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Vol 2016-01
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.. Featured Activities
.. What's New
.. Parents Talk
.. Floor-Showing
.. Shirlee's Desk
.. New Volunteers
.. Donor Recognition
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We have partnered with the East Bay Children's Book Project and created a "Book A Month" club providing books for the inmates' children of our Mothers Behind Bars: The Parent Puzzle program. Please support with your generous donation for mailing cost by clicking on the PayPal button below. The books are free, however they are shipped from Oakland, CA to us, and we mail to our 100 club members.

The mission for East Bay Children's Book Project is:
"East Bay Children's Book Project helps build literacy by putting books into the hands of children who have little or no access to them. Working through individuals and organizations who help children in need."


Meet Our New Board Members:
  • Brenda Dabney, Esq., Director, Family Law Center, Sacramento
  • Guillermo Garcia, Retired Prison Warden
  • James MacPherson, Publisher, Pasadena Now
  • Eshe Pickett, Programmer, Intel Corp.
Please visit our website to learn more.

We've Moved!
  New location: Flintridge Center, 236 W. Mountain St. Suite 108-A, Pasadena, CA 91103

Please find our booth at the Annual Levitt Summer Concerts, where we're kicking off our YouTube Channel, "Parenting Everywhere".
When: Thurs, July-August 2016-5:30 Festival/7:00pm Music
Where: Pasadena Memorial Park, 30 N Raymond, CA 91103

Comedian/ KNBC Weatherman Fritz Coleman is BACK - SAVE THE DATE.

When: October 9, 2016 @7:00pm
Where: Ice House Comedy Club, 24 N Mentor, Pasadena 91106

The Parent Group
Chairperson Jean Troy, a grandmother, with members Brooke Peterson, on-line video producer; Nate Hall, foster Parent; Gary Moody, NAACP President; Becky McAllister, foster parent and YiFan Liu, UC Berkley Intern are listening to families in the community and using that information to develop and format our YouTube and Facebook Live video production "Parents Everywhere."

             >>>>floorshowing <<<<

Not Too Young To Be Political.....

Your kids, the young ones, get to vote - well, sort of. If they're the size to reach the practice voting machine and if they've got the strength to punch the ballot card with the little gadget, AND if you take 'em with you to polls, they're well on their way to becoming responsible citizens..
.......More >>> 
Trump On The Playground.....

What to tell her handsome young son when his classmates assured him his days at "their" school were just about over because Donald Trump would make sure he was on the other side of The Wall to be built by the Mexican Government.....More >>>
   shirlee's desk
No work and no play makes for an organization out of the loop. We've been advised, that while our work focuses on a very worthy cause, we need to be "seen" in the right places!
Oh, well, my report is following the advice and being in the right places.
Out and About..........
Special Needs Network Annual Pink Pump Event Fund Raiser - Shirlee with Frank Robinson, Managing Director, Multicultural Strategy & Implementation, Corporate Social Responsibility for Americas, Union Bank

USC Neighborhood Participation Academic Graduation - Shirlee with Anthony Yom, Lincoln HS AP Calculus teacher who met with President Obama along with his students who scored 100 on the SAT


Introducing Our New Volunteers 

Marina Lee - Administrative Assistant 
Marina holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Communication, with Minors in Advertising Design and Sociology

YiFan Liu - You Tube Channel Development

YiFan currently studies at UC Berkeley.  She is also a research assistant in the Graduate School of Education conducting research on LGBTQ parenting experiences 

YJ Choe - Research
Choe holds a Bachelors of Arts in Economics from University of California, Irvine 


Content Editor/ Proof-Reader

  • Susan Grey

  • Education Research
  • Florence Beller

  • Newsletter Editor
  • Siew Tan

  • Social Media

  • Brandi Armstrong
  • Pamela Davis
  • Brooke Petersen
  • Eshe Pickett

  • Website Maintenance

  • Brandi Armstrong
  • Siew Tan

  • volunteers

    Phil Argento
    Laurette Clash 
    Brenda Dabney
    Guillermo Garcia
    Richard Harvey
    Ivan Light
    James McPherson
    Maggie O'Rourke
    Eshe Pickett
    Greta Pruitt
    AT&T Employee Giving 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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