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by Richard Johnson
Eight years ago, this October, Community Partners United started our Safe Halloween in Hayes Valley. The idea was to bring our youth back to trick or treat in their neighborhood. Over the past eight years we have used our parks, playgrounds, schools and community centers throughout the Western Addition to create safe spots for youth & families to gather. Our Safe Halloween has expanded to include a full weekend of free youth & family events spread throughout the Western Addition.
To date the following Safe Halloween events are scheduled:
CA Public Utilities Commission Halloween Poster Contest and 14th Annual Haunted House for local elementary schools from 9am till 2 pm on Friday October 28th located at PUC courtyard Van Ness (at McAllister). To help build their haunted house, donate money or candy contact Victor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-2992.
Western Addition Beacon Center Haunted House on Saturday October 29th from 11am till 3 pm located at John Muir Elementary. Please contact Marco at email@example.com or 749-2714 to volunteer, help build the haunted house and/or donate.
African American Art & Culture Complex, Mo`Magic, SF Juneteenth & Up from Darkness partner for their Annual Halloween Haunted House extravaganza on Monday October 31st from 5-8 pm located at 762 Fulton Street (at Webster). Please visit www.aaacc.org for full details.
CommunityGrows & Hayes Valley Apartments 8th Annual Halloween on Monday October 31st from 4-7 pm located in the community room at 403 Rose (at Buchanan). Please visit www.communitygrows.org for full details.
The essence of Safe Halloween is to sponsor community events that offer a chance for all to gather and share food, fun, and entertainment while fostering a safe and caring neighborhood.
Young Women-Led Organization Awarded $425,000 Matching Grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for New Education Initiative
San Francisco, CA August 24, 2011 –The Center for Young Women’s Development, an organization led by formerly incarcerated young women, announces today that it has received a $425,000 matching grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support Sisters on the Rise: a new collaborative effort to lead girls and young women from juvenile hall to higher education and careers by creating an inter-agency, inter-system continuum of linked services and long-term support.
In San Francisco nearly 200 girls and young women were arrested and detained last year, some multiple times, and many on charges of prostitution, theft, and drugs. “This collaborative proposes an innovative project that links mental health therapy with much-needed educational services for young women involved with the juvenile and criminal justice system,” emphasizes Dan Corsello, Former Executive Director of van Lӧben Sels/RembeRock Foundation, who nominated the Center for the national matching grant. “Sisters on the Rise will coordinate and strengthen existing mental health, mentoring, substance abuse, parenting and education services toward the goal of helping participants achieve successful health, educational and career advancement outcomes.”
The van Lӧben Sels/RembeRock Foundation is providing matching dollars for the first year of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) grant along with The Burt Family Foundation, The Isabel Allende Foundation, James and Gretchen Sandler Philanthropic Fund, and Spark. The RWJF grant will pay out over four years and the Center seeks additional funding partners to complete the required dollar-for-dollar match.
Center for Young Women’s Development (CYWD) Executive Director Marlene Sanchez, speaks from personal experience about the need for young women coming out of lock up to have the opportunity to pursue higher education. “I was a young woman who ended up in and out of juvenile hall and had fallen too far behind to get my high school diploma. I was told to just get my G.E.D., but never that I had the potential to go to college and pursue a meaningful career of my choice. Most girls who end up in juvenile hall get there because they come from families who are barely making it and so they get involved in criminal activity to survive. We also know that many of these girls are suffering from trauma they experience on a daily basis. So we created a project that would link systems and services, while creating a community that would be there for young women throughout the entire process.”
CYWD will serve as the lead agency working with six core partners-community-based service providers and institutes of higher education-to develop the infrastructure and programming for Sisters on the Rise. CYWD’s core partners include City College of San Francisco, Each One Reach One, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco City & County Juvenile Probation Department, Youth Guidance Center Improvement Committee and Youth Justice Institute.
The partners’ experience working with these young women has helped them understand that the girls often suffer from undiagnosed, unaddressed issues of trauma, grief, loss, violence, substance abuse, learning deficiencies and mental illness; and it is these problems that contribute to their delinquency and school failure. A significant number of the girls meet the criteria for at least one clinical diagnosis such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and learning disorders.
Ms. Sanchez knows better than anyone what it’s like to go from the streets and jails to a space where you are loved and supported. She came to CYWD fresh out of juvenile hall at 15 years old and worked her way through the programs into various positions to eventually become the Executive Director. CYWD has been developing the leadership of young women like Ms. Sanchez for over 17 years. They have been trailblazers in creating a gender-specific, peer-based model for high-risk, low- and no-income young women involved in the juvenile justice system.
CYWD’s programming has primarily focused on employment training, leadership development and youth organizing. They recognized that while employment opportunities and community involvement are critical for young women, the girls in their programs will always face serious limitations in the future if they do not progress academically. “CYWD’s participation in the collaborative is the logical next step in broadening the scope of services available to these young women,” says Corsello. “This population is the least likely to graduate from high school and attend college. Yet, it has been proven that higher education for vulnerable populations, especially women, brings beneficial long-term effects for their own control of their reproductive health, for their own wellness, and that of their families.”
Currently, there is no infrastructure in place to connect educational resources and other support services with care so that the best interests of each young woman in detention or on probation can be met. Rather than create new programming, Sisters on the Rise will coordinate the response to these girls’ needs in order to break the inter-generational cycle of school failure, recidivism and poverty.
During the initial 4-year grant period, their goal will be to enroll 240 young women ages 12-17 who are in detention or on probation and to assist them in achieving their post-secondary goals through college completion or until they reach the age of 24. Priority for enrollment will be given to young women who are homeless, parenting, in the foster care system, who have had multiple arrests, and who are two or more grades behind grade level. The initiative anticipates enrolling its first participants in Spring 2012.
The Center for Young Women’s Development’s mission is to empower and inspire young women who have been involved with the juvenile justice system and/or the underground street economy to create positive changes in their lives and communities. Our core values are sisterhood, self-determination, social justice and spirituality. We offer a vibrant model for linking youth development and youth organizing, with the mission of providing gender-specific, peer-based opportunities for high-risk, low- and no-income young women to build healthier lives and healthier communities. Our programs work to ensure that young women who have been deeply hurt and excluded – who have been homeless, incarcerated, or otherwise severely impacted by poverty – have a place to heal, achieve self-sufficiency and become positively engaged in their communities. www.cywd.org
City College of San Francisco values and fosters superior levels of educational participation and academic success among all students. Reaching out to and including all populations, we strive to provide an affordable and unparalleled learning experience in a supportive and caring environment that leads students to successfully complete their goals. www.ccsf.edu
Each One Reach One diverts incarcerated youth from a life in prison to become productive community members through mentor-based performing arts and academic tutoring programs. We believe that one-on-one mentoring- especially through the creative act of playwriting and academic tutoring- provides the best way to shift the beliefs that incarcerated youth hold of themselves and that society holds for them. We believe that young people have the right to learn from their mistakes, and that they should be encouraged to take responsibility for building a better future for themselves. We further believe that education is the most powerful tool they can use to transform their lives. www.eoro.org
San Francisco City & County Juvenile Probation Department – It is the mission of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department to serve the needs of youth and families who are brought to our attention with care and compassion; to identify and respond to the individual risks and needs presented by each youth, to engage fiscally sound and culturally competent strategies that promote the best interests of the youth; to provide victims with opportunities for restoration; to identify and utilize the least restrictive interventions and placements that do not compromise public safety; to hold youth accountable for their actions while providing them with opportunities and assisting them to develop new skills and competencies; and contribute to the overall quality of life for the citizens of San Francisco within the sound framework of public safety as outlined in the Welfare & Institutions Code. www.sfgov.org
San Francisco Unified School District is the eighth largest school district in California, educating over 56,000 students every year. Our mission is to provide each student with an equal opportunity to succeed by promoting intellectual growth, creativity, self-discipline, cultural sensitivity, and democratic responsibility. www.sfusd.edu
Youth Guidance Center Improvement Committee (YGCIC) was established in 1983 by San Francisco Superior Court Judges to provide additional support and opportunities to young men in Log Cabin Ranch. YGCIC has grown exponentially to serve not only young people in custody and engaged with the juvenile justice system, but also reaches disenfranchised young people seeking to enhance their education and employment skills. YGCIC is a collaborative effort with the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department, San Francisco Unified School District, San Francisco Department of Children, Youth, and their Families, Office of the Public Defender, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the non-profit and private sector community, and various foundations. YGCIC’s mission is to offer vital vocational and educational services to young adults so that they may develop a positive self-image as well as a sense of hope and purpose for their future.
Youth Justice Institute’s mission is to better the lives of the youth we serve and facilitate positive changes within the systems that affect them. We believe every youth has the right to dignity, humanity and justice. We envision juvenile justice and dependency systems that respond to the needs of youth and their families. YJI works to facilitate positive changes within these systems through direct services, research, documentation, and by constantly sharing the best and most promising practices. www.yjinstitute.org
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For nearly 40 years the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.
Burt Family Foundation supports organizations which build self-sufficiency and programs that that have a “ripple” effect on people and communities.
Isabel Allende Foundation is guided by a vision of a world in which women have achieved social and economic justice. This vision includes empowerment of women and girls and protection of women and children. Ms. Allende said, “The foundation is small, only a drop of water in the vast desert of human need, so I cannot spread my support too thin. I have found that it is more efficient to concentrate on specific issues and in limited areas. I therefore support select nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and Chile whose missions are to provide women and girls with: Reproductive self-determination, Healthcare, Education, Protection from violence, exploitation and/or discrimination.”
James and Gretchen Sandler Philanthropic Fund invests in grassroots groups who work to improve the lives of residents in the Bay Area, especially immigrants and women and girls.
Spark is a network of young, global citizens who are invested in changing patterns of inequality that impact women throughout the world. In just six years, we have invested over $1,000,000 in grants and pro-bono professional services to grassroots women’s organizations globally. Spark believes that the world is flat and that the things that happen to women because they are women happen everywhere. Thus, we provide services and grants to both international and San Francisco-based groups.
Van Loben Sels/RembeRock Foundation’s goal is to promote social justice through legal advocacy for the underserved residents and communities of Northern California. The Foundation’s fields of interest includePublic Interest Law, Juvenile Justice Reform, Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women, and Social Services Programs in Remote, Rural Communities. The Foundation was created by the will of Ernst van Löben Sels (1879-1965) of Oakland, CA.
By Bob Barnwell
AgeSong, a business for 15 years in Hayes Valley, will host the Holistic Health and Wellness Fair in Hayes Valley on May 14th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the 600 block of Laguna. Holistic medicine, an alternative and natural wellness approach to healing, will be featured in the many workshops planned for the day. Presentations will range from meditation/stress reduction techniques, to the benefits of music therapy, to diet and lifestyle choices. The community is invited to join community groups and businesses including: Live Fit, the Original Hayes and Kebabs, Nabila’s, Hayes Vallley Neighborhood Assciation, Hayes Valley Farm, American Bone Health, Care Practice, Nutridel plus others that will join AgeSong for this special wellness day celebrating health, joy and vibrance.
AgeSong, a HVNA member, has two locations on Laguna. Laguna Grove and Hayes Valley are the flagships of the AgeSong Institute. These locations serve up to 95 residents with over 100 employees. Other AgeSongs are located in the East Bay. AgeSong’s elder care uses acupuncture, nutrition therapy, massage therapy and yoga to promote health and wellness in their residents. Join us on the 14th to learn how to get healthy and be well. For more information about AgeSong or the Holistic Health and Wellness Fair call 415-318-8670 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
They say thirteen is an unlucky number, but we hope to prove that wrong this year. April 30, 2011, marks the 13th Annual Lily Street Block Sale! It’s a great time to get together, finalize some spring cleaning, pick up bargains, and help raise funds for the PTA at John Muir Elementary.
Lily Street dead ends at the John Muir schoolyard wall, and from that point down to Franklin Street, neighbors on those four blocks (and adjoining streets) will offer thousands of items for sale at dozens of addresses. A portion of the proceeds will go to the John Muir PTA. For those not participating directly in the sale, saleable items may be donated, and 100% of the proceeds from those items will go to the PTA for their work supporting John Muir.
The sale will include a HUGE amount of kitchen items, furniture, art, clothing, sports equipment, bicycles and parts, antiques, books and much,
There will be a community BBQ accompanying the sale near the corner of Lily and Buchanan, and more activities will be planned as we get closer to the event.
Lily Street Block Sale
What: Lily Street Block Sale
When: Saturday April 30th, 2011
Time: 9:00 am till 3:00 pm
Location: Lily Street from Franklin to Buchanan.
Cross streets of Buchanan,
Laguna, Octavia and Gough
Planning on selling?
* A $15 Seller’s Donation gets you :
• Advertisement in multiple print and online media
• BBQ lunch
• Help raise Funds for John Muir Teacher Appreciation Day (seeking reusable donations for resale)
• A day to celebrate with your family, friends and neighbors the beauty and diversity of our community.
Mark your calendar and spread the word to others to join us for a day of sustainable shopping, food and fun.
Donations of items to sell benefiting John Muir PTA are needed.
RSVP by April 15th to: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring Cleaning…with all your neighbors!
The African American Art & Culture Complex is partnering with Organizing for America and Citizen Hope to host a rally and a one-day volunteer initiative throughout San Francisco. It will start at 8 a.m. with breakfast, followed by a rally to motivate and thank volunteers, and to inspire them to volunteer year round. AAACC will then dispatch hundreds of volunteers throughout the City for various volunteer opportunities, including Department of Public Works city clean up and garden repair at AAACC. Other volunteer opportunities include tree-planting, food pantry/kitchen, painting, reading for seniors, and cleaning up our parks.
AAACC partners include the San Francisco Department of Public Works and Park and Recreation Departments, the Glide Foundation, the National Parks Department and Mo’MAGIC.
Please join AAACC on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 8 a.m.
African American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street · San Francisco, CA 94102 · (415) 922-2049
by Myke Suyat
As the new Program Assistant at Mo’ MAGIC, I plan to ride this “new guy” title as long as I can. Almost one month on the job and I’m still discovering who we are, what we do, and why we do it. I think I have a good grasp of this organization, but I learn new things everyday because we do more than what we say we do on paper. Mo’ MAGIC Director, Sheryl Davis, who is affectionately dubbed, Sister Davis within the walls of the office, is busy, really busy.
Founded by the SF Public Defender’s Office in 2004, we are “a collaborative San Francisco neighborhood-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to transform the community and youth through the MAGIC of collaboration.” The program first served the Bayview & Hunter’s Point community and then in 2006 expanded to Fillmore and Western Addition neighborhoods due to the efforts of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. Thus, Bayview MAGIC’s sibling was born, Mo’ MAGIC (Mo’ is short for Fillmore), with Ms. Davis at the helm. Before Mo’ MAGIC, programs were being offered to the community that were disconnected. Now Mo’ MAGIC coordinates and collaborates efforts in the Western Addition.
Once defined by our name, Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities (MAGIC), we initially served organizations working with at-risk or underserved youth, who are more susceptible to juvenile delinquency. But driven by the needs of the entire community, we expanded to serve other unmet needs. “We couldn’t just serve the kids without looking at the rest of the household,” Ms. Davis explains. “The families need assistance, too.” The partnership has grown to include jobreadiness, mental and health-service organizations, housing development managers, and resident associations.
“We have evolved into a one-stop shop of neighborhood know-how,” Ms. Davis continues. “We work towards our mission by convening stakeholders, building community and capacity, and sharing information and resources.”
Our annual events include weekly summer activities, academic support, field trips, holiday celebrations, a backpack giveaway, interfaith activities, teen council and leadership, community gardening, and more. The youth, as a result of their regular participation in community events, have taken ownership of the neighborhood. And through regular interaction with each other, these same kids have helped to break down some of the invisible walls that have caused separation and fighting. Ultimately, Mo’MAGIC is achieving the mission of Public Defender Jeff Adachi when he instituted MAGIC along with Western Addition stakeholders by decreasing truancy and youth encounters with the criminal justice system.
As we plan for 2011 and continue to serve the neighborhood on a tighter budget, we invite you to participate, share your ideas, or volunteer at an event. All meetings are open to the public. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit us on our website atwww.momagic.org.
By Laura Surma
TaskRabbit.com, a web and mobile marketplace that provides people and businesses with an easy and trusted way to get everyday tasks done in their communities, recently launched in San Francisco. The website has vetted errand runners ready to serve Hayes Valley and the surrounding communities.
The new website harnesses the latent potential of existing physical communities by connecting people who need help with those who can provide it. When you use TaskRabbit, you meet members of the local community who use their real identities and build reputations by successfully completing tasks. They can do almost anything such as grocery shopping, soup delivery to a sick friend, furniture assembly, and pet care. By aggregating tasks, the site can also help reduce vehicle trips.
Although TaskRabbit’s approach is market-based and requires “Senders” to pay “Runners” based upon their bids, it has the potential to do a surprising amount of good in communities that embrace it. One of the most common tasks that San Franciscans have requested in the short time since TaskRabbit’s launch is donation delivery to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and Community Thrift. In Boston, TaskRabbit’s birthplace, its founders were thrilled to find that visually impaired people were employing the help of Runners to navigate unfamiliar parts of the public transit system and regular volunteers were hiring Runners to stand in for them during vacations. TaskRabbit.com is free to join. Go to TaskRabbit.com/signup to create your account. You can start sending tasks right away or apply to become a Runner.