vendor/Exhibitor Space.'

National Night Out
Hosted by Councilmember Kansen Chu of San Jose Council District 4, this long-running party draws families from all over the district. Enjoy games, food, the amazing 'Never Dull Band' rocking the park, and the movie, Despicable Me 2, playing at sunset.
Date: Tuesday, August 5, 2014
Time: 6:00 - 10:00pm
Location: Berryessa Creek Park, San Jose, CA
For More Information: To RSVP for the party, visit www.teensdayout.com. If you are interested in being an exhibitor or vendor, (space is FREE, and there's no charge for participating) visit www.teensdayout.com, and click 'Apply for Vendor/Exhibitor Space.'

Community Forum: Cultural Brokers in Santa Clara County - A Community-Based Partnership
Join the County of Santa Clara Social Services Agency, Department of Family and Children's Services (DFCS) for an open forum about the introduction of a proposed new community-based Cultural Brokers program in Santa Clara County. We are seeking assistance and input with the design and development of this new service that will strengthen partnerships between families and DFCS, and build new connections within the diverse and evolving communities of Santa Clara County.
Date: Friday, August 8, 2014
Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: To be announced
For More Information: Send email to Deborah Hundt at Deborah.Hundt@ssa.sccgov.org.

Education Summit 2014
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group's annual Education Summit brings together industry executives, education leaders, policy makers, and elected officials to learn from leaders in the field and to actively engage in conversations about regional initiatives, programs, and policies that help shape the Pre-K through higher education systems here in Silicon Valley.  
Date: Friday, September 12, 2014
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm with reception to follow
Location: Microsoft Silicon Valley, 1065 La Avenida, Mountain View, CA
For More Information: You can get more details and register by clicking here.

Save the Date! Latino-Latina Role Model Conference: Planting the Seeds of College-Going Dreams into the Minds of Our Students

This conference features doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers, probation officers, police officers, firefighters, journalists, and other professions. All students welcome! Free breakfast burritos, free lunch, free raffle, and free registration.
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Location: W. C. Overfelt High School,
1835 Cunningham Avenue, San Jose, CA
For More Information: Send email to Esau Herrera, Conference Director, at EsauLawyer@gmail.com, or call (408) 926-7163.

Youth Leadership Summit
Carry the Vision (CTV) is partnering with Silicon Valley FACES to provide the Youth Leadership Summit. High school age youth will engage in experiential activities for personal reflection, acts of kindness, and modeling a community of acceptance and understanding. They will be empowered to become compassionate leaders in their community, and discover how compassion transforms lives and communities into a thriving environment for every person. Cost is $30 for adults and $15 for students; lunch is included.
Date:
Sunday, October 19, 2014
Time:
10:00am - 4:00pm; registration opens at 9:00am
Location:
Addison-Penzak Jewish Community Center, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos, CA
For More Information:
You can get more details and register by clicking here. If you would like to volunteer or be a participating organization, send email to Shelley at swan@carrythevision.org.

Inclusion Collaborative Early Learning State Conference

This interactive and reflective educational opportunity is for those involved in the care and education of children from birth to 3rd grade (with and without disabilities). Conference participants will learn to create or enhance inclusive practices in their programs. Onsite and online attendance are available.
Date: October 23 - 24, 2014
Location: Onsite attendance is at Santa Clara County Office of Education, San Jose, CA.
For More Information: Visit  www.inclusioncollaborative.org, or call (408) 453-6756.
For Your Reading Pleasure

Hewlett Foundation Blog Post: The Paradox of Story Telling
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) and Kids in Common Children's Summit were recently featured in a blog post by Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Program Fellow at the Hewlett Foundation. You can read the blog by clicking here.

Foster Youth STEM and Workforce Readiness Training
TeenForce and Silicon Valley Children's Fund made a commitment to action at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiiative (CGI) America meeting. That commitment is to provide STEM education and workforce readiness training to 100% of 9th grade foster youth in Santa Clara County by 2017. You can read about this commitment by clicking here.

Former Foster Youth Take Politics Into Their Own Hands: Sokhom Mao
Sokhom Mao is a former foster youth who is now running for Oakland City Council. You can read his inspirational story on The Chronicle for Social Change website by clicking here.

Early Literacy in California's Immigrant Families

Read this report about disparities in exposure to book-sharing programs among California's immigrant families. The Chair of the Children's Agenda Vision Council is a co-author of this report. You can read it on Reuters by clicking here.

School Discipline Consensus Report
Recently released by the Council of State Governments Justice Center, this report presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral needs, improve police-school partnerships, and keep students out of the juvenile justice system for minor offenses. You can read the report by clicking here.

How "Stranger Danger" Hurts Kids: "Stranger Safety" Empowers Kids with Knowledge & Skills
This Kidpower article describes the skills that 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. Read this very popular article by clicking here.

The 2014 California Children's Report Card 
This study identifies how kids are doing in our state and what needs to be done about it
. Released by Children Now, it covers 27 critical education, health, and child welfare issues and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the current status of California's kids. You can read the Report Card by clicking here.
Volunteer Opportunities 

OYP Is Seeking Youth Leaders  
The Opportunity Youth Partnership (OYP) is once again opening Youth Voice positions for youth ages 16 - 24 years who would be interested in representing their peers in this partnership. If you know of a youth who would be interested in the role, please have them complete an application. This is a wonderful leadership opportunity, and a stipend is provided for the youth members.
For More Information:
You can download the application (PDF format) by clicking here.

Be a Child Advocate! 
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley is currently seeking individuals, 21 years and older, to become a volunteer Child Advocate to one of the nearly 200 foster youth on our waiting list. 
For More Information: Send email to Amalia at amalia@cadvocates.org, or visit www.bemyadvocate.org.

Join the LPC Council of Santa Clara County 
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 and 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 childcare services; an ability to make information-based decisions; and excellent leadership skills.  
For More Information: If you are interested in submitting an application, please send email to Michael Garcia at michael_garcia@sccoe.org, or call (408) 453-6649.

Volunteer with Junior Achievement 
Inspire students at local elementary schools with Junior Achievement! Junior Achievement prepares youth for economic success through a short series of age-appropriate lessons about entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness. You can volunteer to work in schools and teach these lessons (the teacher will be in the classroom to provide support.) The dates, times, and locations are flexible, including any school or after-school program (i.e. public, private, charter, etc.) There is a one-hour mandatory training.  
For More Information: Send email to Amanda Lopez, District Manager, Silicon Valley, at alopez@janorcal.org, or call (408) 217-7906. 

Be a Mentor for Elementary School Children

Collaborative Community Program (CCP) is seeking mentors for children from Washington Elementary School in downtown San Jose. Mentors meet with children in Kindergarten through 5th grade on Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00pm at the Biblioteca Latinoamericana Branch Library.
For More Information: Send email to Rochelle at  
CCPSantaClara@gmail.com, or call (408) 634-2125.  You can also visit Collaborative Community Program on Facebook.


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Community Resources

Personal Safety Workshops  
 
Kidpower's Public Workshops for ages 3 years to adults offer personal safety skills training that is relevant to the ages and life situations of the students. These dynamic, upbeat workshops teach skills such as boundary setting, advocacy, stranger safety, safety with words (spoken or online), help-seeking, and de-escalation.
For More Information: See the public workshop schedule by clicking here.

FREE Kids Dental Screenings
 
Healthier Kids Foundation DentalFirst program, is conducting FREE (donor-funded) dental screenings for children ages 6 months - 18 years. Screenings are performed by a licensed dentist Monday through Friday at your school, church, daycare center, community center, after-school program, or community-based organization. All children will receive a FREE toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. Healthier Kids Foundation staff will help parents with any follow-up as needed.
For More Information: This program is done on a first come, first serve basis. Schedule your screening by calling Sunny Ochoa at (408) 564-5114, Ext. 206, or send email to sunny@hkidsf.org.

Get Help with College Planning 
The Online Colleges Database helps to make the college planning process easier for future students.  It provides an easy-to-use search tool with relevant data and integrated Google Maps. It also includes expert-driven topical guidebooks that aid specific demographics, such as minorities, students and families with disabilities, and veterans who may need a different set of advice and information.  
For More Information: Visit www.onlinecollegesdatabase.org.

GED Preparation Classes 
These classes target older youth, ages 17 - 24 years. An assessment of a student's basic skill level will determine placement. Classes include both lecture and computer-based learning. The GED program is open entry/open exit during the school year.
Date:
Monday through Friday
Time:
8:30am - 11:40pm
Location:
749 Story Road, Suite 10, San Jose, CA
For More Information:
Contact Mariah Artley at (408) 213-0961, Ext. 27, or Caroline Sailor at Ext. 30.
 
 
City of San Jose's Recreation of City Kids (ROCK) After-School Program 
This program offers quality, safe, affordable, and fun after-school care for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. The program consists of enrichment activities, homework assistance, healthy recreation, cooking projects, special events, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) curriculum. Scholarships are available. 
Date: Monday through Friday during the school year 
Time: End of school until 6:00pm 
Location: Schools throughout San Jose 
For More Information: Visit www.sanjoseca.gov/prns, or call (408) 535-3576.

FutureArtsNow! 
This program hosts weekly Open Dance Sessions at the Edenvale Community Center for $3/session. Youth and young adults are invited to come and hone their Hip Hop Dance skills during our weekly sessions inside the Edenvale Dance Studio/Gym.  
Date: Every Wednesday and Thursday  
Time: 8:00 - 10:00pm 
Location: Edenvale Community Center, 330 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA  
For More Information: Call Demone Carter, Program Director, at (408) 320-5022; send email to futureartsnow@gmail.com; or visit www.futureartsnow.org.

Kidango Child Development Centers:
Open Enrollment for Infants to Five Years 
 
Early education matters for Kindergarten readiness and future success in school! Kidango offers high-quality preschool education and childcare in part-day and full-day programs with free or partially subsidized tuition for qualified low and very-low income families. Our multilingual teaching staff provides an academic and developmental curriculum individualized to meet children's needs; free assessments for learning and other developmental challenges; daily freshly prepared meals from the Kidango kitchen; and related mental health services.
Date: June through September for open enrollment
Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm 
Location: Kidango locations 
For More Information: Visit www.kidango.org, or call (855) 757-KIDS.

Summit Schools in San Jose Accepting 9th through 12th Graders for Fall 2014
Summit Schools is a public, tuition-free, charter school model with a track record of success. API scores for 2012 were over 820 for both Rainier and Tahoma, and 100% of students are prepared to enter a 4-year university. Classes are small and personalized in a physically and emotionally safe environment. 
For More Information: Visit www.summitsanjose.org.
 
Youth Facing Expulsion   
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.  
For More Information: Call (408) 280-2416.

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Dollars
Looking for resources to help advocate for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) dollars to support early learning and development? Children Now can help! 
For More Information: Check out Children Now's new campaign with resources by clicking here. 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 by clicking 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. Application assistance can be arranged for weekdays, weekends, and evenings at 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, at (800) 984-3663, or visit www.shfb.org/getfood

Free Food for Low-Income 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. Food distributions and meal programs are available weekdays and on weekends at 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, at (800) 984-3663, or visit 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: Visit www.kidpower.org
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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? 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 healthcare 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 co-pays (no charge) for services at Kaiser Permanente facilities.
For More Information:
Send email to Sarah Hurd at sarah.m.hurd@kp.org. You can also get additional details, including eligibility guidelines and how to apply, by clicking here.

PARENT PROJECT
This 12-week program, which offers classes throughout Santa Clara County, 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: Visit www.ParentProject.com; call (408) 808-3794; or send email to parentproject@da.sccgov.org.

Silicon Valley Kids Climate Club 
This club offers children (and adults) important lessons about conserving energy and water, recycling trash, and finding new food sources.  Supervisor Dave Cortese started the Kids Climate Club to introduce children in 3rd through 12th grades to simple tips they can use to help protect the environment. 
For More Information: If you would like Supervisor Cortese to give a presentation to your school or youth group, call (408) 299-3050, or send email to dave.cortese@bos.sccgov.org.

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www.kidsincommon.org/bill-of-rights 

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