Bayshore Christian Ministries equips youth with leadership skills

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Bayshore Christian Ministries offers a variety of science, technology, engineering, arts and math programs.


• Mission: Bayshore Christian Ministries equips East-of-Bayshore youth to grow spiritually, gain life skills and develop as leaders to give them a hopeful future.

• 2017 update: Through its relational and holistic programs, BCM served more than 275 children and teens in grades 1-12. The organization’s programs include after-school tutoring, art and technology classes; robotics teams; summer camps; Bible studies; mentoring; internships; and scholarships.

Hidden Villa camps weave social justice, access into summer fun

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Hidden Villa has offered generations of kids wilderness experiences that nurture a love of the wild as well as an appreciation of campers’ individual intellectual interests and diverse identities.

• Mission: Hidden Villa aims to inspire a just and sustainable future through programs, land and legacy.

• 2017 update: Strong existing interest among female campers in engineering-focused programming led Hidden Villa to shift one of its “teepee camps” to a new women-centered option: Outdoor Innovators. Participants will stay in a geodesic dome, Viking tent, carousel tent and teepee and study hands-on engineering in nature ranging from structure building to how termites construct homes with natural air conditioning.

Los Altos residents look to 'Future' to help area's marginalized youth

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Frank Brucato, supporter of Future Youth Records, works in the studio with students to create socially conscious music. The nonprofit group aims to counterpunch the “harmful stereotyping of women in popular music,” according to an FYR statement.

Growing up, Frank Brucato said he learned to think of others and be socially minded, so he became involved in community service at a young age.

The Los Altos resident attended a fundraiser for Future Youth Records a few years ago and said he found the nonprofit organization’s goals and aspirations to be “inspiring.” So he joined FYR, a Bay Area-based group that works with marginalized youth to create and distribute socially conscious music.

Retiring Los Altos Chamber exec treated to honorary farewell bash

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Retiring Los Altos Chamber of Commerce President Julie Rose, center, gets congratulations from former Los Altos Mayor Art Carmichael, left, and current Mayor Mary Prochnow, right, during a Nov. 16 party held in Rose’s honor.

A full house of supporters gathered Nov. 16 to salute Julie Rose as she transitioned into retirement after 21 years as head of the Los Altos Chamber of Commerce.

The special event, held at Shoup Park’s Garden House, drew Barry Groves out of retirement to give a rousing and often amusing speech that touched on his experiences with the Chamber’s dependable dynamo.

Krause Center's MERIT program inspires teachers to innovate

Instructors participate in this year’s MERIT Summer Institute. MERIT, a research-based, K-12 educator development program, is designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities.

• Mission: The MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) program is the Krause Center for Innovation’s premier technology-focused professional development initiative. MERIT is a research-based, K-12 educator development program designed to help teachers bolster their curricula with technology-enhanced learning activities to motivate, challenge and inspire the diverse learners and leaders of the future.

• 2017 update: Lisa DeLapo, the MERIT program’s new teacher-in-residence and a 2013 graduate of the program, described this year’s focus as a back-to-basics approach.

Help One Child supports families that serve at-risk children

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Help One Child’s holiday toy drive is a big hit with the children it serves. The nonprofit agency recruits, trains and supports people willing to provide a home to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 

• Mission: Help One Child recruits, trains and supports those willing to provide a home or volunteer services to at-risk children in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

• 2017 update: Help One Child, founded by Los Altos Hills residents Mark and JoAnne Morris, approaches its 25th year with the goal of helping more people than ever before. It has already served nearly 800 families in 2017.

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