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An escalating homicide rate starting in Salinas in 2014 caused great concern among the founders of Future Citizens Foundation. Seeing the traumatic effects of violence among children and youth, Future Citizens Foundation started the First Tee of Monterey Campus and the newer Center for Learning, located in East Salinas, to provide a safe haven for “healthy activities to strengthen their resilience to the gang influence and violence.”

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Free School Meals Provided Through uly


Alisal Union and Monterey Peninsula Unified School Districts are providing free meals through June and July to children under 18 years old at designated sites.

Raising Kids in California? They May Have College Savings Accounts You Don’t Know About.


The state is directly investing money for low-income students and all newborns to attend college. After two years, the program is still not widely known by the students who need the most financial assistance.

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Citing Success in a Salinas School, Greenfield Looks at an Indigenous-Serving Program.

The state of California is trying to transform the education system beyond classroom instruction to make it more accessible for parents to get information they need to support students. One effort is to close the gap between educators and parents,…

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Monterey County Serves as a Pilot Toward Creating a New Economy for California.

If you think about it, Monterey County is a microcosm of California. It features some of the state’s major environmental features: ocean, mountains and fertile soils. The combination contributes to the state’s biggest industries, agriculture and tourism. And like California,…

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Rep. Lofgren, Local Leaders Celebrate $1.1M in Federal Funding for King City

KING CITY — Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren recently presented checks appropriated by Congress for two community projects totaling $1.1 million that will help create an electric vehicle charging station and Family Justice Center in King City.

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Families Turn Out for Back-to-Back Celebrations at Gonzales Central Park

GONZALES — Gonzales residents gathered at Central Park for consecutive Sunday celebrations with Dia del Niño (Day of the Child) followed by Cinco de Mayo (May 5).

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More Than 150 Children Cast Lines at Fort Hunter Liggett’s 22nd Annual Youth Fishing Derby

JOLON — More than 150 children ages 2-15 registered in Fort Hunter Liggett’s (FHL) 22nd annual Youth Fishing Derby last Saturday at the Del Venturi Reservoir.

Image caption: Mario Ramirez Garcia does homework on April 23, 2021.
Will Less Homework Make California Students Happier?

A bill from a member of the Legislature’s happiness committee would require schools to come up with homework policies that consider the mental and physical strain on students.

Image caption: Joy Perrin, a mother of two children, testifies at the Budget Subcommittee on Human Services hearing at the state Capitol in Sacramento March 20, 2024. With the help of CalWORKS, Perrin was able to secure housing for her and her family.
California May Gut Two CalWORKS Programs Helping Thousands of Families

The state is considering zeroing out funds for CalWORKS family stabilization and job subsidy programs to help balance the budget.

Image caption: Kindergartners during recess at Redwood Heights Elementary School in Oakland.
Our Students Need More Recess

More frequent outdoor breaks can improve student attention, reduce behavior problems. Over the last decade, a growing list of U.S. states—including Missouri, Florida and New Jersey—have mandated daily recess. California joined the trend in late 2023.

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Community Network Meeting Focuses on Youth Safety and Well-Being in South Monterey County

SALINAS VALLEY — Vista Verde Middle School in Greenfield recently hosted a community network meeting aimed at fostering a nurturing and safe environment for local youth, families and communities across South Monterey County.

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20 Free Things to Do in Sacramento County

Home to the state capital, Sacramento County offers many amusements for visitors and locals alike. But only some require no cash outlay.

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