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Digital NEST connects youths to a skill-building community by creating sustainable and scalable technology career centers. As an aim to create economic equality and provide resources to low-income individuals, Digital NEST serves as a center that teaches young people the technical skills needed to be competitive and self-sufficient in the digital future.

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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.

"Care Share" Startup Expands


Service connects at-home moms with working moms to provide accessible and affordable child care.

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San Jose Named One of the Top U.S. Cities to Raise a Family

San Jose ranks as one of the top cities in the country to raise a family, but lack of affordability is also pushing some people out the region.
WalletHub ranked San Jose seventh as the best place to raise a …

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DA Rosen Awards $60,000 in Grants for Programs That Help Disadvantaged Youth

The grants come from the district attorney’s Asset Forfeiture Fund, which is money seized from gangs, drug traffickers and criminal organizations, with the goal of helping to repair some of the harm caused by those criminal enterprises.

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.

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Santa Clara County Looks for Missing Medi-Cal Members

Low-income residents in Santa Clara County are losing their state-sponsored health care at a time when the public hospital system is experiencing unprecedented demand for services.
Medi-Cal members dropped from 458,000 to 425,000 in the county between June 2023 to …

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.

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Saratoga Doctor Saves Lives in Gaza

Children consoling one another amidst loss. A ragged man offering cookies outside a field hospital. Words of comfort from a colleague, as he shed a tear for a mother's grief.

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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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.

Image caption: Inadvertently, the beloved Muppet Elmo called attention to the mental health dangers of being too heavily online.
Lawmakers Now Calling for Regulation of Social Media

Lawmakers in California and other states are now making attempts to prevent the reported harms to children caused by social media platforms. The U.S. Senate got into the act as well, at a dramatic Jan. 31 hearing.

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