Feb/28/2011 “Understanding Memory Loss: Moving Forward” Annual Conference Announcement

Posted by Richard • February 28th, 2011

Alzheimer’s Association, in partnership with Del Oro Caregiver Resource Center and UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center, presents

Understanding Memory Loss: Moving Forward

Thursday, April 21, 2011
9:00 am – 4:00 pm with registration opening at 8:00 am
Radisson Hotel, Ballroom
500 Leisure Lane
Sacramento, CA 95815

This annual education conference is designed to fit the needs of families caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia. It is also for professionals who would like to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, the challenges and hope for the future.

Registration and fee information is on the form. Discounted rates are available to organizations that register more than five employees.

A limited number of in-home respite care scholarships are available for family caregivers who need care for a loved one in order to attend the conference. Please indicate your need for respite when registering.

Online conference registration available at www.alz.org/norcal.

Feb/27/2011 SMASH 2011 Applications Due

Posted by Richard • February 27th, 2011

smashhomepage 300x161 SMASH 2011 Applications Due February 27

The application period for the Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) 2011 closes on February 27, 2011.

Each year LPFI selects high-potential, low-income high school students of color to participate in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focused SMASH Academy.

SMASH Academy is

  • A one to three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program;
  • For high achieving, low-income high-school students of color;
  • Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
  • Successful in preparing scholars for college and achievement in higher education;
  • Free of cost.

SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer at a SMASH site on a college campus (currently at UC Berkeley or Stanford) immersed in rigorous STEM classes.

SMASH scholars also receive year-round academic support including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

Goals of SMASH

  • Prepare students from underrepresented communities to be competitive in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related studies  at competitive universities.
  • Educate students about graduate school opportunities and encourage them to eventually attend in order to further pursue professional, STEM-related studies or careers.
  • Encourage a sense of social responsibility through promotion of critical thinking, civic awareness and leadership.

Applications and information can be found at www.lpfi.org/smash. For questions or concerns, please email julian@lpfi.org.

Feb/26/2011 National Youth Summit 2011 in Washington DC

Posted by Richard • February 26th, 2011

Voices in Action: National Youth Summit

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

ED 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.

Feb/26/2011 Black College Expo 2011 at Oakland Marriott Convention Center

Posted by Richard • February 26th, 2011

Black College Expo 2011 on February 26

Location: Marriott Convention Center
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 Applications Due on February 7

The Black College Expo Scholarship applications deadline on 2/7/11 is approaching. 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.

Feb/25/2011 Hamilton Rec Center Black History Month Celebration

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

Hamilton Rec Center along with Bridge the Gap Youth Resource Agency invites you to celebrate Black History Month on

February 25
From 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Hamilton Rec Center
1900 Geary Boulevard

There will be artifacts, presentations, dinner, and music! Come join!

Feb/25/2011 Tribute To The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame: “Within Our Gates” and “Body & Soul”

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

Details for today’s exhibit and related activities are as follows:

Mini Oscar Micheaux Silent Film Festival, “Within Our Gates” and “Body & Soul” Friday, February 25th – 7pm


SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Feb 11, 2011) – The Jazz Heritage Center located in San Francisco’s Fillmore District announced that the unveiling of the newly created “Tribute To The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Inc.” exhibition will take place on Wednesday, February 16th, in the JHC’s Koret Heritage Lobby – 1330 Fillmore Street.

The Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame Oscar Micheaux Awards Ceremony was started in February 1974 during Black History Month by the Cultural and Ethnic Affairs Guild of the Oakland Museum to recognize the contributions of blacks to film. Because of the overwhelming support from the stars, media, community, and corporate sponsors, the programs with stated goals to research, study, teach, preserve and illuminate the contributions of Blacks to film and television, and create a change in the negative images of Blacks as they were portrayed in these powerful communication media began to encourage a new generation of independent black filmmakers.

“This story is a significant accomplishment spanning 20 years of recognition, participation and inspiration. The JHC is excited to include this tribute to its ever increasing menu of exhibits as we strive to honor the heritage of African American contributions to the arts, music and culture” – Peter Fitzsimmons, JHC Executive Director.

“Since 1974, 67 of the brightest and most accomplished actors, actresses, producers, directors and writers have been inducted into the Hall of Fame. It recognizes the pioneers in the film industry who struggled against great odds to obtain a foothold in the industry.” – Douglas Rainey, Curator

Details for the exhibit and related activities are as follows:

  • The JHC’s Lush Life Gallery Opening Reception & Exhibit Viewing Kick Off on February 16th, 1320 Fillmore Street – (415) 255 7745.
  • Special Screenings in the JHC’S Media and Education Theater, 1330 Fillmore (next to Yoshi’s Box Office)
  • The History of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame – Loop DVD Presentation – from 7 pm to 9 pm
  • “A Century of Black Cinema” – Thursday, February 17th – 7pm
  • “TV in Black – The First Fifty Years” Friday, February 18th: – 7pm
  • “Oscars Black Odyssey – From Hattie to Halle” Wednesday, February 23rd – 7pm
  • Mini Oscar Micheaux Silent Film Festival, “Within Our Gates” and “Body & Soul” Friday, February 25th – 7pm

Sponsoring partner: Wells Fargo Bank

Feb/25/2011 Violence Prevention Planning Meeting – Community Input Session

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

Community Input Session on Violence Prevention

The SF Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, along with the Department of Juvenile Probation, the Department of Adult Probation & the Department of Public Health invite you to participate in the San Francisco Violence Prevention Planning Community Input Process. This process is to gather community input on ways to reduce violence in local neighborhoods and to create a peaceful environment for the children, youth and the families. The information shared will be included in a citywide plan. The sessions are opened for all members of the community. Join us in representing your communities and creating a peaceful San Francisco.

Date and Location:
John Muir Elementary School
380 Webster Street, SF
Friday, February 25, 2011
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

For more information please contact Verónica Martínez at vmartinez@dcyf.org or 415-554-8958.

We would like to thank the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, San Francisco Department of Juvenile Probation, San Francisco Department of Public Health, San Francisco Unified School District, John Muir Elementary School & Rosa Parks Elementary School for their support in organizing these community conversations.

Feb/25/2011 The 12th Annual Legislative Open House

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

Black Youth Leadership Project, Inc., Presents
The 12th Annual Legislative Open House

8:30 AM TO 5:00 PM

The Black Youth Leadership Project, Inc. is  hosting a one-day Open House geared toward African-American high school students interested in California politics, public policy, civics, governmental service, and/or community service.   Students will participate with Capitol staff in mock committee hearings and a legislative floor session, passing laws that are important to them.  The purpose of the Open House is to encourage African-American students in grades 9-12 to regularly interact with their state’s political and community leaders and to use this opportunity to discuss the legislative process, timely policy concerns, and the role of democracy and advocacy within our communities.

2011 BYLP Open House Application (pdf)

Feb/25/2011 African-American History Celebration at Cobb Elementary

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

Dr. William L. Cobb Elementary School invites you to our

African-American History Celebration

of recitation, poetry, and song performed by the students

Friday, February 25, 2011
1:00 pm
2725 California Street

Come be a part of this community event!
Questions? Please call 415-749-3505.

Special thanks to Vasteen Caldwell!

Feb/25/2011 San Francisco’s Summer Program Development Conference

Posted by Richard • February 25th, 2011

San Francisco’s Summer Program Development Conference for all Summer Program Directors

Time & Location:
February 25
9:00 – 1:30 pm
First Unitarian Church
1187 Franklin St (at Geary St)

Program Details:
There will be approximately 10 workshops offered on topics relevant to program developers, such as:  program evaluation, staff recruitment and training, program planning, literacy, and more.

The conference will be from 9 am to 1:30 pm, with an opening session, then 3 learning sessions. Free lunch will be provided to all registrants.

Purpose of the event:
To offer resources and training that will enhance the summer learning aspect of programs.  The target audience is Program Directors, Associate Directors, Coordinators, and anyone else involved in the design of summer programming.

In May, we will offer a follow-up professional development for all line staff in the field, with additional resources and training aimed at making summer programs even better.

To Register:
Download, complete, and submit your registration form by Monday, February 21Registration Form

Public Transportation & Parking:
Parking is not great – but it’s not horrible either.  Here is what the church has to say about getting there by Muni and parking:

  • Public Transportation:  The Unitarian Church is located near the following Muni lines:  38 Geary, 49 Van Ness, 47 Van Ness, 19 Polk, 31 Balboa.
  • Parking:  there is ONE HOUR parking on Franklin during the day- so if you make that choice please note you will be feeding a meter all day.  There are parking garages at Sutter and Franklin, and also at Van Ness and O’Farrell.  The prices run around $22 for a full day, and $2 per 20 minutes.

Sponsored by New Day for Learning, DCYF, SFUSD, San Francisco YMCA, Partnership for Children and Youth, and many other San Francisco community-based organizations