Monthly Newsletter                                                                                                   January 2017
A call to action!

January is Poverty Awareness Month.

Did you know that 1 in 5 people in Santa Clara County live in poverty?

Silicon Valley is known for its innovation, ingenuity, wealth, and sadly for POVERTY. We live in one of the richest regions in the world and yet, 18% of our populations can’t make ends meet. The high cost of living in Silicon Valley means that the real level of poverty in the county may actually be greater than what is reported.

So the question is, what kind of a community do we wish to live in? I would say a just, equitable, and thriving community, where everyone has access to affordable health care, sufficient food, decent affordable housing, meaningful educational and career opportunities, and reliable income that meets their basic financial needs.

Get Involved: To realize the vision of creating a thriving community would require that we find ways to work together. For no one person, organization, government, and/or business can solve complex issue like POVERTY. So, let’s use this month and every month to work in solidarity with each other, share ideas, knowledge, and resources to create a thriving community.

Thank you,
Almaz Negash
Sr. Managing Director, Step Up Silicon Valley


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Here is how you can get involved in our efforts:
  • Preventing Generational Poverty: During 2017, Step Up Silicon Valley in partnership with the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, will host a speaker series on preventing generational poverty led by economists, policymakers, and practioners. In the weeks to come, we will send you more details.
  • Participate and/or Host a Community Action Poverty Simulation: Experience the facts of poverty in Silicon Valley through role-play.
  • 1,000 Out of Poverty: Support the members in their efforts to work together to lift people out of poverty.
  • Data Integration: Participate in our efforts as we get ready to issue an RFP on a technology solution that enables social service agencies to port data directly from their unique client tracking software to a single shared data warehouse or hub.
  • College Savings Circle: Support Silicon Valley Education Foundation as they launch the first pilot project in the Eastside Alliance to prepare students for a lifetime of learning.
  • Social Innovation Leadership Forum (SILF): Join social entrepreneurs, thinkers, and leaders from nonprofits, business, government, education, and the community to share innovative leadership lessons and continue building a social innovation network.
To learn more about how you can be a part of the movement to cut poverty, contact Angela Silveira at
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15 Million Children in the U.S. Live in Poverty.

There are about 15 million children in the United States that live in families that are below the federal poverty line. A majority of these families have parents who work full-time jobs, if not more than one. Yet low wages and the high cost of living leave these families struggling to make ends meet. Research shows that poverty can hinder a child’s ability to learn and can also contribute to poor health and mental health issues. The National Center for Children in Poverty has multiple publications showing that poverty is the single greatest threat to a child’s well-being. Click below to read a few of their reports.

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Get Social with us!       
January Topics:
- Poverty statistics: Food, Housing, Healthcare, Education, Income.

- Child Poverty Research

Community Announcements
Open Enrollment for Year Up
Year Up is now accepting applications!

Applicants must meet the following:
- Between ages of 18-24
- Obtained their HS Diploma or GED
- Has not obtained a B.S./B.A. or higher
- Legal Right to Work in US (including DACA students)

Sign up here for an interest form to schedule an informational session.

Upcoming Info Sessions:
- Tuesday, January 10th at 10:00 am
- Wednesday, January 11th at 4:30 pm
- Thursday, January 12th at 2:00 pm
- Saturday, January 14th at 11:00 am

Location: 100 W. San Fernando St., Suite 103, San Jose, CA 95113

If you have any questions, please reach out to Omar Bourgoub at or (669) 220-1309.

Geriatric Home Aide Certification

Earn a Certificate from Foothill College when you complete 104 hours of training. All classes are FREE and no residency documentation is required.

Dates: January 17 – March 22, 2017
(Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays)
Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County

Orientation and registration will be held on Friday, January 13, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. For more information for future events, view the  flyer here.

Reserve your seat by contacting Caitlin Jung at (408) 831-0441 or Irmela Vrankic at (408) 325-5171.
Free Citizen Orientation Workshops

These FREE Workshops will be conducted in English (and/or Spanish if all participants are Spanish speakers, but please bring an interpreter if possible). FREE citizenship application fee waiver assessment will also be provided. Referral to a citizenship consultation with an Immigration Attorney or BIA Accredited Representative for $50.00

Date: Thursday January 12th, 2017 2:00 pm and Thursday January 26th, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose CA 95134

View the full flyer here. 


1,000 Out of Poverty Meetings

Next meeting: Friday, January 20th, 2017

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.
Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS)

Each year, Step Up Silicon Valley engages close to 1,000 people in Santa Clara County to the day to day challenges of low income families though CAPS.

Our next Simualtion is on Saturday, January 28th, 2017 at Santa Teresa Parish, 9:00 am. 

Click here to register.

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.

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


Social Innovation Leadership Forum (SILF)

Step Up will be co-hosting the 2017 SILF event on "Design Thinking for Social Innovation."

 Friday, February 17th
Time: 8:30 am -12:00 pm Location: San Jose State Lucas Business Complex, located at 2933 Bunker Hill Rd., Santa Clara.

Fore more information, visit the website:

Catholic Charities' Continuum of Care – Senior Homecare Services
Day Break Cares, an initiative of Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, offers services to find compassionate care for aging loved ones in their own homes, to improve and enrich vital, independent living, to promote dignity and self-respect, and to encourage participation in community life.

Non-medical services such as Homecare, Senior Activity Centers and Behavioral Health Care are provided.

To learn more about these services and also receive connections, counseling, and advice for seniors and their families, call their Elder Care Line at 408-831-0441.


Almaz Negash, Sr. Managing Director
(408) 325-5128

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2625 Zanker Road
San Jose, California 95134

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