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California Takes the Lead in Addressing a Humanitarian Crisis
Oct 23, 2014 | Blog

California Takes the Lead in Addressing a Humanitarian Crisis

Tens of thousands of Central American children have risked their lives – and in some cases perished – to  take the dangerous journey from Central America to the U.S. in order to flee from violence in their countries of origin. We’ve all seen their ...
White House Fact Sheet: Expanding Access to Legal Representation for Unaccompanied Minors from Central America
Oct 23, 2014 | Press Release

White House Fact Sheet: Expanding Access to Legal Representation for Unaccompanied Minors from Central America

As a matter of policy, the Administration supports providing access to legal representation and services to unaccompanied children. We need every element of the court process to work effectively to accomplish the goal of both honoring humanitarian ...
[California Healthline] California Thursdays Hopes To Change Students' Health One Meal at a Time
Oct 23, 2014 | Article

[California Healthline] California Thursdays Hopes To Change Students' Health One Meal at a Time

A program to make school lunches healthier and more appetizing starts today in 15 school districts across California. It's called California Thursdays. The program is organized and managed by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a not-for-profit based in Berkeley. The idea is to help school cafeterias produce meals using local ingredients, or at least ones grown in California. "We call it a win-win-win," said Adam Kesselman, manager of the Rethinking School Lunch program at the Center for Ecoliteracy.
[Colorlines] 6 Ways the White House Can Help Truly Keep Our Brothers
Oct 23, 2014 | Article

[Colorlines] 6 Ways the White House Can Help Truly Keep Our Brothers

After nearly six years of de facto silence on race, the White House this year swung into the harsh world that men of color inhabit with the unveiling of its “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative. When compared to their white peers, black men are nearly half as likely to graduate from high school; earn $6 an hour less in the labor market; are three times as likely to live in poverty and 10 times as likely to have been a victim of homicide—not to mention off-the-charts incarceration rates. This depressing data has been well documented for over a generation and is not in dispute. To describe the totality of what’s going on, Marian Wright-Edelman of the Children’s Defense Fund drops the world “school” and simply dubs it “the cradle-to-prison pipeline.”
[CBS Sacramento] California's Willful Defiance Law Limits Suspensions, Expulsions For Backtalking Students
Oct 23, 2014 | Article

[CBS Sacramento] California's Willful Defiance Law Limits Suspensions, Expulsions For Backtalking Students

The law limits the use of suspensions for young children and expulsions for all students. Supporters say suspensions have gotten out of hand, with about 750,000 a year.
[Orange County Register] Free meals for all students at Santa Ana schools
Oct 22, 2014 | Article

[Orange County Register] Free meals for all students at Santa Ana schools

SANTA ANA – Every student at all 57 schools in Santa Ana Unified is eligible to receive a free school breakfast and lunch daily regardless of whether the child qualifies for the federal free-or-reduced-price meal program. This is the second straight year that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved every campus in Santa Ana Unified, Orange County’s largest school district with 57,500 students, for a program aimed at improving nutrition among needy students. All across the country, students in public schools can apply for free or reduced meals, based on families’ incomes. But there is a special federal program that grants a waiver and declares that every student in a school, or even in a district, can have the meals without individually qualifying.
[Orange County Register] Looking back 20 years: What is it like to grow up as a child in Orange County?
Oct 22, 2014 | Article

[Orange County Register] Looking back 20 years: What is it like to grow up as a child in Orange County?

Orange County children are getting out of gangs, staying in school and posting better marks on standardized tests, even as half the county’s children count on a federally subsidized school lunch. Those were among the findings released Tuesday in the 20th annual Conditions of Children in Orange County. A one-of-a-kind retrospective, the report looks back 20 years at trends in the health, safety, academic and economic status of children and teens. The 172-page report tracks the progress made by a coalition of county agencies, nonprofits and faith-based groups in 25 primary areas. The categories range from juvenile arrests to childhood obesity.
[Truthout] Suit Against Kern County Schools Alleges Disproportionate Discipline for Students of Color
Oct 22, 2014 | Article

[Truthout] Suit Against Kern County Schools Alleges Disproportionate Discipline for Students of Color

A sweeping lawsuit filed in Kern County, Calif., late last week alleges that African-American and Latino high school students suffer discrimination from disciplinary practices that remove them at disproportionate rates from regular school and place them in inferior alternative settings. The Center for Public Integrity in 2011 reported that Kern County, in the Golden State’s Central Valley, had the highest rate of student expulsion in California, not just on a per capita basis, but actually numerically higher than populous Los Angeles County. In 2013, the Center and KQED radio reported that Kern County kids, among them Hispanic children of farmworkers, were removed from regular school for minor reasons and placed in alternative schools so far from home — as much as 40 miles away — that many kids dropped out or were told to perform independent study at home.
[East Bay Express] Finding Hope After Prison
Oct 22, 2014 | Article

[East Bay Express] Finding Hope After Prison

Yema Lee grew up surrounded by crime in West Oakland. Members of her family started selling cocaine and heroin when she was eleven years old. At twelve, she committed her first burglary. Lee, now 41, spent a total of eight years in jail and prison during her twenties and thirties. Each time she was released, it seemed impossible not to return.
[Press-Telegram] Long Beach receives grant to boost health insurance enrollment
Oct 22, 2014 | Article

[Press-Telegram] Long Beach receives grant to boost health insurance enrollment

LONG BEACH >> The city received a $225,000 Covered California Navigator grant aimed at increasing health insurance enrollment in the state, officials announced Tuesday. “Working with our local partners, Long Beach is helping to ensure residents enroll in Covered California and stay in the program,” Mayor Robert Garcia said in a statement. The new grant will support the existing Covered California Outreach and Education Program and enrollment assistance in the upcoming months, including language-specific services, according to Kelly Colopy, director of the Department of Health and Human Services. The next open enrollment period for Covered California begins Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15. Covered California anticipates a total registration of 1.7 million Californians by the end of the coming open-enrollment period.
Oct 22, 2014 | Press Release

The California Endowment appoints Program Manager for Fresno Building Healthy Communities Site

Fresno, CA (October 22, 2014) – The California Endowment today announced it has appointed Sabina González-Eraña to serve as the Program Manager for The Endowment’s Fresno Building Healthy Communities (BHC) site. Building Healthy Communities, launched ...
[Health Affairs Blog] Enrolling College Students In Health Insurance: Lessons From California (Part 1)
Oct 20, 2014 | Article

[Health Affairs Blog] Enrolling College Students In Health Insurance: Lessons From California (Part 1)

A post-enrollment poll conducted on seven of the 15 campuses found that the percent of uninsured students had dropped dramatically from about 25-30 percent to 10 percent. One-third of students reported signing up for Covered California or Medi-Cal, and a similar percentage reported that a family member had done so. Project leadership concluded that enrolling college students is about affordability, not invincibility. By emphasizing the affordability and accessibility of health coverage under the new health law, other states may also benefit from targeted outreach to students in their state university systems.
[The Huffington Post] More Than Fun and Games -- Play Matters
Oct 20, 2014 | Article

[The Huffington Post] More Than Fun and Games -- Play Matters

Playgrounds can be a great tool in the effort to save and improve lives, yet their role is vastly underutilized. Jill Vialet has spent nearly two decades trying to change that. In 1996, while running the Museum of Children's Art in Oakland, California, she met with a school principal who asked for help in reducing the chaos and conflict in the schoolyard during recess. Starting with two schools in Berkeley, she launched Playworks, an organization that now reaches more than 400 schools through direct service and training programs. More than 900,000 children have benefitted from her work, and in 2011 she was recognized by Forbes as being among the top 30 social entrepreneurs in the world. It's my privilege to turn this spot over to Jill to continue this discussion.
[Richmond Confidential] State health exchange averts termination of most coverage plans
Oct 20, 2014 | Article

[Richmond Confidential] State health exchange averts termination of most coverage plans

Covered California, the state’s public health exchange, said that it cleared the legal residency status of most individuals who received notices last month requiring documentation of their status in order to continue their health insurance coverage. In early September, roughly 27,000 letters went to Bay Area families notifying them that Covered California planned to end their coverage because they didn’t submit timely documents proving legal residence in the state.
[Pacific Standard] The Risk of Getting Killed by the Police If You Are White, and If You Are Black
Oct 20, 2014 | Article

[Pacific Standard] The Risk of Getting Killed by the Police If You Are White, and If You Are Black

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts—21 times greater, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings. The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.
[California Healthline] Most Uninsured Unaware of Next ACA Open Enrollment Period
Oct 21, 2014 | Article

[California Healthline] Most Uninsured Unaware of Next ACA Open Enrollment Period

About nine of 10 uninsured individuals who responded to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey said they did not know that the Affordable Care Act's next open enrollment period begins in November, the New York Times' "The Upshot" reports (Sanger-Katz, "The Upshot," New York Times, 10/21). The finding comes from the most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, for which researchers surveyed 1,503 U.S. adults between Oct. 8 and Oct. 14 (KFF poll, 10/21).
This Week in Youth Media
Oct 20, 2014 | Blog

This Week in Youth Media

Each week, youth in our 14 Building Healthy Communities sites knit together stories about their communities and other topics of interest to them. They do this through the written word, photography, and video. These youth journalists are honing their ...
Warriors, California Endowment, Healthy Richmond, Richmond Community Foundation, City of Richmond & Other Partners Unveil Refurbished Basketball Courts in Richmond
Oct 20, 2014 | Press Release

Warriors, California Endowment, Healthy Richmond, Richmond Community Foundation, City of Richmond & Other Partners Unveil Refurbished Basketball Courts in Richmond

OAKLAND, CA – The Golden State Warriors are tipping off this season’s “Step Up Your Game” initiative in partnership with private, statewide health foundation, the California Endowment, to unveil newly refurbished basketball courts at Martin Luther ...
[New America Media] DACA Recipients Grateful for Present, Uncertain About Future
Oct 20, 2014 | Article

[New America Media] DACA Recipients Grateful for Present, Uncertain About Future

RICHMOND, Calif. -- Manuel Martinez thought his future would follow the life of his father. When he was 17, he thought he’d work in construction after high school. Despite living in Richmond, Calif. since the age of one, Martinez didn’t think he had many options because of his undocumented status. Farther north, in Modesto, Yaquelin Valencia, a Kennedy High School graduate, spent a lot of her time driving around the Central Valley. She was 20 years old and passionate about organizing immigrant communities. She was also undocumented, and ineligible for a driver’s license.
[U-T San Diego] To treat or punish minor drug users?
Oct 18, 2014 | Article

[U-T San Diego] To treat or punish minor drug users?

A hypothetical: One methamphetamine addict is ordered by a judge to complete drug treatment or face time in prison. Another is offered the chance to enter treatment voluntarily. Which one has a better chance of success? That’s the central question in the debate over Proposition 47 on the Nov. 4 ballot. It asks voters to lower six nonviolent crimes — including simple drug possession — to misdemeanors, which are punishable by no more than a year in jail.
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