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Los Altos Rhodes Scholar sees health within a community's greater context


From guide dogs to culinary architecture, Los Altos native Alexis Doyle has worked across fields as a young scholar, but she had to learn to knit it all together – not only as a pre-medical student, but as a candidate proving her bona fides for a Rhodes Scholarship. She joined the incoming class of Rhodes Scholars last month, earning one of the nation’s most prestigious scholastic honors.

Doyle frames the notoriously rigorous Rhodes interview as a “fun and challenging experience.” The conversation ranged from the character-building failures of learning to train a guide dog to her research into parasitic infection in Guatemala.

Jeremiah's Promise equips transitional foster youth for better future

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Jeremiah’s Promise founder Kim Golter, above, with blond hair, leads the nonprofit organization that supports foster children poised to graduate from the system as they navigate a path to college and seek career mentoring. 

• Mission: Jeremiah’s Promise aims to love, challenge and equip former foster youth for a better future. The program lays the groundwork for emotional and spiritual healing, academic resilience, leadership development, and relational and career skills competency.

• 2016 update: The nonprofit organization supports foster children poised to graduate from the system as they navigate a path to college and seek career mentorship and community support.

House of Grace provides women with a path out of addiction

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Personnel claim an 85 percent success rate at rehabilitating single women and women with children who have been plagued by drug addiction. 

• Mission: House of Grace empowers women, especially single women and/or women with children, dealing with chemical addiction. The program gives women life skills, social skills and work experience to help them adjust to sober life in Santa Clara County. It also helps connect the women to employment and housing opportunities.

• 2016 update: According to Honili Sema of Cityteam, which operates House of Grace, six to seven women at a time graduate from the program.

Sky's the Limit Fund helps youth in crisis through wilderness therapy

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Sky’s the Limit Fund, founded by two Los Altos residents, provides scholarships to help at-risk youth attend effective – and expensive – wilderness camps across the country. The scholarships support less- affluent families who could otherwise not afford the experience.

• Mission: Sky’s the Limit Fund supports youth in crisis by providing grants for wilderness therapy programs and beyond for families with financial need.

According to Sky’s the Limit Fund representatives, the crisis of today’s youth has reached epidemic proportions, with problems that do not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion or socioeconomics. Wilderness therapy programs provide effective and personalized therapeutic care, achieving high-impact and long-lasting improvement.

Child Advocates provides stability and hope for at-risk children

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Ann Oliver of Los Altos, left, serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for Colette, right, through Child Advocates of Silicon Valley.

• Mission: Child Advocates’ mission is to provide stability and hope to children who have experienced abuse and neglect by serving as a powerful voice in their lives. The agency recruits, trains and supports Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers who work with children in the dependency system. Each CASA volunteer is matched one-to-one with a child and acts as a mentor, advocate and caring friend for that child.

The nonprofit focuses on “8 Key Areas of Support” for achieving positive outcomes: education, trust and relationship building, self-esteem building, healthy choices and behaviors, developmental milestones/independent living skills, new experiences, cultural/community events and extracurricular activities.

Los Altos clubs join forces to salute local veterans for miltary service

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Foothill College President Thuy Thi Nguyen, left, and U.S. Navy commanding officer Raymond Stromberger, right, speak at the Rotary Club of Los Altos meeting Nov. 10.

Flags flew high as the Los Altos Rotary and Kiwanis clubs honored 46 local veterans from all five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces at a Veterans Day luncheon at the Garden House at Shoup Park Nov. 10.

Rotarian Dick Henning opened the program, telling the vets that the service club members appreciated their military service and recognized that “freedom is not free.”

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