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                   August 2015 Newsletter
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Step Up CAN Initiative Update
(Also known as 1,000 Out of Poverty)
The Step Up CAN, (Collaboration, Advocacy, Network) Initiative continues to disrupt how nonprofit and government agencies address poverty. Rather than the number of services provided, we focus on the results of unemployed, employable adults moving out of poverty through multi-agency interdisciplinary services using common outcome metrics.
Step Up CAN currently has nine agencies committed to being a part of the core team. These agencies are: The Bill Wilson Center, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, Center for Employment Training, Family Supportive Housing, The STRIDE Center, Sunday Friends, Goodwill Industries, The Housing Trust, and Next Door Solutions.

This team is increasing its focus on the accountability of each agency to continue to implement their existing strategies through the joint effort of the larger group. Within this larger group, each organization has committed to assist their clients by referrals within the core team, to better assist them in finding resources and developing skills to obtain an adequate self-sufficient living. By using client-centered and data-driven results, we check-in monthly as a group to address what challenges and what successes we can learn to better achieve our goal to help people in Santa Clara County get out of poverty.

To learn more about the Step Up CAN Initiative visit our
website or contact Angela Silveira.
Experience 1 Month of Poverty in 2 Hours
Silicon Valley is one of the most affluent areas in the United States, yet poverty runs deeper than one may think. According to the Supplemental Poverty Measure, nearly 1 in 5 in Santa Clara County cannot afford basic necessities each month without financial assistance.
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The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) immerses us in the harsh reality of a Silicon Valley that grows in disparity as much as prosperity. During the simulation, participants form families that work together to overcome barriers to social services, live off insufficient income, and encounter unforeseen economic obstacles along the way. This experience goes beyond role-play – participants interact with low-income community volunteers who share their own stories of day-to-day challenges as all CAPS attendees reflect on the experience together. This core convening strategy intends to educate and engage our community members towards action.

Experience this transformative experience at our next simulation on September 27, at Los Altos United Methodist Church in Los Gatos.

To learn more about Poverty Simulations visit our website or contact Angela Silveira.
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County Celebrating 60 Years of Inspiring Innovation for Change!
The founder and backbone organization of Step Up Silicon Valley is celebrating it's 60th anniversary. With a renewed focus on alleviating, preventing, and reducing poverty, the Hope and Opportunity Summit celebrates Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County’s 60 years of Changing Lives for Good. Join us as our Summit engages community leaders in a three-part conversation to create a shared action agenda to move people out of poverty in Santa Clara County.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at the Tech Museum and San Jose Marriott.

To register and find out more information on the 60th Anniversary for Catholic Charities,
 click here
Public Input Hearing: The State of Girls and Women of Color
What factors impact the lives of women and girls of color and their families? What promotes success? What limits success?

Join Committee Chairs Nora Campos, Cheryl Brown and the Assembly Select Committee for their inaugural public hearing on the State of Girls and Women of Color.

The event will take place on August 20th at 5:30 pm in the Isaac Newton Senter Auditorium at the County Government Center. 

To learn more and register for the event
click here. 
Public Policy Research: Child Poverty in California
As the economy recovers, child poverty rates in California remain high. In 2013, 23.4% of children in California did not have enough resources to make ends meet. Because safety net programs specifically help children, resources like CalFresh and the EITC keep a larger share of children from falling into poverty.

Below are some facts about Child Poverty in California from the Public Policy Institute of California:
  • Without safety net resources, the CPM would count 38.5% of children in poverty.
  • CalFresh lowered the child poverty rate by a total of 4.6 percentage points, the EITC by 4.0 points, and the CTC, CALWORKs, school meals, and housing subsidies by 1.5 to 2.4 points.
  • In the year of 2012, 49.9% of children in the state were poor or near poor.
  • Poverty rates are higher among Latino and African American children than among white and Asian children.
  • The rate of Latino children living in poverty was 34.6%, a number more than double the Asian children, 15.6% and white children, 12.2% in the state of California. The poverty rate in African American children was 23.3%.
To learn more about Child Poverty in California click here.
Learn about our Steps Forward

2014 Annual Report
Step Up Community Update 2014 

Step Up Pay for Success
Idea to Action Document

  Community Announcements  

Step Up Silicon Valley Core Team Meeting
Next meeting: August 28

The SUSV core team meets on a monthly basis in order to build and strengthen relationships, identify community needs, work with diverse leaders and the community-at-large to cut poverty and build the capacity to bring about needed systemic change.

Contact Angela Silveira to learn more.

  Community Action Poverty Simulations
September 27, 2015 –Los Altos United Methodist Chuch, Los Altos

If you would like to sponsor, host, or attend a poverty simulation, please contact Angela Silveira.

Step Up CAN (Collaboration - Advocacy - Network)
Next meeting: August 14

Step up CAN 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.


About Us
Step Up Silicon Valley is a social innovation network focused on reducing poverty in Santa Clara County through convening, advocating for policy changes, and incubating innovative solutions to help people move out of poverty. We achieve this by working closely with representatives from various organizations and community members to coordinate breakthrough systems change that allow us to holistically create a thriving community in which none are too poor to give or too wealthy to be in need, and where everyone has access to affordable health care, sufficient nutritious food, decent affordable housing, meaningful educational and career opportunities, and reliable income that meets their basic financial needs. Learn more at

Our Vision and Mission

Our vision is to reduce poverty and increase economic opportunities in Santa Clara County. The mission of Step Up Silicon Valley is to achieve this vision by transforming community awareness and generating the political will to create systems change that will enable individuals and families to step up and out of poverty in Santa Clara County.

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Almaz Negash | Managing Director, Step Up Silicon Valley
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