Greene: Advocates Speak Up for Children

Salinas Californian interview with Siobhan Greene of Voice for Children“Violence is a learned behavior,” says Siobhan Greene, the Exeucitve Director of Voices For Children - CASA. “So are kindness, respect and empathy.”

In the latest of the Californian's continuing series of stories on CASP and its members, Siobhan explains the critical difference made by Court Appointed Special Advocates, volunteers who stand by -- and speak up for -- children in the foster care system.

Speller: The power of caring adults to change the lives of youth

Salinas Californian interview with Kathi Speller of Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula"In the U.S., nearly half of all young people between 10 and 18 years live in situations that put them at risk of not living up to their potential because they don’t have enough positive adult involvement."

So says Kathi Speller, Executive Director of Community of Caring Monterey Peninsula, which provides mentoring programs and other services to youth.

But there's reason for hope, says Kathi -- if we just do what we know works.

Trujillo a true local success story

By Jeff Mitchell at the Californian: Today, I thought I’d share a story about a man named Damian Trujillo. Some of you may know Trujillo as the high-profile TV reporter who works for KNTV-NBC in the Bay Area. But probably only a few of you know that Trujillo started out as a man of more distinctly humble roots — a man who once worked the fields in and around Greenfield with his family.

Empowering Parents: The Parent Project

News from Partners for Peace: The Parent Project® is a parent training program designed specifically for parents raising difficult or out-of-control adolescent children. The program has a 25-year track record working with parents of high-risk youth and is the largest court mandated juvenile diversion program in the country.

City of Salinas hires new community safety manager

From the Californian: The city of Salinas has hired a new community safety program manager to help manage the daily operation of an effort to engage residents in reducing violence.

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