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2019 Change Makers

2019 Save The Date

 

SAVE THE DATE!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

5:30pm – 10pm

The Barn by Leal Vineyards

6971 Airline Hwy

Hollister, CA 95023

 

Sponsorships and tickets available! Contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org.

Ticket Purchases – TBD

This year, YA is thrilled to announce that we have set ourselves a $250,000 fundraising goal in celebration of our 25 Year Anniversary. Dubbed the #YA25 Campaign, our vision is to give each of you the opportunity to participate in bringing to life much-needed community youth impact centers. These centers will be equipped with multiple counseling rooms and youth-training spaces complete with computer stations. Using restorative justice principles, our aim is to create spaces designed for youth empowerment, positive expression, education and most importantly, life success.

This year’s event is not to be missed and will include entertainment, raffles, auctions, celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Your continued generosity through sponsorship, partnership, volunteer work and donations ensures that YA is able to continue its mission to effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth. Your sponsorship in our #YA25 campaign looks forward to building out our youth impact centers, awarding scholarships / fellowships to local youth, as well as expanding our highly needed outreach support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.

Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline Workshop

 

Youth Alliance, in partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education, invites the community to the Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline workshop on March 20 at Paine’s Restaurant in Hollister. Tia Martinez, Principal at Forward Change Consulting, is expected to present the historical and current landscape of what is nationally known as the “School to Prison Pipeline.”

The School to Prison Pipeline is a descriptor for the fact that students who have been suspended have far higher dropout rates and are significantly more likely to become involved in the juvenile justice system than their peers. Data at the state and national levels show that these outcomes disproportionately affect youth of color and youth with disabilities.

In an effort to scale up the systems, structures, and policies that build safe, holistic, and healing schools for all students, participants will review the statewide school discipline trends and discuss best practices in the creation of a continuum of positive supports for their school and community. Participants will have the opportunity to work in school district or community teams to problem solve and create an action plan to support all students.

Local school district or community teams are encouraged to attend, including teachers, counselors, behavioral health professionals, law enforcement, administrators, parents, and young adults. We will work to identify areas for improvement and partnerships needed to support the educational success of all.

Some research: “There is little evidence that suspension and expulsion benefit students or their communities. Psychologists have found that disciplinary exclusion policies can increase “student shame, alienation, rejection, and breaking of healthy adult bonds,” thereby exacerbating negative mental health outcomes for young people. Behavioral problems among school-age youth are associated with high rates of depression, drug addiction, and home-life stresses. For students with these mental health concerns, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has found that suspension can increase stress and may predispose them to antisocial behavior and even suicidal ideation.

-American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). (2003). Policy statement: Out-of-school suspension and expulsion.” Pediatrics. 112 (5). 1206-1210.

To register for this workshop, go to https://sanbenito.k12oms.org/ and use the calendar function to find the workshop link.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Monica Barragan at (831) 637-5393 ext. 126 or email mbarragan@sbcoe.k12.ca.us.

Proud Parenting Program

Youth Alliance, in partnership with the San Benito County Office of Education, is excited to offer the Proud Parenting Program in San Benito County.  Funded through a grant from the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), the program is available to young or expectant parents, ages 14-25, who have been or are currently involved in the criminal justice, juvenile justice and/or child welfare system.

 

Goal:   Break the intergenerational cycle of violence and delinquency by

  • Increasing knowledge around essential life-skills and resources and competency around pro-social expectations
  • Increasing the use of positive parenting methods, techniques and strategies which do not include the use of corporal punishment
  • Experiencing positive changes in overall family cohesion and decrease in family conflict or violence 

Highlights:   Participants attend the 13-week Nurturing Parenting® Program which offers in-class teaching, group therapy support and home visits.  In addition, each participant  receives case-management services for 6 months to 3 years, as needed.  Case-management includes connecting young parents to resources and introducing them to pro-social events such as enrolling at a gym or signing their child up for a sports team.

 

Agencies can make referrals to the Proud Parenting Program through the electronic referral form located here.

 

For more information, please contact Margie Allen at margie@youthall.org

SAVE THE DATE – 2018 CHANGE MAKERS

 

September 22, 2018 – SAVE THE DATE!

Our marquee fundraising event will be held at the Willey Cultural Center, 140 Fifth Street, Gilroy, CA 95020.

Reception, wine & beer tastings, refreshments, music and program will begin at 4:00pm and continue until 8:00pm.

Sponsorships and tickets available! Contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org.

To purchase tickets, click HERE or the link below:

https://goo.gl/3hnLGa

This year’s event is not to be missed and will include entertainment, raffles, auctions, wine & beer tastings, celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Through our donors, sponsors, and volunteers, Youth Alliance helps effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth. This year, funds will be used to award scholarships to college-bound youth and to sustain our outreach and highly needed support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.


Special Thanks to our 2018 Change Makers Sponsors

LEAD Sponsors

 

 


ENGAGE Sponsors

 

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Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo opportunities, and program recognition.

LEAD $4,000

• Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event and Name and Logo Placement throughout Reception
• Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases, and Social Media
• Extensive publicity via traditional and social media platforms before and after event
• VIP Area
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

CONNECT $2,000

• VIP Area
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

GROW $1,000

• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 6 Event Tickets

ENGAGE $500

• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 2 Event Tickets

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.

 


Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County!

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

San Benito Gives is coming May 15th – Together, we make the difference!

Youth Alliance will be participating in 2018’s San Benito GIVES on Tuesday May 15th!

Join us by donating to our agency and help us to continue the great work we’ve been doing for over 20 years.Your donation will help maintain our programs and services to ensure our community’s most vulnerable youth have professional support systems available to them for free. All donations submitted on May 15th will be eligible for a donation match made by the Monterey Peninsula Foundation thanks to a generous grant of $50,000! We are very excited to be a part of this fun, community event! Please join us and show your support for Youth Alliance!

Click HERE or the following link to visit our San Benito GIVES page.

https://sanbenitogives.mightycause.com/organization/Youth-Alliance

2018 Festival de la Familia

 

Youth Alliance warmly invites you to 2018’s Festival de la Familia set to take place at Dunne Park, 507 6TH Street, Hollister, CA on Sunday, May 20th 2018 from 12pm-6pm. Your support as an Event Sponsor, or a donation, will allow us to continue the impact we have been doing in our local community for over 20 years now. This year’s event is not to be missed! Festival de la Familia will be a fun family event open to everyone in the community with live entertainment, food, raffles, activities for kids and families and lots of dancing! You won’t want to miss out on this FREE festival! Come bring your family and friends for an afternoon of music and laughter!

With an expected audience of 500+ people, Festival de la Familia will be the perfect venue to promote your business! Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo and tabling opportunities.

We look forward to seeing you there!

For sponsorship opportunities or on how to become a food vendor, please contact Eduardo Navarro at 831.636.2853 or eddy@youthall.org

 


BRONZE
$350

 Acknowledgement on Festival de la Familia Signage
 Emcee Acknowledgement at Festival de la Familia


SILVER
$600

 Recognition on YA Website
 1 Table at Festival de la Familia with Organization’s Promotional Materials
 Acknowledgement on Festival de la Familia Signage
 Emcee Acknowledgement at Festival de la Familia


GOLD
$1,000

 Company Banner & Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event
 Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases & Social Media
 Recognition on YA Website
 1 Table at Festival de la Familia with Organization’s Promotional Materials
 Acknowledgement on Festival de la Familia Signage
 Emcee Acknowledgement at Festival de la Familia

 

We The Youth Showcase | Friday, April 27 | 6-8pm | Mars Hill Coffeehouse Hollister, CA

 

You are cordially invited to join us for Youth Alliance’s We The Youth Showcase on Friday, April 27th from 6-8pm at Mars Hill Coffeehouse located at 610 San Benito Street, Hollister, CA. Join us for a fun-filled night of youth performances featuring beatboxing, spoken word, breakdancing, freestyle, and poetry! All performance will also come with a social message and is part of YA’s Youth Listening Campaign to promote youth voice and expression. You won’t want to miss this event. Special thanks to Mars Hill Coffeehouse for hosting Youth Alliance.

Hip Hop Open Mic | February 16th | 6-8:30pm | Mars Hill Coffeehouse Hollister, CA

 

You are cordially invited to join us for Youth Alliance’s Hip Hop Open Mic on February 16th from 6-8:30pm at Mars Hill Coffeehouse located at 610 San Benito Street, Hollister, CA. Join us for a fun-filled night of youth performances featuring beatboxing, spoken word, breakdancing, freestyle, and hip hop! All performance will also come with a social message and is part of YA’s Youth Listening Campaign to promote youth voice and expression. You won’t want to miss this event. Special thanks to Mars Hill Coffeehouse for hosting Youth Alliance.

 

 

Complete the Online Youth Survey!

 

As a member of Dignity in Schools California, Youth Alliance is participating in the DSC California’s inaugural Statewide Week of Action! The theme this year is “Education is a human right. We will not give up the fight!”. DSC CA members throughout the state will be having events all week long that look at rethinking safety in schools. YA is launching the Youth Listening Campaign starting on Monday, October 23 through January 31, with the “GUIAS” lunch time event to be held at San Benito High School.

As a means to understand the needs of our students, with your support and in partnership with San Benito High School, YA will be creating an online student survey. This survey is open to the community and YA encourages students to complete it as part of its Youth Listening Campaign and to gather as much student input as possible. All students completing the online survey will be entered in a raffle for a laptop and various gift certificates. All feedback is completely confidential and will be used to advocate for youth and education supports in our community.

The survey will be made available online via Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and by clicking the following link:

ONLINE ENGLISH YOUTH SURVEY (CLICK HERE)

 

ENCUESTA JUVENIL ESPAÑOL (HAZ CLIC AQUÍ)

 

SURVEY WILL BE OPEN UNTIL JANUARY 31ST. COMPLETE IT NOW AND BE ENTERED IN A RAFFLE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A LAPTOP!

 

 

Restorative Justice Teach-In

 

Youth Alliance is participating in the National Week of Action from October 23-28 and is hosting a series of events to raise awareness about youth and education. The Week of Action provides students, administrators and the community to have a dialogue about education issues such as school climate, safety, and youth supports like social emotional learning.

 

Please RSVP HERE to attend our Restorative Justice Teach-In on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at San Andreas Continuation School.

 

National Week of Action Flyer

Thank You to our 2017 Change Makers Sponsors

 

Thank you to our current 2017 Change Makers Sponsors! Your support shows your commitment to advancing a brighter future for San Benito and Santa Clara County youth.  Your generosity makes an incredible difference in our ability to keep our programs free and available for vulnerable and disadvantaged families. Thank you!

For sponsorship opportunities please contact Eduardo Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.

To purchase tickets to our event please click HERE.

 


 

Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo opportunities, and program recognition.

LEAD $4,000

• Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event and Name and Logo Placement throughout Reception
• Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases, and Social Media
• Extensive publicity via traditional and social media platforms before and after event
• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

CONNECT $2,000

• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

GROW $1,000

• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 6 Event Tickets

ENGAGE $500

• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 2 Event Tickets

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Eddy Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.

Change Makers Gala 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

Change Makers Event, 2017

September 16, 2017 – SAVE THE DATE!

Our marquee fundraising event will be held at the Gilroy Gardens Pavilion, 3050 Hecker Pass Hwy, Gilroy, CA 95020. View Venue Map

Reception & Mariachi begin at 5:30pm, and the event goes until 10:00pm.

Sponsorships and tickets available! Contact Eduardo at eddy@youthall.org.

To purchase tickets, click HERE or the link below:

http://bit.ly/2vu2Hii

This year’s event is not to be missed and will include live entertainment, dinner and dancing. A celebration of Change Makers (like yourself), and a special recognition of a nominated community member for their outstanding and exemplary work. Through our donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Youth Alliance helps effect change and create a more aspiring and engaging community for our youth; as well as raises critical funds to sustain our outreach and highly needed support services in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County.


Special Thanks to our 2017 Change Makers Sponsors

LEAD Sponsors

Gilroy Gardens

 

 


GROW Sponsors

 


ENGAGE Sponsors


Sponsorship levels are offered at the tiers below and will provide expanding levels of recognition, logo opportunities, and program recognition.

LEAD $4,000

• Prominent Sponsor Recognition at Event and Name and Logo Placement throughout Reception
• Recognition on all Marketing Collateral, Press Releases, and Social Media
• Extensive publicity via traditional and social media platforms before and after event
• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

CONNECT $2,000

• Reserved Table for 10 Guests
• Recognition on YA Website
• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Event Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee

GROW $1,000

• Acknowledgement on Change Makers’ Signage
• Table Recognition
• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 6 Event Tickets

ENGAGE $500

• Event Program Recognition
• Sponsor mention by Emcee
• 2 Event Tickets

Interested in being a sponsor? Contact Eddy Navarro at eddy@youthall.org or give us a call at 831.636.2853.

 


Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Benito County!

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

You can make a difference! San Benito GIVES online fundraiser is now through May 16, 2017

While this fundraising’s limited-time incentives have ended, we still invite you to support our organization with a charitable donation.

Every day is a good day to give to YA! Please see below for donation opportunities.

Just $10 can make a difference for the youth in San Benito!

Better Lives Through Giving Join us for a 24-hr online fundraiser starting now through May 16th

Please help Youth Alliance keep programs available for children and teens in San Benito, Gilroy, and Morgan Hill!

$10 Makes a Difference! Donate today at: https://www.razoo.com/story/YouthAll


Mejorar Vida’s a travez de la Donación Acompáñenos en esta campaña en linea las 24hrs hasta el 16 de mayo del 2017.

Por favor apoye a Youth Alliance mantener nuestros programas activos para niños/niñas y jóvenes en San Benito, Gilroy, y Morgan Hill!

$10 Hace la diferencia! Done hoy en: https://www.razoo.com/story/YouthAll

Youth Alliance Honored by the 2016 California Peace Award!

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Youth Alliance Receives the 2016 California Peace Award

 

Youth Alliance was awarded the California Peace Award at National Night Out on August 2, 2016.  Asm. Luis Alejo’s representative, Javier Gomez, congratulated Executive Director, Diane Ortiz and the YA team for its contribution to the success and sustainability of programs and outreach that “enhance the community’s quality for the entire population and instill a great sense of pride in those individuals associated with” YA. In addition, YA was honored for “its exemplary record of civic engagement and community service,” all while acknowledging the importance of investing in our youth as prominent leaders of our community. YA is committed to investing and empowering these young leaders as agents of change not only for themselves but for their community as a whole. YA is on the forefront of our communities’ social uplifting–providing a much more socially conscious narrative in which our youth are seen as leaders and role-models for the rest of the community.

 

“YA is proud to be honored for investing in local youth for over 20 years. Our entire community benefits from our youth leaders when they are living proof that investing in their education and life success truly works.” – Diane Ortiz, Executive Director

Tech Wizards | Teen & Adult Mentors Needed

There is a great opportunity with the University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources and Youth Alliance to guide and mentor 3rd and 4th grade students through hands-on science activities. Tech Wizards is looking for committed individuals who are able to take on a weekly, year long commitment to make a difference in the lives of young children through mentoring.

Mentor benefits include: Training & experience, earning community service hours, monthly bus pass, free t-shirt and a letter of recommendation.

Where & When: 

  • Calaveras Elementary (Hollister) | Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • RO Hardin Elementary (Hollister) | Wednesdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm
  • Glen View Elementary (Gilroy) | Thursdays | 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Join us at Orientation:

• Thursday, February 16, 2016 | 9:00am – 10:30am | Youth Alliance Office | 310 4th Street, #101 | Hollister

or

• Thursday, February 16, 2016 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | Wheeler Gym (next to Gilroy Library) | 250 W. 6th Street | Gilroy

RSVP Contact:

Rosio Valadez | rosio@youthall.org | 831.673.9611 (mobile)

 

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‘Destined for great things’

“I am a leader.” “I am not ghetto.” “I am not incapable of being interested in mathematics and the sciences.” “I am destined for great things.” As part of a new school reform campaign, a statewide coalition of students from low-income families is posting statements on Twitter and Facebook that are both poignant and backed by research about system change: If you want schools to improve, they say, believe in us.

The student statements are one element of a campaign to upend stereotypes, support teachers who work with students from diverse backgrounds and urge schools to create communities where it is understood that all students can succeed. The campaign, organized by the advocacy group Californians for Justice and its Student Voice project, was launched at a kickoff event at Roosevelt Middle School in Oakland this month that included a keynote address by Lupita Cortez Alcalá, California’s deputy superintendent, and a panel discussion with Gordon Jackson, director of student services for the California Department of Education. A Long Beach launch event is scheduled for Nov. 19.

Click Here to read the complete article…

My School My Rights

Last week the ACLU of California’s Education Team launched www.myschoolmyrights.com  a website and advocacy campaign dedicated towards ensuring that every California student knows their rights when it comes to education. In California, one out of five students does not graduate from high school within the four years despite the fact that EVERY CALIFORNIA STUDENT HAS A RIGHT TO AN EDUCATION. Let’s all support the ACLU’s campaign to STOP THE PUSH-OUT of California students by educating youth about their rights.


Please help us educate and empower California students:

  1. Share www.MySchoolMyRights.com on Facebook, Twitter, and with all the youth you know!
  2. Share the student macros and memes on the My School My Rights website on your social media accounts to promote student rights and the My School My Rights campaign.
  3. Talk to your youth about their rights and print any of the downloadable PDFs on their site that explain important areas of student rights.

On September 14, 2015, a Texas high school freshman Ahmed Mohamed was led away from campus in handcuffs and suspended for three days for bringing a homemade digital clock to school. The announcement of the website’s launch contends that Ahmed’s story is a reminder that we must support our students and their rights.


By visiting www.MySchoolMyRights.com, or on our Mobile Justice App., California students can learn about their specific rights related to:

Students can also read powerful stories of other California students whose rights were violated at school and their efforts to take action.

Chill Out & Living Above the Influence featured in Morgan Hill Life

To see the original article in Morgan Hill Life, click here

Nonprofit profile: ‘Living Above The Influence’ brings support for local families

Peers unite to help others navigate the influences of life

Published in the Sept. 16-29, 2015 issue of Morgan Hill Life

By Marty Cheek

Photo by L&B Photography Participants release balloons in memory of loved ones during 2014’s Living Above The Influence event.

In 2007, Dori Prado’s daughter faced one of the struggles that challenge many teenagers. The 14-year-old girl confessed to Prado she had started smoking marijuana. Prado grew scared about the drug use and started blaming the friends her daughter was hanging out with for influencing her life in this direction. After some soul searching, she decided to give up the judgment and find a way to help the young people in the Morgan Hill community.

Dori told her father, Steve Prado, a one-time heroin addict who had turned his life around and became an alcohol and drug counselor, about the situation. The two decided to put on a workshop at Sobrato High School. Steve went to Dori’s daughter’s classroom to talk to the students… but it didn’t seem to be enough.

Dori then came up with the idea of putting on a friendly barbecue at Morgan Hill’s Community Park and inviting her daughter’s teenage friends to come and discuss how to face together life challenges such as drugs, gangs and prison that many young people encounter.

“We thought we’d have about 15, 20 kids. We had 75 people come that year,” Dori recalled. “It really inspired me to do it again. Right before that first year, my heart did soften about these kids. And I was thinking: what kind of homes do they come from? I know I’m trying to do the best for my daughter, and still I feel she’s out of control, right? What kind of homes are these kids coming from? Do they have the support at home?”

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That park barbecue evolved into a community outreach event that has grown in popularity with hundreds of local young people and families. They gathered every October at either Community or Galvan parks to listen to the stories of young people who have overcome the temptations of drugs, alcohol and gangs, or deal with abuse or depression.

The 9th annual Living Above The Influence event will be held Oct. 10 at the Community and Cultural Center’s plaza.

“Living Above the Influence has really evolved into a community event that gathers resources for the community and gets speakers to give their testimonies that are encouraging and motivating,” Dori said. “It’s real life. These are things that are happening in our community youth and adults. A mother losing her kids to the system because of her own drug addiction. How does she overcome that? We do whatever we can to draw in the community.”

This year, bags of groceries will be given to the first 100 attendees. There will also be entertainment from the Mexican-America Azteca Dancers, rap singers, and poetry readings from young people. To make the day an extra fun celebration, participants can also win raffle prizes such as tickets to Gilroy Gardens Theme Park.

“Someone asked me, ‘Isn’t it like you’re trying to bribe the people to come?’ and I say, ‘Absolutely, I want them to come. I want them to hear these stories,’” Dori said. “And hopefully it touches their heart and helps them to make changes in their life if they’re struggling with those issues. And if they’re not struggling but they know somebody who is, maybe they can help that person out.”

Among the nearly 40 resource agencies that will be available for participants to meet is the nonprofit group Advent Youth Ministries which runs two homes in Morgan Hill for teenage boys and girls to stay at while they heal their lives. At the Living Above The Influence last year, the stories told were so powerful that a boy who was hooked on heroin and prescription pills sought help from Advent Youth Ministries, Dori said.

Living Above The Influence evolved a spin-off program to help young people develop life skills.

After the second year’s event in 2008 grew to 125 participants, Morgan Hill Recreation Coordinator Chiquy Mejia called Dori and asked if she might help bring a similar program to the Teen Center at the Centennial Recreation Center. At first, Dori was hesitant.

But she soon found herself working with the CRC staff to establish the “Chill Out” program where young people got an opportunity to hear the stories of people much like them who faced and overcame struggles with alcohol, drugs and gangs.

“The kids were very, very interested in these types of stories,” Dori said. “They were connected to it and they wanted to hear more. They’d say, ‘Bring somebody else in,’ because a lot of these testimonies are very heart-felt that they’d be crying when they heard about kids being taken away or whatever situation it might be.”

Chill Out now includes training young people on basic life skills such as helping them understand about good financial habits as well as the 41 Developmental Assets, qualities in a community that help young people succeed. It meets every Thursday evening at the Community and Cultural Center.

“This has developed because of Living Above The Influence and it’s something that I’m really proud of,” Dori said.

One thing Dori often points out to people is why the term “Living Above The Influence” was chosen.

“People ask me what that means. Is it talking about drugs and alcohol?” she said. “That’s not what it’s about. It’s about the influences of life. What I like to tell the kids is that if there is something that is affecting your everyday productivity, whatever that may be, you’re living under that influence. And I tell them we need to live above those influences.”

Details

What: Living Above The Influence
When: Noon to 4:30 p.m., Oct. 10
Where: Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center,
17000 Monterey Road
Contact: (408) 390-9012 or email Livingabovetheinfluence07@gmail.com

Put a Stop to Math Misplacement in our Schools–Support SB 359!

Support SB 359

From the Silicon Valley Community Foundation

SIGN THE PETITION

Many students are being unfairly held back because their school district does not rely on objective measures to determine their placement. The result is “math misplacement,” a practice that results in a student being forced to repeat a math course even though objective measures such as test scores indicate they should be advanced to the next course. Studies have shown that math misplacement disproportionately affects students of color.

The most egregious math misplacement issue occurs when a student is held back to repeat Algebra 1 instead of being advanced to Geometry. This can cause students to fall too far behind to complete the courses that colleges expect a math or science major to have taken.

Accurate placement is essential to preparing students for a college track and/or readiness for growing careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). At a time when the state and nation face a shortage of qualified STEM workers to meet workforce demands, we must find ways to fix this leak in the STEM pipeline.

Please support Senator Holly Mitchell’s SB 359–The California Mathematics Placement Act of 2015.  SB 359 will ensure that school districts adopt fair, objective and transparent math placement policies so that no student will experience math misplacement.

SIGN THE PETITION

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