We Heard Your Voice — Thank You!
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Dear Friends and Community Partners,
We hope all of you are enjoying a wonderful summer filled with family, friends, and community.

We would like to thank our community partners, sponsors, and advisors for taking the time to meet and talk about Step Up Silicon Valley during the community listening visits from January to March. Your feedback on the current strategies and suggestions for what Step Up can do to be a catalyst for innovation and social change in Santa Clara County has been invaluable. You helped us identify strategies that build upon our existing strengths and improve our processes in Step Up 3.0 (FY2016-FY2020). In the ensuing weeks, we will share details of our findings and strategic direction. Meanwhile, below, please find our midyear progress report.

2016 SUSV Funders: Special thanks to our individual and corporate funders who believe in the power of collective effort to make a difference in our community. We thank Applied Materials, Cisco, Knight Foundation, eBay Foundation, Santa Clara University, US Bank, Michael & Mary Ellen Fox, Marcos & Denise Herrera, Agnieszka Winkler & Art Lund, and Melissa Greer.

1,000 Out of Poverty – The 1,000 Out of Poverty cohort continues to provide services to program participants through interagency collaboration while tracking client progress using a common outcomes measure. We convened capacity building trainings to support service providers with additional resources and best practices. We thank Next Door Solutions, Sunday Friends, Bill Wilson Center, Stride Center, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, and Community Technology Alliance for their dedication to the pilot.

  Cisco-CCSCC Data Integration: Step Up Silicon Valley, through its lead agency Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, received a Cisco grant to facilitate and pilot the design of a technological solution to assist with tracking and reporting self-sufficiency outcomes across multiple social service agencies. The first cohort for the project is the 1000 Out of Poverty. We are in the initial stages of the project and we will keep you posted on our progress.

    College Savings Circle: Silicon Valley Education Foundation, in partnership with EARN and Step Up Silicon Valley, is launching the first pilot College Savings Circle program in East Side Alliance. The pilot will enable families and their children to develop a college-bound mindset through college savings.

Community Action Poverty Simulation: Over the years, we learned that the poverty simulation invokes empathy, compassion, and understanding of those who are living in poverty. We also heard from our participants that it is a "bridge builder," a "catalyst for dialogue and action." We agree, for we have witnessed participants whose hearts and minds changed as a result of the simulation. So this year, we are increasing outreach to corporations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and foundations. We are developing a high school curriculum to increase awareness, engagement, and to nurture our future compassionate leaders. In addition, we developed a training module for resource volunteers prior to each simulation. 

As always, we appreciate and value the incredible passion and dogged determination of our community partners for making these strides possible. Your contributions are immeasurable. For the past five years, we have done amazing work together to ideate and incubate innovative solutions to help the most vulnerable members of our community onto pathways of self-sufficiency. We will continue to seek your insight and partnership.

To learn more about our work through 2016, please contact Angela Silveira at asilveira@stepupsv.org.
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Thank You to Our Sponsors!



  Michael & Mary Ellen Fox   

Marcos & Denise Herrera   

Agnieszka Winkler & Art Lund

Melissa Greer




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1 in 4 Children Live in Poverty in California 

The Golden State is the richest in the country, with more millionaires and billionaires than any other state — but we’re also the leader in another category.

California has the worst child poverty in the nation: 1 in 4 children in California lives in poverty. That’s more than 2.4 million kids who deserve better. But for far too many people, this problem is invisible.

Sign up here to join the fight and say you're ready to end child poverty in California: www.endchildpovertyca.org


Wake Up to Aging: Policy and Aging Compendium

Date: July 21, 2016
Time: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Location: 2244 Blach Place, San Jose, CA 95131 Blach Construction Company, in The Olympic Room

Register here.

For more information for future events, view the flyer here. 
Or call 408-831-0440

Open Enrollment for Year Up September Classes

Year Up is now accepting applications for their Fall 2016 class!

Year Up is a free professional IT training program that educates young adults in hardware and software for five months in their downtown San Jose location. After their training, students begin internships in locations like Facebook, eBay, Google, and LinkedIn.

Two new educational tracks have also been added to the Year Up class: Financial Operations and Professional Sales.

An educational stipend of $600 is provided for the first five months and $1000 for the next six months while in the internship.

The only requirements are as follows:
- Young adult ages 18-24
- A high school diploma or GE

Sign up here for an information session. 

Click below to apply for their September Class.

Ignite Awareness through Community Engagement

Each year, Step Up Silicon Valley engages about 1,000 people to action in our movement to reduce poverty in Santa Clara County.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation is an engagement tool that raises awareness and deepens understanding of how poverty affects families and individuals in our community.

The next Simulation is being hosted by Los Altos United Methodist Church and their multiple partners.

Date: Sunday, August 28, 2016. 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: 655 Magdalena Ave. at Foothill Expressway Los Altos, CA 94024
Click here to register.

If you would like more information on our Simulations, please contact Angela Silveira or visit our website.


1,000 Out of Poverty Meetings

Next meeting: Friday, September 23, 2016

The 1,000 Out of Poverty team meets monthly to co-create community-based solutions that provide people access to jobs, healthcare, housing, food, and education.

Contact Angela Silveira to learn more about our initiative.

Trades Orientation Program Accepting Summer 2016 Class

Sign up for a no cost, nationally certificated, 130-hour career training program to learn what it takes to become a working apprentice in the trade of your choice. Youth (18+), women, veterans, and under-represented minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Applications will be accepted from July 18th - July 21st

To reserve a spot for orientation or for more information, interested applicants can visit www.wpusa.org/top or contact Louise Auerhahn, 408-809-2131, lauerhahn@wpusa.org.
Almaz Negash, Sr. Managing Director
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