Child Advocates: Providing a voice for foster children


Courtesy of Child Advocates of Silicon Valley
Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates, who are matched with foster children.

• Mission: Child Advocates of Silicon Valley recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs), adults who are matched with foster children they help steer through the Santa Clara County Juvenile Dependency Court System.

These relationships provide the children with much-needed consistency and emotional support. They also promote educational success; 98% of foster children with CASA representation completed their high school graduation requirements in 2019, compared with just 50% of California foster children without CASAs.

Jeremiah's Promise: Preparing foster youth with 'The Next Step'


Courtesy of Jeremiah’s Promise
The mission of Jeremiah’s Promise is to love, challenge and equip transition-age foster youth for a life they can be proud of.

• Mission: The mission of Jeremiah’s Promise is to love, challenge and equip transition-age foster youth for a life they can be proud of. The nonprofit organization promotes academic resilience, personal and social skills building, leadership development and career-path competency.

• 2019 update: Jeremiah’s Promise began with the plan to love, challenge and equip transition-age foster youth for a better future.

Santa Clara Valley Lives: Love of trains began one Christmas in Los Altos Hills childhood


Michelle Andersen/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos Hills native Stretch Andersen and his European scale model trains are spending the holidays raising money for the Crayon Initiative.

 

Visit a model train exhibit and you’ll always find a crowd. The draw of these trains is so powerful, one Los Altos Hills native fell in love with them six decades ago and has not gotten over them yet.

Archaeologist uncovers Hannibal's secret weapon


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Archaeologist Patrick N. Hunt took the Morning Forum of Los Altos audience on a trip back in time during his Nov. 19 discussion of Hannibal, a leader he deemed the “greatest military strategist of all time.”

In his presentation “Hannibal’s Secret Weapon,” Hunt, who has taught at Stanford University since 1993, spoke of Hannibal, the Carthaginian general born in 247 B.C.

Preparing for emergencies? There's a grant for that


David Head/Special to the Town Crier
The Block Action Team on Ben Roe Drive used its 2018-2019 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grant to purchase emergency preparedness kits and host an ice cream social, during which members distributed the kits to neighbors.

The city of Los Altos’ Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program funds projects aimed at encouraging residents and small businesses to improve emergency preparedness, build community and strengthen neighborhood ties.

Grants are available for qualified projects that support the program’s goals to enhance community resiliency by proactively preparing for emergencies and strengthening the community’s ability to respond to and recover from emergencies, disasters and crime; and to increase communication and bolster connections within the Los Altos community.

Pet Pause: Things you should keep in mind as your pets grow older

 As pets grow older, their personalities mature and deepen. Unfortunately, they also develop health problems associated with older age. The following are problems we commonly see in older pets and methods to manage them.


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