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Interview with Fr Greg Boyle SJ

Los Angeles-based, Homeboy Industries, began in 2001 and has grown to be one of the largest, most comprehensive and most successful gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry programs in the country. Homboy's founder, Fr. Gregory Boyle, a Jesuit Priest, understood that he needed to provide jobs and education as alternatives to the gangs and the senseless violence they create.  
Homeboy Industries discovered that a lethal absence of hope leads kids into gangs, and the fact that there appears to be no way out of the cycle of gang violence compounds desapir. So, Homeboy offered a model in the fullest sense of community trumping gangs, that has been adopted in forty-six different programs across the country and internationally. 


Unity Day Walk and Resource/Job Fair

Saturday, March 29th 2014
11:00am - 2:00pm  
Most Holy Trinity Church
2040 Nassau Drive, San Jose
You are invited to join hundreds of people as they march for street peace on Saturday March 29th. Come join others and improve the quality of life for young people and their families by promoting nonviolence. This event is sponsored by the Corazon Project, Supervisor Dave Cortese, the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force and East Side Heroes.       
Unity Day also provides a way for young people to turn in weapons and items that represent gang colors. Last year, 150 gang related items were collected.
Meet new people and stay for a free lunch and entertainment provided by DJ Mo. There will be activities for children and a Resource Fair providing information about services and programs for youth and families. There will also be a Job Fair for youth that aims to connect teens and young adults to employers.   


Meditation Helps Lower Truancy and Suspensions

To find out more about how to implement this program into your school, click here. 

I recently read an article in SFGate by David L. Kirp, entitled "Meditation Transforms Roughest San Francisco Schools". I was inspired by this article's implications not only for schools in rough neighborhoods, but for my own children in a quiet neighborhood of Gilroy, CA.   

My oldest son is in the 5th grade and over the years I have heard teachers express their concern about how their students are increasingly more restless, hyperactive, and have a more difficult time concentrating. These challenges can cause students to act out their frustrations on themselves and others, often resulting in anxiety and peer conflicts. I asked myself, what would it look like to implement Quiet Time - a daily, short period of meditation - in every school? If you too feel inspired by this idea, talk with your teachers and school officials. Share with them what others are doing and the positive impact this can make on young people. This program is an example of how we can uplift and support the well-being of children
and families everywhere.


California Community Partners for Youth

Young people are the future, carrying on and implementing the vision of a world where nonviolence is the norm.  This month, Carry the Vision is highlighting California Community Partners for Youth. CCPY is a top rated youth intervention program providing mentoring and after-school programs for high-risk teens. CCPY is also a partner in the City of San Jose’s strategy for gang and dropout intervention.

They do this by keeping teens in school so that the teen has a higher earning potential, and can make a meaningful contribution to community and society. The teens in this program are also supported in improving family relationships. The CCPY program includes parent involvement because of a deep belief that if parents knew how to listen and talk to their teens there would be fewer lost youth. All of these outcomes are critical factors that lead to a better quality of life and better future for our kids.

CCPY was founded in 1999 by Marijo Franklin and Jeff Bornefeld in memory of Kevin Franklin, Marijo's son. Kevin was a bright young man, but like many youth, got involved in drugs and dropped out of high school. In 1984, a group of his peers dared him to walk a beam over a power plant, and bowing to peer pressure, he fell and was electrocuted. His tragic, avoidable death was a reminder of the unnecessary losses that families and communities face on a daily basis.

CCPY provides stable, professional relationships with caring and supportive adults, and comprehensive support on-site at school. This empowers the students in the program to stay in school and shift their self-perception from a victim of circumstance to a self-reliant, responsible member of the community. CCPY encourages the youth in the program to set and achieve attainable, personal and academic goals so they learn that they are capable individuals who can set larger goals and achieve success in school, and in life.

We commend California Community Partners for Youth as an organization that supports CTV’s vision of creating communities that light up the world. 


The Nest, A Program of Freedom House

The mission of Freedom House is to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing a safe home and long-term aftercare. Freedom House upholds the core values of love, honesty, compassion, professionalism, and teamwork. They work closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify human trafficking and to provide them with the care and services they need to rebuild their lives.

In 2009, Freedom House founder Jaida Im was awakened to the cruel fact that modern-day slavery existed in her own backyard. Human trafficking was rampant in California. While questioning the impact one person could make against the second-largest international crime, Jaida was overwhelmed by the enormity of the problem and her lack of knowledge about the issue. Still, she was convicted to act.

Freedom House established The Monarch for women in August 2010 in San Mateo County, which became the first residential shelter and long-term aftercare program of its kind in Northern California. At the end of this year, Freedom House will be opening The Nest for girls ages 12 to 17, located in Santa Clara County.

The pioneering Freedom House aftercare model has a holistic approach, with medical, legal, psychological and social services. Counseling, individual case management, 24-hour professional staffing, educational opportunities and vocational training are provided, in addition to meeting a survivor's basic needs: food, clothing, housing and transportation. The program is designed to empower survivors, supporting them in their journey of moving out of their past trauma to a future of independence and self-sufficiency.
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Camp Everytown ~ A Program of Silicon Valley FACES

Camp Everytown is an intensive youth leadership development program based on core values - respect, acceptance, and responsibility - that promote nonviolent campus communities.  The nationally recognized program focuses students' attention and promotes learning by taking them out of their daily environment and guiding them through intense interactions that provoke deep insight and empathy for others.

Since 1996, Silicon Valley FACES has been the home of Camp Everytown (formerly Camp Anytown).  Over 9,000 students, educators, police officers, and volunteers have participated in Silicon Valley FACES’ Camp Everytown.

The kids who come to Camp Everytown participate in group exercises and discussions about self-identity, racial, ethnic and cultural issues; family relationships, gender roles and violence.  The students begin to realize that they are not alone. These are topics that are often not brought up in families or schools. Violence is often used as a way to settle differences or deal with the fear of the “other”.  In Camp Everytown, the kids begin to realize that all kids, no matter what race, religion, gender or family they belong to, can have similar issues and problems.  Through the relationships that they build with each other, they learn tolerance for each other, how to overcome obstacles and how to develop solutions to difficult issues that come up between them.  The kids also develop action plans to recreate Everytown in their own school environment.

Life-changing and transformative, Camp Everytown replaces everyday prejudice with understanding and appreciation for every student.  The students who are selected to participate are considered leaders in their circles and are capable of influencing other students within their respective high school communities.  One student said “I look forward to going back to school, communicating better, and making a change for the school.”

Carry the Vision applauds the work of Silicon Valley Faces and their program, Camp Everytown.  Through their experiences at Camp Everytown, these youth leaders learn to see others as they see themselves, they lose the fear of something that may be different from their own experience, they see the similarities of experiences and they develop compassion for all.  The world is a better place because of what these young people are learning at Camp Everytown.