Jan/31/2011 Youth Hate Crime Prevention Peer Leadership Program Applications Due

Posted by Richard • January 31st, 2011

The Youth Hate Crime Prevention Peer Leadership Program is a collection of dynamic youth of different races and sexual orientations from San Francisco.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and discuss issues of discrimination, harassment, racial violence, hate crimes, and tensions in their schools and communities.

Led by local experts, youth will participate in two hour workshops spanning eight weeks. You will learn to advocate for positive change in your schools by being role models. In effect, you will educate your peers about bigotry and acts of youth violence or intimidation based on race, gender, sexual orientation, or other differences.

Opportunities will be provided for you to set your own program goals relating to projects and to practice skills learned in real life settings. Food will be served at workshops. Bus Tokens will be distributed for transportation and other materials will be provided. Additionally, a $380 stipend and a Certificate of Recognition will be awarded to successful participants by the district attorney.


To apply, please visit www.ceedtvcrm.com/YHC/.

If you have questions or need help filling out the application, please contact us at 415-643-1400, hjoneslarkin@gmail.com, or talk to a teacher, counselor trusted friend or adult. Thank You and Good Luck!

* Harassment occurs when someone’s behavior or language creates a hostile, offensive or intimidating environment. A single incident depending on its severity may constitute illegal harassment. Examples are:
* Demeaning or abusive verbal statements or writings of a sexual or racial nature, i.e., related to a student’s race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation;
* Graffiti, slogans or other visual displays that contain racial, ethnic slurs or insults based on the student’s gender, sexual orientation, or disability;
* Discrimination: Every student is entitled to equal educational opportunities. A student may not be subjected to discipline or punishment for wrongdoing nor denied the same rights as other students because of his or her race, ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

The Youth Hate Crime Prevention Peer Leadership Program is a collaborative initiative between the District Attorney’s Office, Bar Association of San Francisco, Department of Justice, Gay-Straight Alliance Network, Community Youth Center, United Playaz, Brothers Against Guns, Boys and Girls Club-Columbia Park, and other community organizations.

Applications must be RECEIVED by Friday, January 31, 2011; 5:00 p.m.

Renaissance Parents of Success
1800 Oakdale Room 510, San Francisco, CA 94124

Jan/29/2011 File Your Federal & State Taxes for Free!

Posted by Richard • January 29th, 2011

A Tax-Aid Event at Goodwill Industries in Partnership with Intuit Tax Freedom Project

January 29, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
1500 Mission Street, San Francisco

Get the help you need and file your taxes for FREE. Volunteers will be on site to help you file.

It’s FREE! You qualify to file your Federal and State returns for FREE if ONE of the following applies to you for tax year 2010:

  • You made $49,000 or less
  • You  qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

It’s QUICK! If you are due a refund and you e-file, you can get your money in as few as 12 days.

It’s EASY! File your state and federal taxes using Turbo Tax Freedom Edition, and if you have questions, volunteers and tax experts will be on hand to assist you.

What you need to bring:

  • Copy of 2009 tax return, if available
  • Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) for each family member
  • Proof of income including W2s and 1099 forms
  • Documentation of deductible expenses
  • Account and routing numbers of checking and savings accounts for direct deposit and a faster refund

For more information or to find out about additional free tax events, call 415-963-8633.

Jan/27/2011 Volunteers Needed to Help Count Outdoor Homeless Population

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

The Reentry Council and the Office of the Public Defender needs volunteers to count individuals who are sleeping outside in San Francisco on the night of January 27th. The purpose of this count is to estimate the scope of homelessness in San Francisco, and to help get federal resources to build housing and provide services to homeless people. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a brief survey here:

For questions or more information, please contact volunteer coordinator at HomelessCount@sfgov.org or call (415) 558-2346.

Jan/27/2011 Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Community Meeting

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association Community Meeting

~All Invited~
Thursday, January 27, 2010
7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Located at the Korean American Cultural Center
745 Buchanan Street, between Hayes and Grove Streets

Discussion to include:

  • Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit Proposal
  • Possible Boys & Girls Club in Hayes Valley
  • Conversation with John Muir Elementary’s Principal Rosenberg
  • Update on Hayes Valley Playground

View Flyer of HVNA Jan 2011 (pdf)

Jan/27/2011 RAMP-SF Academy Orientations for February

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

The RAMP-SF Academy is actively recruiting 18-24 year olds for their February and April 2011 sessions!

Never heard of RAMP? Here is what we are about:

RAMP-SF is a paid 7-week job readiness training program that includes wrap-around support services, classroom-based learning, hands-on team building, physical exercise, substance abuse and mental health services and a work based learning experience.  Upon successful completion of the program, participants have the potential of being connected to “next step” employment, training, and educational opportunities.

There is no formal referral process. Interested persons just need to attend a RAMP-SF orientation to commence the application process. Below are upcoming orientation dates:

* February 3th –  1449 Webster Street, Western Addition One Stop
* February 10th –  1500 Mission Street, Goodwill One Stop
* February 17th –  3120 Mission Street, Mission One Stop
* February 24th –  73 Leland Avenue, Visitacion Valley One Stop

DO NOTE: All orientations start at 3:00PM SHARP and it is highly advised applicants arrive on time! All persons arriving after the 3:00PM start time will be asked to attend the next available orientation. In addition, applicants will be asked to present their One Stop cards. If they do not have a One Stop card, they should arrive at least 15-20 minutes BEFORE the orientation start time to apply for one…

Questions? Please feel free to contact Amber Lea, Recruiter for RAMP-SF Academy, at abocanegra@sfcc.org.

Jan/27/2011 SF Public Library Teen Programs for February

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Free S.A.T. Workshops and Valentine projects!

Magnetic Love (or Like) Poetry
Love Pillows!!!
Crafty Teen: Folded Paper Hearts!
Love Tweets: Short Poems for Teens
Love ’em Hate ’em: Teen Valentines Day Poetry and Card Making
Show Your Love with Buttons!
Writing Down the Spine: Workshop for Teen Writers
Teen Movie Day: Despicable Me
Upcycle Buttons, T-Shirts, and Pillows!
Great Teen Book Swap
Teen’zine Chinese New Year Gaming
Graphic Novel Workshop
Make Felt Pins!
Teen Gaming
Beading Arts for Teens
Get Inked…Naturally!

For dates, times, or more information, please view the flyer or visit sfpl.org/teen_blog.

Jan/27/2011 Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Application Deadline: April 15, 2011
Up to $30,000 will be awarded

The Farwest Region of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., will award a Regional Scholarship to an Outstanding African-American female. This high school graduate will be recognized for her outstanding achievement and commitment to attending an Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Female high school seniors residing in the listed states must meet eligibility requirements. Entire requirements are listed on the Official Farwest Scholarship Application.

Questions can be sent to: FWRegionalScholarship@gmail.com

How Can You Help?

1. Help spread the word to current female African-American high school seniors. Downloadable Applications are available at our Regional Website: www.thedstfarwestregion.org/
2. Make a Donation to our Scholarship Fund Today!
3. Are you an HBCU Alumni? Please help us spread the word on your HBCU education and experience!
4. We welcome HBCU Institutional Scholarship and Fund matches!

Jan/27/2011 Earn While You Learn: Year Up Applications Due February 11

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Year Up is now accepting applications for classes starting in March 2011. The deadline is February 11, however, applicants are admitted on a rolling basis.

Year Up is an award-winning, tuition-free program that prepares urban young adults for corporate careers in Information Technology and success in higher education.  Our participants have an opportunity to:

  • Earn a stipend of $150-$250 per week and 13 free college credits
  • Learn in-demand technical, business communication, and professional skills for 5 months
  • Succeed in 6 month corporate internships with local corporations, such as LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, Wells Fargo, Kaiser Permanente, Zynga, and others
  • Receive technical certification from City College of San Francisco
  • Belong to a community with on-going career support and guidance

Our success is our graduates.  Within 4 months of graduation, 80% of Year Up graduates are in college and/or working, earning $35,000 a year on average (a tenfold increase in their earning prior to coming to Year Up).

If you know a young person, age 18-24, who has a high school diploma or a GED and is hungry for an opportunity to succeed, please let them know about Year Up.

CLASSES BEGIN MARCH 8, 2011 — Applicants admitted on a rolling basis


Phone: Call Anita Lovaincy: 415-512-7588, extension x3504
Interest Form: Fill out online and someone will follow up with you:http://www.yearup.org/apply/interestform.htm
Open House: Held every Wednesday from 4:00-5:00pm at 210 Spear Street

Jan/27/2011 National Youth Summit 2011 on February 26

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Voices in Action: National Youth Summit

How we can meet the President’s goal of leading the world in college completion by 2020?

The US Department of Education is hosting a national youth summit in Washington, DC, on February 26, 2011, to get ideas from student leaders.

Find out more about the summit. See the FAQs. Sign up to present at a Youth Innovation and Action session.

Can’t attend in person? Organize a watch party (MS Word, 133K) to watch the live webcast of the summit.

Registration Now Available

Registration link for “Voices in Action: National Youth Summit”:


The sponsoring agency will first register for the event, then register a maximum of 5 youths under their organization. Please rank-order each youth’s preferences for breakout session topics. Space is limited; please register as soon as possible.


President Barack Obama has set a goal that by 2020 the United States lead the world in college completion. Over the summer the United States’ Department of Education (ED) conducted a National Youth Listening Tour to engage youth in a conversation on what it will take to meet the President’s goal. ED met with more than 1800 middle and high school students from across the country. To close the tour, ED will host “Voices in Action: National Youth Summit.”

The purpose of the summit will be to galvanize youth to shape strategies to provide pathways for all youth – those who are in middle and high school as well as those who are out of work, out of school and out of the mainstream – to be on track to achieve high school and postsecondary credentials. The summit will share what students have told ED to date, provide additional youth the opportunity to give input, provide opportunities to communicate their views and ideas directly to senior administration officials, and allow students to plan ongoing youth-led, youth-directed efforts which will continue after the summit.

Summit Details

WHAT: Day long event that will include workshops, music, entertainment, and dialogues on key issues that were raised during the tour including high quality teaching, mentors, school climate, family/parent engagement, and the college access/completion information gap
WHO: A diverse cross-section of 200-220 high school students and some middle school students.
WHEN: Saturday, February 26, 2011
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
WHERE: Washington D.C. (Banneker High School and Howard University)

How To Participate

  1. Non-profit organizations and/or school districts may send youth representatives. Adults from non-profits and school districts are responsible for providing appropriate chaperones for their representatives. A registration site with hotel information, program, and workshop descriptions will be made available soon.
  2. Youth leaders will be invited to submit a “Youth Innovation and Action” workshop proposal, to share their ideas with other youth on what can be done to increase college access and completion. There will be a limited amount of workshops that will be selected.
  3. If you cannot send youth representatives, you can host a “Watch Party” and create a virtual space for students to participate during the Education Policy Panel where youth and senior staff will have a dialogue on key policy solutions to help achieve the President’s goal.

Jan/27/2011 Black College Expo on February 26 and Scholarship Due on February 7

Posted by Richard • January 27th, 2011

Black College Expo on February 26

Location: Marriott Convention Center, 1001 Broadway, Downtown Oakland
Expo: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Seminars: 10:30 am – 3:00 pm
KFC Step Show & Entertainment: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Students can possibly get accepted “On the Spot” if you bring your transcripts and SAT and/or ACT scores.
Click Here Students for What You Should Bring to the Expo.

BCE Scholarship Application Due on February 7

The Black College Expo Scholarship application deadline is on February 7, 2011. Students can win scholarship money by writing an essay on, “Why is a College Education Important to Me.” Download BCE Scholarship Flyer 2011 (doc).

The College Expo is operated by the non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, National College Resources Foundation with a mission to:

* Connect students and student athletes directly to colleges, including historically black colleges and universities and Universities
* Provide numerous scholarships and access to scholarship programs
* Offer tutorial programs for college preparation, including subject tutoring and SAT/ACT prep
* Offer academic and skills development, and college readiness to students and student athletes
* Connect students to career, internship, and vocational opportunities

For more information, please visit www.thecollegeexpo.org.