Nov/29/2012 Former Barack Obama Advisor Van Jones Speaks in San Francisco

Posted by cwilliams • November 29th, 2012

For more information contact Creative Edge Public Relations, LLC c/o Theodore W. Palmer, Publicist creativeedgepr.com (646) 575-2967

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Nov/27/2012 Community Partners United Tuesday November 27th (9am) meeting reminder, agenda & 12.07.12 HV Block Party

Posted by cwilliams • November 27th, 2012

Dear Partners & Supporters of Community Partners United,
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day and all were surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.
Just a friendly reminder we will meet tomorrow.
What:  Community Partners United
When:  Tuesday November 27th, 2012 at 9 am
Where: Hayes Valley Playground
             699 Hayes Street at Buchanan
I have attached the agenda for tomorrows meeting and please take time to look at it before attending the meeting.  Most of the agenda will be devoted to our 11th Annual Fostering a Safe and Caring Community Holiday Season 2012.  We are in the middle of our Fostering Season and next month we will have several events take place.  The last two events have been very successful with lots of positive community feedback.  To assure we have great community turnout at all our remaining events we need you to help with community outreach.  So please help spread the word in your newsletters, emails and blogs.
I have attached a flyer for our upcoming 21st Annual Hayes Valley Merchants Block Party & Patricias’ Green Meet & Greet, Holiday Show and Silent Auction.  The Silent Auction proceeds will help fund our 11th Annual food give away.  We have lots of great items to bid on and please help spread the word.
Thanks to all and I hope to see all of you tomorrow.
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Nov/27/2012 Notice of Availabili​ty of RFP: Language Access Community Grants

Posted by cwilliams • November 27th, 2012

Dear All,
The Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs is pleased to announce the availability of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2012-2013 under the following general fund program: Language Access Community Grants. The RFP will be available electronically on OCEIA’s website at www.sfgov.org/oceiaon Thursday, November 29, 2012. Please see attachment for more information.

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Office of Civic Engagement & Immigrant Affairs

City & County of San Francisco

50 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94102

E-mail: civic.engagement@sfgov.org

Telephone: (415) 581 -2360

Nov/27/2012 San Francisco Conservati​on Corps is Recruiting​!

Posted by cwilliams • November 27th, 2012

Hello Friends,

 

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying the start of the festive season! Currently, the San Francisco Conservation Corps is actively recruiting for their upcoming orientation…

 

Before a person can apply, they must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Must be a resident ofSan Francisco and provide current proof of residency.
  • Be able to provide 1-9 documents (Picture ID with photo and name, Social Security or birth certificate). Documents must be originals and not copies.
  • Do not possess a high school diploma.

Note: At this time, we do not have open slots for applicants with high school diplomas but they are encouraged to submit an application and will be put on a wait list.

  • Must currently be 18 years of age.

 

Below is an overview of the application process:

  1. To apply, interested persons should go directly to our office located in Upper Fort Mason, Building 102, and ask for an application. They can also ask to speak with Chase Torres to answer any questions – he will be scheduling interviews as he receives applications.
  2. Once an application is completed, an interview will be scheduled.
  3. If the applicant does well at their interview, they will then be asked to attend a 4-day orientation. Applicants are paid for 3 of the 4 days they attend orientation.
  4. Upon successful completion of the orientation, applicants will be asked to officially join the San Francisco Conservation Corps.

 

Our next orientation is scheduled for the week ofDecember 17, 2012.  In order to be invited to orientation, applicants must complete all steps.

 

Questions? Please feel free to contactChase Torres at415-928-7417 extension313.

 

 

Regards,

 

Amber Lea

Nov/27/2012 9705 Employment & Training Specialist IV

Posted by cwilliams • November 27th, 2012

http://www.jobaps.com/sf/sup/images/default.asp

 

 

9705 Employment & Training Specialist IV

Recruitment #CBT-9705-059600

Department:

Human Services Agency

Analyst:

Carmen Lewis

Date Opened:

11/26/2012 8:00:00 AM

Filing Deadline:

12/10/2012 11:59:00 PM

Salary:

$71,162.00 – $86,502.00/year

Job Type:

CBT Discrete

Employment Type:

Full-Time

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INTRODUCTION

Under direction, the Employment and Training Specialist IV is responsible for supervising and assigning work, and participates in the work of a unit responsible for performing case management activities involving the development and implementation of employment and training plans, and the determination of eligibility for employment and training program services related to public assistance. The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to: planning, prioritizing, assigning, supervising, reviewing and directing the work of a unit of employment and training specialists directly involved in providing services to clients; developing and implementing employment and training service plans for clients; participating in the selection of unit staff; providing training, counseling, guidance and motivation to assigned staff; planning, prioritizing and establishing goals, objectives and timetables for meeting performance standards of the unit; interpreting, explaining and enforcing well defined complex State, Federal and local laws, including rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to employment and training eligibility and public assistance; collaborating with other supervisors and managers in coordinating the activities of staff; interviewing complainants and making cause determinations regarding employment and training case management issues according to established guidelines; participating in community meetings, professional groups, studies and research projects; participating in informational meetings with other managers, supervisors and outside agencies; making social service referrals as necessary; providing assistance with budgets, grants, and contract procurement processes; using automated systems and applications such as CALWIN and MEDS to determine eligibility and issuance of social service assistance and benefits related to employment and training services; generating and retrieving data and correspondence. Performs other duties as assigned and/or required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Two (2) years of verifiable experience performing duties equivalent to a Class 9704 Employment and Training Specialist III, in a public or private social services agency; OR 2. One (1) year verifiable experience performing duties equivalent to Class 9705 Employment and Training Specialist IV (Employment Services Supervisor), in a public or private social services agency; OR 3. Three (3) years verifiable experience in the employment and training field, performing duties in employment preparation, employment counseling, job development, assessment and/or training, equivalent to Class 9702 Employment and Training Specialist I, and Class 9703 Employment and Training Specialist II, in a public or private social services agency. Substitution: A Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university preferably in Behavioral Science or a related field, may be substituted for one year of the required experience except for Minimum Qualification #2.

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9705 Employment & Training Specialist IV

Recruitment #CBT-9705-059600

Department:

Human Services Agency

Analyst:

Carmen Lewis

Date Opened:

11/26/2012 8:00:00 AM

Filing Deadline:

12/10/2012 11:59:00 PM

Salary:

$71,162.00 – $86,502.00/year

Job Type:

CBT Discrete

Employment Type:

Full-Time

Go Back  Apply   View Benefits


Top of Form

INTRODUCTION

Under direction, the Employment and Training Specialist IV is responsible for supervising and assigning work, and participates in the work of a unit responsible for performing case management activities involving the development and implementation of employment and training plans, and the determination of eligibility for employment and training program services related to public assistance. The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to: planning, prioritizing, assigning, supervising, reviewing and directing the work of a unit of employment and training specialists directly involved in providing services to clients; developing and implementing employment and training service plans for clients; participating in the selection of unit staff; providing training, counseling, guidance and motivation to assigned staff; planning, prioritizing and establishing goals, objectives and timetables for meeting performance standards of the unit; interpreting, explaining and enforcing well defined complex State, Federal and local laws, including rules, regulations, policies and procedures pertaining to employment and training eligibility and public assistance; collaborating with other supervisors and managers in coordinating the activities of staff; interviewing complainants and making cause determinations regarding employment and training case management issues according to established guidelines; participating in community meetings, professional groups, studies and research projects; participating in informational meetings with other managers, supervisors and outside agencies; making social service referrals as necessary; providing assistance with budgets, grants, and contract procurement processes; using automated systems and applications such as CALWIN and MEDS to determine eligibility and issuance of social service assistance and benefits related to employment and training services; generating and retrieving data and correspondence. Performs other duties as assigned and/or required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1. Two (2) years of verifiable experience performing duties equivalent to a Class 9704 Employment and Training Specialist III, in a public or private social services agency; OR 2. One (1) year verifiable experience performing duties equivalent to Class 9705 Employment and Training Specialist IV (Employment Services Supervisor), in a public or private social services agency; OR 3. Three (3) years verifiable experience in the employment and training field, performing duties in employment preparation, employment counseling, job development, assessment and/or training, equivalent to Class 9702 Employment and Training Specialist I, and Class 9703 Employment and Training Specialist II, in a public or private social services agency. Substitution: A Baccalaureate Degree from an accredited college or university preferably in Behavioral Science or a related field, may be substituted for one year of the required experience except for Minimum Qualification #2.

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Nov/26/2012 Western Addition Beacon Center – 11.20.12 Update

Posted by cwilliams • November 26th, 2012

Hello,

 

Hope you are as excited as we are about the Holidays.

 

November is almost to an end and we are getting ready for our December activities. 

 

We are starting off with our Annual Toy Drive for our Christmas Toy Giveaway at our Community Holiday Event.  The WA Beacon Toy Drive is four weeks, Monday, November 19, through Wednesday, December 19.  We’re collecting new toys, winter clothing or gift cards with a retail value of $20 or more for all youth ages. All donations will be given to youth living in the Western Addition Community on December 21, 2012 at our Community Holiday Event. Please see the flyer attached for locations, more locations will be added.

 

Please also save the date for these upcoming events, flyers to follow.

 

  • ·         December 19th (Wednesday) 5:30 – 7:00 Holiday Arts and Crafts Family Night in the John Muir Cafeteria
  • ·         December 21st (Friday) 4:30 – 6:30 pm WA Beacon Holiday Celebration in the John Muir Auditorium

Also, please take a moment to like our WA Beacon Facebook Page for updates and event information.  We appreciate your continued support.

Thank you,

Event – Toy Drive 2012

Tulsi Pi
Family and Community Outreach Coordinator
WESTERN ADDITION BEACON CENTER

Nov/26/2012 Scholarshi​p for high school seniors

Posted by cwilliams • November 26th, 2012

Please share this scholarship opportunity with students that you know.

Thanks!

safa

Nov/26/2012 CommunityG​rows Fall 2012 Newsletter

Posted by cwilliams • November 26th, 2012

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CommunityGrows Staff:
Barbara Wenger, Ezekiel McCarter, Nora Brereton, Lisa Drogin, Adrian Almquist, Adrian Gaino
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Celebrating the Redwood Trust and Starbucks!

CommunityGrows is very fortunate to have the support of the Redwood  Trust Employee Foundation, a branch of the Marin Community Foundation,  and the Starbucks Foundation.  On Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 both  groups brought out employees to work with the BEETS (Band of  Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) and community gardeners  in Koshland Garden. Check out photos here!

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Rosa Parks Elementary Get Ready for Fall!

On Saturday, September 8th, 2012, Starbucks employees, and teens from  Washington High School came out to help CommunityGrows get Rosa Parks  Elementary School gardens ready for the fall semester.  Lead by crew  leader and Starbucks ambassador, Jeremy Siemens, the employees helped  prune and glean the garden and get beds ready for planting.  See more photos here.

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Fall 2012 BEETS Cohort Begins!

On  September 13, 2012 a new group of teen joined the BEETS (Band of  Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens).  During an orientation  at the Hayes Valley Youth Center everyone put their thought down about  the guiding principles of the BEETS, including respect, kindness,  safety, responsibility and fun! After committing to these by signing  their names on each sheet, the group took off for Koshland Park and  Garden where they were introduced to best garden practices, toured the  garden, and partook in a few fun ice-breakers.  See more photos here.

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Roasted Pepper Marinara and Homemade Pasta

We cook a lot at CommunityGrows!  After all, there are a lot of  vegetables in our gardens and the kids love to eat!  So one Monday  afternoon in July, Kennard Smith, a terrific personal chef, came back to  help kids at Hayward Rec Center make roasted pepper tomato marinara and  fresh pasta.  See more photos here.

Trips to Green Gulch Farm this Summer! 6.22.12-GGF CommunityGrows took six groups to Green Gulch Farm this summer! Check out photos on our Flickr Photostream here.
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Thanksgiving at John Muir School
CommunityGrows joined Community Partners United, the Western Addition  Beacon Center, the Buchanan YMCA, and Magic Zone to celebrate the 9th Annual Giving Voice to the Season Thanksgiving Dinner at John Muir Elementary School on Saturday, November 17th, 2012 from 12:00 noon to 3:00 PM. Check out photos
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Green Schoolyard
at John Muir!
Students, parents, teachers, neighbors, Starbucks employees, students  from Drew High School, and CommunityGrows BEETS (Band of Environmentally  Educated and Employable Teens) and staff planted trees and flowers in  the newly renovated and transformed schoolyard.
See more photos here.
Hand with Seed
   9.22.12-RP-BBQ

Rosa Parks BBQ
Saturday, September 22, 2012 was a fun back-to-school BBQ for families  and friends of Rosa Parks Elementary School.  Our BEETS (Band of  Environmentally Educated and Employable Teens) helped out by leading the  games: hula hoops, clothespin drops, bean-bag tosses, and jump rope.   There was great food and lots of community to help start the new year. More photos here.
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BEETS at the AIDS Memorial Grove
Our  CommunityGrows Fall 2012 BEETS (Band of Environmentally Educated and   Employable Teens) volunteered on Saturday, October 20th, 2012 from 8:00   AM to 1:30 PM at the AIDS Memorial Grove in Golden Gate Park. More photos here.
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Please Support CommunityGrows!

We depend on charitable gifts to fund our programs.  CommunityGrows is a project of the Tides Center and all donations are fully deductible.  Please consider supporting us by making a gift today!  You can click on our the Network for Good site through the Tides Center here.  Your generosity helps us empower our youth through community service in San Francisco’s parks and gardens.

Thank You!  — the CommunityGrows Team! 
CommunityGrows

is a Project of the TIDES Center Checks can be made out to TIDES/CommunityGrows and mailed to Office Mailing Address below.
Contact Us:
Nora Brereton, Director of Programs nora@communitygrows.org (415) 424-5770
Lisa Drogin, BEETS Program Manager lisa@communitygrows.org (415) 320-9578
Barbara Wenger, Executive Director barbara@communitygrows.org (415) 235-1756
CommunityGrows Office Mailing Address: 762 Fulton St San Francisco, CA 94102-4119
Garden Offices: John Muir Elementary School                Rosa Parks Elementary School 380 Webster St.                                    1501 O’Farrell Street San Francisco, California 94117            San Francisco, CA, 94115 Visit the Koshland Park Community Learning Garden: (in the lower eastern part of Koshland Park) Corner of Page and Buchanan, San Francisco, CA 94102 map to the garden

 

Thank you!

Nov/21/2012 23rd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner for the Homeless & Needy

Posted by cwilliams • November 21st, 2012

WHERE: Martin Luther King/Marcus Garvey Square Center

WHEN: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 Noon – 4:00pm

Please pass the word along to anyone in need!

For more information please see the attached flyer Thanksgiving

Nov/20/2012 Territoria​l Violence in the Western Addition

Posted by cwilliams • November 20th, 2012

Come help stop Territorial Violence in the Western Addition

Do you consider yourself a leader?

Do you want a change? Or make a change in your daily life?

If so please come out and support our efforts

When: November 20, 2012 at 6:00pm

Where: 1530 Buchanan Street San Francisco, CA 94115

For more information contact: Jeffrey Lincoln @ 415 292 3017 or see flyer: Stop Violence