Monthly Newsletter                                                                                               March 2017
1,000 Out of Poverty Success Story: The Stride Center and Bill Wilson Center
By Steven Hunt, Deputy Executive Director The Stride Center

It’s no secret, people working in low-wage jobs here in Silicon Valley struggle to make ends meet. That’s where The Stride Center comes in. By providing high quality training in Information Technology (IT) and workforce relevant personal and professional skills, Stride creates access to Tech jobs having good starting wages and well-defined career paths leading to higher wages and more challenging and satisfying knowledge work. But Stride can’t do it alone. And that’s where 1,000 Out of Poverty (OOP) comes in. As a member of the 1,000 OOP network, Stride’s students have access to many other resources and services through referrals to network members and, subsequently, into their extended networks. A recent example had Stride referring two young adults in our IT training bootcamp to Bill Wilson Center (BWC) for housing services, helping our students persist in our program and creating a win-win-win for our students, Stride, and BWC.

-Steven Hunt, Deputy Executive Director The Stride Center 

Photo description: Recently, Stride’s IT training bootcamp for young adults visited our industry partner, Equinix, for an in-depth tour of Equinix’s Santa Clara data center. Visits to industry partners expose our aspiring IT professionals to a variety of Tech workplaces and Tech jobs, and gives them opportunities to practice their personal and professional skills while building their professional networks.
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Learning and Development: Preventing Generational Poverty Outcomes

We would like to thank Professor Bill Sundstrom of Santa Clara University for the informative and educational presentation he gave on Generational Poverty, on February 23. We also thank the participants for making the dialogue engaging.

The questions raised by participants reaffirmed the need for a multifaceted approach to help people gain economic self- sufficiency. This will mean that philanthropy, business, government, and community organizations must work together to create pathways out of poverty. The dialogue also yielded the following suggestions: 
  • Provide access to community colleges.
  • Create an opportunity for low income families to advocate for themselves.
  • Make it easy for low income families to get access to resources.

We plan to use these invaluable suggestions to design the second and third Learning & Development series.

In the meantime, click below for the links to the PowerPoint and the Presentation. 



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Igniting Community Driven Change Through the Community Action Poverty Simulation

Over the years, Step Up has been able to provide a platform for corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and faith-based organizations to engage in the unique experience of the Community Action Poverty Simulation. The poverty simulation is a snapshot of the day to day life of those struggling to make ends meet.

Click below for more information on our Community Action Poverty Simulations, or email Angela Silveira at

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Neighborhoods and Multi-Generational Effects: Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality and Patrick Sharkey of New York University

Through the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, Patrick Sharkey of New York University takes a look at the trends in racial inequality through neighborhoods and multi-generational effects.

Sharkey's findings pull data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics, which since 1968, followed a national sample of American families and continued to follow the children and their children. His findings are a snapshot of a long term look at the same families who have been living in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods over generations.

Click below to view the full video.

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March Topics:
- 1,000 Out of Poverty Success Story

- Learning and Development Updates

- Igniting Community Driven Change Through The Community Action Poverty Simulation

- Neighborhoods and Multi-Generational Effects

Community Announcements
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 March 23, 2017, 2:00 pm Location: Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County, 2625 Zanker Road, San Jose CA 95134

View the full English Flyer here.

View the full Spanish Flyer here.

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: April 24 – June 21, 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, April 21 at 2:00 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.

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.

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.


1,000 Out of Poverty Meetings

Next meeting: Friday, March 24, 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.
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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