“Aim High” Free 5-week Summer Program Applications

(From www.aimhigh.org)

The mission of Aim High is to inspire a life-long love of learning and instill a sense of community, opportunity, and respect so that students are prepared for success in school and life.

Our Summer Program
Aim High is the largest academic summer program provider in the Bay Area, operating campuses in San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County and San Mateo County. The program combines intensive, engaging and challenging academic classes with activities and events that create opportunities for leadership development and community exploration. Students join after 5th or 6th grade, and participate for three or four consecutive summers – at no cost to them or their families. Learn more about our summer
program
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Our Students
Over the last 25 years, Aim High has changed the lives of over 5,000 low-income youth. By reaching youth during the critical transition from childhood to adulthood, Aim High instills a deep love of learning through an engaging, personalized and supportive summer school program. The key to Aim High’s success is the network of support built around young people over the course of their years in the program. The majority of the youth we serve come from low-income families, live in under-resourced neighborhoods, and will be the first in their families to graduate from college. Learn more about our students.

Our Teachers
Aim High not only prepares students for success in high school and higher education, but is also committed to encouraging talented young adults to serve their communities and to consider teaching as a career. We hire and train hundreds of high school and college students to teach in the summer, and hire experienced teachers who mentor the younger, less experienced teachers in the program. Many of Aim High’s faculty members are graduates of Aim High and serve as powerful role models for our students. Learn more about our teachers.

2012 Student ApplicationAim High is now accepting applications for NEW students to the 2012 summer program!

Summer Program Dates: June 25th – July 27th, 2012
Application Due Date: April 6th, 2012
Decision Letters Mailed Out: May 1st, 2012

SUMMER 2012 SITES

San Francisco

  1. Lick Wilmerding HS; 755 Ocean Ave.; (Ingleside) 6,7,8th Graders
  2. Urban School: 1563 Page St. (The Haight) 6,7,8th Graders
  3. Presidio Middle School; 450 30th Ave. (Richmond) 6,7,8th Graders
  4. Yick Wo Elementary; 2245 Jones St.; (Chinatown) 6,7,8th Graders
  5. SF Community School; 125 Excelsior St. (Excelsior) 5,6,7,8th Graders
  6. ER Taylor School; 423 Burrows St. (Portola) 5,6,7,8th Graders
  7. Mission High School; 3750 18th St. (Mission) 6,7th Graders

Please visit http://aimhigh.org/students/student_application.html for full application!


“Keeping Candlestick Point Open”- Sierra Club Yodeler Magazine Feature

Originally posted at http://theyodeler.org/?p=4478

Sierra Club Yodeler Magazine, April 28th, 2012

It should be a no-brainer: Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, in southeastern San Francisco, should not be closed.

On July 1, a batch of our state parks are due to be closed (see previous article) because our state legislature and governor have lacked the will to find the money to keep them open (the number has been fluctuating as ad-hoc plans are made to keep some open).

Candlestick is among the scheduled closures, even though it would cost only about $500,000 a year to keep open.

In 2008, San Francisco voters approved Proposition G, a confusingly worded measure that approved giving much of Candlestick away to developers–in return for a vision of parks, open space, and improved public access, along with the promise of thousands of new jobs and affordable-housing units (see May-June 2008, page 7). In particular, voters were told that the transfer of land was essential for keeping the rest of the park open and for improving it. The shoreline is also public-trust land and slated to become part of the Bay Trail.

After passage of Prop. G, the state approved Senate Bill 792, truncating parts of the park to allow for high-rise development along the shoreline. The Sierra Club fought hard to preserve the parkland, but agreed not to oppose the bill, in large measure because it (see section 26) specified $40 million in park funding, including $10 million for repair and maintenance. The developer, however, is not obliged to pay until the title is actually transferred, and transfer might be phased over many years. Some parcels may be transferred as early as next year, but the bulk of the transfer—and thus of the monies promised—will not become available for some time.

Now city planners are talking about a “temporary” closure of 6 – 12 months; when the land is finally transferred to the city and then to lead developer Lennar Corporation, the funds should be released to allow the park to re-open.

With the money identified so clearly, though so tantalizingly out of reach, why can’t our leaders find the political will and leadership to find a way to keep the park open now? The legislature, the city’s planning department, State Parks, and various state regulatory bodies were able to cooperate to transfer park land to the developers. Why can’t they show the same can-do spirit for keeping the park open?

Further, while other state parks are being kept open through public-private partnerships, Candlestick has the misfortune of being adjacent to and largely serving a low-income community.

The high costs of closure
A critical flaw to the closure plan is that it’s not as simple as simply locking the gate, especially at a site like Candlestick with numerous points of entry. What will close down are the existing facilities, such as picnic areas and restrooms, and all ongoing maintenance. But this park has had problems with illegal dumping, homeless encampments, and vandalism, which can only increase with closure. In this urban setting, closure brings the danger of increased crime; some form of patrol will be necessary, and if the park closes, those costs will have to be bourn by the city.

Why wait to see these impacts, when they are predictable and avoidable?

The closure is to be temporary, but what would be its impacts on the long-term plans to transform Candlestick Point into the centerpiece of a great shoreline park? The Yosemite Slough restoration project is finally under way (see March-April 2008, page 12). With the strong backing of the California State Parks Foundation, this has involved local environmental and environmental-justice groups such as Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ). Plans for the restoration call for ongoing stewardship and community involvement. Closure would threaten these partnerships–exactly when volunteer efforts are most needed to supplement scarce funding.

Community members would lose access to the park’s community garden. Any garden suffers from a gap in care, but this would be especially painful in an area with limited access to fresh produce.

Perhaps the greatest cost of all would be the loss of “good will”, especially among the city’s southeast neighborhoods, already underserved in open space and recreational resources.

WhatYouCanDo

Part of Candlestick’s problem is that the responsibility can’t be pinned on any one official or agency–but there are many officials who could take the lead in breaking through the logjam.

Click here to send a message to San Francisco’s assemblymembers and state senators, Mayor Ed Lee, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Urge them to do everything in their power to keep Candlestick Point State Recreation Area open.

Steven Chapman, Executive Committee, Sierra Club San Francisco Group

Other parks to close

Two of the other scheduled state-park closures are in the Bay Chapter: China Camp State Park and Olompali State Historic Park. Two others that were on the original closure list, Tomales Bay and Samuel P. Taylor State Parks, have been rescued, at least temporarily, by agreements with the National Park Service.


“Safety and Food Access Connected” by Kenneth Hill, SEFA Food Guardians

Reposted from original location at http://quesadagardensblog.blogspot.com/2012/10/safety-and-food-access-connected.html?utm_source=New+restaurant+in+Bayview&utm_campaign=Bayview+Footprints&utm_medium=email

Safety and food access connected

Kenneth Hill, SEFA Food Guardians

Quesada Gardens Initiative, October 18th, 2012

 

Throughout the history of humankind, violence, war and terror have been shown to have a ripple effect on society, creating a vast array of unfortunate consequences for affected communities. For example, when the United States was at war with Japan in World War II and dropped an atomic bomb on Japan, it immediately caused tragedy and immense heartache to the Japanese people. Yet years after the bomb had been dropped, Japanese health officials discovered that the atomic bomb had left harmful chemicals in the air and water, causing birth defects that could affect many future generations. In September of 2001, when Al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked two American planes and crashed them into New York’s Twins Towers, it too caused immediate tragedy. And now, years later, the firefighters and first responders who helped save lives began to develop chronic lung conditions and battles with different cancers (visit http://sideeffectsofxarelto.org/current-xarelto-lawsuits/).
Examining these two occurrences speaks truth to the fact that violence has a ripple effect, and lays the foundation for looking at the fact that Bayview, a disenfranchised neighborhood in San Francisco, suffers from similar ripple effects as a result of community violence. Though violence in Bayview isn’t nearly as extreme as the dropping of the atomic bomb or the 2001 terrorist attacks, it has suffered from decades of drug and gang-related violence that evokes fear into the community, which creates life-changing circumstances that affect the overall health of the community.
When violence increases in Bayview, it raises the level of fear felt by the community and limits the opportunities that the community has access too.
“I’ve lived in Bayview all my life, 24 years, up here in Hunters View and I hardly ever venture off down into the flatlands,” a Bayview resident stated at a community planning meeting held in the West Point Housing Projects. When the Bayview resident was asked why, he stated “Because it’s not safe for me or my friends to go down there.”
Yet the flatlands in Bayview are where the majority of stores, shops, clinics – and gangs – are located. This area is very much an asset to the Bayview community in terms of accessing fundamental resources needed for life.  However, because of the level of fear this portion of the neighborhood evokes in many parts of the Bayview community, resources are limited for many community residents.
Just as Bayview is known a place where violence frequently erupts, it is also unfortunately known as a food desert. Living in a food desert has major negative health consequences for Bayview residents. According to the US Department of Agriculture, a food desert is an area where a substantial number of residents don’t have easy access to supermarkets that sell affordable produce and healthy food items. This is a reality that many Bayview residents face daily. Many Bayview residents live a mile or more from a full service grocery store and the closest stores are liquor stores and candy houses, which typically sell chips, soda and assorted sugary candies.
Living in a food desert has a real impact on the health of many Bayview residents. Residents of San Francisco’s Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood have a life expectancy on average 14 years less than their counterparts on Russian Hill, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. As chronic disease is the leading cause of death, the shorter lifespan is due in part to the limited amount of healthier foods found in the neighborhood and the lack of physical activity that results from living in a dangerous neighborhood. Most of the illnesses that plague Bayview residents are diet-related illnesses, which means that the foods we eat have a negative impact on our bodies. For example, the SF Department of Public Health estimates that over 40% of African American women in Bayview over 45 years of age have some form of diabetes.
With the health outcomes amongst Bayview residents being deplorable and unequal to other neighborhoods in the city, there is an opportunity for food advocates to help shift the food dynamic in Bayview.  The Southeast Food Access (SEFA) Food Guardians are working as “Food Ambassadors” to change this food desert by working to improve the access to and the availability of fresh produce and healthy food items. One way that they do this is by working with neighborhood retailers to stock produce and healthy food items.  Lee’s Food Mart on Jennings and Revere is their recent project where produce is now available. The Food Guardians are also conducting Food Justice Workshops where they educate about healthier eating and the social causes of poor health, in an attempt to make people aware of their circumstances as they pertain to food access. However, as the Food Guardians address the issue of Bayview being a food desert, the persistent issue of community violence never fails to surface.
When a member of the San Francisco Healthy Homes resident committee was asked what could be done to improve the health of Bayview, the answer was, “I don’t know.  No one in Bayview cares about their health when people are outside shooting and dealing drugs.”
This perception about health as a secondary concern to the more pressing issue of violence is widespread throughout Bayview. Before anyone can care about their long-term health, they first must feel safe and protect themselves and their families from the violence around them.
Bayview has to be transformed into a safe place before many Bayview residents will start to care about their health. This is not to say that no one here cares, but preventative health isn’t at the forefront of the concerns of a lot of people who live here. But it has to be! Our lives literally depend on it. The efforts of SEFA and the Food Guardians, the Bayview HEAL Zone and many other community organizations in Bayview, along with the San Francisco Police Department, need to work together to address the issue of community violence along with other factors of the health of Bayview, making it a safe place for all of us to live and thrive, not just survive.
Kenneth Hill is a Food Guardian and is writing on behalf of that program. See his other articles here.

“Stop and frisk would deny rights to SF residents”- Jeff Adachi, SF Public Defender

Jeff Adachi

Published 05:49 p.m., Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Mayor Ed Lee: Don’t do it. Don’t implement a stop-and-frisk policy in an attempt to address gun violence in San Francisco. The Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantees all Americans the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.

It applies to all of us, whether we live in Bayview-Hunters Point or Sea Cliff, the Mission or Pacific Heights, the Tenderloin or St. Francis Woods. Although the mayor has said he would implement this policy only in neighborhoods experiencing high-crime rates, thus sparing the more affluent neighborhoods, this would mean that some residents of only some neighborhoods would be subject to being stopped and searched.

Imagine living in a neighborhood where you can be stopped by an officer at any time for no reason. You can be asked for your identification, stopped on the way to work, or asked to empty your pockets and subjected to a pat search and frisk based on a police officer’s hunch. You can be detained for not having an identification card or failing to answer questions.

The U.S. Supreme Court has held that a police officer may stop a citizen if there are “specific and articulable facts” that would indicate that a crime is about to be committed.

But the court also held that a person cannot be frisked unless the officer has a reasonable belief that the person is carrying a weapon or illegal contraband.

Make no mistake: Racial profiling does occur in San Francisco. Despite its liberal leanings, a 2007 study by The Chronicle found that African Americans in San Francisco are arrested for felonies at nearly twice the rate as in Sacramento and Fresno, and three times the rate in San Jose, Los Angeles, Long Beach and San Diego, and four times the rate in Oakland. In response, a police criminologist made 28 recommendations on how San Francisco Police Department should address “perceptions of racially biased policing and its practice.” Some of these reforms have now been adopted. To encourage stops and frisks would reverse the progress made in the last five years.

While Mayor Lee says that the law would not be applied in a discriminatory fashion, data from stop-and-frisk cities bears out the discriminatory nature of the policy’s implementation. The ACLU found that of the 4 million people stopped and questioned by the New York Police Department since 2002, most were black or Latino and 90 percent had committed no crime.

In May, a federal judge found many of the NYPD’s stops unconstitutional, with officers relying on vague grounds such as “furtive” movements. Costly lawsuits have been filed by citizens who were unjustly detained.

Stop-and-frisk doesn’t work. Of the hundreds of thousands of frisks conducted in New York last year, a weapon was found in fewer than 2 percent of the stops.

While most would agree that gun violence needs to be addressed, requiring all San Franciscans to give up their constitutional rights won’t solve this problem.

Effective anticrime and antipoverty strategies, coupled with proven violence prevention and intervention strategies is the better path to addressing violence. A program that targets the very people we want to protect isn’t the answer.

Jeff Adachi is the San Francisco public defender.


“Stop-and-frisk policy might cut violence, Ed Lee says”- SF Gate Article

Originally posted at: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Stop-and-frisk-policy-might-cut-violence-Ed-Lee-3668653.php

Stop-and-frisk policy might cut violence, Ed Lee says

John Coté and Heather Knight
Updated 11:27 p.m., Wednesday, June 27, 2012

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said Wednesday he is considering implementing a controversial stop-and-frisk policy similar to that used in New York and other cities, where officers try to reduce violent crime by searching people they consider suspicious in an attempt to seize illegal weapons.

“This is under consideration as a way to make sure that we keep homicides and some of these other violent crime(s) down,” Lee told The Chronicle‘s editorial board. “I think we have to get to the guns. I know we have to find a different way to get to these weapons, and I’m very willing to consider what other cities are doing.”

It’s a surprising move for a mayor who has described himself as “a progressive before progressive was a political faction in this town” and who leads what is viewed as one of the most liberal cities in the country.

“Wow,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents a large swath of southeastern San Francisco and hadn’t heard about the idea until contacted by The Chronicle. “That’s shocking and alarming.”

Profiling feared

Civil rights groups and others have denounced stop-and-frisk policies in various cities as a racist approach that disproportionately affects Latino and African American residents. Several thousand demonstrators marched through New York’s streets this month to protest the policy.

A recent report by the New York Civil Liberties Union found that the vast majority of people stopped by police there were black or Latino, and that of 686,000 people stopped in 2011, 88 percent of them had done nothing wrong.

In Philadelphia, city officials agreed last year to court monitoring of their stop-and-frisk program to settle a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union and others, who alleged that police officers used racial profiling and stopped people with little or no justification.

Supporters of stop-and-frisk policies say the approach helps reduce crime and get guns off the streets.

A risky move

Lee did not provide details but acknowledged he is considering tactics that “might be edgy” to reduce gun violence, particularly in the city’s southeastern neighborhoods and in public housing projects such as Sunnydale, the scene of four recent shootings.

Other attempts have been thwarted, such as a 2005 voter-approved ballot measure banning the sale or possession of handguns within city limits that the courts ruled invalid.

“It’s controversial. I will be tagged – as the minority mayor of this city – for racial profiling,” said Lee, a former civil rights attorney. “But I’m going to let everybody know that if it works … I’m going to do something in that direction.”

Lee said he wants to explore the idea after having “a good conversation about stop-and-frisk” with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Later Wednesday, Lee’s spokeswoman, Christine Falvey, said the mayor would not mimic New York or Philadelphia. “He wants to talk about what’s working there.”

Generating support

Lee said he will meet soon with the Rev. Amos Brown, president of the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP, to try to get him and other black ministers to join him in supporting a new policy in the city.

Brown said it’s true that gun violence in the city’s African American and Latino communities is “out of hand.”

But he said he will support a stop-and-frisk policy only if police officers will enforce it without using racial profiling and in a calm, compassionate way.

“I’m not supporting any rough, gruff officers coming in like they do in a police state,” he said.

If done wrong, the approach could undermine the city’s community policing efforts, where an increase in foot patrols and contact with residents and merchants breeds trust and greater cooperation, some analysts said.

“It is a legitimate tool, but it’s also one that is abused and has the ability to destroy community-police relations,” said David Rudovsky, a civil rights lawyer who represented eight people who sued Philadelphia over its stop-and-frisk approach.

Alan Schlosser, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California, said he was shocked that Lee is considering bringing stop-and-frisk to San Francisco.

“San Francisco for years has tried to develop … policies that reduce racial profiling,” Schlosser said. “This just seems like a total reverse of that.”

Ex-gang member skeptical

Shawn Richard, a former gang member who now leads the nonprofit Brothers Against Guns in the Bayview, said racial profiling would occur here, too. He’s doubtful that a white person driving through the Bayview would be pulled over under the policy.

“Who does that leave? People of color, right?” he said.

Richard said there are “a lot” of concealed weapons carried in Bayview-Hunters Point and that shootings in the neighborhood are rampant. He shared Brown’s feeling that the policy could prove helpful – but only if it’s applied without regard to race.

Police Department figures show that in 2009, homicides in the city were more than halved, from 97 the previous year to 46, and have since held steady at 50 for both 2010 and 2011. There have been 37 homicides so far this year, but Police Chief Greg Suhr said shootings overall are down 10 percent year to date.

“We know we’re doing it right,” said Suhr, whom Lee appointed last year. “We have no interest in racially profiling here. … I think we’re more of the model in the country on how to do it right.” Lee takes the news of shootings in the city very personally, Suhr said.

“He’s more upset than I can tell you,” the chief said. Suhr is confident that once the mayor “hears the downside of this and how it was not well received in New York or Philadelphia or by law enforcement in general, he’ll see that’s not the best way to do business here.”

John Coté and Heather Knight are San Francisco Chronicle staff writers. E-mail: jcote@sfchronicle.com, hknight@sfchronicle.com


10/13: SF Dept. Of Election Presentation on Ranked-Choice Voting

Greetings Community,

We invite all to attend a very important and informative presentation on this November 8th’s election and the ranked-choice voting process which will be implemented this year.

  • Learn about ranked-choice voting for the Mayor, Sheriff, and District Attorney races in the election
  • Register to vote (or re-register if you have changed your name, address, or political party)
  • Sign up to vote by mail

 

Department of Elections

Thursday, October 13th

6:00-8:00PM

Southeast Community Facility Commission

1800 Oakdale Avenue

For more information please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554-4375 or at sfelections.org

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2010 Back to School Back Pack Giveaway Tabling Sign-Up

2010 Backpack Giveaway Tabling Sign-Up 2010

The 7th Annual BMAGIC Backpack Giveaway for Bayview Hunters Point is fast approaching and we are looking for organizations who are interested in participating and tabling at the event. The Event will be on August 14th from 11-3pm, and we are asking those who are tabling to be present at 9am for set-up. We ask that you come through, provide a child-friendly activity, information about your program, and bring any appropriate resources to our children, youth and families. Last year we had over 50 organizations participate, and about 2,000 Bayview Hunters Point residents attend. You don’t want to miss this great opportunity to outreach your great work and take part in this fantastic event.

Please click on the link displayed at the top of this page to locate the sign-up form, which can be filled out and faxed back to me at the number listed on the bottom of the form, or sent via email to julia@bayviewmagic.org. Please do this by Wednesday, August 4th, so that we can make sure to have enough tables and chairs for everyone.

In the next few weeks we will also be sending out information on how to sign-up to be an event volunteer, or to help with the pre-event backpack stuffing of school supplies. Please keep this on your radar and know that BMAGIC would love to have youth participate as volunteers as well!

Thanks so much!

2010 Backpack Giveaway Tabling Sign-Up 2010


2010 Backpack Giveaway In-Kind Donation Sign-Up

2010 Back Back Giveaway In-Kind Donation Sign Up

Hello Community!

Before you know it summer will be coming to an end and the Backpack
Giveaway will be here! For those of you who don’t know, every year
before the start of school in San Francisco, BMAGIC, along with the
Bayview Hunters Point Community, puts on a great event at the Joe Lee
Recreation Center/ Bayview Opera House where over 4,500 backpacks
filled with supplies are given out to children and youth. Families
come to visit tables of over 60 service providers, listen to live
local entertainment by youth, and participate in arts, sports and
other enrichment activities.

At last week’s Convener Meeting, BMAGIC announced that this year we
will be asking for your support in supplying school supplies to
Bayview Hunters Point children and youth. Every year BMAGIC has
purchased these supplies to stuff the 4,500 backpacks. However, due to
a tight budget for this upcoming fiscal year, we are asking that our
collaborators take part in the special event by donating all of the
necessary quantity for one item. Attached you will find a sheet with
these items, the quantity needed, a space for an organization name and
contact information. The items that are highlighted have already been claimed. Your involvement in this effort will not only
mean your support and partnership in one of the largest events in
Bayview Hunters Point, but can serve as a great opportunity to
outreach your organization to the community. You may place your logo
on any of the items that are donated, which will then be given out to
youth and families throughout the community.

We are asking for your commitment to this work by signing up for an
item, and agreeing to deliver it to the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA the first week in August to prepare for the massive stuffing that will
occur the following week. Please look over this sheet and let me know
as soon as possible whether you can contribute. We are asking that if
you want to take part in this drive but cannot deliver the entire
quantity necessary for one of the items, that you donate a minimum of
1/2 of the needed amount. This way we can keep the process simple and
not have small amounts of school supplies from many different groups.

Thank you so much for your continued support! We hope to make this
year’s event even better than last year’s!

Julia

2010 Back Back Giveaway In-Kind Donation Sign Up


2010 Excellence in Partnership Award

The UCSF University Community Partnerships Office invites nomination for the 2010 Excellence in Partnership Award. This award recognizes exemplary partnerships between San Francisco communities and UCSF that build on each other’s strength to improve higher education, civic engagement, and the overall health of San Francisco communities.

The award description, selection criteria and nomination form are available at http://partnerships.ucsf.edu/what-we-do/excellence-in-partnership-awards . Three types of university community partnerships – one with academic/faculty, one with staff and one with student/resident/postdoctoral scholar – will be selected to receive these awards at the Annual Partnership Celebration on October 28, 5-7pm, 2010.

Please take the time to submit your deserving university community partnerships programs. Nominations must be e-mailed to  partnerships@ucsf.edu<mailto:partnerships@ucsf.edu> by Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  If you have questions, please contact Randy Quezada at Randy.Quezada@ucsf.edu<mailto:Randy.Quezada@ucsf.edu> (476 5589) or Wylie Liu at Wylie.Liu@ucsf.edu<mailto:Wylie.Liu@ucsf.edu> ( 476 9122).



2011 DCYF Needs Assessment Report

The Department of Children, Youth & Their Families is excited to present the final 2011 Community Needs Assessment which was approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.  DCYF’s 2011 Community Needs Assessment was informed by a rich set of data and extensive public engagement. Sources of information included census and population survey data, City administrative databases, neighborhood meetings attended by 743 residents, a survey of 145 community-based organizations, conversations with 20 policy and advisory bodies, focus groups involving more than 80 parents and providers, and interviews with key City leaders.  All told, DCYF’s commitment to broad community engagement resulted in the participation of more than 1,000 individuals in this Needs Assessment.

Please find the document below, as it provides key findings and statistics on our City’s youth, their families, and overall needs to ensure healthy child development and academic success in San Francisco.

2011 DCYF Needs Assessment Overview Report

Feel free to visit our Presentations and Report page for other reports: http://bayviewmagic.org/community-education/presentations/

 


2011 PAL Cadet Summer Academy

The Bayview Station has released their application to apply for the 2011 San Francisco Police Activities League (PAL) Law Enforcement Cadets! This program can lead to a year long internship position at an SFPD station or bureau.

This program includes a 4-week intensive law enforcement training at the SF Police Academy running from June 13th – July 8th, M-F, 9am-3pm. Up to 50 new cadets will be selected. Please distribute this to your networks and engage youth in the great opportunity.

PAL Summer Academy Flier

PAL Summer Academy Application


2011 Youth Summer Employment Program

Bayview ACCE and allies have come together to start the 2011 Academic Summer Youth Employment Program. The first amount of money from the Core Community Benefits Agreement from the Bayview Hunters Point Combined Development Project will be spent on a model jobs program for District 10 Youth.  There are two programs being proposed.  The First is to have a program for youth in highschool who are at risk of dropping out.  The second builds upon the City’s Summer jobs program but starts later and focuses on older youth.    Attached is the application for the 18 to 25 year old, 8 week summer jobs program.

The goal with both programs is to create an analysis of all the programs and have  a group of youth who go through each to work with us to develop a model year round and Summer Jobs Program that places youth in permanent jobs, as wel as to help them understand the bet365 guide to accumulators to obtain money on their own.

Please send the two applications out to all those you know in District 10 (Potrero, Hunters Point, Bayview, Portola, and Visitacion Valley).

Applications below. Due Friday, June 10th, by 4pm.

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2012 Summer Resource Fair on Sat., March 3rd

Organizations that wish to promote their respective programs are  are cordially invited to be an exhibitor at the 2012 San Francisco Summer Resource FairThis event is a perfect opportunity to showcase the work you do with youth and to reach out to potential summer program participants for all ages. Last year’s event boasted over 1000 attendees looking to enroll in great summer programs.
This event is sponsored by the SFUSD ExCEL After School Program, The Department of Children, Youth and Families, The San Francisco Examiner, and SFkids.org.
The event takes place on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 10am to 3pm. Participation is FREE to all exhibitors and attendees. Organizations may set up at 8am the day of the event or from 4pm to 7pm the day before.
The deadline to RSVP and have your organization included in the event program is Friday, February 10, 2012.
The final deadline to register is Friday, February 24, 2012. Organizations that RSVP between February 10 and February 24 will NOT be included in the event program.
Priority will be given to the first 200 RSVPs. One ticket per organization, please.
We appreciate you filling out the accompanying questionnaire when you reserve a space.
Please keep in mind the following regulations, per the Concourse Exhibition Center:
– WiFi will be available on a first come basis for the first 15 participants who indicate the need. Limited charging stations available. Check the box in the questionnaire if you need WiFi access.
– No live animals out of cages. And towels or mats must be under cages.
– No selling or soliciting.
– No cooking with fire without securing proper permit from the Concourse Exhibition Center.
You can reach us at summerfair@SFkids.org for any exhibitor questions. We will send out additional information and reminders before the event.
Thank you for participating in the 2012 Summer Resource Fair, and for making San Francisco a great place for families!


2nd Annual Bayview Youth Summit

We Over Come Our Struggles Around Here, (WOOSAH) 2nd Annual Bayview Youth Summit. Gain control over stress and peer pressure. Tools and Resources to heal from trauma. Recieve community service hours for attending this event.  Breakfast and Lunch Provided. Entertainment, Music with DJPro & Community Open Mic.

Saturday, April 13, 2013 10am-3pm, College Track, 4301 Third Street, San Franciso CA 94124

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2nd Bayview youth summit registration

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2013 Bayview Youth Summit Workshop Descriptions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


2nd Annual Sunday Streets BVHP Music Festival, June 12th

Please join the 3rd Street Corridor Project and Sunday Streets in the celebration of the 2nd Annual Bayview Music Festival! Come play in the Bayview!

Sunday, June 12th, 11am-5pm, Bayview Opera House (4705 Third Street) to Third and Galvez.
Enjoy a day in the community filled with activities such as :

  • Live music performances
  • Skating
  • Biking
  • Arts and Crafts Vendors
  • Health and Wellness Fair
  • Shrimp and Grits Cooking Contest
  • Church Dessert Contest
  • Many other activities!

For more information and inquiries regarding sponsorship and booth reservations, please contact wendy@rencenter.org or call 415.647.3728

Flier attached below:

2nd Annual Bayview Music Festival and Sunday Streets


3rd Street Action Planning Workshop, 2/23, 6pm, Opera House

WHO: 3rd Street Corridor Project, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, Supervisor Cohen, Community stakeholders

WHAT: 3rd Street Action Planning Workshop

WHERE: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street

WHEN: Thursday, February 23rd, 6:00-7:30pm

CONTACT: 415-647-3728

NOTES: Your input will help us identify community concerns and priority actions for the 2012 update of the 3rd Street Action Plan. Issues to be discussed include: community health and safety, streetscape design and physical appearance, neighborhood events and activities, business attractions and promotions, and other issues to improve 3rd Street for residents, merchants, and stakeholders. Come hear updates from Police Captain Chignell and Supervisor Malia Cohen.


3rd Street Youth Center & Clinic hopes to expand

Congratulations to 3rd Street Youth Clinic staff for their hard work and dedication to our youth and the community. The clinic was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper for the continues of growth and the  hopefulness of expanding services in the Bayview Community. Please help  support them and the work they do by taken a few minutes to read the article. See link below:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/02/20/BA6B1HGNFT.DTL


5th Annual Southeast Community Facility Commission Family Health Fair (10/13)

WHO: Southeast Community Facility Commission and SF Public Utilities Commission

WHAT: Save the Date: 5th Annual Family Health Fair

WHERE: 1800 Oakdale Avenue, Alex Pitcher Room, SF, 94124

WHEN: October 13th, 2012, 10am-2pm

CONTACT: Francis Starr or Lalonnie Palega at LPalega@sfwater.org, 415-821-1534

NOTES: Promoting healthy bodies and minds: learn about obesity, diabetes, HIV/AIDS (providing San Diego STD tests), Hepatitis B, cancer, asthma, and putting families first! Free healthy food and activities!

Southeast Community Health Fair Flyer October 13th


ABC7News Feature: California graduation rate more than 76 percent

Re-posted from: http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/education&id=8717447

California graduation rate more than 76 percent

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — The graduation rate in California is now more than 76 percent. But there is room for improvement. A new effort has tracked students over the past four years and the look at where graduation rates stand across the state was released Wednesday.

A summer program in San Francisco focuses on giving high school students extra academic help is just one of many similar programs statewide programs. Many students in the program are English language learners.

It’s no coincidence that California’s graduation rate among ELL students increased by 3.8 percent. The figures show that Hispanic and African American students also did better.

“It gives a lot of motivation, it helps you with projects and getting to know yourself as well as others,” student Daveyon Sampson said.

The program is called the Summer Youth Academic and Employment Program. It runs for five weeks, funded by the city. The goal is to keep high school students on track for graduation.

“It keeps them in school and motivates them and the sooner they understand how well they do in school today and how that relates to how successful they will be in life in general, the better they do and perform in school,” Young Community Developers, Inc. spokesperson Shamann Walton said.

This is one of several early intervention programs in the district and according to the state Department of Education those programs are making a difference in the overall graduation rate.

But Arun Ramanathan of Education Trust West says despite the increase, Latinos and African Americans still lag behind.

“Roughly a third of Latino students are not graduating in four years and nearly 40 percent of African American students aren’t graduating in four years,” Ramanathan said.

Charles Ollie is one of the students taking advantage of the program. But he says some just give up.

“They just say it’s not worth it anymore with our economy falling and they just believe it’s pointless,” he said.

The data is collected by the state using a relatively new tracking system put in place only in the past four years.

Tuesday, San Francisco’s Board of Education voted to pour more money into summer programs that help high school students get the credits they need to graduate. The money is coming from both the district and the city. San Francisco’s saw a gain in its graduate rate. It’s now at 82 percent, higher than the state average.

(Copyright ©2012 KGO-TV/DT. All Rights Reserved.)

Activities and Enrichment Resources for Summer Youth Programs

This listing created by the Summer Learning Network for the Feb. 25, 2011, Summer Program Development Conference includes activities and resource providers that offer their programs during the summer and can work with summer youth programs, based on the information available as of February 2011. Some programs that are presenting separately at the event are not included on the list. We’ll continue to update Summer Learning Network members on additional resources. Please join the Summer Learning Network (at no cost) to stay in the information loop! To join, e-mail Margaret Brodkin, brodkinm@sfusd.edu. And keep up with our blog at www.sfsummerlearning.org.

The PDF document with the program, activities, and resources is available by clicking below.

Summer Resource List 2011

 

 


African-American Scholarship (Due Wednesday, June 22)

(PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP IS APPROACHING QUICKLY: Wednesday, June 22nd)

Mayor Edwin M. Lee’s

African American Scholarship Award:

I Am the Future 2011

Purpose:

The 2011 African American Scholarship assists low income African American youth from within the San Francisco Unified School District who are committed to pursuing higher education.

WHO CAN APPLY?

Applicants must be African American and graduating seniors from a San Francisco Unified School District high school for 2011.

WHAT IS THE SCHOLARSHIP BEING OFFERED?

Winner:

Scholarships will be awarded by the Mayor’s Office to be used at the college of your choice. Receiving this scholarship can affect your financial aid, so please check with your college or counselor.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Fill out the application form and submit it to the Mayor’s Office with a confirmation of your GPA, one letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor and a typed 250-500 word essay. Students must submit the attached application completely with all components of the application by fax or email.  The deadline for submission is June 22, 2011.  Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted.  After receiving your application, you will be contacted by our office to schedule an interview with our committee.

RULES AND CRITERIA

  • You must be an African American student that resides in the City and County of San Francisco.
  • You must be a graduating high school senior in the San Francisco Unified School District with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Completed Nomination Form with educator’s signature.
  • You must submit verification of your cumulative GPA.
  • All submissions must be typed, double-spaced, 12 font and no longer than 500 words.
  • Write and submit  a 250-500 word essay, on either: the obstacles you have overcome in the quest to reach your personal goals; OR: describe how your family history, culture or environment shaped you into the person you are today.
  • Include your name and the title of your essay at the top right corner.
  • Must be faxed or emailed; only one essay per submission.  Please submit information to the attention of Tinisch Hollins, by email at Tinisch.Hollins@sfgov.org, by fax at 415.554.6474.  She may reached directly with additional questions at: 415.554.6550.

Please see the attached documents for application requirements and the application form:

AASA 2011

AASA Intro Letter


Annual Back to School, Backpack Giveaway

BMAGIC, Bayview Hunters Point Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities, is a dynamic collaborative of service providers that brings together the Bayview Hunters Point community. Our largest event, the Annual Back to School, Backpack Giveaway program will take place on Saturday, August 17, 2013, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, at Youngblood Coleman Park. It will be a high profile community building event with expected attendance of well over 3,000 people. This wonderful event is in honor of Bayview Hunters Point children and youth, kindergarten to 12th grade and will offer an educational, healthy and enjoyable experience. To encourage our children and youth to be joyous about the new school year and to provide them with the necessary tools to be prepared for academic success, BMAGIC will provide 3,000 backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Fifty community-based organizations working in the areas of health, environment, juvenile and social justice, faith-based, after-school programming, along with elected officials, city agencies, local merchants, funders, grass roots activist, and organizers will be in attendance at the event to promote critical services, civic participation and unity in Bavyiew Hunters Point. We will serve fresh, seasonal, organic fruit and feature local entertainment showcasing our youth. Children and their families will also be able to access FREE health, wellness and financial services along with participating in fun interactive activities and games.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AigE0tGolF8&feature=youtu.be

 

 


Apply for a Position on SF’s Re-entry Council!

Seven Seats open on Reentry Council: Apply Now!

Seven members of the Reentry Council have just successfully completed their 2-year terms of membership since the Reentry Council’s formal launch in July 2009. These seven seats are now open, and must be filled by people who are formerly incarcerated as former inmates of the San Francisco County Jail, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility, and/or a United States Bureau of Prison facility. The Mayor appoints three of these seven members, and the Board of Supervisors appoints four. All members of the Council are exempt from the Charter requirement that they be electors of the City and County of San Francisco. All members serve two-year terms, and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority. Members may serve multiple terms on the Reentry Council. Interested individuals may apply to either the Mayor or the Board of Supervisors for appointment to the Reentry Council.

For more information and how to apply, please visit:

http://sfreentry.com/2011/08/seven-seats-on-reentry-council-open-apply-now/


April 21st Event: New Day for Learning- All City Summer Professional Development and Resource Fair

Please take note of this wonderful opportunity and put the date on your calendars!  There will be a Summer Learning Professional Development Day on April 21 just chocked full of exciting opportunities for staff to learn how to make this the very best summer for SF kids ever.

Summer Learning Professional Development Day Flier

Summer Learning Professional Development Day Schedule


Assemblywoman Fiona Ma/Senator Mark Leno speaking on School-to-Prison pipeline

BEYOND THE NUMBERS OF THE SCHOOLS-TO-PRISONS PIPELINE:

COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

Senator Mark Leno and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma to Discuss Crisis with Students, Parents, and Community Organizations at Golden Gate University School of Law

San Francisco, CA- March 15, 2011 – California faces a crisis of students not completing high school.  In an effort to develop solutions combating the systemic problems of truancy, dropouts, exclusionary discipline, and a large school-to-prison pipeline, Golden Gate University is proud to host California Senator Mark Leno and Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Fiona Ma in a two- part series of discussions with bay area students, parents, and community.  The event is sponsored by Dignity In Schools student organization at Golden Gate University, and is supported by a coalition of community organizations, as well as the following student organizations at Golden Gate University: Queer Law Student Association (QLSA), Black Law Students Association (BLSA), La Raza, ACLU, National Lawyers Guild (NLG), Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), and the American Constitution Society (ACS).  Assemblywoman Ma will be speaking on Friday, April 8th from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm, and Senator Leno will be speaking on Saturday, April 16th, 9:00 am – 12:00 noon.

Golden Gate University:

536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-2968
(415) 442-7800

The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported that 37% of African American students are not finishing high school in the state and 22 % of all California students are unable to complete school.  A large portion of students who do not finish high school end up incarcerated.  According to the Harvard Civil Rights Project, 60% of African American males who do not finish high school will end up in prison by the time they are in their thirties.  The California Dropout Research Project found that a 50 percent reduction in dropouts statewide could save $12 billion and prevent nearly 15,000 criminal acts.

This event is an exciting opportunity for the Bay Area community to speak out together on this critical issue and all high school students, parents, and community members are invited to meet with Senator Leno and Assemblywoman Ma to help develop strategies addressing educational deficits and truancy. Students and community organizations have worked actively to prepare legislative proposals to present to Senator Leno and Assemblywoman Ma, which will be responded to at the forum.

Fiona Ma Event Flyer

Senator Mark Leno Event flyer


Attention!! Job openings for youth and young adults

Hello collaborative,

BMAGIC wants to inform you of some great opportunities for jobs for youth and adults. Please check out these links and spread the word!

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JOB FAIR/Dollar Tree sales associates Serramonte/June 29th:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/pen/ret/1795134780.html

Western Athletic Club JOB FAIR/June 26th , various customer service positions:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1787485868.html

Specialty’s Café and Bakery:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1787319420.html

Zuni Café bussers:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1787152956.html

Sales/servers Ferry Building:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1785780534.html

Cruise JOB FAIR/June 17th, various positions:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1783444224.html

Pier 1 on Geary Blvd. sales associates:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/ret/1786665617.html

Metro Park Union Square sales associates:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/ret/1783944674.html

NYC restaurant opening in Mission/all staff positions:

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/fbh/1793355540.html

Thanks so much!


Back Pack Giveaway Stuffing Volunteers Sign-Up Sheet

2010 BMAGIC Backpack  Stuffing Volunteers form

If you are interested in working as a volunteer for the Back to School Backpack Giveaway, or bringing youth to serve as volunteers, please fill out this form for backpack stuffing and fax back to (415) 553-9646 as soon as possible. The backpack stuffing will occur on August 12 and 13th from 2-6 pm, with 1 hour shifts during that time.

Thanks for your help, and we look forward to hearing from you!


Backpack Giveaway Backpack Stuffing Sign-Up

Greetings Collaborative,

BMAGIC has set the dates for the stuffing of over 2,000 backpacks with school supplies for the Backpack Giveaway on August 12th and 13th at the BVHP YMCA at 1601 Lane St. We are looking for organization staff and youth to come out and take part in this important work. The event cannot take place with this generous effort, and every year we have been lucky to have a significant number of great volunteers come out in support. We hope that you will be interested in being a part of this group this year, and bring youth to help out who will benefit from witnessing a community building event first hand.

Julia

See the link below for PDF!

BMAGIC Stuffing _Volunteers2010


Bay Guardian “Best of the Bay 2012” Award: Bayview Opera House !

Originally posted on 7/25/12 at the SF Bay Guardian’s site:

http://www.sfbg.com/specials/best-bay-2012-best-arts-high-note

Whether it’s the free yoga classes, creative summer art camp, or Saturday afternoon alfresco concerts, the Bayview Opera House‘s offerings are as vibrant and active as they were when the building was built in 1888 (maybe more so? The Guardian wasn’t around back then). The historic landmark community center supports the still-diverse neighborhood of Bayview-Hunters Point, hosting awesome fundraisers like Black Men Can Cook and Mendell Plaza Presents, a 12-week concert series that transforms a little triangle of pavement into a full-on dance floor featuring local neighborhood musicians



Bayview Neighborhood History Day, 11/19

In memory of Mrs. Eloise Westbrook, a champion of BVHP

Saturday, November 19,2011
11AM-3PM

George Washington Carver Elementary School
1360 Oakdale (near Keith Street)
Parking Available!
Near MUNI Lines T, 23, 24, 44

Featuring:

-Panels moderated by local historian and publisher, John Templeton

  • History of Nightclubs in the Bayview
  • The Black Cuisine Festival
  • Seeds of My Success: Stories from the Bayview
  • “Reflections on my father”

-A brief history of Bayview/Hunters Point
-Interview with Mrs. Espanola Jackson
-Displays of historic photographs and artwork
-Refreshments provided

Sponsored by:
-Recology
-San Francisco Public Library
-Friends of the San Francisco Public Library


Bayview Residents, Organization to Restore Youngblood-Coleman Park

San Francisco, CA

 

Youngblood-Coleman Park Restoration Press ReleaseLike most kids who grew up in the Bayview in the 1980s, Vanessa Banks spent virtually all her free time in Youngblood Coleman Park.

 

“It was like an amusement park every day,” she recalled. “We never had to worry about equipment. If we didn’t have a ball, the park staff would provide it. They served lunch. Our parents never had to worry about us.”

 

Though it still boasts sports fields, shady trees and sweeping views of the Bay, Youngblood Coleman is a different place today. Its once-bustling clubhouse has become a city storage facility. Its amphitheater sits empty and families have all but abandoned the neglected park over concerns about crime and drug use.

 

On June 26, a group of committed residents kicked off a campaign to restore the tarnished gem to its former glory. On the first of what will be many planned service days, residents toured the park, brainstormed ideas for public art and children’s activities and learned about the area’s history.

 

“Our goal is to bring families back to Youngblood Coleman,” said Banks, who is spearheading the effort, called “We 4 Youngblood Coleman Park Initiative.”  Banks has partnered with B-MAGIC (Bayview Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities), which was funded in 2004 by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to help San Francisco families overcome poverty and violence through a supportive network of youth and family agencies and juvenile justice stakeholders.

 

 

 

“We want to have the city and community reinvest in this wonderful park and provide a much-needed makeover,” said BMAGIC Director Lyslynn Lacoste. “The result will be a safe space for children to play and be active.”

 

Also supporting the effort are Butchertown Association, BVHP YMCA, Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco, Javalencia, Parks 94124, SF Recreation &Parks, and SF Art Everywhere.

 

Antoinette Mobley of SF Art Everywhere said she envisions a community space invigorated by public art made by Bayview-Hunters Point residents, including children and seniors.

 

“I see art as a tool to unify and beautify our neighborhood park and create a safe space for our children to return,” Mobley said. Also planned are outdoor movie nights featuring up-and-coming filmmakers from the neighborhood.

 

We 4 Youngblood Coleman has submitted a proposal to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to restore staffing, which was defunded in early 2010, and re-open the clubhouse as a community center. Habitat for Humanity has offered to build a shed so families can once again borrow recreation equipment.

 

The park became a community treasure after being born of tragedy.  In 1974, two 10-year-old boys, Rubin Youngblood and Wardell Coleman Jr., were killed at the site – then a construction area – after a dirt wall caved in on them while they played. The city scrapped its plans to build housing on the lot. It dedicated the park to the boys’ families in 1979.

 

A mural honoring the boys is included in the planned renovation.

 

To get involved in the effort, email: we4youngbloodcolemanpark@gmail.com.


Bayview Station PAL Fundraiser! Support this wonderful program!

Don’t miss this great opportunity to support the PAL Program out of the Bayview Station! BMAGIC has had the opportunity to work with some of the young men and women who are involved and couldn’t be more thrilled to endorse their work and attest to their dedication to the community in which they will serve. We want these youth to serve our community as they will definitely add to a more peaceful and interconnected network.  Please support them by attending this fundraiser!

See the website below for details!

http://www.sfpal.org/bbq-by-the-bay/


Bayview YMCA Cinco de Mayo/Zumba Event, Saturday, May7th

We invite all to join the Bayview YMCA on Saturday, May 7th for Cinco de Mayo Celebration Walk starting at 10:00am, and later that evening for a Zumba class at 6:00Pm.

The Bayview YMCA is located at 1601 Lane Street, San Francisco, CA 94124.
For further information please click the attached flier or contact Michael Bennett, Physical Health and Wellness Coordinator at (415) 822-7728.

YMCA Cinco de Mayo/Zumba 2011 flier


Bayview Youth Break Dance Competition, June 30th

Bayview Youth Break Dance Competition in Bayview

Photo by Lindsey Lutts. Courtesy of BVOH

When: Saturday, June 30, 12-8 p.m.

Where: Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street

Cost: $10 admission or $10 break dance competition registration fee
SFCR8IVE and Bayview Opera House present the 2012 All Styles & Break Dance Competition and 5 Round Exhibition Battle to be held at the historic Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theatre. Youth 18 and under can enter to compete for cash prizes. For more information, contact info@bvoh.org.

For over four decades, the Community Arts and Education Program has invigorated neighborhoods through innovative arts programs that support economic revitalization and community engagement.

 




BMAGIC 2012 Back-to-School Celebration Photo Gallery Now Up!

Thanks to everyone that supported our Back to School Backpack Giveaway on Saturday, August 18th at the Joe Lee Rec Center and the Bayview Opera House! We were successfully able to distribute over 2,500 backpacks,  over 50 organizations distributed information, resources, and led fun activities for kids and families, and elected officials came to support the youth’s academic success in the Bayview.

We invite you to check out our photo gallery at:

 http://bayviewmagic.org/category/gallery/



BMAGIC Backpack Giveaway Tabling Sign-Up Form

Tabling Sign-Up 2010

Greetings Community! Please fill out the form linked above to sign up for a table at the 2010 BMAGIC Backpack Giveaway on August 14, 2010. Please indicate how many tables and chairs you will need and we also ask that you describe the child-friendly activity that you will be hosting along with your resources and information.  We look forward to seeing you there!


BMAGIC Backpack Stuffing Volunteer form for the 2010 Backpack Giveaway

BMAGIC has set the dates for the stuffing of over 2,000 backpacks with school supplies for the Backpack Giveaway on August 12th and 13th at the BVHP YMCA at 1601 Lane St. We are looking for organization staff and youth to come out and take part in this important work. The event cannot take place with this generous effort, and every year we have been lucky to have a significant number of great volunteers come out in support. We hope that you will be interested in being a part of this group this year and bring youth to help out who will benefit from witnessing a community building event first hand.


BMAGIC Honored by School officials

Tamara Aparton, August 29, 2012

San Francisco, CA — The San Francisco Public Defender’s MAGIC program was honored by public school officials Tuesday for its service to tens of thousands of low-income San Francisco children.

San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, Bayview MAGIC (BMAGIC) Director Lyslynn Lacoste and Mo’ MAGIC Director Sheryl Davis  received commendations at Tuesday’s  6 p.m. San Francisco Board of Education meeting at 555 Franklin St.

San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Commissioner Emily Murase authored the commendations after visiting Mo’ MAGIC and BMAGIC’s  recent backpack giveaways, held Aug. 11 in the Western Addition and Aug. 18 in Bayview-Hunters Point, respectively. The back-to-school celebrations provide nearly 4,000 students with backpacks, school supplies, and access to health and community resources annually.

“We’re honored that the MAGIC programs have earned recognition from the Board of Education,” Adachi said. “What began as a small backpack giveaway nearly a decade ago has grown into the largest event of its kind. In addition, MAGIC provides year-round literacy, science and art instruction for youth.”

Mobilization for Adolescent Growth in our Communities (MAGIC) was initiated by the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office in 2004 in Bayview-Hunters Point and in the Western Addition in 2006. The program convenes more than 100 community organizations and concerned citizens who work to reduce the number of kids who fall through social service gaps by efficiently coordinating opportunities, support and resources.




BMAGIC Summer Resource Guide Update!

The BMAGIC Summer Resource Guide registration is now closed! Thank you to everyone who turned in their information and participated.

The Guide will be unveiled at the BMAGIC Book Fair on April 27th and given to every child who attends! It will then be dispersed throughout the community and upon request.



Board of Supervisors seeks applicants for Reentry Council appointment

Board of Supervisors seeks applicants for Reentry Council appointment The Board of Supervisors is requesting applications from individuals interested in serving on the Reentry Council, for Seat 1 for the remainder of an unexpired 2-year term, expiring July 17th 2011. The Board of Supervisors appoints 4 individuals to serve on the Reentry Council. All individuals interested in applying must be a former inmate of the San Francisco County Jail, a California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facility, and/or a U.S. Bureau of Prison facility. Applicants may be on county probation, federal probation, or state parole. All interested must complete two applications: the first is the Board of Supervisors application available at http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=19462 , and the second is the Supplemental Application for Board of Supervisors Appointees available at http://sfreentry.com/reentry-council. Both applications must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors as soon as possible, and likely not later than April 28th. Please contact the Rules Committee Clerk at (415) 554-7719 for updates on deadline for this vacancy. Both applications and any attachments must be submitted to the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689. For more information about the work of the Reentry Council, please see http://sfreentry.com or contact me at any time at (415) 553-1593 or via email.


BVHP Community Convener Meeting

Please join us in August for our monthly Community Convener Meeting! We will have just finished our Back to School Event and can discuss what went well and what we want to work on for the next year! Agenda and minutes to follow!




CA & Bayview Coastal Cleanup Day: Saturday 9/17

Please join a day of community building, nature, sunshine, and rolling up your sleeves for a good environmental cause!

While the majority of the California Coastal Cleanup Day participants register to help beautify the Western part of San Francisco (Great Highway, Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, China Beach, etc), 80% of the waste ends up in the Southeast sector of the City. Please help beautify 94124 by selecting Bayview/Hunters Point locations (Candlestick/Double Rock, Jackrabbit, Yosemite Slough, Heron’s Head Park, etc) as your preferred site! Thank you!

To register your group please follow these simple steps…

California Coastal Cleanup Day:

Saturday September 17, 9am-12 noon, sites vary.

1. Visit www.signuptocleanup.org.
2. See “Enter Location” and Type “San Francisco”
4. A map will show up with marked cleanup locations
3. Scroll down to the site you are interested in
4. Select “Please Register for Availability”
5. Complete the required fields.

 



CHALK is Hiring Youth! Applications Due May 27th

CHALK IS HIRING YOUTH! 30 slots are available ! Attached are two applications. Each application has specific criteria applicants must meet.

General application:

-Youth must be 14-17 yrs old and live in San Francisco

-Youth who are hired will work for our youth grant making program, YFYI, or as an Outreach Worker

-No experience necessary, we will train the youth who are hired.

-For more info, contact Stephanie at the CHALK office at 415-977-6949 or by email at lara@chalk.org

ReSET application:

-youth must be 14-21 yrs old and be on probation in San Francisco (does not need to live in SF)

-Youth who are hired will work for our Youthline program or as an Outreach Worker

-No experience necessary, we will train the youth who are hired.

-For more info, contact Catherine at the CHALK office at 415-977-6949 or by email at porchia@chalk.org

The application deadline for both applications is Friday, May 27th at 5pm!

*No application will be accepted after the deadline

2011 General Job Application

2011 ReSET Job Application

For more information please contact:
CHALK
Communities in Harmony Advocating for Learning and Kids
965 Mission Street, suite 520
San Francisco, Ca 94103

Phone: 415-977-6949
Fax:415-977-6950

 


Chase Community Giving Grant: Vote for Bayview Community Organizations by Sept. 19th!

Dear  Bayview Community/Bayview community supporters,

We are excited to announce our local neighborhood organizations that have been nominated to receive a Chase Community Giving Grant!
Chase Community Giving is a program where you help choose charities to receive grants from Chase. From September 6 –19, you’ll be able to vote for the charities that you want to see receive grants from Chase. The 196 charities with the most votes will share in $5 million in grants!

Please visit  www.facebook.com/ChaseCommunityGiving  to vote for our local organizations (please search organizations by name), which can receive up to $250,000 from Chase.

PLEASE VOTE before September 19th!

Please consider voting and supporting our local Bayview organizations that are candidates for the grant:

Bayview Opera House

Black Coalition on AIDS

100% College Prep Institute

Bayview Hunters Point Foundation

 

Thank you!


CityBuild Construction Apprenticeship Training Dates!

WHO: CityBuild, Office of Economic Workforce Development

WHAT: CityBuild Academy, 18-week pre-apprenticeship construction training

WHEN/WHERE: Held at various One Stop Career Link Center Locations at 1pm:

  • Feb. 9th: 1500 Mission Street ; Feb. 23rd: 73 Leland Avenue; March 8th: 3120 Mission Street; March 22nd: 1449 Webster Street

CONTACT: For more information please call 415.401.4889 or visit www.workforcedevelopmentsf.org/trainingprograms    

NOTES: CityBuild offers: union approved training, construction career pathways, CityBuild Pre-Apprenticeship Academy (CBA), Construction Administration Training Program (CATP), job referral resources (for union and experienced construction workers)

Minimum Qualifications: Age 18+, authorized to work in the US, SF Resident/Valid CA Driver’s License, High School diploma or GED.

CityBuild Academy Pre-Apprenticeship Academy  (CBA) program details: 1 semester of classroom and hands-on training with City College of SF, construction job readiness training, employment sponsorship as a union apprentice, tool and union initiation assistance, support of dedicated employment counselors, math tutoring/preparation, up to 7 construction certifications.

Construction Administration Training Program (CATP) details: 1 semester of job training certificate, basic accounting, QuickBooks, and Microsoft Office training, on-the-job internship with partnered construction company, and more.

 

For further details, please click and download the attached PDF Flyer:

CityBuild Flyer_1_2012


Coleman Advocates Children’s Fund Celebration, May 10th

We invite all to participate in this opportunity to celebrate the Children’s Fund, the hard work that has and continues to be done to support kids and families in SF, and bring the visibility of children, youth and families to City Hall WITHOUT it being a budget cuts rally!

Let’s Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the landmark SF Children’s Fund!

The Children’s Amendment was a courageous Coleman Advocates campaign in 1991. Twenty years later, the $50 million city fund is a celebrated, core part of our city safety net and a national model. Well over 100,000 young people’s lives have been enriched by community programs supported by the Children’s Fund.

Don’t miss this historic event, hosted by Coleman Advocates for Children & Youth,

Mayor Edwin Lee, and the Department of Children, Youth & Their Families

TUESDAY, MAY 10TH, 2011

5 pm – 7 pm

NORTH LIGHT COURT

SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL

This is a FREE, family-friendly community celebration!  Children and young people especially welcome!

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Program begins promptly at 5:30pm.

For more info or to RSVP, contact Chelsea at cboilard@colemanadvocates.org

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www.colemanadvocates.org

415.239.0161


Community Response Network (CRN) Summer 2012 Coverage Plan

San Francisco’s Community Response Network Releases Summer Coverage Plan

Every year in May, San Francisco’s Community Response Network (CRN), various City departments and other community partners come together at the DCYF sponsored Summer Coverage Retreat to coordinate efforts and strategize solutions to curtail violence that may occur during the summer season. The product of this meeting is the annual CRN Summer Coverage Plan, which was released earlier this month.

The CRN delivers street outreach and crisis response services in areas impacted by street violence, and provides referrals to other agencies in DCYF’s Violence Prevention and Intervention portfolio to help youth access support services such as case management, G.E.D preparation, conflict resolution, and job readiness.

The 2012 Summer Coverage Plan details the roles, responsibilities, specific activities, and plans for street outreach efforts for each of the CRN’s community-based partners and collaborating City departments from June 2012 to August 2012.  The plan covers all the main geographical areas of San Francisco, including SFPD identified “hot spots,” SFUSD summer schools, and other areas deemed potentially troublesome by the CRN. The plan also details special events, outings, and retreats for high risk youth, such as neighborhood BBQs, basketball tournaments, and retreats to Santa Cruz.

The CRN is administered via two collaborative networks operating out of northwest and southeast San Francisco. The Northwest CRN is led by DCYF grantee Arriba Juntos, and operates in the Mission, Western Addition, Tenderloin, SOMA, and Excelsior. The Southeast CRN is led by DCYF grantee Bayview Hunters Point Foundation, and operates in Bay View Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley, Potrero Hill, Alemany, and Ocean View.

Click here to access the full CRN Summer Coverage Plan.

Community Youth Center (CYC) Bayview Youth Advocate applications Due September 19th!

CYC-BYA is a group of 15-18 years old youth who live in the Bayview and are committed to making an impact in their community and San Francisco by working together to advocate for peace and positive changes.

  • Develop your leadership potential, technical skills and personal growth
  • Gain confidence and knowledge that you are making a difference in your community
  • Job training and placement opportunities
  • A $10/hour stipend up to $2000

As a CYC-BYA peer leader, you will be a voice for the youth in the community and work to reduce violence, create harmony and understanding through advocacy, education and outreach. Find out more about CYC-BYA on our website at: www.cycsf.org

Please click the link below to access the full application!

CYC-BYA Application 2012


Considering Participating in Community/Neighborhood Court?

Community and Neighborhood Courts are run by the District Attorney’s Office in partnership with the Police Department.

 

SIX Things You Should Know Before Making A Decision:

1. It is YOUR decision whether or not to  participate.

2. DO NOT say anything about your arrest or case to anyone until  you have decided to participate.

3.  You can speak to a defense attorney at no cost to you by calling the Public Defender’s Office at (415) 553-1671. Ask for the Attorney of the Day.

4. If you decide not to participate in a Community or Neighborhood Court, your case may or may not be prosecuted.

5. If your case is prosecuted and you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed to defend you.

6. Your arrest will remain on your record even after you have fulfilled all obligations at a Community or Neighborhood Court.
Source: San Francisco Public Defender’s Office

Community.Courts.Flyer

 


DCYF 2013-2016 RFP, Children’s Services Allocation Plan

The San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families creates and facilitates innovative citywide policies and projects in support of children, youth, and families. As a result, children, youth, and families from throughout the city participate in a broad range of programs in the areas of early child care, out-of-school time, teen services, youth workforce development, health and
wellness, family support, and violence prevention and intervention.

The Children’s Services Allocation Plan DCYF is committed to participatory planning that involves community members in identifying local needs and resources. To fulfill our mission and the requirements of The Children’s Amendment, the Department engages young people, parents, service providers, and policymakers in a Community Needs Assessment every three years. The assessment documents current needs of San Francisco’s children, youth, and families, offering
rich information that the Department and its partners use to plan and shape future investments. Drawing on these findings, and working in collaboration with school district, community-based and City partners, the Department creates the Children’s Services Allocation Plan, a set of strategies
and funding priorities for the subsequent three years. This overview summarizes the 2013-2016 Children’sServices Allocation Plan, which was approved by the Children’s Fund Citizens’ Advisory Committee in March 2012 and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in April 2012. The Children’s Services Allocation Plan describes the Department’s investment priorities for the next three years and includes funding allocations for each of our planned strategies, you can read more if you check out their blog. In addition to the Children’s Fund, DCYF’s budget includes other City, state, and federal dollars, all of which fluctuate with the economy. The Department anticipates having roughly $76 million available annually between 2013 and 2016 to allocate toward the strategies outlined in this plan, but we have developed funding scenarios that would allow the Department to adjust spending, if needed, to accommodate up to eight percent reduction or growth. DCYF will release Requests for Proposals to implement this plan during fiscal year 2012-2013.

DCYF RFP Timeline 2013-2016

For full details of the Children’s Allocation Plan, please visit:

http://www.dcyf.org/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=12


DCYF Looking For Community Partners to Provide Free Summer Lunches

DCYF would like to invite you to become a FREE Summer Lunch site. In exchange for offering your site and staff to help distribute meals (to both your program participants and anyone from the community who might come in during the mealtime), DCYF will provide FREE food to your program M-F during the 8 weeks of our program (June 14 – August 6, 2010). Attached is a letter and application explaining more about the program and how to apply.

Summer Lunch Application letter 2010

Summer Lunch Application 2010


Dr. Patricia Gray “State of The School Zone Address”, 8/24, 6-8 PM

We invite all community to attend this very important event Wednesday night at the Southeast Community Facility Commission (1800 Oakdale, Alex Pitcher Room) from 6-8PM as Dr. Gray (Superintendent’s Zone, K-12 Bayview Team) addresses an update and followup on the state of the schools and the impact on students and families of Southeast SF.

She will be addressing the effects of recent state budget developments, proposed and future changes, and goals for parent/guardian involvement in this academic school year. Please invite colleagues, friends, and family!

For more information please call the Commission at 415-821-1534.
Thank you!


Education Summit for BVHP CBOs scheduled for Sept 1, 2010

Greetings Bayview Hunters Point CBO representatives! Thank you to all of those who attended BMAGIC’s first Summit! We learned a lot from our presenters and shared in a dynamic dialogue with participation from service providers and other members of the city and community! Please see below for the minutes detailing what was discussed.

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Please join us on September 1, 2010 from 10 am- 12pm for an informative and interactive discussion around the status of the San Francisco Unified School District, and engage with Assistant Superintendent Patricia Gray and New Day for Learning Director Margaret Brodkin.

Please RSVP to Julia Weisner, julia@bayviewmagic.org, as soon as possible and note any dietary restrictions that you might have as lunch will be served.

Click here for the 2010 Education Summit for BVHP CBOs Flier



First ever Police Commission-Youth Commission Mtg., 3/7, City Hall, 6pm

WHO: SF Youth Commission and SF Police Commission

WHAT: The Police Commission and Youth Commission are joining together to get YOUR input on youth & police interactions

WHERE: City Hall, Board of Supervisors Legislative Chambers (room 250)

WHEN: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 6pm

CONTACT: (415) 554-6446 or email at youthcom@sfgov.org.

NOTES: Come to the Youth Commission & Police Commission joint hearing on youth and police interactions! Know your rights & share your testimony with us! We need to hear from youth! KNOW YOUR RIGHTS, SHARE YOUR STORY, CHANGE POLICY!  How have your experiences with police impacted your life? Do you want to see improved police and youth interactions, communication, and relations?

Are you aware of the special policies and procedures (SFPD General Order 7.01) that police must follow when they arrest, interrogate, and detain youth? Come share your stories at the hearing!


First5 San Francisco 2010-2011 Parent ACTION RFP

ATTN: RFP Due June 10th!

Please check out this RFP opportunity from First5 San Francisco directed towards parents who want to take action in their community! There are two types of RFPs….Please read the description below for more information and application link.

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Current Opportunities

2010-2011 Parent ACTION RFP

Due Date: June 10th, 2010, 5pm. Applications must be received at First 5 San Francisco office. No applications will be accepted through fax or email.

There are two types of grant applications. The Starter Grant is intended for parent groups supported by agencies (community based organizations, preschools, elementary school Kindergarten classrooms, church groups, etc.) for parents with children 0-5 years of age. The Starter Grant is a pre-cursor to the 1st Year Grants intended to build agency staff capacity on parent engagement by facilitating a group of parents to design and implement their own projects.

The First Year Grant is intended for parent groups with or without agency support. Parents are expected to take on more responsibilities on their own to design and implement the projects.

For further details, please refer to the Information/Application packet. Please direct questions to Elaine Wang at 415-554-8966 or ewang@first5sf.org.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to attend Q&A sessions listed on the applications.

For further details and/or to download an application, please go to:

http://www.first5sf.org/funding_opportunities.htm#action


FREE Brown Bombers Football Skills Clinic

The Brown Bombers are hosting a FREE Football Skills Clinic for youth between the ages of 5 to 15 years old at King Park located at 5701 Third Street in San Francisco. The Clinic will be administered from June 21-June 25 from 5 to 7pm. Please complete attached waiver form for any child who wishes to participate. We welcome all kids, doesn’t matter who you play for just come on out and play! You can register on site today and participate, if you arrive by 4:30pm. The clinic will also be offered on July 26-July 30th.  All participants are required to wear cleats or tennis shoes, sweats, t-shirts or sweatshirts. They also must bring water to stay hydrated. For more information, please call 415-820-1516.

Distribute widely!

Registration form available here!!!


Free Muni for Youth Website

From freemuniforyouth.tumblr.com:

Many community organizations and public officials are backing a proposal that would allow all young people in San Francisco to ride MUNI for free. Any youth between the ages of five and 17 who lives in the city or is enrolled in grades K-12 here would be eligible for a free monthly Fast Pass. The pass would be good 24/7. Young people from all neighborhoods and all backgrounds could get to school, after-school programs, work, and volunteer activities-and take advantage of San Francisco’s resources such as libraries, museums, and parks.

 

Please visit http://freemuniforyouth.tumblr.com

For more information on how you can support the fight for free Muni: 

Office of Supervisor David Campos
Sheila Chung Hagen
(415) 554-7739
www.sfbos.org/campos

People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER)
(415) 864-8372
www.peopleorganized.org

SF Youth Commission
(415) 554-6446
www.sfgov.org/yc 

 

 


Free Muni Hearing, City Hall, December 8th, 10:00am

Thursday, December 8, at 10:00am in City Hall room 263, the Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee will hold three hearings (on family flight; MUNI’s work orders; and MUNI overtime) where public comment regarding free Muni for youth will be very vital to generate support for this much-demanded proposal from SF students, parents, and community members!

 

Contact the Youth Commission for more information!

Mario Yedidia, Youth Commission Director:

(415) 554-6446 or youthcom@sfgov.org


FREE Red Cross Organizational Preparedness Workshop In partnership with: American Red Cross, Ready Neighborhoods, PG& E,

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm Lunch will be provided

Location: Bayview Opera House Ruth Willams Memorial Theatre: 4705 Third Street, San Francisco CA 94124

Info and RSVP: jeaneane@bayviewmagic.org  or  415-558-2487

Is your organization capable to serve your clients when an emergency strike?  What will your staff do in an emergency?  Will your vendors be able to provide supplies your organization need in the aftermath of a disaster?

The American Red Cross and BMagic invite your agency staff to attend a FREE one-day Organizational Preparedness workshop to help your organization become more prepared in any emergencies or disasters. You will gain the necessary tools to design and implement emergency planning, emergency response and continuity of operations plans.

Breakfast snacks and lunch provided.


Free Tax Prep Services Offered by Tax Aid!

Tax season is underway!
Free Help Preparing Your Tax Returns!

Let qualified professionals assist you in filling your return. Learn about the Earned Income Tax Credit as well as other tax credits that may be available to you. Clients will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to all families with a total gross income of less than $50,000.

What To Bring:

-Social Security card or ITIN for each family member

-W-2 forms for all jobs held in 2011 and all 1099 or 1098 forms

-Child care provider information

-Landlord’s name, address, and phone number

-A voided check for direct deposit

-Last year’s tax return if you have it

Locations:

  • Bayview Wells Fargo: 3801 Third Street @ Fairfax, Saturday February 11 and 25, 10am-2pm
  • Southeast Community Facility: 1800 Oakdale, January 23-April 17th, Monday/Tuesday: 10:30am-6pm, Wednesday/Thursday: 12pm-7:30pm, Friday: 11:30am-7pm, and Saturday February 11, 9am-2pm
  • Bayview YMCA: 1601 Lane Street, Saturday 10am-2pm, Feb. 4th- April 7th
  • True Hope Church: 950 Gilman Ave, Ste. C, January 21-April 17, Mondays: 6-9pm, Saturday: 9am-4pm

Please call (415) 963-8633 or visit www.tax-aid.org for more info

 



Judge Declares Housing Authority Injunctions Unconstitutional

May 25th, 2011 | Category: Press Releases

San Francisco, CA — A judicial decision handed down today effectively ends the San Francisco Housing Authority’s use of city-wide nuisance injunctions and dismisses all pending criminal cases against alleged violators, San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi and ACLU of Northern California Legal Director Alan Schlosser announced.

The injunctions, which have been used since 2007, are unconstitutional, vague and overly restrictive to the point of infringing on an individual’s ability “to exist in San Francisco,” wrote San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard Ulmer in his eight-page decision.

In the past four years, the Housing Authority has sought civil stay-away orders against 126 individuals whom its officials deemed to be nuisances. Default judgments were granted against 75 people. None was represented by legal counsel and most complaints were not based on criminal convictions.  Every injunction is identical; all 75 people are “ordered to stay away at least 150 yards from any and all San Francisco Housing Authority property, perpetually.”

Marcus Johnson, a San Francisco father of two who was represented jointly by the Public Defender and the ACLU of Northern California, challenged the law after being arrested for contempt of court four times in seven months for violating the injunction that was issued against him in February 2010. At the time of each arrest, Johnson was visiting his young children, who live with their mother in the Yerba Buena Plaza East development in the Western Addition.

“At a time when too many fathers fail to be involved in their children’s lives, Johnson is apparently trying to fulfill this important role. But the SFHA injunction bars that involvement from occurring in the home,” Ulmer wrote.

Deputy Public Defender Anne Irwin, who co-wrote the brief challenging the constitutionality of the practice last month, noted that the Housing Authority’s injunctions were the most restrictive in San Francisco. Unlike the city’s gang injunctions, which bar certain behaviors inside the restricted zones, the Housing Authority’s orders banish people completely and permanently from coming within 150 yards of any of the 53 Housing Authority properties located throughout San Francisco

Ulmer noted that the injunction barred Johnson from large swaths of his hometown, interfering not only with his ability to rear his children, but his ability to work, worship, eat and associate with family and friends – “in short, to exist in San Francisco.”

The civil complaint filed against Johnson by the Housing Authority did not contend that he was convicted of any crime, Ulmer noted, and the Housing Authority opted for a civil proceeding, which resulted in no contested hearing, live witnesses or cross examination.

“It is easy to say Johnson should have defended himself in civil court, but this asks a low-income person to …pay for a lawyer with money he may not have…” Ulmer wrote.

Adachi cheered the verdict as a victory for civil rights.

“Mr. Johnson should be free to visit his children without the threat of being arrested simply for being inside their home,” Adachi said. “Judge Ulmer’s decision reinforces that the right to due process is guaranteed to everyone, no matter their income level.”

Schlosser said the injunctions “blatantly disregarded fundamental constitutional rights.”  While pending criminal charges resulting from allegedly violating the injunction were dismissed against seven people, those bound by past judgments may have to go to court in order to return to Housing Authority property.

“There are approximately 50 individuals who are living under the same injunction and we are working to lift this unconstitutional burden from people who have never had their day in court,” Schlosser said

Chief Attorney Matt Gonzalez of the Public Defender’s Office said the decision exposed a wildly unconstitutional practice that flew under the public’s radar for years.

“While the city’s gang injunctions received a lot of attention, the Housing Authority was quietly barring San Franciscans from large chunks of their city, whether or not they had been convicted of any crime,” Gonzalez said.

Meredith Desautels, an attorney with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area was also involved in challenging the injunctions. Desautels today said the judge’s decision has broad implications for the future of civil injunctions.

“Injunctions are simply too blunt a tool to address the very important concerns of neighborhood stability and safety in a way that properly balances fundamental constitutional rights,” Desautels said. “As Mr. Johnson’s case makes clear, the desire to effectuate public safety goals through the civil court system is misguided and a waste of public resources.”

On May 23, the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office filed a notice with Judge Ulmer, stating prosecutors would not oppose the constitutional challenge to the injunctions.

Judge Ulmer Opinion: SFHA Unconstitutional Injunctions


July 15th Deadline: 2011 Kaiser Permanente African American Scholarship

Greetings Community,

Kaiser Permanente is offering various scholarships worth over $20,000 collectively to High School and College African American Scholars. Encourage students to take full advantage of these scholarships and grants as they pursue their higher education goals.

Please take note of the early July 15th deadline on this great opporunity, which includes a series of scholarships:

  • KPAAPA Thrive Scholarship – $3,500
  • School of Allied Health Sciences Inspiration Scholarship – $1,500
  • KPAAPA / 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Healthcare Scholarships – $4,000
  • KPAAPA / 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Nursing Student Scholarship (RN, NP) – $4,000
  • KPAAPA / 100 Black Men of the Bay Area Nursing Student Scholarship (LVN) – $4,000
  • Dr. Ellamae Simmons Medical Student Scholarship – $4,000
  • The Permanente Medical Group Medical Student Scholarship – $2,000

Please download the applications below.

2011 Kaiser Permanente African American Professional Association Scholarship Application



MAMAS Study ~ Seeking Pregnant Women ~ Classes Begin Mid February!

Let’s support UCSF in their next round of classes for the MAMAS Study which tests interventions including stress reduction techniques, healthy eating and active lifestyle to promote healthy weight gain during pregnancy for overweight women. Their currently seeking 30 participants for classes beginning February 22nd. If you have patients/clients who might benefit from participation, please
feel free to have them contact Nina Fry at (415) 600-5772 momshealthstudy@gmail.com


See Flier Below for more details:

Phase II-Wave 2 Flier 2010-1220


Mayor Lee Launches Budget Challenge to Provide Public Budgeting Experience

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee on May 23rd, 2011 announced the launch of the SF Budget Challenge, an interactive online tool that allows the public an opportunity to use real public policy choices with real cost-savings to try to reduce the City’s $306 million deficit. The SF Budget Challenge will allow users to experience first hand the difficult choices in developing a responsible balanced budget.

“Like many cities and counties across the country, San Francisco faces
another difficult budget year,” said Mayor Lee. “The SF Budget Challenge
represents the challenging choices we are making to present a balanced
budget that will keep our City safe, solvent and successful for years to
come. I encourage everyone to try their hand at this innovative tool.”

The Mayor’s Office developed SF Budget Challenge through a partnership with Next 10, a San Francisco-based non-profit dedicated to innovation and the intersection of the economy, environment, and quality of life. Through a series of multiple choice questions users are presented with a wide range of policy options, each one illustrating tradeoffs for each alternative.

“Next 10 launched the California Budget Challenge in 2005, as a nonpartisan effort to engage Californians in the tough choices and trade-offs that are part of balancing the state budget,” said Next 10 Founder F. Noel Perry. “As a non-profit organization based in San Francisco, we are honored that the Mayor is offering this tool to residents about the City’s budget. The Challenge offers a unique way for citizens to weigh in on the options being considered by the people who represent them.”

To access the SF Budget Challenge, go to: www.sfgov.org/budgetchallenge .

The SF Budget Challenge represents another step in Mayor Lee’s efforts to engage and collaborate with residents, labor leaders, community based organizations and the members of the Board of Supervisors throughout the budget process. Last week Mayor Lee finished the last of ten budget town halls, which he hosted with every member of the Board of Supervisors in their Districts. Mayor Lee has met regularly with leaders of City employee unions about the City’s rising pension costs. Through Improve SF, he has asked City employees to submit practical and innovative budget savings ideas. Earlier this month, Mayor Lee introduced the first-ever proposed five-year financial plan for San Francisco as a key part of a set of financial reforms designed to move the City toward longer-term financial planning and budgeting, and away from the short-term decisions that have led to repeated annual budget deficits. The Mayor will submit a balanced budget for the City’s General Fund departments to the Board of Supervisors on June 1st, which will close a $306 million General Fund budget deficit.

 

Please see attachment from Mayor Lee’s office below:

Mayor Lee’s SF Budget Challenge


Mayor Lee Launches Centralized Database for City Boards and Commissions

San Francisco Launches First in the Nation Good Government Public Database for City Appointments

San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today launched a centralized online
database of City boards and commissions including vacancies and
appointments to advisory bodies for the City and County of San Francisco.

“This one-of-a kind interactive tool makes San Francisco government more
transparent, efficient and easier to engage in for the public” said Mayor
Lee. “By creating an easy and efficient way to search commissions and board
vacancies, we improve our ability to attract a diverse and talented pool of
candidates.”

San Francisco is the first city in the nation to launch a centralized
database, enhancing transparency in commission memberships and investing in good government. The City partnered with Timberlake Publishing to develop the customized Member Management software.

The database project is the result of legislation introduced by Board of
Supervisors President David Chiu and signed by former Mayor Gavin Newsom to improve access to government. The landmark legislation requires the City
Administrator, through 311, to implement and manage a publicly accessible
web site that allows the public to search for available positions and
commission information. The database promotes opportunities to participate
in, and serve on, City boards, commissions, task forces, and committees.

“People interested in getting involved in City government will now be able
to easily search for policy bodies addressing topics of interest, find
current and upcoming vacancies, and understand the requirements for
individual seats and the process for applying for them,” said Board of
Supervisors President David Chiu. “This increase in the transparency of the
appointment process will lead to a healthier and more diverse political
culture in San Francisco.”

To search the centralized online database of City commissions and boards,
go to www.sfgov.org/commissionsdatabase or call 3-1-1.

SF Centralized Boards & Commissions Database


Mayor’s Office Youth Violence Prevention Initiative

In June 2011, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families, Violence Prevention and Intervention Unit has published a thirty-nine page report titled “Youth Violence Prevention Initiative: Local Action Plan”. We encourage you to download and share the document with your organization and service providers regarding this very important matter which address the City’s funding strategies and recommendations for community violence prevention and intervention efforts targeting youth and young adults between the ages of 10 and 25. The report outlines violence amongst teens and young adults, many of which are  African-Americans and Latina/os from our community.

Youth Violence Prevention Initiative Report

 


Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention Services, D10 Peace Forum

Join the conversation and share input on violence in our community with elected officials, city departments and  community members. Scheduled to attend: Director of Mayor’s Office of Violence Prevention Services-Diana Olivia-Aroche. Please email community@bayviewmagic.org any questions, comments or suggestions for discussion or requests of city departments to participate. Dinner will be provided by BVHP and Urban Services YMCA. For more information call 415.558.2428

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 6pm-8pm, College Track, 4301 3rd Street, SF 94124

D10 Peace Forum Flyer

D10 Peace Forum Survey


Mendell Plaza Community and Arts Event, 4/7, 1:30PM

WHO: Bayview Merchants Association, SF Office of Economic Workforce Development

WHAT: Mendell Plaza Community-Building Event

WHERE: Mendell Plaza (3rd and Mendell)

WHEN: Saturday, April 7th, 1:30pm

CONTACT: 415-730-2072

NOTES: Join us in a community-building social and arts event on Saturday afternoon! Guest speakers and presentations including Supervisor Malia Cohen (1:45pm) , youth choir directed by Marcus Dyson (2:00), jazz (2:30), gospel choir (3:00), and The Dwayne Charles Project: R&B performances (3:30)!

Mendell Plaza April 7th Community Event


MLK Day Celebration: “Sustaining the Dream”, Monday, January16th

The American Red Cross Bay Area Chapter is participating in the region’s largest MLK Day Celebration this year and we invite you to volunteer or join us in the day’s activities.
Our staff and volunteers will take part in the Northern California Martin Luther King Jr. Community Foundation’s “Sustaining the Dream: Through Community and Service” celebration Monday, January 16 in downtown San Francisco.
Get more details about the event at the Northern California Martin Luther King, Jr. website.
The event will include:
·         A parade beginning at 11 a.m. at 4th Street and Townsend Avenue at the Caltrain Depot, proceeding to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Participants should arrive early.
·         An MLK Dream address and other presentations from 12:15 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Novellus Theater at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, doors open at 11:50 a.m.
·         A San Francisco Interfaith Commemoration from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Esplanade Stage at Yerba Buena Gardens.
·         A health preparedness and sustainability festival at the forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
·         An opportunity to give blood with pre-registration online, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
·         A theatre presentation of “King in Five Vignettes” with doors opening at 12:15 p.m. at the Novellus Theater at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
·         A Civil Rights film festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.
·         A children’s reading festival from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Children’s Creativity Museum/Yerba Buena Center for the Arts & Gardens
·         Free admission to the Contemporary Jewish Museum and the Museum of the African Diaspora from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We are looking for volunteers to help at Red Cross booths at the event in two to three hour shifts from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact chauj@usa.redcross.org if you’d like to volunteer.


MYEEP Summer 2012 Youth applications due 4/27, 5pm!

reposted from original location at http://sfmyeep.tumblr.com/:

Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program, Summer 2012

Our 2012 Summer Application is now available! Feel free to download the application here or pop into any of our ten locations to pick up a paper copy. San Francisco High Schoolers ages 14-17 are eligible to apply. (If you are a high school senior graduating this spring, you are not eligible for the program. Sorry!)

Please note that the youth applicant MUST submit their application in-person to the location of their choice. Acceptance into the program is not on a first come, first serve basis. Starting Wednesday, April 18th, applications can be turned in every weekday between 4PM and 6PM. (Those applying to JVS can submit their application between 4PM and 5PM.) All applications must be received by Friday, April 27th at 5PM.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the MYEEP Central Office at (415) 202-7903 or the MYEEP Coordinator at the location you are interested in.

MYEEP LOCATIONS

Bayview, Hunters Point
Young Community Developers
1715 Yosemite Street
Jareem Gunter, 415-822-3491

Bernal Heights, Outer Mission
Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center
515 Cortland Avenue
Lori Tran, 415-206-2140 ext. 143

Chinatown, North Beach
Maintrain Training Corporation
777 Stockton Street, Ste. 202
Daphne Wong, 415-775-2636

Mission, Potrero Hill
Horizons Unlimited
440 Potrero Avenue
Nancy Abdul-Shakur, 415-487-6708

Oceanview, Merced, Ingleside
Temple United Methodist Church
65 Beverly Street
Ailed Paningbatan, 415-206-2140 ext. 130

Richmond, Sunset
Community Youth Center
319 6th Avenue, Ste. 201
Chi Hong Leung, 415-752-9675

Tenderloin, SOMA, Union Square
Vietnamese Youth Development Center
166 Eddy Street
Stephanie Ha, 415-771-2600 ext. 113

Visitacion Valley
Visitacion Valley Beacon Center
450 Raymond Avenue, Room 101
Lesette Gray, 415-724-1480

Western Addition, Haight Ashbury
Buchanan YMCA
1530 Buchanan Street
Jeff Lincoln, 415-931-9622

Youth with Disabilities (all SF neighborhoods)
Jewish Vocational Service
225 Bush Street, 4th Floor
Diana DeGrandis, 415-782-6262

 



National Summer Program Professional Development Opportunity


New Day for Learning seeks six San Francisco agencies that provide summer programs for middle school and high school youth to participate in an exciting two-year professional development opportunity being sponsored by the National Summer Learning Association. The Summer Transitions Project aims to improve each program’s capacity for quality improvement and sustainability. There are lots of benefits, including a small annual stipend. This could be lots of fun and a great opportunity to join with colleagues around the country in a professional learning community. The project starts this summer. In November of each year, a representative from each program will be invited to attend the Summer Changes Everything National Conference with complementary registration.

For more information please contact Margaret Brodkin Brodkinm@SFUSD.edu or 415 355-2202 x1574 by June 2.


New Day for Learning Passes Torch on Community Schools: Next Chapter Opens

Originally posted on http://www.newdayforlearning.org/sanfrancisco.html:

On February 21, New Day for Learning will be doing what we were funded to do three years ago – passing the torch to the San Francisco Unified School District so that the Community School work can be fully institutionalized within the district.

The SFUSD will be creating a first-ever position to direct a Community School strategy.  The work inside the district will build on the foundation we have created together.

When I began this work with only a 3 year grant timeline,  I never expected that there could be so much progress in such a short period.

 

Celebration of the Community School Work in San Francisco!

In order to honor the accomplishments of New Day for Learning and to share its future plans, the SFUSD is having a celebratory event on February 14 (yes, it’s Valentine’s Day) from 3pm to 5pm in Nourse Auditorium at 135 Van Ness.  Richard Carranza will be a featured speaker.  Everyone who supports this work is invited to attend.

Please RSVP to cartert@sfusd.edu

We Are Proud of the Work We Have Done Together

  • Introducing the Community School strategy to stakeholders in San Francisco’s education, social service, funding and civic community.  Community Schools are now a centerpiece of the city’s education reform efforts.  New Day’s work has included organizing conferences and making presentations to dozens of diverse groups throughout the City.  We have enlisted experts from around the country to brief policymakers, parent and community organizations, city departments and SFUSD staff; and widely disseminated written materials on SF’s emerging Community School approach.
  • Defining and developing the key elements of the city’s Community School vision and model.  Hundreds of colleagues have been involved in various work groups and committees, including  a Community School Council developed from a New Day design committee and comprised of diverse representatives from city agencies, CBO’s, parents groups, and key folks within the SFUSD from central office and school sites.  Work groups with a cross-section of public and private service providers have developed both an expanded learning model (which we called “linked-day”) and a behavioral health model (which we called the “whole school” approach.) for Community Schools.  Coming out of this work is the definition of the 5 core elements and the 98 specific benchmarks of the SF Community School model.
  • Providing technical support and leadership in making Community Schools a signature of the School Improvement Grant (SIG) process.   When 10 SF schools were identified by the federal and state governments as “persistently low performing,” SFUSD asked New Day to use the foundation we had created and develop a Community School portion for the School Improvement Grants (SIG).  The grants defined and allocated funding for extended learning, parent engagement, community engagement, behavioral health, and a Community School Coordinator in every SIG school.  New Day provided technical assistance for creating this new and crucial position within the SFUSD.
  • Cultivating the development of the Community School approach in the 5 initial “early adopter” schools and in 7 additional School Improvement Grant schools in the Superintendent’s Zone.  We have been busy providing technical assistance at the site level for the past 3 years – working with leadership teams to facilitate planning, designing programs and structures, and brokering partnerships aligned with school goals.  Developing the role of Community School Coordinator, which our city-wide conference targeted as the linchpin of the Community School model, has been an important focus of our work.  This has included developing and facilitating a learning cohort for the Coordinators for the past year.
  • Facilitating the development of a new level of CBO-SFUSD partnership.  The 25 member CBO-SFUSD Advisory Committee has provided a monthly forum for almost 3 years for information exchange, identifying barriers to partnership and the development of new strategies and tools to deepen community-school partnerships.  We are pleased that a new process for co-planning between schools and CBO’s will be introduced district-wide in the coming year.   A pilot study of the new partnership tool is being conducted by New Day’s amazing social work intern, Kendall Jones, in 3 SIG schools.   A video on the exemplary partnerships of some of the participants in the Advisory Committee is in the works – look for it.
  • Building a city-wide focus on summer learning as a key component of education reform by initiating and convening the Summer Learning Network, comprised of over 70 organizations.  The Network has developed a common set of goals for summer, produced 3 professional development conferences involving over 500 practitioners, promoted and gotten passed a city-wide summer learning policy by the Board of Supervisors, and facilitated a resource exchange that has included everything from free MUNI for summer programs to free admissions to the California Academy of Sciences.

A New Commitment to Community Schools in San Francisco

In this photo: Summer Learning Network press event to bring public attention to the achievement gap caused by summer learning loss.

Today the words “Community School” (rarely heard in San Francisco before New Day adopted community schools as its driving strategy) echo throughout the city as stakeholders of all kinds plan their approach to school and community improvement.

The new federal Promise Neighborhood grant in the Mission District, one of only 15 planning grants in the country, centers on the Community School strategy.  The grant would probably not have been awarded unless Community Schools were a focus of the District’s efforts to turn around its lowest performing schools.  In addition, the Choice Neighborhood federal grant that will be used to rebuild housing in Bayview includes 2 new Community School Coordinators – making the San Francisco total of Coordinators equal 14.  And San Francisco is receiving national recognition for making Community Schools a core part of its SIG-funded education reform strategy.  This fall, San Francisco’s Deputy Superintendent was invited and agreed to join the national superintendent’s advisory committee for the Coalition for Community Schools.  And the National Summer Learning Association has targeted SF’s Summer Learning Network as an important strategy that should be replicated in communities throughout the country.

Lessons Learned and Challenges Moving Forward

 

The lessons learned have been numerous and will guide the future work: The importance of building our reform models from the ground up; the significant changes in approach that must be made by both CBO’s and schools to foster true community-school partnerships based on mutual goals; and the magic that an inspired and motivated principal can bring to the work of creating a true school community built on shared leadership.

Challenges as we move forward with the community schools work will include:

  • Integrating what are now seen as the “academic” and “non-academic” elements of reform into a holistic approach to learning.
  • Sustaining and expanding the structures to ensure that community organizations, families and students are welcomed as equal partners in the development of our Community Schools at both the site and systems level.
  • Prioritizing and allocating the time to plan and learn how to base our work on a shared vision for educating our children and youth.

For Further Information

If you would like further information, copies of the numerous documents, brochures on SF’s community schools, and a copy of a final report on the work of New Day for Learning, contact the Superintendent’s Zone talented Community School leaders who will carry the ball with great dedication and skill:

  • Leticia Hernandez, Director of Family and Community Engagement (Mission Zone) – hernandezl1@sfusd.edu; and

 

Emily Wade-Thompson, Director of Family and Community Engagement (Bay View Zone) – wadethompsone@sfusd.edu.


New Willie Brown Middle School Community Mtg, 4/19, 6:30PM

NOTICE OF COMMUNITY MEETING

 

New Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School

SFUSD Prop. A Bond Project

 

WHEN:     Thursday, April 19, 2012   6:30 – 8:30pm

 

WHERE:   Havard Early Education School

Auditorium (entry on 1535 Newcomb Avenue)

Parking available at 1520 Oakdale Avenue  

 

As a neighbor of the New Willie L. Brown Jr. Middle School, you are invited to attend a presentation regarding the new school.  The presentation will cover:

 

  • Team Introduction
  • Project Update
  • Design Approach
  • Questions & Answers
  • Next Steps

 

Please attend to learn about all the great improvements we are making for the students of San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

 

社區會議通知

 

三藩市聯合校區

A 提案債券資助計劃

Willie L. Brown Jr. 初中新校介紹

 

時間:  2012 年 4 月19 日(四), 晚上 6:30–8:30

 

地點:            Havard Early Education School

禮堂(請由 1535 Newcomb Avenue 進入)

泊車處位於 1520 Oakdale Avenue   

 

Willie L. Brown Jr. 初中誠意邀請包括您在內的社區人士出席 我們舉辦的一次新校簡介會,有關活動內容包括:

 

  • 介紹學校教學團隊
  • 認識本校最新計劃
  • 了解課程設計概念
  • 答問環節
  • 未來工作

 

敬請撥冗參加這次活動,這將有助大家了解我們在提升三藩市學生質素方面進行的各項工作 。

 

 

AVISO DE REUNIÓN COMUNITARIA

 

Nueva Escuela Intermedia Willie L. Brown Jr.

Proyecto del SFUSD sobre la Propuesta A- Programa de Bonos

 

CUÁNDO: Jueves 19 de abril del 2012, de 6:30 a 8:30 de la tarde

DÓNDE:           Escuela Havard Early Education

Auditorio (entrar por el № 1535 de la Avenida Newcomb)

Estacionamiento disponible en el № 1520 de la Avenida Oakdale         

 

Como vecino de la nueva Escuela Intermedia Willie L. Brown Jr., se le invita a que asista a la presentación de la nueva escuela.

El programa incluirá:

  • Presentación del equipo colaborador
  • Actualizaciones  del proyecto
  • Aspectos fundamentales del diseño
  • Sesión de preguntas y respuestas
  • Pasos a seguir

Por favor asista a este evento para que se informe sobre todas las maravillosas mejoras que estamos realizando para los estudiantes de San Francisco.


Nordstrom $10,000 Youth Scholarship Program

Nordstrom
Scholarship Program

Please visit http://shop.nordstrom.com/c/nordstrom-cares-scholarship for full details.

Nordstrom is excited to award $10,000 scholarships to 80 outstanding high school students and help them achieve their dreams of going to college. The Nordstrom Scholarship recognizes students across the country for their exceptional scholastic achievement and community involvement.

The Nordstrom Scholarship is open to high school juniors who:

  • Live and attend school in one of the participating 30 states where Nordstrom currently has a full-line store. Not sure if there’s a store in your state?
    See our Store Locations.
  • Have at least a 2.7 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) throughout high school.
  • Volunteer or participate in community services or extracurricular activities.
  • Plan on attending an accredited four-year college or university during the four years over which the scholarship is distributed. The scholarship is paid out in equal installments of $2,500.
  • Plan on applying for financial assistance in order to attend college.

HOW IT WORKS

It’s easy to submit your application for a Nordstrom Scholarship. Here’s how the selection process works:

1. YOU APPLY
Apply now through May 1, 2012.

2. SEMI-FINALISTS SELECTED
Semi-final entries are reviewed by regional selection committees. Semi-finalists will be notified via e-mail.

3. FINALISTS SELECTED
All finalists are interviewed in person or via video conference.

4. WINNERS NOTIFIED
Winners will be notified by the end of October 2012 To ensure you receive prompt notification, add nordstromscholarship@ACT.org to your address book.

HAVE QUESTIONS?

If you have any questions about the scholarship or application process, contact Ellen Greene, Nordstrom Scholarship Program Manager, at 206.373.4550 or nordscholar@nordstrom.com

 


NYU Brennan Center for Justice Report featuring BMAGIC, Mo’Magic, the Office fo the Public Defender, and the Reentry Unit

The New York University Brennan Center for Justice recently put out a report looking at models of Community-Oriented Public Defense, which featured BMAGIC, Mo’Magic, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Reentry Unit!

Please check out the on-line PDF to see the national attention that your successful collaborative efforts have received!

Report found here!


October 10th, 6pm, College Track: Board of Education Candidates Forum

Board of Education Candidates Forum
When: Wednesday, October 10th, 6-8pm
Where: College Track, 4301 3rd Street, at Jerrold
Come and hear from the candidates running for the SF Board of Education! 
Learn where they stand on the issues, and what they’ll do for your community and your schools!
Please RSVP and/or let us know if your organization would like to co-sponsor! Contact: cboilard@colemanadvocates.org.
Translation, child care, and light dinner will be provided.
Sponsored by:
100% College Prep
ACCE
CARECEN
CHALK
Chinese for Affirmative Action
Chinese Progressive Association
Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
College Track
HOMEY
Filipino Community Center
Huckleberry Youth Programs
JCYC Education Programs
Larkin Street Youth Programs
LYRIC
Mission Graduates
POWER
SAC (Student Advisory Council)
SEIU 1021
TAY-SF
Youth Leadership Institute

Youth Vote

 

 

Board of Education Candidates Forum, 10/10, 6pm, College Track


Old Skool Cafe is Currently #1 on Yelp!

http://www.yelp.com/biz/old-skool-cafe-san-francisco

Old Skool is currently #1 on Yelp! in both the “Restaurant” and the “Nightlife” category. Thank you to all those who reviewed the restaurant and put Old Skool in the spotlight!  Visit the Old Skool Cafe page to read reviews and post your own. Guides on shopping for Old Skool Cafe can be found in here as well.

Friday Night Swing

Dancing Starts 7/13!

Join us for a live swing band and dancing starting at 8:30 pm

Cover charge is $10, $5 if you come in for dinner.

 
1429 Mendell St
(between Palou Ave & Oakdale Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94124
Neighborhood: Bayview/Hunters Point

(415) 822-8531

Please visit Old Skool Cafe’s Official Site at:


Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship

 

For full details and original post, please visit http://www.echoinggreen.org/bma-fellowship

Black Male Achievement

Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship, powered by Echoing Green (BMA Fellowship)

The Open Society Foundations and Echoing Green have established a new fellowship program for individuals dedicated to improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the U.S. It is the first fellowship program of its kind that targets social entrepreneurs who are starting up new and innovative organizations in the field of black male achievement.

The BMA Fellowship will include start-up capital and technical assistance over 18 months to help new leaders launch and build their organizations; access to technical support and pro bono partnerships; and a community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders.

The online application for the Open Society Black Male Achievement Fellowship (BMA Fellowship) will be available on December 5, 2011 and closed on January 9, 2012. It will be awarded to up to eight fellows who are generating new ideas and best practices in the areas of education, family, and work such as initiatives related to fatherhood, mentoring, college preparatory programs, community-building, supportive wage work opportunities, communications, and philanthropic leadership.

The BMA Fellowship will run for 18 months beginning July 1, 2012, and will offer:
•   A stipend of $70,000
•   A health insurance stipend
•   A professional development stipend
•   Professional and organizational development conferences
•   A community of like-minded social entrepreneurs and public service leaders, including the Open Society and Echoing Green networks of alumni working all over the world

 

About the Campaign for Black Male Achievement

The Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement is a multi-issue, cross-fund strategy to address black men and boys’ exclusion from economic, social, educational, and political life in the United States. The campaign responds to a growing body of research that reveals the intensification of black males’ negative life outcomes. It builds on U.S. Programs’ mission to support individuals and organizations that nurture the development of a more democratic, just society, as well as the Open Society Foundations’ expertise and past work to reduce incarceration, promote racial justice, and support youth engagement and leadership development.

 

Application Cycle & Dates

Applicants interested in the BMA Fellowship will apply through the Echoing Green Fellowship application, available online December 5, 2011 through January 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Noon EST through the “Apply Now” page. Application questions in the first phase will be the same for applicants of both Fellowships.

2012 Application Cycle Dates:
•    December 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Noon EST: Phase 1 of application opens to all eligible applicants.
•    January 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Noon EST: Phase 1 of application closes
•    Early February 2012: Semifinalists announced and invited to complete expanded application. All applicants notified of results by email.
•    Late February 2012: Semifinal applications due.
•    April 2012: Finalists announced.
•    Late April 2012: BMA Finalist interviews in NYC.

Eligibility

Fellowships are reserved for individuals who are launching organizations dedicated to Black Male Achievement in the United States. Fellowship projects should align with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement priorities focused on improving the life outcomes of black men and boys in the three core areas of: education, family, and work.

Additionally:
•    Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
•    Applicants must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and events.
•    Organization must be the original idea of the applicant.
•    Organization must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the organization may have been in operation for up to two years, and the Fellowship’s financial support should qualify it as significant early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start the organization are generally considered eligible.
•    Organization must be independent and autonomous. Organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization. The applicant must be the primary decision maker for the organization’s development and management. Generally, organizations with fiscal sponsors are still considered autonomous.
•    Applicants must make a full-time commitment (minimum 35 hours per week) to the organization’s development for the duration of the two-year fellowship. It is expected that all selected fellows resign from their current employment to dedicate themselves full-time to their initiatives. Students will not be eligible for their fellowship stipend if their organization is put on hold due to conflicts with their studies.
•    Partnerships (organizations co-founded and led by two individuals) may apply. Both partners must meet all eligibility requirements and make a full-time commitment of no fewer than 35 hours per week to the development of the organization.
•    Applicants must be based in the US and have legal status to work in the US. If you are authorized to work in the US, but this status is granted to you through your current employer and you are only authorized to work for that employer, you are not eligible to apply.

Note: Organizations may be for-profit or non-profit.

The following proposals are not eligible for consideration:
•   Expansion of an existing organization that is past its start-up phase
•   Research projects
•   Lobbying activities
•   Initiatives that promote adoption of a specific faith or religion. (If your work has a spiritual basis but is not tied to any specific religion or faith, you may be eligible for consideration)

Assessment Criteria

Applications for the BMA Fellowship are evaluated on several criteria to assess both the strength of the applicants as well as the strength of the idea. Here are the main components of assessment:

1. The Applicant(s):

•   Purpose / Passion – Applicant exhibits strong passion and commitment for the program area in which they plan to work, as well as personal integrity
•   Resilience – Applicant has demonstrated ability to overcome obstacles
•   Leadership – Applicant has demonstrated leadership potential
•   Ability to Attract Resources – Applicant is a “Resource Magnet,” capable of attracting money, people and other resources to cause

2. The Organization / Idea:

•   Innovation – Organization is innovative and demonstrates new approach
•   Importance – Organization addresses serious social problem
•   Potential for Big, Bold Impact – Organization has clear potential for tangible impact to the beneficiary population and either has potential for effecting systemic change (e.g., policy change, societal change, influence in their field) and/or demonstrates potential for replication and growth
•   A Good Business Model – Organization has clear and compelling mission and objectives, and has given real thought to program development and delivery, ways to measure success, raising money, and other key factors indicating potential for sustainability.

Additionally, the strength of the partnership and the commitment of both individuals to the organization are evaluated for applicants applying as a partnership.


PAID Youth Summer Internships

Caroline with the Summer Learning Network, has provided this list of PAID summer youth programs and internships via Margaret Brodkin’s distribution list. Please spread the word about these great summer opportunities. Almost all are for ages 14-17 or 14-18, except for the middle school program Urban Trailblazers at the Crissy Field Center. Please note that some have application deadlines coming up soon.  Thanks for helping get the word out!

The full list of opportunities is located below:

Microsoft Word – Paid youth internships-programs Summer 2011


Picture Bayview! BAYCAT Summer Media Camp Event and Screening

Baycat Pixar Flier

Join BAYCAT on Thursday, July 22nd, from 2-4pm for youth ages 10 and older! As part of the BMAGIC Summer Learning Collaborative , BAYCAT is thrilled to have friends from Pixar in the studio this summer. Join them for an afternoon of animation shorts and a Q&A with the artists from Pixar as a part of the Summer Media Camp. There will be a live webcast on the BAYCAT site for a youth talent show, along with light snacks and active audience participation for a great afternoon! Please contact Marco Castro-Bojorquez whose information is on the flier attached in order to RSVP.


Please Urge MUNI To Provide Free Summer Passes to Youth

Last summer, the Summer Learning Network was able to negotiate a large number of free group Muni passes for Summer Learning Network members for field trips, with the assistance of City Attorney Dennis Herrera. This year, Dennis is working hard to help negotiate a repeat of the free Muni passes,  but the process is moving slowly and time is getting short, with the school year ending early this year.

You can help by e-mailing and/or calling Muni’s point person, Diana Hammons, and asking her to pass on your message urging Muni to provide the passes for summer youth programs like those serving Bayview/Hunter’s Point youth again this year. Her e-mail is diana.hammons@sfmta.org, phone 701-4610. We hope it will help if Muni knows how important these passes are to so many programs serving so many San Francisco children and youth. The passes are invaluable in helping the young people of San Francisco experience summer enrichments to keep their minds growing and thriving all summer. The passes also help programs in the Western Addition team up on group activities that are credited with reducing gang violence in the long run, as young people from different parts of the area get to know each other through summer activities. And through the supervised Muni outings, young people learn stewardship of their city and appropriate behavior on Muni. There are so many benefits – please help remind Muni’s decisionmakers why the passes are so valuable.

Thank you!

For more information, please contact:

Caroline Grannan, Summer Learning Network at cgrannan@gmail.com or visit www.sfsummerlearning.org


Positions available!

Mayor’s Office of Housing

Senior Community Development Specialist, Full-Time

Under general supervision, the Senior Community Development Specialist at the Mayor’s Office of Housing performs a variety of activities related to the funding of various local projects and programs in community development, housing and/or housing development.

Description and details: Mayor’s Office of Housing Job

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CommunityGrows

After School Garden Educator
Job Description

After School Garden Educator

About Us: CommunityGrows is an environmental education non-profit serving high-needs youth, especially those living in public housing in San Francisco. Youth acquire the necessary skills to live a healthy like through garden education, nutritious cooking and eating, and green jobs training. We are based in the Western Addition and partner with two elementary schools and numerous youth-serving organizations to meet our mission.
Please see the Full Job Description below:

CommunityGrows, After School Garden Educator Job Description, 2010

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BVHP YMCA Choizes Teen Center

1401 Lane Street

Under the direction of the Teen Services Director, the Program Leader will assist the Teen Services Director in overseeing and the build-up “Choizes” Teen Center serving youth ages 13-18. The Program Leader will assist the Director with the general organization, direction, and creation of new and innovative opportunities for our youth.

Please see the Full Job Description below:

BVHP YMCA Choizes Teen Center Position


Project Homeless Connect Event in Bayview this Friday!

Project Homeless Connect provides services for homeless San Franciscans including benefit assistance, dental, medical, legal, haircuts, housing info and much more.

This event is in honor of National Foster Care Month and features a special collaboration with Honoring Emancipated Youth (HEY) and other agencies working with youth.

Location and time:

2401 Keith Street from 10am-3pm

One block from Third Street between
Armstrong and Carroll Ave

Event Flier Found here!


Project WHAT now hiring! Application due 4/22/11

Project WHAT! is recruiting!

Get PAID $$$$ to share your story. Project WHAT! is looking for youth between the ages of 15-24, who have had an incarcerated parent and are willing to share their experience. We are looking for youth who share our desire to increase awareness of what it’s like to have a parent in prison or jail, and to improve services for youth with incarcerated parents. As a member of Project WHAT!, you will  work with a writing instructor to write a true story based on your personal experience of having parent(s) incarcerated; speak publicly at conferences and workshops (including sharing the story you wrote); and facilitate trainings for adults and youth. You will receive support and training to achieve these goals. For more information about Project WHAT!, visit: www.communityworkswest.org, find them on Facebook.com/CWProjectWHAT or Text (510) 914-8164.

 

Thanks for your support! Flyer and Full Application located below:

Project WHAT! Recruitment Flyer

Project WHAT! Application 2011


PUBLIC DEFENDER’S ‘INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY’

PUBLIC DEFENDER’S ‘INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY’
TAKES AIM AT BIAS IN THE LEGAL SYSTEM

San Francisco, CA — An African American man runs through the streets of
San Francisco, prompting wary glances from onlookers. As he reaches his
home and scoops up his smiling toddler in a hug, a police siren wails.
“Show me your hands,” commands a voice off-camera.

The 30-second video, Innocent Until Proven Guilty, was created pro bono by
Tom Donald Films for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. The PSA is
part of a national campaign launched by the San Francisco Public Defender’s
office to remind people of their Constitutional right of presumed
innocence.

Jeff Adachi introduces Innocent Until Proven Guilty:

“People should be judged by character, not color,” San Francisco Public
Defender Jeff Adachi said. “In this PSA we are trying to get people to
reflect about their own possible biases and racial profiling. It’s a
reminder that nationality, race or sexual orientation doesn’t
matter—everyone has a right to be judged individually.”

Watch Innocent Until Proven Guilty:

Adachi decided to launch the campaign a series of high-profile studies and
news reports, including:

·     An analysis of arrest data in San Francisco’s prostitution stings
(SF Weekly, Stung,6/16/10) found that Latino men may be unfairly targeted
and that some men are being cited without agreeing to sex.

·     A string of violent incidents in the Bay Area earlier this year that
ignited tensions between the area’s Asian and African American
communities.

·     A comprehensive study of racial bias in jury selection by the Equal
Justice Initiative (Illegal Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection: A
Continuing Legacy 6/10/10)  found widespread evidence of discrimination
aimed at keeping minorities off of juries in the U.S., with prosecutors
asserting pretextual reasons to justify their removal.


Seeking Family Members of People in State and Federal Prison

The Reentry Council is conducting a series of focus groups to inform its annual report about the needs and programs for formerly incarcerated adults in San Francisco. One of these focus groups is for immediate family members of people who are incarcerated in state or federal prison. If you have an immediate family member (partner, spouse, child, parent, grandchild, or other member) who is currently incarcerated, or has been recently incarcerated, in State or Federal prison , we want your input. We are interested in the experiences of people living in San Francisco. Please help us out, and consider joining this focus group. Focus group will be held on the evening of Wednesday March 10 th . If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by no later than Tuesday March 9 th to Jeaneane Young, Reentry Council Assistant, at (415) 558-2497 or email reentry.council@sfgov.org .

All attendees must RSVP in advance . If you would like to outreach to potential participants, please download flyer for distribution, available here: http://sfreentry.com/files/2010/03/2010-03-10-FG-Families.pdf


SF Bay Guardian reports on food (in)accessibility in BVHP

Article originally published on November 29th, 2011
http://www.sfbg.com/print/2011/11/29/food-divide
Published on San Francisco Bay Guardian (http://www.sfbg.com)

The food divide

By Christopher D. Cook
Created 11/29/2011

San Francisco is a city of haves and have-nots when it comes to nutrition

Antonia Williams (from left), Jazz Vassar and Kenny Hill uproot a fresh crop of leeks at Bridgeview Community Gardens

GUARDIAN PHOTO BY CHRISTOPHER D. COOK

Antonia Williams is part of a slow, quiet food revolution. After battling obesity for much of her adult life, the 26-year-old lifelong Bayview resident did some research. “I realized it had a lot to do with the food I consumed,” she told us. “As a result of growing up in the neighborhood, I suffer from obesity. I’m overweight because of the lack of options for good healthy food.”

“It’s what I grew up on, McDonald’s and a lot of fried food for dinner,” she recalls. “The grocery stores in the area were very limited in what they offered. I believe my parents weren’t as educated or aware” about health and nutrition.

Williams managed to escape this bad foods trap, change her personal diet, and now works as a “food guardian” for the nonprofit Southeast Food Access (SEFA), helping to bring more nutritious fare to the Bayview.

The complex of challenges Williams faced simply to eat well—the fast food all around her, the dearth of grocery stores, and lack of awareness—reflects the array of systemic barriers to good food that keep tens of thousands of San Franciscans in chronically poor health.

Under the weight of recession and double-digit unemployment, San Francisco’s chronic food divide has grown deeper and wider. From regions of the city like Bayview, Excelsior, and other Southeast neighborhoods, to seniors surviving on marginal fixed incomes, to the city’s swelling unemployed and underemployed who rely on food pantries, access to fresh food is a daily geographic and economic battle.

Roughly one in five San Franciscans each day has no reliable source of adequate sustenance and must scramble for food from soup kitchens, food pantries, or other “emergency” supplies that have become a structural part of the city’s food system, according to the San Francisco Food Bank.

Each month, more than 100,000 families rely on the Food Bank to help feed themselves — nearly double the amount from 2006. Economic recession has dramatically increased the number of city residents using food stamps (known as “CalFresh”) each month, rising from 29,008 in 2008 to 44,185 in 2010.

Yet even that rise belies a far deeper need: only 47 percent of those qualifying for CalFresh are actually accessing benefits, according to a data analysis by California Food Policy Advocates; at minimum, more than 40,000 additional city residents are entitled to get this help, and thus eat better.

Across the city, parallel economic and food divides compound one another, spelling serious trouble for people’s basic nutrition and health — in turn depleting their energy, cognition, and ability to do everything from succeeding in school to getting a job.

BEYOND GROCERY STORES

In Bayview, where poverty and unemployment run about double citywide averages, these geographic and economic food divides come to a head. District 10, encompassing Bayview/Hunters Point (BVHP), features some of the city’s most grocery-impoverished neighborhoods, and has the highest rates of CalFresh usage.

This confluence of lack and need—compounded by a prevalence of fast food and liquor stores over fresh food offerings—has inspired Antonia Williams and other residents to fight for better food in their neighborhoods.

As one of four paid Food Guardians for SEFA, Williams spends about 20 hours a week examining grocery store shelves in Bayview, talking with consumers and food retailers, and educating both about the need for more fresh non-processed foods.

One recent victory: armed with customer survey data, she convinced the Bayview Foods Co. to stock low-sodium tomato paste. Next on Williams’ food improvement list is getting more low-sodium products, less cholesterol, and more fiber on the shelves.

These may sound like small steps, but they’re part of a larger effort to get healthier food in Bayview, where chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease are rampant. “I think a lot of people just don’t know the link between the food we are eating and these chronic diseases,” says Williams.

The Bayview is among the city’s most food-deprived districts, with just 63 percent of residents living within a half-mile of a supermarket (in Excelsior, it’s 57 percent), compared with 84 percent citywide. That ratio improved somewhat with the arrival this August of Fresh & Easy supermarket on Third Street, but access to fresh produce remains limited — a situation that numerous studies show contributes greatly to chronic undernourishment and disease.

Indeed, statistics show Bayview area residents suffer by far the city’s “highest rates of everything negative,” as former district supervisor Sophie Maxwell puts it: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Ironically, the Bayview’s Third Street is home to the city’s bustling produce warehouses, which rattle early every morning with trucks and crates full of fruits and vegetable, “but you have to go out of the district to get it,” says Maxwell, who helped spearhead a Food Security Task Force while in office. “I was very much aware of [the food access problem] because of what I had to do to get food myself.”

Much of Third Street remains a boulevard of liquor stores and fried and fast food. According to Tia Shimada of California Food Policy Advocates, “A lot of what we see instead of food deserts is food swamps, where the amount of healthy nutritious food available is overwhelmed by all the fast food and junk food.”

Despite a seemingly diverse landscape of food businesses, “There’s a saturation in neighborhoods with unhealthy choices,” SEFA’s Tracey Patterson argues. “When the cheapest choice in front of you is fatty comfort food and fast food, that’s what you get accustomed to eating. The easier options quickly become habit.”

Kenny Hill, a 23-year-old food guardian and Bayview resident, puts it like this: “What we have in our community, that’s what we eat.” But he says history and culture play a role, too. “We need to change the culture of what’s considered good…Growing up eating salad, people would say, ‘Why are you eating that? That’s white people’s food.'”

In other words, it takes more than getting a grocery store—which itself involved a nearly 20-year struggle for Bayview residents and leaders. “Food access is just one part of the issue. Even if you get a grocery store, that doesn’t solve the problem,” says Patterson, whose group, SEFA, espouses with the help of findlaw.com “three pillars” to fix the area’s food problems: more grocery stores; education and health literacy; and expanded urban agriculture. “None on their own is enough.”

HUNGER CROSSES LINES

Getting a job isn’t enough either, statistics show. A recent study by the USDA cited by the Food Security Task Force shows that 70 percent of families nationwide with “food insecure” children have at least one member working full-time. And in San Francisco, the task force found, “39 percent of the households that receive weekly groceries through the SF Food Bank include at least one working adult. Only 18 percent of clients are homeless.”

At least by federal definitions of poverty, food insecurity isn’t just for poor people anymore — particularly in San Francisco, where exorbitant housing and other costs compound people’s struggles to meet their food needs. “If you just look at the poverty level, you’re missing a lot of people who are struggling to make ends meet,” says Colleen Rivecca, advocacy coordinator with St. Anthony’s Foundation. “Hunger and health and housing are so interconnected.”

Indeed, while the Federal Poverty Level for a family of three is $18,310, cost-of-living research by the INSIGHT Center for Community Economic Development found that in San Francisco, this family would need almost $40,000 more than that to make ends meet.

Rivecca says the ongoing recession is simultaneously deepening the food divides and undermining efforts to address it. For instance, SSI recipients must make do with $77 a month less than they got in 2009, while California is the only state where SSI cannot be supplemented by food stamps.

According to the Food Security Task Force, San Francisco “has an inordinately high number of residents who are elderly, low-income and/or blind and disabled — over 47,000 residents receive SSI.” Many are homebound, socially isolated, and living in SRO units without kitchens, and no means of preparing their own food. So it’s no surprise that these same people, who need help the most, often get it the least.

Due to “misconceptions about what qualifies,” says CFPA’s Kerry Birnbach, only 5 percent of Californians eligible for Social Security participate in CalFresh. “Senior citizens are more isolated, and the more isolated you are, the less likely you are to know about it.” Birnbach says that leads to lower nutrition, less energy, and greater hospitalization rates. “It’s not having food on the table — choosing between food and medicine.”

A 2006 study by the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services found that while the city’s elders “received approximately 12.2 million free meals through all of the programs in the City including food pantries, free dining rooms, and home delivered meals, the gap between the number of meals served and the number of meals needed was somewhere between 6 [million] and 9 million meals annually.”

BAND-AID FOOD SYSTEM

As television cameras made clear on Thanksgiving, there’s no shortage of food and meal giveaway programs, soup kitchens run by churches and nonprofits — a whole constellation of ad hoc benevolence spread across the city. But this kind of “emergency food assistance” has become a structural part of the city’s dietary landscape.

Another main ingredient in the city’s food infrastructure is seemingly cheap fast food, which for many poor people becomes the diet of first and last resort. Sup. Eric Mar recalls meeting with teenage mothers and hearing one parent speak about dumpster diving at McDonald’s for what she called “fancy dinner.”

“The cheapest possible food like McDonald’s is seen as a luxury,” says Mar, who last year passed legislation preventing fast food chains from selling kids meals with toys unless they improved their nutrition content. “Poor people rely on whatever’s out there, and when McDonald’s or Burger King sells cheap, it undercuts families’ efforts to get healthy.”

District 10 Sup. Malia Cohen sees the impacts of fast food and junk food every day in Bayview. “There is no infrastructure out there to de-program people” from long-standing fast food habits. “I don’t fault people for eating fast food, but I do want them to think twice and know they have a choice.”

So what is the choice, and how will the city address its deep food divides, which cut across geographic and demographic lines?

So far, it’s a patchwork project. As one step, the supervisors in April passed a new zoning ordinance designed to encourage more urban food production. In Bayview, Cohen says, “We’re looking at urban agriculture as something that’s viable” to feed low-income residents.

Despite the arrival of Fresh & Easy, BVHP remains a critical flashpoint for the food security fight. Markets for fresh produce are few and far between. In 2006 the Department of the Environment teamed with Girls 2000 and Literacy for Environmental Justice to create the Bayview Hunters’ Point Farmers Market, but for a variety of reasons, the customer base wasn’t sufficient for farmers to keep selling there, and the project stalled. Now there is talk of reviving a farmers market in the area.

But for larger, more structural change to take hold, Mar argues, the food gap “has to be a citywide goal and priority.” And, he notes, bigger forces — notably agribusiness lobbies and congressional agriculture committees — make local progress more difficult. “It’s hard because the Farm Bill allows these food companies and commodity groups to keep their prices lower, and small businesses and producers have a hard time keeping their prices low,” encouraging more fast food and obesity and other diet-related diseases. For alternative diet options you can drop by the dp resource we added below, just remember to always make informed choices.

GREEN GLIMMERS

On a chilly gray late afternoon the day before Thanksgiving, we met with Patterson, Williams, and two other food guardians at Bridgeview Community Garden on the corner of Newhall and Revere in Bayview. Perched on a small chunk of slope overlooking houses and freeway traffic, the plot offers a thriving little harvest of tomatoes, kale, leeks, basil, and other vegetables and herbs. It’s not a lot of food, but along with other nearby agriculture, such as Quesada Gardens and the larger Alemany Farm, it helps bolster residents’ weekly dose of fresh produce.

Equally important, it gives budding food activists like Antonia Williams and Kenny Hill reason to believe things can change. After yanking a healthy crop of leeks from the soil, fellow food guardian Jazz Vassar, 25, notes, “There are a lot of community organizations doing good work here. We have high hopes to change things.”

Even as they work to nourish a different food future, the food guardians are acutely aware of the jagged rocks and stubborn old roots that need to be cleared. Asked what the city should do about Bayview’s many-layered food struggles, Hill responds: “Realize there is a problem in Bayview, and allocate resources here. There are statistics that this is a food desert, there are high rates of crime—people have to wake up and see that people here have been disenfranchised.”

It’s not about having the city do it for them, says Hill. “Give us something to latch on to so we can help ourselves.”

Former Bay Guardian city editor Christopher D. Cook [2] is the author of Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis. [2]


SF Bayview Newspaper Feature on Former BMAGIC Director Yvette Robles

Original article reposted from SF Bayview’s official website

Link to complete story: http://sfbayview.com/2011/meet-yvette-mari-robles-former-director-of-bmagic-and-10-women-campaign-honoree/

Flyaway Productions presents the 2011 ‘10 Women Campaign: Who Is Tending the City’ Nov. 17

by Lisa Okuhn

Yvette Mari Robles

The 10 Women Campaign, to be held this year on Thursday, Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m. – come at 6:30 for the reception – at ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., San Francisco, is a biennial celebration of women whose work in law, politics, activism, business, philanthropy and the arts mirrors Flyaway’s mission: the integration of experimental forms with social and political content; the empowerment of women where women’s voices remain an underserved element of public culture as a whole; and risk-taking as a way to expand women’s social, political and cultural identity.

The 10 Women Campaign builds a bridge between women in the arts and civic life. It is an evening of performances by Flyaway Productions and various guest artists and intimate, personal acceptance speeches by each of the awardees. Those who attend gain tremendous insight into the motivation and issues important to each woman that we honor. We also host a pre-event reception where guests are invited to meet and talk with the awardees face to face.

The 10 Women Campaign awards are presented by 10 leading women in the San Francisco dance/performance community. Through this aspect of the 10 Women Campaign, we are encouraging dance as a vehicle for community gathering. We also hope to bring visibility to female leadership inherent to – but often overlooked in – the Bay Area’s contemporary dance community. The 10 Women are nominated each year by the awardees from the previous year.

To give you a head start on the event, I spoke with one of this year’s honorees, Yvette Mari Robes, former director of BMagic and a great friend to Bayview Hunters Point.

Lisa: Tell us a little bit about your work with BMagic.

Yvette: BMagic is a community-based organization that works primarily in Bayview Hunters Point and is run out of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. What the work focuses on is servicing those who serve the community of Bayview Hunters Point. Our role is to support these service organizations in their work, not to compete with them for time and resources. We’re an intermediary organization helping Bayview Hunters Point community organizations to build alliances between one another.

Aside from large flagship community events, we don’t provide direct programmatic services. We believe it’s essential to support the partnership of organizations and to leverage the good work and resources that already exist in the community.

Lisa: What are some of the most exciting initiative or projects you’ve been involved with there?

Yvette: Our role is to build collective capacity. One example is our monthly Convener Meetings, where we bring people together for organizational support, but also to let them get to know one another as people. In building our collective capacity as service providers, we also begin to soften ourselves and open ourselves up as people, and not just in the roles we play in the context of our job. When we see that which is similar, what we have in common, it makes us more powerful in our ability to co-create. These meetings facilitate relationship building and help clarify our assets in the community. They also really clarify how important everyone’s work is.

We also partner in about 30 flagship events a year – helping with sponsorship, outreach, volunteer support, staffing, all sorts of things. And there’s the Backpack Giveaway, where we give away 2,000-3,000 backpacks filled with school supplies in one day. Our Literacy is Freedom book fair is an event where we give away culturally relevant books, and which offers all different kinds of literacy activities.

Another important event is the Winter Formal for youth and community. A lot of young people can’t afford winter ball expenses, when tickets for something like that can run $70 or more. Besides tickets, there are the expenses for clothes, transportation … We wanted to make it affordable for young people in the community to celebrate.

Lisa: What brought you to BMagic?

Yvette: What brought me was my background in the care and protection services, in social justice or restorative justice, although I’m not always sure if I really like those phrases. My interest lies in process of community transformation starting from where community is at.

At the August 2009 BMagic Backpack Giveaway, Bayview Hunters Point youngsters show their love for each other and for the event they look forward to every year.

I believe community transformation can occur by simply leveraging the assets, resources, and hearts and minds of people who are already there. We should be looking at transformation in a way that recognizes that people and communities do have everything that’s essential on the level of the spirit – what’s needed is collaborative work rooted in the assets we have in our community. There is a sort of mantra around, that the community doesn’t have this or that. But not everything comes from a deficit-based place. We need to reinvent, reinvigorate and recognize our strengths, as people and community. We can bring an awareness of what we have and what we’re doing to deepen the work and co-create together.

The essence of our work together as a collaborative is not to change people – individuals or organizations – but rather to bring awareness to who we really are and how to best care for one another. In that awareness we are called upon to recognize the richness of community and the resources we already have.

Lisa: During the time you’ve worked in Bayview Hunters Point, what kinds of changes have you seen in the community, positive or negative?

Yvette: I’ve seen tremendous change. I wouldn’t frame things as good or bad. I’ve seen change that has the potential to benefit the community at large. I’ve also seen change that looks like it might benefit those who don’t live in the community and doesn’t necessarily honor the community.

Not all change is good change. There is the rapid change of redevelopment. The community and the benefits often go to people who are moving into the community but are not from the community. If the community starts becoming more mixed income, financially, that’s both good and bad. A reality, though, is that people who have lived there their entire lives no longer feel welcome. And that’s painful.

At the same time, many organizations that now have less access and resources to do their work have been able to strengthen capacity and their partnerships and provide outstanding offerings to the community. Community organizations, even while they’re suffering from cuts, still maintain strong partnerships, especially in the areas of health and well-being, youth services, senior services and the arts.

Lisa: You’re moving on and have resigned as director of BMagic. What are your plans?

Yvette: I am a student at the California Institute of Integral Studies, getting my master’s degree in integrative health. I want to focus my work on becoming an educator as well as a wellness practitioner and wellness coach. The way I’ll show up in community is slightly different, moving away from an administrative to a more direct services role: working with communities and people directly in creating wellness.

Lisa: What do you envision for BMagic’s future?

Yvette: I see BMagic with a very healthy future. It’s in great hands with a new director and a wonderful staff. I envision BMagic continuing on its authentic path, honoring the directive of an organization that is comprised of the collective and working to honor the needs of the community.

Lisa: You’re being honored by the “10 Women Campaign,” an organization that acknowledges the work of women activists whose extraordinary efforts have effected remarkable change in their communities. Who would you nominate to be one of the next “10 Women Campaign” honorees?

Yvette: Jessica Flintoft, who is policy director for the Reentry Council of San Francisco. The Reentry Council is a body of different city agency and community based organizations, as well as formerly incarcerated individuals, that is shaping policy and creating services for folks who are reentering the community after leaving the prison industrial complex.

Especially with the budget cuts, there are a mass number of people being released with no job skills, who may or may not have an education, a place to go, money or resources. They’re just basically being told, good luck. What does that mean when all these young men come home? The Reentry Council does amazing work. I would nominate Jessica Flintoft for her outstanding commitment and work regarding folks re-entering the community.

Yvette, past and future

Yvette Mari Robles graduated in 2004 from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in psychology and a minor in speech communications. She is the former director of BMAGIC, a nonprofit social, educational and juvenile justice collaborative comprised of 35 community based organizations in Bayview Hunters Point. Yvette is an abolitionist, womanist, grassroots fundraiser, community builder and social researcher. She advocates for public policy and restorative justice that is inclusive of the community’s needs through collaborative programming. Her group work cultivates a love-based practice that emphasizes shared leadership, forgiveness and rituals of regard.

Yvette is also a former council member on the University of California, San Francisco, University Community Partnerships Council working to strengthen relationships between the University and the BVHP community by supporting authentic community based participatory research. She served on the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development Youth Employment Council assisting in designing programmatic quality standards that are fair and considerate of organizations whose capacity building structures are impacted by social inequities. Yvette has a dedicated vision of strengthening and sustaining systems of change created by and for communities of color. She is currently a master’s degree candidate in integrative health at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Lisa Wallgren Okuhn of Okuhn Public Relations can be reached at lisaokuhn@gmail.com. Tickets for the “10 Women Campaign” are $50 for the reception, performance and ceremony and $20 in advance or $25 at the door for the performance and ceremony. Call the box office at (415) 863-9834 or visit flyawayproductions.com.


SF Foundation Center’s “Finding Funders” Workshop, 3/14

Foundation Center Funding Training

“Introduction to Finding Funders”

Wednesday, March 14th, 10am-12 noon, 312 Sutter Street, Suite 606

 

This session provides an introduction to the Foundation Center’s comprehensive online database, Foundation Directory Online Professional. Learn how to create customized searches to develop targeted lists of foundations that will match your organization’s funding needs. We will spend time exploring Power Search, which allows you to search across nine Foundation Center databases – grantmakers, grants, companies, 990s, news, jobs, RFPs, nonprofit literature, and PubHub reports. Meeting starts promptly at 10:00am.

Contact Fernando at 415-558-2488 or fernando@bayviewmagic.org if you’d like to sign up for this training.


SF Reentry Council Survey to Update Getting Out & Staying Out Guide

Please Complete Survey and Return by March 31st! The Reentry Council is conducting a survey of programs and services provided to San Francisco adults who are currently or formerly incarcerated. The survey results will be used to inform the Council’s annual report on reentry needs and services, and to update the popular Getting Out & Staying Out guide, a resource for individuals returning to San Francisco. Please make sure that your information is listed! Make sure we know what services or support are provided to people coming out of jails and prisons. The survey is available here: http://sfreentry.com/files/2010/03/Survey-of-Programs-2010.pdf Please forward this request far and wide. We are trying to reach as many providers—both government and community-based—as possible. Please complete the survey, and turn it in. You may complete the form on your computer, or print the survey form and fill it out by hand. You may e-mail, FAX, mail, or hand deliver your survey. Please fill out the survey, and get it in to us by Wednesday March 31st! Thank You! Questions? Call (415) 553-1593 or email reentry.council@sfgov.org.Getting



Sign Petition to Support Free MUNI for Youth!

re-posted from POWER :

http://www.peopleorganized.org/activism/petition-support-free-public-transportation-for-youth/

Petition: Support Free Public Transportation for Youth

Young people are having a harder and harder time getting around San Francisco—getting to school, after school programs, jobs, volunteer activities, museums and parks. Major cuts to the yellow school bus program have forced school-age children to find their own way of getting to school—and a youth Fast Pass costs more than twice what it did two years ago. Young people who cannot afford the rising cost of transportation risk getting a $100 fine if they ride the bus without paying the fare.

In February, the MTA Board, the Transit Authority and other regional bodies will be taking action on youth transit in San Francisco. Funding to support low-income transit and climate initiative programs could provide free transit passes for youth. MTA staff and board members are debating whether to take this opportunity to provide free transit for youth, or merely offer a cheaper pass for youth. We know that cutting the cost of the pass does not resolve the issue – there should be no barriers preventing young people from getting to school safely. MTA officials need to hear from you today if you support free transportation for youth.


Summer Learning Collaborative Meeting

On Tuesday, March 23rd, BMAGIC called together many prominent organizations within the collaborative to report back on organizational summer programing and co-create a universal calendar based on this information. BMAGIC plans to support these groups to better utilize the calendar and bring participants to different organizations based on the needs of their youth and gaps in personal services. Groups like the SECRN, BAYCAT, the Willie Mays Boys and Girls Club, Third Street Youth Center and Clinic, the BVHP YMCA, and the Bayview Opera House (among many others) came to report back on their offerings and participate in a conversation around sharing resources like this leading site for parents and providing more comprehensive programs and curriculum for their youth through the participation in this work.




Third Street Corridor Business Attraction Survey

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about critical data needed to evaluate the recommendations of what types of businesses and activities the community desires along the Third Street Corridor. In addition, there are a few questions that ask your opinion about where you shop for goods and services and why.

You are a Stakeholder in this community, thus making your input a valuable asset to the efforts of the Third Street Corridor Project. The Survey will take 5 minutes to complete. All of your responses will be kept confidential within reasonable limits. Only people directly involved with this project will have access to the surveys.

Online completion of this survey indicates voluntary consent to participate in this study. If you would like to participate, you must provide contact information (name, telephone number and email) in the space provided and you must know that everyone get their gift!

Please follow the link below to begin your survey!

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/thirdstreetbusinessattractionsurvey

If you have any questions pertaining to the survey, please do not hesitate to contact Wendy Guzman at wendy@rencenter or 415-647-3728 ext.6409.


UCSF Paid High School Internship Program application due March 31st

This internship is for promising high school students (with a particular emphasis on African American males) to apply to be a part of a research mentorship for the summer.  If they are selected for the program, they will receive a stipend of $4,800 for an internship that requires a total time commitment of 320 hours or approximately 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. In order to receive the stipend they will need to have a social security number or tax ID number.

 

Please see the application for details, and please share with students.  This is due March 31st at 5pm.

Application is posted below:

2011 UCSF YITH2 Student Application FULL Packet from Clergy


University Community Partnerships Seeks One At-Large UCSF Member

We are currently recruiting members to fill one at-large UCSF seat on the University Community Partnerships Council.  UCSF Faculty, Staff, Students, Residents, Post-Doctorals and Fellows are welcome to apply for the current opening on the Council.  Interested candidates should complete this form by April 30, 2012 at 12:00PM.   

Candidates are encouraged to contact our office for more information about the duties and responsibilities of Council Members prior to completing the nomination form. Completed Nomination Forms will be referred to the Council’s recruitment and retention committee for evaluation.

In addition candidates should provide a current resume or CV and a letter of recommendation.  The letter of recommendation should come from someone who can speak to the candidate’s experience working in community-academic partnerships.  Please send the resume/CV and letter of recommendation to partnerships@ucsf.edu.  The subject line for the email should be: 2012 UCPC Open Call Candidate NAME.

 

Please visit http://partnerships.ucsf.edu/about-us/our-council/how-to-join-our-council  for full details!

Contact:

Randy Quezada, MPP

University Community Partnerships

University of California, San Francisco

1855 Folsom Street, Suite 611

San Francisco, CA 94143-0934

randy.quezada@ucsf.edu

(T) 415.476.5589

(F) 415.476.6728


University of CA at Berkeley Preparing for College Middle/ High School Workshops on April 16, 2011

UC Berkeley is hosting Cal Day 2011 on Saturday April 16th through workshops on college readiness and preparedness at the Middle School and High School levels for students and their families. College affordability and financial aid workshops will also be presented. All are encouraged to join and  workshops are free of cost.

Preparing for College Middle School workshop:  10am-11am

Preparing for College High School workshop: 11:30am- 12:30pm

2011 Cal Day Flyer CEP Workshops

Spanish version: 2011 Cal Day Flyer CEP Spanish Workshops



White House Internship Application

White House Internship Program:
Things to Know
The application period for the Spring 2012 White House Internship Program is now open. Applicants have until September 11, 2011 to apply for a Spring 2012 White House Internship. Please read instructions below and refer to our FAQ page for additional explanations.

The following are important questions to ask yourself before and after submitting your internship application.  The link to apply can be found at the bottom of this page, but please read all instructions before starting your application.
Am I eligible to apply for a White House Internship?
All White House Internship Program participants must be:
  • United States citizens
  • At least 18 years of age on or before the first day of the internship
  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university OR graduated in the past two years from undergraduate or graduate program at a college, community college or university
OR
  • A veteran of the United States Armed Forces who possesses a high school diploma or its equivalent and has served on active duty at any time over the past two years
Am I available for the Spring 2012 internship program?
All White House Interns are expected to intern full-time for the entire term of the program:
  • The spring internship term runs from January 17, 2012 – May 4, 2012
  • Please visit our FAQ page for questions regarding quarter systems
  • The White House internship program is an unpaid program
  • The White House internship program is a full-time program
  • Interns will be expected to work from approximately 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday-Friday
  • Hours may vary by office
  • Please visit our FAQ page for questions regarding the definition of “full-time”

Do I have all my application materials?
A completed packet includes:

  • Two Essays: Each answer should be between 300-500 words in length
  • Current Resume: Your resume should not exceed one page
  • Three Letters of Recommendation

How do I submit my application correctly?
All application materials must be submitted online.

  • The application for the Spring 2012 White House Internship will be posted from May 9, 2011 – September 11, 2011. All Spring 2012 White House Internship application materials MUST be submitted ON or BEFORE 11:59 p.m. EDT September 11, 2011.
  • When an applicant enters a recommender’s email address into the application, the recommender will be sent an email with instructions on how to submit a recommendation for the applicant.
  • When a letter of recommendation has been successfully submitted, both the applicant and the recommender will receive an email confirmation with the name of the recommender who has submitted a letter on the applicant’s behalf.

Click on the link below to apply:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/about/internships/apply/application


Willie Brown Middle School Re-building Planning Meeting (2/9, 6:30PM)

WHO:SFUSD, Providence Baptist Church

WHAT: First Planning Meeting for the rebuilding of Willie Brown Jr. Middle School

WHERE: Providence Baptist Church, 1601 McKinnon Avenue

WHEN: February 9th, 6:30pm

CONTACT: (415) 641-8719

NOTES: Come be a part of this first discussion on the planning stages of the building of the new Willie Brown Middle School; refreshments will be provided.



Youngblood-Coleman Park Day of Service 2! Saturday, 10/27/12, 9am-2pm

WHO:  Habitat for Humanity of Greater SF, Recs & Parks and  We 4 Youngblood Coleman Park Initiative Partners

WHAT: Youngblood-Coleman Park Day of Service: Save the Dates/Volunteer Recruitment!

WHERE: Youngblood-Coleman Park (1400 Hudson St)

WHEN: Save the dates: October 27th (9am-2pm)  and for December 3rd (Time TBA)

CONTACT: For Sign-ups and More Info, contact Parks94124@gmail.com or 415-625-1029

NOTES: Building off the success of the Youngblood-Coleman Day of Service on September 29th, the Youngblood-Coleman Park Initiative is planning two other opportunities to beautify and rebuild the park in the spirit of community building and collaboration. Details to be announced for these future offerings. To help recruit volunteers, please pass this link to anyone you think will be interested in joining us

http://habitatgsf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Browse.aspx.

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Please see the attached flyer with details below!

Youngblood-Coleman Park Day of Service October 27th, 2012


Youth Commission is Accepting Applications! Due Friday, April 22nd

Are you a young person who has opinions about how this City makes decisions that affect you and your friends? Interested in changing City Hall? Apply to the San Francisco Youth Commission?


The SF Youth Commission is looking for young people ages 12 to 23 years old who are interested in making sure that city government hears and is accountable to the voices, issues, and perspectives of San Francisco’s young people. Make sure your neighborhood, community and peers are represented in City Hall!–apply to become a member of the Youth Commission! :–) Fill out and return the application by Friday, April 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm. For more information visit: www.sfgov.org/yc

Application: http://www.sfbos.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=38017

Youth Commission Application for 2011-2012


Youth Employment Forum at City College on Wednesday, March 23

The Youth Employment Forum being organized by the Workforce Investment Community Advisory Committee, TAY-SF and the Youth Employment Coalition.  The forum is being designed to hear from young people what employment services they need and want in San Francisco.  “Older folks” are invited as well and will be a part of the conversation.

If you would like any additional information, please contact Jodi Schwartz
at jodi@lyric.org or 415 703-6150.

The forum will be held at City College of San Francisco’s Ocean Campus, 50
Phelan Avenue, Multi Use Building, Room 140.

The flyer is posted below:

Youth Employment Forum Flyer