Bigger, better days ahead for Foothill Veterans Resource Center

Student veterans at Foothill College can seek support, access resources and socialize at the Veterans Resource Center.
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Carmela Xuereb sees bigger things in store for the Foothill College Veterans Resource Center. One of those things has already arrived.

The center, which assists on-campus veterans in accessing GI benefits, relocated to Building 5400 one week before the start of the fall quarter in mid-September. The new 880-square-foot location is more than double the size of the original office. As a result, the center, which features a lounge, a computer lab and onsite school counselors, has started to gain popularity with on-campus veterans as a social hub where they can do homework, meet fellow veterans or stop by to grab a quick snack.


Downtown College Prep creates nurturing environment for students

Downtown College Prep’s El Camino Middle School students create set-design concepts for an upcoming theater production. Traci Newell/ Town Crier

Downtown College Prep aims to create a safe learning environment for students, beginning in sixth grade and continuing as they work toward graduating from high school.

This year, Downtown College Prep opened its first middle-school program in the San Jose Unified School District at El Camino Middle School.


ALearn boosts academic skills of local underserved students

ALearn students, from left, Abdaly Perez, Daniela De La Cruz, Herla Carrera and Cheyenne Holloway from the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District share their dreams during a reception earlier this year at Stonebrook Court in Los Altos Hills. Courtesy of ALearn

Glenda might never have made it to Chapman University without ALearn, which provides innovative math and college-readiness programs to underrepresented middle- and high-school students in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

“Glenda came from a family where she would be the first to go to college, and she wasn’t sure she would go until she was in the program,” said Kathryn Hanson, ALearn’s founder and CEO. “Now she’s a junior at Chapman.”


El Camino Hospital, March of Dimes commemorate World Prematurity Day

Courtesy of Jennifer Thrift/El Camino Hospital
Members of El Camino Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit gather to show support for the March of Dimes on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17. The special day is part of a monthlong campaign to raise awareness of premature births and related health risks.

El Camino Hospital and the March of Dimes joined forces to spotlight the health problem of preterm birth on World Prematurity Day Nov. 17. November is Prematurity Awareness Month.

Prematurity, defined as birth before 37 completed weeks of pregnancy, is the leading cause of newborn death in California.


Conservative Forum hosts provocative journalist

From YouTube
James O’Keefe III addresses the Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley Nov. 11.

The provocative journalist James O’Keefe III appeared Nov. 11 before a packed house of more than 400 Conservative Forum of Silicon Valley members and guests, where he showed undercover videos he took for the nonprofit organization he founded, Project Veritas.

O’Keefe’s brand of investigative fact-finding involves citizen journalists infiltrating and videotaping the lies and malfeasance of some of the country’s most protected public and private organizations and movements – for example, ACORN, National Public Radio, Planned Parenthood and voter fraud. O’Keefe even had himself videotaped crossing the U.S.-Mexico border dressed as Osama bin Laden.


Deadline looms for MV Kiwanis Club grant requests

Monday is the deadline to submit a grant request to the Kiwanis Club of Mountain View Foundation.

Last year, the club presented grant awards to 31 local nonprofit organizations. The club has disbursed more than $1 million in grant requests over the past decade.


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