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[We'Ced] Building Reslience: Q&A with Dr. Tony Iton
Aug 05, 2014 |

[We'Ced] Building Reslience: Q&A with Dr. Tony Iton

In early June, The California Endowment’s Senior Vice President, Dr. Tony Iton, paid a visit to Merced to meet with youth and community groups. The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities funds community and policy work in Merced and 13 other places in California, including programs like We’Ced. During a meeting with Dr. Iton, We’Ced’s youth had a chance to conduct a group Q&A with the Canadian-born health advocate. We wanted to find out why TCE and BHC has focused on youth, what were some of its visions for the long term impacts of its investments and what are some of Dr. Iton’s personal feelings towards the work his foundation invests in.
[KPCC] Half of the nation's children have suffered trauma, report says
Aug 04, 2014 |

[KPCC] Half of the nation's children have suffered trauma, report says

A report out this week finds that just under half of the nation's children have lived through at least one traumatic experience - most commonly, financial hardships. It's part of a national look at early chronic stress in children's lives compiled by the research institute Child Trends. Experts say chronic early stress - or "adverse experiences" - in children’s lives can alter their emotional responses, their impulse control and even harm their developing brains.
[ColorLines] L.A. girls and women of color demand to be heard amidst my brother’s keeper
Aug 01, 2014 |

[ColorLines] L.A. girls and women of color demand to be heard amidst my brother’s keeper

On Tuesday night Dotson, who’s African-American, and a dozen other girls and women of color testified about their experiences coming up in Los Angeles in poor, disenfranchised black and Latino neighborhoods. The event, organized by the African American Policy Forum (AAPF) and UCLA School of Law’s Critical Race Studies Program, was the third of such hearings held around the country this year to lift up the experiences and struggles of girls of color. It’s also a pointed response to My Brother’s Keeper, President Obama’s $200 million initiative to support boys of color. The hearing spanned four areas: juvenile justice, foster care, commercial sexual exploitation of children and “gender-specific” experiences. Girls as young as 11 told their stories in each of these areas. Tanisha Denard, who’s African-American, spoke of facing long nights while in solitary confinement when she was incarcerated in juvenile detention after getting arrested in school and picking up multiple truancy tickets. In solitary, a child could theoretically be safe from other kids, Denard said, “But you weren’t safe from yourself.” Without books or writing materials, “the nights were endless.” Black girls made up 43 percent of all girls arrested for assault and battery by Los Angeles school police in 2013, said Ruth Cusick, an attorney at Public Counsel.
[Orange County Register] Leadership academy seeks to help next generation find purpose, passion
Aug 01, 2014 |

[Orange County Register] Leadership academy seeks to help next generation find purpose, passion

Salvador Martinez is ready to be a leader. The Anaheim High junior has dodged gang life and avoided the temptations of drugs and alcohol. He knows the ramifications of poverty all too well, yet he is grateful for his parents’ sacrifice to carve out a better life for their three children. Living paycheck to paycheck, the Martinez family has relocated frequently, making home – and the sense of grounding and stability it can provide – a moving target.
[Youth Media for Building Healthier Communities] Finding inspiration from a mom’s resilience
Jul 22, 2014 |

[Youth Media for Building Healthier Communities] Finding inspiration from a mom’s resilience

Kiera Robinson was only ten when the cops came and arrested her adolescent brothers. Despite the traumatic experience of a police raid, Kiera’s mother soldiered on - she attended to her other children and strove to keep a feeling of relative normalcy. For Kiera, the love and constancy her mother brings - in the most troubled times - is the definition of strength. “When she bounces back from hardship, she always manages to bring me back with her.”
Extra! Extra! Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities
Jul 21, 2014 |

Extra! Extra! Youth Media for Building Healthy Communities

Learn what's on the minds of the youth in the 14 Building Healthy Communities sites by visiting their youth media website. This week, the youth are featuring: Campaign begins in Coachella to step up Latino voters Mi Familia Vota, a national nonprofit ...
The Invisible Cigarette Burns
Jul 14, 2014 |

The Invisible Cigarette Burns

I want to talk about a couple of kids you may know. One is a third-grader, and he's not the easiest student in the classroom. He misses school more than he should, and when he's there, he's quick to overreact to things other kids say and do.  He's ...
Jul 08, 2014 |

FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ISSUE STATEMENTS AFTER TOUR OF PORT HUENEME SHELTER THAT PROVIDES TEMPORARY HOUSING TO CHILD REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA

Los Angeles, Calif. (July 8, 2014) – Today, Robert K. Ross, M.D., President and CEO of The California Endowment, along with Bishop Minerva G. Carcaño, of The United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, Right Reverend J. Jon Bruno, Bishop of the Episcopal ...
Jul 08, 2014 |

FAITH AND COMMUNITY LEADERS JOIN IN SOLIDARITY TO CALL FOR PRAYER AND COMPASSION FOR CHILD REFUGEES FLEEING VIOLENCE IN CENTRAL AMERICA

The local leaders will provide eyewitness accounts of their visit Tuesday morning to the temporary shelter at Port Hueneme that houses hundreds of these child refugees WHAT:             On Tuesday, July 8 at 3:15 pm, The California Endowment will host ...
[Bay Area Reporter] LGBTs plan Merced community center
Jul 03, 2014 |

[Bay Area Reporter] LGBTs plan Merced community center

LGBTs in the Central Valley are working to establish a community center in Merced. Gay Central Valley, which already operates a center in Fresno, is working with the LGBT group Merced Full Spectrum to open a space. The California Endowment is granting $20,000. Chris Jarvis, Gay Central Valley's board president, said that most of that money would go toward programming in Merced, which has about 81,000 residents. The funding is "not going to be spent in Fresno at all," said Jarvis. California Endowment spokesman Jeff Okey said the grant is meant "to support the health, safety, and success" of LGBT Merced high school students. The one-year grant was made to Gay Central Valley, of which Merced Full Spectrum is listed as a project. The funding started June 1 and ends May 31, 2015.
Pride Month: Meet Rudy
Jun 30, 2014 |

Pride Month: Meet Rudy

What pride means to me is like a day where I can be free as a bird. Not getting judged. I’ve never seen so many people that support. I'm glad there's pride. It’s a day where you no longer hide. You are just cleaning out the closet and be you. That's ...
Pride Month: In Memory of TransLatina Queer Immigrant Activist Zoraida Reyes
Jun 30, 2014 |

Pride Month: In Memory of TransLatina Queer Immigrant Activist Zoraida Reyes

Zoraida With bullhorn at a Protest in Santa Ana When I was invited to write about “What Pride Means to Me” I had planned to write about the work we’re doing in Santa Ana. Rather than writing about the Pride we associate with a yearly parade, I wanted ...
Pride Month: Friends of Project 10 Celebrate LGBT Youth!
Jun 26, 2014 |

Pride Month: Friends of Project 10 Celebrate LGBT Youth!

LGBT Pride month is very significant for those of us involved in Project 10 and Friends of Project 10.  For over 30 years, our focus has been LGBT youth and the challenges they face within the school environment.  From hostility and near invisibility, ...
Pride Month: Redefining LGBT Pride by Decentralizing Equality
Jun 26, 2014 |

Pride Month: Redefining LGBT Pride by Decentralizing Equality

On June 26, 2014, as we commemorate the one year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions effectively ending California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Section 3 of DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act), the LGBT community is right to celebrate with ...
Pride Month: What Pride Means to Me
Jun 24, 2014 |

Pride Month: What Pride Means to Me

I’ve thought for a while about what Pride means to me before writing this. And I don’t have a concrete answer. My thoughts on Pride are conflicted with corporations profiting from self-worth during times when hate crimes are all too frequent. But the ...
Pride Month: Just Like Me
Jun 20, 2014 |

Pride Month: Just Like Me

Writing has invariably provided me with a distinct healing space, one which became especially relevant when I was younger and struggling with my queer identity. I remember trying to articulate my initial confused state to my pious mother, who is ...
Pride Month: Memoir of a Gay Veteran
Jun 20, 2014 |

Pride Month: Memoir of a Gay Veteran

My experience as a gay veteran of the U. S. Army circa 1955  demonstrates the enormous progress we've made and, like most LGBT people in their 70s, I've seen more change in 10 years than in the previous 50.       In the 50s being a "homo" was to be ...
Pride Month: A Father's Fight for Equality
Jun 16, 2014 |

Pride Month: A Father's Fight for Equality

Before my younger son came out, I suspected he was gay - it was his lack of interest in girls and, sometimes, his mannerisms.  When a beautiful girl walked by and I looked, my son would not.  I would ask his mother and she would say “No, he is not ...
[Redwood Voice] Bullying: Defining the problem
Jun 11, 2014 |

[Redwood Voice] Bullying: Defining the problem

Last year, 10-year-old Cole Price was being bullied by a student in his class at Pine Grove; he says he was called “loser” and “fat” every day when he stepped on the school grounds. Said Cole, “You really can’t do anything because you’ll tell the teacher over and over, and they’ll do one thing that’s not very big and then it will just keep happening.” His mother, Lisa Price, pulled him out of Pine Grove and started homeschooling him. She was frustrated by regular comments from other parents telling her “He needed to learn how to deal with it.” Lisa Price couldn’t believe their lack of support. “Why does someone need to learn how to deal with someone calling them a loser or fat?” She added, “It needs to stop.” Here in Del Norte, most people agree that bullying is a problem in schools. But there is less agreement on the exact nature of the problem and how serious it is.
Pride Month: Reflecting on Those Who Led
Jun 09, 2014 |

Pride Month: Reflecting on Those Who Led

As a young gay man of color from Long Beach, California, I am honored to live in a society where all Americans are valued. It was courageous of our President to release his proclamation, “Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, 2014,” ...
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