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Reach Potential Movement trains local youth leaders

The Bishop family will be filling a new bookshelf for reading at home as part of RPM’s literacy program. Photos courtesy of Movement

• Mission: Reach Potential Movement (RPM) equips under-resourced youth and families with leadership, learning and life skills to reach their highest potential.

• 2016 update: A teaching kitchen built with volunteer time and talent in the last year now hosts children each week who study nutritious cooking and prepare meals for their community.

Downtown College Prep prepares students for college

Photos by Traci Newell/Town Crier
After operating on five campuses in 16 years, Downtown College Prep has a long-term home at the former site of Southern Lumber near downtown San Jose. Students take a break on their new campus.

• Mission: Downtown College Prep prepares students who will be the first in their families to attend college and equips them to thrive at four-year universities. The singular goal for all students is that graduates be accepted to and enroll in four-year colleges. The Downtown College Prep community has created a learning environment that helps students and their families chart a course for college beginning in fifth grade.

• 2016 update: After operating on five campuses in 16 years, Downtown College Prep has a long-term home at the former site of Southern Lumber near downtown San Jose.

Local resident wins by turning key phrases on 'Wheel of Fortune'

Photos Courtesy of the Wheel of Fortune
Emily Sweet of Los Altos, inset right and above in her newly won car, proved quite fortunate during a recent appearance on the game show “Wheel of Fortune.”

Now that the wheel has spun and her episode aired, Los Altos native Emily Sweet can revel in the little details of her big “Wheel of Fortune” win.

After taping the show in September – and making off with more than $65,000 in prizes – she had to stay strictly mum until the episode’s Oct. 31 airdate.

WomenSV helps affluent women overcome abusive treatment

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WomenSV founder and director Ruth Patrick speaks at a fundraiser last month. The illustration behind her depicts the lifelong consequences of domestic violence. WomenSV focuses on abused women in middle- to upper-income communities.

• Mission: WomenSV promotes the basic human right of every woman and child to live in peace, safety and freedom in their own homes. The organization focuses on women who have suffered intimate partner violence perpetrated by powerful, affluent abusers in middle- to upper-income communities.

• 2016 update: WomenSV offers direct client services and awareness-raising public presentations and professional trainings. The organization helped 94 women this year, for a total of 603 women served since the organization’s inception in 2012.

ALearn aims to raise college-going rates in underserved students

Underserved students increase their college aspirations and eligibility with ALearn

• Mission: ALearn provides high-quality math and college readiness programs to low-income, underserved students to increase their college aspirations and eligibility, and to significantly raise their college-going rates.

• 2016 update: ALearn has expanded its scope, working with students in grades 6-12 and piloting a program for fifth-graders as well.

Mental health agencies to merge

Two Bay Area mental health organizations, Caminar for Mental Health and Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley, are scheduled to merge in January.

With an operating budget of $32 million, the combined organization will reach more than 14,000 people annually with programs that aim to build bridges to wellness, resiliency and self-sufficiency.

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