Jun/30/2011 Global Change: A Spiritual View

Posted by Richard • June 30th, 2011

A Shift is Happening…Are You Ready For Change?

Time: 6:30 – 9:00 pm
Day: Thursday, June 30, 2011
Place: Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyon Street
San Francisco, CA

Free Admission * Tickets Required
Online tickets at:
www.GlobalChangeSpiritualView.org
or register by phone at
415-563-HOPE (4673)

Join us and our special guests for a memorable and experiential evening of music, movements, dance, insights and meditation.

Many aspects of Global Change have been addressed scientifically, economically, socially and environmentally. This evening program will bring consciousness and spiritual awareness to the growing concerns of Global Change with a talk, group conversation, video, music and meditation.

Why should you participate? We understand that behind every action there is a thought. When we change our thoughts and connect them with our own resources of peace, beauty, truth, and happiness the quality of our actions changes. Therefore, the impact we have on the world changes too. YOU are an important person in this process because what YOU do on the individual level affects the global environment.  We are all connected!

This community conversation is promoted by Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, an international nonprofit organization affiliated with the United Nations.  Brahma Kumaris teaches a practical method of meditation that helps individuals understand their inner strengths in order to encourage change in their thinking and being.

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

LOBBY DOORS OPEN AT 5:30 pm FOR ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITS
FOOD VENDOR IS ON SERVICE 
GENERAL SEATING: First-Come, First-Served

Jun/30/2011 Mentor Series – Public Safety & Law

Posted by Richard • June 30th, 2011

Have a penchant for debate? Have a desire to help others? Learn more about what it takes to be a first responder or to fight for social justice from a legal perspective. Talk with attorneys, investigators, police, and fire to learn more about the variety of careers within these fields.

Location & Time:
Flood Mansion
2222 Broadway
www.floodmansion.org
11:00 am

This summer, we are embarking on a project that reaches out to support our next generation of leaders. The MAGIC Mentor Series will develop new partnerships and career exploration opportunities for middle and high school students. We expect the series to inform and transform their college and career paths. This exciting initiative will connect our youth with local professionals and serve as tool for preparing for future.

The MAGIC Mentor Series will invite professionals to make a difference in the lives of young people wrestling with peer pressure and exposed to the tragedies of poverty and crime first hand. This project also supports Mo’ MAGIC’s efforts to decrease summer learning loss through experiential learning. More than fifty percent of the academic achievement gap can be traced back to summer learning loss, which is experienced at a higher rate among minorities and low income youth.

The MAGIC Mentor series will include panel presentations as well as an opportunity for participants to speak with presenters in small groups. Each presenter will be asked to give a two-minute introduction (focused on if they went to college how they benefited from doing so and if not, the role experience and other forms of education, how/if that can happen today). The remaining time is spent having a student-centered discussion about what role college/education played in their career choice and how to prepare for that career.

The MAGIC Mentor Series will take place on Thursdays during the summer (June 9 – July 28) and guests will be invited to participate in the panels and small discussion groups. If you see an area in which you wish to particpate, simply contact the Mo’ MAGIC Office at 415-563-5207 or email info@momagic.org.

Jun/29/2011 TARC presents Summer Girl’s Group 2011 | July 6 to August 10

Posted by Richard • June 29th, 2011

TARC Girls Group 2011 Revised 245x300 TARC presents Summer Girls Group 2011 | July 6 to August 10

Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our

1st Summer Girl’s Group 2011

Middle & High School Ages Welcome
44 Gough Street, Ste. # 106
San Francisco, CA 94103

Workshops will be held on Wednesdays’ beginning

July 6-August 10, 2011
3:15 pm-4:30 pm
* Doors open @ 2:45 pm*
FREE FOOD * SAFE SPACE
LOTS of REAL FUN

For Young Women in search of freeing their hearts & minds, & a renewed path to fulfill their educational & career dreams.

The Truancy Assessment & Resource Center presents our 1st Summer Girl’s Group in support of all the Young Women seeking enlightenment to free their hearts and minds from the damaging exposures of our society. With the assistance from experts in the field of youth & community advocacy, a six-week workshop will address core issues of sexual exploitation, unhealthy relationships, and drug & alcohol addiction. Through these series of workshops, young women will learn ways to self-reflect upon their life choices in order to refresh and redirect their educational and career dreams. Final workshop will be a career panel of desired careers suggested by participants during the first workshop.

For more details, please contact Deidre Hill: 415-437-1706 or email at: dhill@ymcasf.org.

Jun/28/2011 Second Chance Reentry Free Legal Clinic

Posted by Richard • June 28th, 2011

Need legal advice about your past arrests or convictions?
Visit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights’

Second Chance Reentry Free Legal Clinic

If you have past arrests or convictions, you can get free legal advice on:
* Job licensing applications and denials
* Criminal background checks
* Housing and employment law issues
* Driver’s license suspensions

To sign up, please call 415-814-7610.

Mo’ Magic/Westbay Community Center Gallery A
1290 Fillmore Street (at Eddy Street)
Every Last Tuesday of the the month at 6:00 pm.
Next clinic dates: June 28, July 26

For the best advice, please bring a recent RAP sheet.

 

Jun/28/2011 Summer Learning – Crissy Field/House of Air/Planet Granite (Australia)

Posted by Richard • June 28th, 2011

Australia
Time: 12:oo pm – 3:00 pm
Locations: House of Air 926 Mason Street | Planet Granite 924 Mason Street | Crissy Field
Featuring:
HotWheels Race Track Racing with Beto Lopez
Didjeridu Demonstration and Interactive Exercises with Stephen Kent

Jun/28/2011 Community Partners United Meeting

Posted by Richard • June 28th, 2011

COMMUNITY PARTNERS UNITED

Fostering a Safe and Caring Community 2011

Meeting Agenda Tuesday June 28th, 2011 at 9 am
Hayes Valley South Learning Center
310 Haight Street (at Buchanan)

COMMUNITY PARTNERS UNITED
Fostering a Safe and Caring Community 2011
Meeting Agenda Tuesday June 28th, 2011 at 9 am
Hayes Valley South Learning Center
310 Haight Street (at Buchanan)

1) Welcome and Introductions (2 minutes)

2) Mo’Magic Update- Sheryl or Myke (10 minutes)
a. Summer of Learning update and future events/activities for Western Addition Youth
b. No Mo’Magic meetings in July & next meeting will be Thursday August 4th, 2011 at 11am
located at AAACC 762 Fulton on 3rd floor
c. Please visit www.momagic.org for Youth Summer reading, science, outings and upcoming
Western Addition events & activities.

3) Hayes Valley Playground (10 minutes).
a. Community Concerns
i. Community use
ii. Programming
Return of Community Partners United
iii.
b. Safety and weekend hours.
i. Liability due to fence jumping
ii. Why is Park closed on Sunday’s
1. Use Koshland Park as a model to keep park open

4) 10th Annual Western Addition National Night Out (20 minutes)
a. Planning Committee formation
b. Ella Hill Hutch Center will be the location
c. Focus on bringing community together for food, fun, sports, dance, and neighborhood
entertainment for all ages.
d. Role each partner will play to produce a successful event
e. Outreach and next steps

5) Western Addition Beacon Center Update-Marco (1 minutes)
a. Summer Program June 4th thru July 22nd from 7am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday
b. Program update, upcoming events/activities for youth and parents.

6) CommunityGrows Update-Nora Brereton (2 minutes)
a. Koshland Park (corner of Page & Buchanan) Work Day Saturday July 9th from 11am-2pm
b. Program update, summer cooking classes & summer programs

7) Rec Connect Update- Diane (2 minutes)
a. Western Addition Carnival July 15th at Margaret Hayward

8) LoHaMNA Update- Thea (2 minutes)
a. Mural Vandalism
b. Upcoming events

9) Western Addition Family Resource Center- Cesnae (2 minutes)
a. Remaining 2011summer programs & activities

10) Announcements
a. Openings for African American Art & Culture Complex Summer Youth Program June 6 –August 5, 2011
i. For information please contact Nicola Figgins at either 921-8382 or Nicola@aaaacc.org.

Next Meeting July 12th, 2011 at 9:00 am at the Hayes Valley Learning Center 310 Haight Street

Jun/25/2011 The Buchanan YMCA eWaste Collection

Posted by Richard • June 25th, 2011

The Buchanan YMCA eWaste Collection FUNDRAISER

SATURDAY, JUNE 25th 9:00 am to 4:00pm

@ Buchanan YMCA- Parking Lot
1530 Buchanan St. San Francisco CA94115

This is a one day only event/Rain or Shine

$5.00/ea. Collection Fee

Items same or similar to:

  • CPU’S—TELEPHONES
  • PRINTERS—COPIERS
  • DVD PLAYERS
  • FAX MACHINES
  • VCR’S—STEREOS
  • VIDEO GAMES
  • SMALL  APPLIANCES

———————————————————————————————————-
MICROWAVES $15.OO—$30.00
BATTERIES are $3.00/lb.
Fluorescent Lamps $0.25//ft. Bulbs    $0.50/ea

Free to Recycle:

  • Televisions
  • Monitors
  • Laptops
  • Flat screens
  • Cell phones
  • Ink jet cartridges
  • Wire

** Bonus! Document ShreddingDisposal – $6.00 per Banker Box **

We are willing to pick up your items!! 

Please call:
Takija Gardner – (415) 678-7551
Rodney Chin – (415) 516-7876
Estella Ramit – (650) 392-4929

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Make checks payable to: Buchanan YMCA– SF

All items are recycled according to CA Law. A Certificate of destruction is mailed after the Paper Documents are destroyed. 

www.ctrecycling.net

For more information Call:  510-590-7510

C&T Recycling, Your Fundraising Partner

Jun/23/2011 Mo’ MAGIC Meeting

Posted by Richard • June 23rd, 2011

Jun/23/2011 Mentor Series – Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) (CANCELLED)

Posted by Richard • June 23rd, 2011

President Obama has stated the need for America to catch up in the STEM area in order to stay competitive and maintain global leadership. Seventy-three percent of the occupations projected with the largest growth by the U.S. Department of Labor for 2018 will require some level of STEM education.

Location & Time:
TBA
11:00 am

This summer, we are embarking on a project that reaches out to support our next generation of leaders. The MAGIC Mentor Series will develop new partnerships and career exploration opportunities for middle and high school students. We expect the series to inform and transform their college and career paths. This exciting initiative will connect our youth with local professionals and serve as tool for preparing for future.

The MAGIC Mentor Series will invite professionals to make a difference in the lives of young people wrestling with peer pressure and exposed to the tragedies of poverty and crime first hand. This project also supports Mo’ MAGIC’s efforts to decrease summer learning loss through experiential learning. More than fifty percent of the academic achievement gap can be traced back to summer learning loss, which is experienced at a higher rate among minorities and low income youth.

The MAGIC Mentor series will include panel presentations as well as an opportunity for participants to speak with presenters in small groups. Each presenter will be asked to give a two-minute introduction (focused on if they went to college how they benefited from doing so and if not, the role experience and other forms of education, how/if that can happen today). The remaining time is spent having a student-centered discussion about what role college/education played in their career choice and how to prepare for that career.

The MAGIC Mentor Series will take place on Thursdays during the summer (June 9 – July 28) and guests will be invited to participate in the panels and small discussion groups. If you see an area in which you wish to particpate, simply contact the Mo’ MAGIC Office at 415-563-5207 or email info@momagic.org.

Jun/22/2011 SF Gate: Summer Learning Day Gives Kids Lessons in Fun

Posted by Richard • June 22nd, 2011

Summer Learning Day gives kids lessons in fun

Jill Tucker, Chronicle Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Third-grader Elaine Ma sat at a shady table in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza dipping a paintbrush in pink, gold and green paint.

“I’m painting a house,” she said as she brushed a gold swoosh on the paper. “This is magical grass.”

All around her some 800 children spent the first official day of summer hula hooping, playing board games, experimenting with bubbles and baking soda, hanging out in a bookmobile, drawing pictures, making bedazzled princess crowns and riding ponies.

This, said organizers of the city’s Summer Learning Day at the plaza, is what summer is supposed to be about: playing, thinking, creating, and ultimately learning outside the classroom in active, fun ways.

That’s not the experience for too many children, particularly low-income kids, who spend their 10 or so weeks of summer vacation doing nothing, said Sheryl Davis, director of Mo’ Magic, which helped organize Tuesday’s event.

Without structured activities that stretch their minds, they “tend to gain weight and fall behind,” she said. “They lose the summer. They come back to school two months behind.”

Researchers call it the summer brain drain. It affects all children, but especially those who don’t actively fight it.

Overall, most students forget two months worth of math over the summer. But low-income students also lose two to three months worth of reading skills.

As a result, the achievement gap between white, Asian and wealthy students and their Hispanic, black and low-income peers, each summer increasingly widens.

On Tuesday, most of the students at Civic Center Plaza were participants in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer camps and programs although some families stumbled upon the event and joined the fun, too.

There didn’t appear to be a single child at the event who, given a choice, would have picked a couch over the petting zoo, art project or bouncy houses.

Students who take part in summer enrichment activities, ranging from science camp, sports, family trips to museums or other programs, can boost their achievement levels, according to the National Summer Learning Association, which supported Tuesday’s Summer Learning Day activities across the nation.

And the students tend to avoid packing on the pounds as well, more likely avoiding the obesity epidemic plaguing the country’s youth.

In San Francisco, hundreds of primarily low-income children participate in nonprofit and city-sponsored summer programs, many featuring academic components. Those types of community programs can be critical to preventing summer learning loss, according to a study released this month by the nonprofit Rand Corp.

“They are often less expensive than school district staff, and they offer enrichment opportunities that are often similar to those experienced by middle-income youth during the summer – such as kayaking or chess, for example – that encourage students to enroll and attend, both of which are critical to program effectiveness,” said Catherine Augustine, a senior policy researcher at Rand, in a statement.

At Civic Center Plaza, with her paper filled with a pink and gold house with magical grass, Elaine appeared to plugging that drain in her brain. Her paintbrush and imagination were running wild. A green stick-figure man appeared on the paper. He had just arrived home, she explained.

Lisa Rasmussen, who had set up her Art Cart for the event, listened to Elaine’s story line and smiled.

“When children have art, they just swim in it,” Rasmussen said. “They just thrive.”

E-mail Jill Tucker at jtucker@sfchronicle.com.

http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/06/22/BAUI1K0RD1.DTL

This article appeared on page C – 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle