As you may know, last year I declared 2011 to be the “Year of the Child.” Many of the initiatives I brought forward centered on improving the lives of families and youth. As a father of four, I have always had a passion for these types of programs because they have such an impact on the future of our children. I was happy that I was able to use my role as County Supervisor to bring back School-linked Services, reignite the Youth Task Force, and promote a reformed system of juvenile justice. I recently spoke at the Fifth Annual Santa Clara County Children’s Summit where I reaffirmed my commitment to help families and youth this year through my role as Chair of the Children, Seniors, and Family Committee in Santa Clara County. If you would like to read more about these initiatives, click here for a sneak preview of an article I wrote for an upcoming newspaper publication.
That said, I would like to share with you information on opportunities for students and college bound youth as well as other valuable information. As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 408-299-5030.
Have you heard about the school budget cuts?
Once again, our schools are taking funding cuts from the State. A recent op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News, by Dana Bunnett of Kids in Common, highlights the cumulative impacts that these funding cuts have had on our youth. I will be taking a group by bus to Sacramento in May to discuss our concerns about the impacts we have seen locally because of these cuts. This will be the tenth year we have made this trip. If you would like to join us or would like more information on the bus trip to Sacramento, please contact Lara McCabe in my office by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 408-299-2033.
Are you, or do you know of, a student who is interested in a career in public service?
The Lt. Jose A. Santiago Memorial Foundation is offering scholarships to students interested in a career in public service or humanities. This is open to current high school students or college students already enrolled in a four-year university. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is April 30, 2012. For more information on these scholarships or to apply, please visit the Foundation’s website at http://ltsantiago.org/.
Are you, or do you know of, a student who would like a summer internship with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission?
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is looking for high school students to work in internship positions this summer. Several of these positions are in Santa Clara County, working on local transportation issues. These positions are paid internships that will also provide valuable, real-world experience. Deadline to apply is March 8, 2012. For more information, or to apply for an internship position, please visit their website at www.mtc.ca.gov/jobs/high_school/.
Do you want to know more about the State of Women and Girls in Santa Clara County?
On Friday, March 23, 2012, the Office of Women’s Policy will present their report on the State of Women and Girls in Santa Clara County. This event will take place at 9:00am in the Board Chambers located at the County Government Center. The event is free, but RSVP is required. Click here to register your attendance. If you have any questions regarding this report or event, please contact Carla Collins at 408-299-5152 or firstname.lastname@example.org in the Office of Women’s Policy.
Are you, or do you know, a student who is interested in government work?
I am looking for interns to work in my office. My office sponsors high school and college interns to assist us with event planning, policy work, and more. It is an exciting opportunity that provides students with an inside look into how government organizations operate. For more information, or to apply for an internship, please contact Tiffany Lee by e-mail at email@example.com or by phone at 299-5036.
Take back money you have overpaid to the IRS. Get your taxes done for FREE!
United Way has partnered with the IRS to bring FREE tax filing services to low income residents in Santa Clara County. This fabulous program may help you get back some of the money you paid in taxes this year. There are many sites located throughout Santa Clara County with many sites offering FREE tax services in a variety of languages. This is a great opportunity to get back the money you earned! To see if you qualify, please contact the United Way by visiting their website.
Wondering what the Bay Area will look like for families in the future?
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments has put together an online workshop to give residents an opportunity to see the initial draft for the 25 year combined land use and transportation plan, called Plan Bay Area, for the nine Bay Area counties. This is a great opportunity to see how housing and transportation will change in the future. To view the upcoming plan or provide your input, please visit their virtual workshop at http://www.onebayarea.org/workshops/virtual.htm.
Are you, or do you know, a low-income youth who is looking for a job?
Work2 Future helps low-income youth, aged 17 years to 21 years, find jobs. They offer training for jobs, job placement assistance, and more. For more information on their services, please visit their website at http://www.work2future.biz/.
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