Creative Sonoma’s Summer Arts Youth Program Grants: Grants will be available to nonprofit organizations and to individuals who have fiscal sponsors to provide children aged 7 to 18 with opportunities to participate in high quality cultural arts summer programs. Eligible projects can incorporate any creative discipline from photography and writing to theater, graphic design, crafts, filmmaking and more. Summer Arts Youth Program Grants are designed to support our creative organizations who are fostering creativity in our local youth while giving them oportunities to maintain learning while school is out of session. Beginning the week of May 9, grant guidelines outlining eligibility and application forms will be available athttp://sonomacounty.ca.gov/
Annual Equitable Future Conference From Economic Inequality to Economic Sustainability: Lifting the barriers for everyone to thrive 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Sonoma Mountain Village: Presenters will be focusing on Economic Inequality to Economic Sustainability: Lifting the barriers for everyone to thrive. Speakers will include leaders from different organizations throughout the Bay Area including First 5 Sonoma County Commission, the UC Berkeley Labor Center, Social Advocates for Youth – SAY, Sonoma County Winegrowers, and many more. There will be a full day of presentations addressing how to examine proven policies that lift people out of poverty, how to move communities from the current state of Economic Inequality to one of Economic Sustainability for all, and what services are available to help the community who bear the brunt of poverty today. Learn more here.
June 2 Webinar: Healthier Students Are Better Learners: Learn what the research says about the role that various health problems can play in children’s academic growth and development. Explore why school health programs are an important component of K-12 education. Find out what educators can do to reduce health barriers to learning in their classrooms and schools. Learn more and register here.
Money on the mind at Fifth District forum: Sonoma West Times and News: With only 60 seconds to answer each, the five Fifth District Supervisorial candidates were grilled last Thursday night with 16 questions on topics ranging from well-known West County issues like affordable housing and road maintenance to countywide controversies including water fluoridation, medical marijuana, composting and rent control. Most newsworthy Thursday night was each candidate’s confession to his or her endorsements and financial backings — paperwork that was due earlier that day.Hopkins revealed her backings paperwork was 61 pages long because she had more than 350 individual contributors. For the period of January 1 to April 23, Hopkins raised $117,763, two-thirds of which she says are contributions of $250 or less. Her endorsements include the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma County Farm Bureau, North Bay Association of Realtors, Santa Rosa City Council member Ernesto Olivares, the Sonoma County Alliance and current Fifth District Supervisor Efren Carrillo. Evans unveiled a long list of supporters, including a coalition of environmentalists and labor organizations, such as Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and North Bay Labor Council. Current Board of Supervisors Shirlee Zane and Susan Gorin have also endorsed Evans. So far, Evans has earned roughly $6,000 less than Hopkins, recording $111,615 from January 1 through April 23. Read the article here
Broad alliance formed to expand preschool at local level: EdSource: Despite strong support for universal preschool for 4-year-olds in the state Legislature and among the public at large, getting programs started – and funded – on a local level is another matter altogether. That’s what a broad-based coalition is focusing on in Petaluma and the countryside that surrounds it north of San Francisco. The coalition is the type of alliance increasingly seen as the only way to push universal preschool past funding and political logjams at a local level. It reflects a collaborative approach slowly emerging in communities around the state, with organizations joining together to advocate for greater access to preschool for all families, especially those who are lower-income, and to harness the political will and funds to make it possible. Read the article here
Middle class no longer dominates in the U.S.: CNNMoney: For decades, the middle class had been the core of the country. A healthy middle class kept America strong, experts and politicians said. But more recently, these residents have struggled under stagnating wages and soaring costs. Presidential candidates on both sides of the political aisle are campaigning on ways to bolster the nation’s middle class and increase opportunities to climb the economic ladder. Read the article here.
Santa Rosa’s Palms Inn housing for homeless, veterans now full: Press Democrat: Bishop is one of about 120 formerly homeless people who have moved into The Palms since February. The last resident moved in last week. The transformation of the former motel on a downtrodden stretch of Santa Rosa Avenue into permanent housing is seen as a model in Sonoma County for addressing homelessness, especially among veterans. The project provides each resident with a case manager and access to support services, including mental health care, substance abuse treatment and job training. “We need to do more of this in Sonoma County so we can house our most vulnerable residents and those who have served our country,” Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said. Read Article Here.
The U.S. Is Still a Long Way From Eliminating Food Insecurity: The Atlantic: ood insecurity in America is an issue that can be hard to see. It is not synonymous with poverty: two-thirds of food-insecure households have incomes above the national poverty level, according to new data from The Hamilton Project. The same report also demonstrates that the way food insecurity is measured often masks the extent of the problem. Instances of food insecurity often arise suddenly and temporarily, and as a result are difficult to track from year to year. Read the article here.