Almaden Resident

February 27, 2015

Almaden Resident

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Silicon Valley Community Newspapers $1.00 Volume 12, Issue 20 February 27, 2015 176 An edition of the $1.00 BY LEETA-ROSE BALLESTER After-school and summer programs for youth are on the minds of both San Jose and Santa Clara County of- ficials as budgets are being set. Mayor Sam Liccardo and county Supervisors Dave Cortese and Cindy Chavez have set forth plans to keep teenagers engaged through summer job opportunities. The countywide Youth Summer Jobs initiative is slated to provide 500 jobs and paid internships for youth, with the help of a $1,020,226 grant going to Work2Future for training and placement services. The county Board of Supervisors approved funding for the inititiative on Feb. 10. Work2Future has had a longstanding program to help 18- to 21-year-old youth secure employment through case management, training and supportive services. The pilot program will focus on foster youth, Cal- Works families and those from low-income families. "We need to help get these kids off the streets and into a career path," said Chavez about the summer jobs initiative. Liccardo plans to push for approval of a match to funds set forth by the county and begin a San Jose ini- tiative called SJ Works. The first steps for that program will be connecting youth with partner organizations such as Work2Future and Teenforce. The San Jose mayor has also proposed an after- school program for elementary-age children, called SJ Learns. The SJ Learns Working Group is made up of edu- cation and nonprofit professionals as well as council members Magdalena Carrasco, District 5, and Donald Rocha, District 9. With the early years in mind, the initiative seeks to keep young children engaged and on the right path before trouble starts. A focus will be on academic programs. "Children deserve the opportunity to access quality academic and enrichment programs that provide a strong foundation for achievement," Carrasco said. Nationally, experts and statistics widely agree that prevention strategies with younger children work. San Jose has had similar preventative programs aimed at youth that fell by the wayside during budget cuts. CITY, COUNTY AIM FOR SUMMER JOB, EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMUNITY'S YOUTH Good programs languished during years of budget cuts Historic Lens: Preservation Action, Landmarks Commission sponsor photography contest ... page 5 Immersed in Languages: SJUSD wins state recognition for its immersion program ....... page 20 A NEWSPAPER PHOTOGRAPH BY JACQUELINE RAMSEYER Pet Project fundraiser mixes craft ales with ceramic art page 12 page 12 Jamie Meador, a teacher at Higher Fire, is making 30-40 ceramic pints and a few growlers to sell at the upcoming Pints For Pups, a fundraiser for Silicon Valley Pet Project being held at Strike Brewing on March 7. Youth, page 9

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