Pet Education and Adoption Event with SF Friends!

San Francisco Friends School is teaming up with the SF SPCA to host a day of education and adoption, fun for all lovers of four-legged friends. This event will be held at SFFS and will include several booths to help answer questions and provide you with tools to give your own furry friends a long healthy life. Booths on hand will include:

  • 3 Rescue Groups – dogs and cats will be up for adoption
  • “Ask The Trainer” Table – a trainer will be present to answer any questions you may have about your own pets
  • Humane Education Table – a Humane Educator with information about abandoned and abused animal prevention
  • Puppy Dog Tails Reading Program – a new program that provides service dogs to be reading partners with elementary school kids

Home made dog treats and cat toys for sale, courtesy of the 2nd grade.

This event will take place on Saturday, April 28th from 11AM-1PM.

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New Police Captain of the Mission Station

Tomorrow, at Mission Neighborhood Centers there will be a reception welcoming Robert Moser–the new police captain–to the Mission station.

The event takes place from 4PM to 5:30PM and is open to the public. You will have the opportunity to share with the Captain:

1. The services your organization provides to the young people of our community

2. Police & youth issues in our community

3. Your vision as to how we can create a plan to improve services with our young people in collaboration with Mission Police Station.

At 5 PM their will be a community wide Reception with food and beverages sponsored by the 24th Street Merchants & Neighbors Association, Mission Merchants Association, Valencia Street Merchants Association & Mission Neighborhood Centers.

Food and Refreshments will be provided.

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Recap: Community budget meeting with Supervisor Campos

Earlier this month MiCoCo in conjunction with the office of District 9 Supervisor David Campos led a community meeting with representatives from a wide range of different CBO’s from the Mission to discuss the upcoming process for the city budget for 2012-13.

Listen to what Supervisor Campos has to say about the meeting:

Many community leaders came to the meeting and discussed their concerns and planning out how the community would advocate for their programs. Some ideas that came out of the conversation included:

  • Budget Townhall with the Mayor to voice budget concerns
  • Talking to CAC members for CDBG cuts and figure out how money from redevelopment for affordable housing will continue
  • Progressive revenue measures
  • Targeting overtime money, such as reducing it or showing that it is cheaper than hiring new staff
  • Need to understand/quantify impact of cuts

Estela, Executive Director of the Instituto Familiar de la Raza gives her two cents about the meeting:

The group also talked about what the budget townhall should look like, most agreed on the following:

  • Giving everyone a chance to speak
  • Asking to not have presentations from departments, because it might take up a lot of the time for the meeting
  • Making sure Mission community voices are heard
  • Community testimonies based on solutions
  • Everyone should agree to bring 10 people
  • Show linkages between orgs

Larry Del Carlo, Director of Mission Housing Development Corporation also says what he thought about the meeting:

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Upcoming District 9 meetings with Supervisor Campos

The planning for the upcoming city budget is upon us once again. Mark your calendars for the next Mission community meetings with Supervisor Campos.

Please join us this upcoming Friday, March 2nd, for Session #1 meeting at Valencia Gardens from 10AM-12PM with Supervisor David Campos where we will talk about the following:

  • Updates from community representatives about Mayor’s Process – including principles that are guiding the process
  • Explain Mayor’s Directive – Each department come up with 5% budget cut for 2012-13, 5% ongoing budget cut for 2013-14, and a contingency cut of 2.5%, a 1% reduction in general fund supported staff for each year. One time funding sources cannot be used to fill deficit.
  • Updates from Departments on how they are meeting the Mayor’s directive
  • DCYF –
  • DPH
  • HSA
  • OLSE
  • Dept on the Status of Women
  • MOH
  • OEWD
  • First Five
  • What is the impact on the community of the proposed cuts?
  • What should be the D9 budget advocacy strategy?

Then come join us for Session #2 meeting on Friday, May 4th, Session #2 at SF Friends School from 10AM– 12PM. We will be discussing:

  • Updates from last meeting
  • Action plan for the last month that Mayor is preparing his budget
  • Strategy once the budget reaches the BOS
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FAFSA assistance at Scholarmatch

High school seniors! Now that your college applications are complete, do you need help completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid? Scholarmatch is holding hours for FAFSA help on Tuesdays and Thursdays until 5:30PM, starting Thursday, January 12th, and running through Thursday, March 1st. We’re offering this free service for students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch, and who currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area counties.

Students must e-mail us at or call us at 415-652-2766 one day before they plan to come. Help is also available in Spanish for parents or students. They are located at 849 Valencia Street in San Francisco and hold regular office hours Monday-Friday from 12PM-5PM (or by appointment).

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FAFSA Help for High School Seniors!

Do you know a high school senior looking for financial aid? This year Mission Graduates and MEDA partnered together to increase the rate of students who are filling out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Below is the schedule for FAFSA workshops, free for any high school senior from any high school, you will be assisted with filling out your FAFSA and be able ask questions if you’re confused. (The workshops for 1/14,  1/21 and 1/28 are private, but any student from any school may attend the other workshops)

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Recruiting girls, 6th-9th grade, for Girlz Climb On!

GirlVentures, a non-profit organization based in the Women’s Building, is currently recruiting girls for their after-school program called Girlz Climb On. This program pairs girls (grades 6-9) with an adult female mentor – they climb, laugh & learn together once a week for ten weeks at Mission Cliffs Climbing Gym (Harrison @ 19th Street). All girls are encouraged to apply (no experience necessary and scholarships are available).

The program begins with a one-day ropes course experience and culminates with a weekend day outing to Castle Rock State Park (where girls get to climb outdoors on real rock). For the ten weeks girls climb one-on-one with their own personal mentor, learning not only climbing skills and techniques but also discovering their strengths and talents through a range of verbal, physical and creative self-expression activities.

Core to our success and unique to GirlVentures is our commitment to bringing together girls from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds. 2/3s of our participants receive financial aid for our courses. Scholarships are offered on a first come, first serve basis – so please apply early. Visit our website for more information and to apply:

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U.S Census Data results in redrawing district lines

Every 10 years, the census counts every resident in the United States. Based on the data,  San Francisco reported 776,733 people in 2000 compared to 805,235 people (a 3.7 percent increase) in 2010.

Census information is used to decide many things including how to redraw district borders. A task force has already been established: San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

Redrawing district boundaries is a delicate subject since it can alter or shift power in the city. Changing lines may split solidified communities and merge them with others.

Special Project coordinator Carlo De La Cruz (via San Francisco Examiner) further explains, “We’re simply trying to ensure that the voice of our community members are not diluted by lumping them together with other communities that do not share their working-class background.”

Larry Del Carlo, President and CEO of the Mission Housing says that Centro del Pueblo is a non-profit in District 6 that has helped the Mission community in District 9. Around the time of the 2000 U.S Census, district lines were redrawn, separating what he calls “North Mission” (the area around in between Mission & 14th to Mission and 18th) from the rest of the Mission. Carlo says,”We feel like the mission got divided geographically” and points out that District 9 lost 7,000 people as a result of redrawing the District lines.

To follow the progress and participate. Follow the work at The San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

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Wo/men’s Conference at St. Mary’s College

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, 9am-5pm, Saint Mary’s College of California will be hosting The Wo/men’s Conference 2012: Wo/men Engaging in Change.

It is an event that grew out of student interest in learning more about the perspectives, aspirations, and experiences of women in our society, and how women can create social change.

This year’s conference is designed for college students from across the Bay Area and will focus on women’s leadership roles in both personal and public spaces, paying particular attention to the work of women in the political sphere in this presidential election year.

The conference is organized around the celebration of International Women’s Day, which originated at the turn of the twentieth century and is currently celebrated in over 100 countries.

Their use of “Wo/men” developed out of their mission to be an inclusive community. The conference invites women and men to explore the influences of race, class, gender, sexuality, personal identity and social constructs in our society. The conference welcomes students, activists, faculty and community members. Participants: 130 college students from across the Bay Area

Workshops: They are looking for individuals and groups to facilitate 70-minute interactive workshops and 20-minute information sessions.

A Workshop Proposal Form is attached and can also be found on their Conference Website:

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Strengthening Families Program

Having trouble with your teen? Let the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) help. SFP is an evidence based parenting and family program that involves not just the parents or the child alone but the entire family. SFP has been found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children.

The Program will be held at 944 Market St, steps away from the Powell BART station. Sessions will be held Fridays from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm for 14 consecutive weeks starting mid-January.  Babysitting is available with some limitations. Prizes and incentives will be awarded throughout the 14 weeks, $50 gift cards will be awarded to each graduating family and there is a family meal at every session. To participate families must be: San Francisco residents, willing to commit to a 14-week program and participating youth must be ages 12-16 years old.

If you would like more information please call Pedro at 415-296-9900 for program details. Click here for the program flyer.

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