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.. Shirlee's Desk
.. Training Workshops
.. Volunteer Spotlight
.. What's New
.. Floor-Showing
.. Donor Highlight

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Steering in the right direction.....  


The USC Government and Civic Engagement Academic Partnerships Program - Marshall School of Business selected our organization to participate in its program. Thanks to 3 fantastic teams of students for developing social media, fund raising and board recruitment strategies, we are now in the process of developing a whole new bounce to our step.


USC Professors, Olson and Turrill
media team
Media Team






Best memories while growing up.....
time with grandparents, ice cream treats, summertime showers with the lawn hose.
Worst memories while growing up......
parents using drugs, beatings, sexual abuse, foster care.

   shirlee's desk

I have been elected chair of Pacific Clinics FACES (Families Assisting Clinics Enhancing Services) Advisory Board. Pacific Clinics offers mental healthcare and behavioral therapy for children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and the homeless at locations throughout Southern California. This is an amazing opportunity in extending our involvement with families.  Visit Pacific Clinics website to learn more. 


SSmith-local hero I was selected by KCET as one of 2012 Local Heroes. Thanks to our former board member Dr. Ann-Marie Stephenson for the nomination. Save the date - October 23, 2012, Nokia Theater, downtown Los Angeles for the gala celebration.


kcet local heroes



training workshops

Pacific Palisades AARP Chapter at the Women's City Club  Topic: Grandparents Raising Children - A growing social dilemma.


Akoko Nan Court Ordered Parenting Program

Topic: Communication.  But the participants challenged me to deliver how to get the best from their kids school.  What an opportunity to change the floor plan and still deliver needed information for conflict resolution via workable communication techniques.  Parent Workshops teach me a lot!


California Institute for Women (CIW), Chino, CA - Prison Parent Project 

Tuesdays 6:30pm - 8:00pm.  Repeating 8 week sessions - January through October 2012


Guest Presenters: 

  • Jaime Brown, Ph.D.
  • Team Supervisor and School based service coordinator - Cognitive Development

  • Greta Pruitt, Ph.D.
  • Retired Educator

  • Mercedes Borrayo, MFT
  • Marriage and Family Therapist


 Volunteer Spotlight  


Tina Wallin has been a volunteer with Talk About Parenting for two years. She began with the content updates of our website calendar and announcement sections, then took training at the local Access TV Station, and became CG operator, audio engineer and Assoc Producer of our shows.  Tina is now our organization's newest board member, serving as Treasurer.  Tina is employed with the Altadena Library as Finance Associate and is soon to be promoted to Finance/HR Director.




 Save the Dates:

October 27th, 2012

Prison Parent Puzzle Event


October 23rd, 2012

KCET Local Heroes Gala

at Nokia Theater 




Volunteer Opportunities:

Social Media Team Member

Administrative Assistant

Guest Coordinator

USC/UCLA Competition Project


If you are interested in the above volunteer opportunities, please inquire at our office, (626) 296-2777 



Florence Beller

  • Education Research

  • Susan Grey

  • Content Editor/ Proofreader

  • Linda Lavin

  • Consultant

  • volunteers

    Barbara Minnifield

  • Prison Project Assistant

  • Brandi Armstrong, Pamela Davis, Elliot Gold, Siew Tan, Weihua Zhang


  • Social Media Team

  • Siew Tan

  • Website Development 
  • Email Marketing
  • Newsletter Design/Editing
  • Social Networking 

  •              >>>>floorshowing <<<<

    Poverty Tour Mentality Comes to CALTECH
    .......Tavis Smiley brought his Poverty Tour mentality to Pasadena, but only a handful of people showed up - about 100 in Caltech's Beckman Auditorium that holds 1,155.  Maybe he should have stopped by the northwest side of town, where poverty has been lurking for decades and where the residents don't see their plight as something new or newsworthy...... More >>>

    Scapegoat Spotted On Orange Grove..... Like the Latino man in the alley who I watched get cuffed and shoved into a squad car while the blond-haired assailant was left afoot, if Chief Sanchez has his way in focusing on Carrillo's cell phone call, his officers will be left afoot to shoot down more unarmed young black men...... More >>>

    Education Begins At Home........ Dr. Thelma Reyna, Educator/Author, discusses the need for parents to be involved in their children's education, and she focuses on the huge difference in academic success between those students who have had parental support and those who have not........  watch the clip >>>

    Thanks to recent Donors


    Florence Beller, Trevor Bryant, Ramon Cortines, Brenda Dabney, Esq., Donnell Jones, Linda & Milton Lavin, Barbara & Elzie Lewis, Ivan Light, K. Morrison, Theresa O'Brien, Thomas Polenzani, Greta Pruitt, Thelma Reyna, Paul Smith, Elwood Williams


    AT&T Employee Matching Program, Grandparents as Parents, Inc., Ralph's Community Program 


    Times are tough and WE know that.  We are grateful for donations, whatever the size.  Donate online through PayPal or send a check to P.O. Box 40547, Pasadena, CA 91114.




    1. To donate through our website: Click here
    2. To donate through Ralph's Community Program: Register your Ralphs or Food4Less Club card using the following steps.  The donation does not come out of YOUR pocket!  It comes from the stores - a percentage of your store purchase!
      • Click on the links below to download the respective scanbar letter:-
      • Bring it to Ralphs or Food4Less when you go shopping
      • Give it to the checkout clerk together with your rewards card or phone number
      • That is all you need to do! 


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