Monthly Archives: March 2016

Kaye Kelley-CEO of San Diego ARC-31,May,2016

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Our program today was provided by Kaye Kelley, the CEO of San Diego ARC, which now stands for Association of Remarkable Citizens. It is a non-profit that was started in 1951 to provide opportunities for young people with Down’s syndrome and similar disorders. There are 22 site locations throughout San Diego County and 2500 persons served. It has a budget of $34 million and employs 1600 people. It provides vocational training for those who are able to be gainfully employed. Some of the businesses partnering with ARC are Home Depot, Lowe’s, Vons, Target and McDonald’s.Kaye said that volunteers are needed to serve on the North County advisory board.

Stephanie Yoo -Executive Director Joe And Mary Mottino Family YMCA-22,March,2016

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hanie Yoo is the new Executive Director of the Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA .She was born in Los Angeles, is a SDSU graduate, and was a softball player in college, She lives in San Diego with her husband Stephen and their two daughters Samantha and Madison.
The YMCA is for people of all ages and backgrounds and helps in forming lasting and meaningful relationships. It was established for men to have a save place to be and to improve the quality of life in spirit, mind and body. In San Diego it has a $161 million dollar budget, and 17 operating units. Its vision is for youth development with value skills, healthy living, and social responsibility.The Mottino YMCA also has 7 before and after school programs. 6,00 families in Oceanside are served. The vision in San Diego county by 2025 is to double our impact by serving more people .Swimming, sports, and martial arts are just of the few activites offered. $195,000 in funds was raised this year., $236,000 was given in financial assistance this past year.
Mr. John Withers is the board chairman The boards responsibility is to raise money.for families in need.There are 5 moving units for schools in our area for after school programs grades K to 6. Knox raised $32,000 for the YMCA and Lee Russell also contributes to the YMCA.

Stephanie Yoo Executive Director of the Joe and Mary Mottino Family YMCA March 22, 2016

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Stephanie Yoo is the new Executive Director of the Joe and Mary Mottino Family
YMCA .She was born in Los Angeles, is a SDSU graduate, and was a softball player in
college, She lives in San Diego with her husband Stephen and their two daughters
Samantha and Madison.
The YMCA is for people of all ages and backgrounds and helps in forming lasting and meaningful relationships. It was established for men to have a save place to be and to improve
the quality of life in spirit, mind and body. In San Diego it has a $161 million dollar budget,
and 17 operating units. Its vision is for youth development with value skills, healthy living,
and social responsibility.The Mottino YMCA also has 7 before and after school programs.
6,00 families in Oceanside are served. The vision in San Diego county by 2025 is to double our
impact by serving more people .Swimming, sports, and martial arts are just of the few activites
offered. $195,000 in funds was raised this year., $236,000 was given in financial assistance
this past year. Mr. John Withers is the board chairman The boards responsibility is to raise money.for families in need.There are 5 moving units for schools in our area for after school programs grades K to 6. Knox raised $32,000 for the YMCA and Lee Russell also contributes to the YMCA.

Linda Fogerson-Executive Director MiraCosta College Foundation-17,May,2016

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Our program today was presented by Linda Fogerson, Executive Director of the MiraCosta College Foundation. She has served in that role since 2005 and since that time the Foundation’s assets have tripled to over ten million dollars. Linda is currently serving as president of the Network of California Community College Foundations. MiraCosta serves the local community not only in providing an affordable college education for our young people finishing high school, but also serves some 1800 veterans. They also partner with local biotech industries in training programs for students to be able to get employment with those industries when they finish at MiraCosta.In additionthey will be offering a manufacturing bachelor’s degree. Also they are partnering with Point Loma College in San Diego to allow their students in their two year nursing program to continue on for their BSN (bachelor’s degree in nursing). MiraCosta is considering a bond issue to be placed on the November ballot to provide funds for repair and improvement of the facilities. The measure would generate up to $437 million dollars and would be funded by raising the property tax of the residents in the MiraCosta district by $15-$19 per $100,000 of assessed value. It has been more than 50 years since MiraCosta has passed a bond issue to improve its facilities. None of the funds raised by this bond could be spent for salaries or pensions and independent citizens’ oversight would be required.

Susan-Uganda And Gombe Hospital-8,March,2016

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Susan has been collaborating with the community in Gombe, Uganda and Gombe Hospital since 2008. They have worked together on public health research on HIV/AIDS, family planning, and malaria. Over the years she has spent a lot of time in Gombe, meeting people who live in the community and learning about their lives; the joys and the struggles. This inspired her to move beyond the research and do something to directly benefit the community. She is struck by seeing women with 6, 7,8, or 9 children who are abused by their husbands. Without a way to earn a living they have no options. Susan believes that teaching women valuable skills which can enable them to earn a living, support their families, and ultimately have choices in their life is the way to empower women.
Tom is passionate about building and directing software and training programs that make a difference.
Tom is Managing Director at GeMatrix where he is an innovative solutions leader, a trainer, and a tech evangelist.
Tom volunteers his free time piloting innovative global training and mobile solutions for developing countries

Susan Kiene and Tom Snyder March 8 2016

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Smartstainable
Susan Kiene

Susan has been collaborating with the community in Gombe, Uganda and Gombe Hospital since 2008. They have worked together on public health research on HIV/AIDS, family planning, and malaria. Over the years she has spent a lot of time in Gombe, meeting people who live in the community and learning about their lives; the joys and the struggles. This inspired her to move beyond the research and do something to directly benefit the community. She is struck by seeing women with 6, 7,8, or 9 children who are abused by their husbands. Without a way to earn a living they have no options. Susan believes that teaching women valuable skills which can enable them to earn a living, support their families, and ultimately have choices in their life is the way to empower women.
Tom Snyder

Tom is passionate about building and directing software and training programs that make a difference. Tom is Managing Director at GeMatrix where he is an innovative solutions leader, a trainer, and a tech evangelist. Tom volunteers his free time piloting innovative global training and mobile solutions for developing countries.

Smartstainable began as a program that helps empowers rural women by teaching them to code. It is now a 501(c)(3) fiscally supported program under the non-profit Ventures For Good Foundation.
It is the volunteer collaboration of Professor Susan Kiene, who teaches and studies public health, and Tom Snyder, a seasoned software and training program manager within global IT. Their first project is helping empower women in rural Uganda by providing computer programming training. They will then guide them in initially offering their newly developed skills to build and test data collection software solutions.
Our Mobilizing Efforts
On November 18, 2013, Dr. Lule, the Director of Gombe Hospital, Professor Susan and Tom Snyder met to discuss the viability of teaching computer classes to women in Gombe. They held a meeting with women leaders in the community. They only invited a few women but 18 women attended to provide support for this initiative! When the omen asked about their cost, Tom replied: ”There is no charge; however, if you start this program, you cannot quit.”
They began with a $1,500 fundraiser and purchased two laptops running Windows 7 and Microsoft Office with Internet access. They installed Dropbox, Skype and email to provide a way to communicate with them and help them on their journey. They used Camtasia from Tech Smith to create videos so that the women could listen to and understand Tom’s New York accent – even if they had to watch the video four or five times. A small lunch and a modest travel reimbursement was provided the team of four women for the first several months of training.

One of the memory boards fried and could not be successfully repaired. They lost power on many occasions. They even lost Internet access during the months of December – March. Yet, these women kept at it.
In March of 2015, Steve Kiene of Nebraska Global, donated four additional computers and two others were received from friends and family to help feed the technology needs. Ken and Kerry Kiene gifted money to help pay for Internet access. Adam Gooch provided us with a logo. Sandy King has given hours and hours of time to help the women effectively communicate using proper spelling and grammar in their writing. And, when ADAPT was dissolved in July of 2015, a monetary gift was presented to Smartstainable. With the help of these and other incredibly wonderful human beings, Tom and Susan provided their first Smartstainable team certificates for the completion of an Introduction to Computer Programming course on July 25th, 2015.
1st Coding Project
The first team is continuing to learn jQuery Mobile and Agile development. With help from Bill Gladwin and Sandy, they are completing a mobile app that tracks Ebola orphan information in Liberia. This project is provided by a Yale University research team.
True Empowerment
To fully engage others in the Gombe village interested in learning computers, the women of the first team have agreed to help transfer this knowledge in the native language, Luganda. These village residents, who do not speak English, will learn to use a computer and a little English in the process. Tech Smith recently donated 5 licenses of Camtasia Studio to help us create videos for this effort.
Moving forward
We offer a certificate based training with four levels of certificates.
Level 1 – Basic Computer Usage
Through the use of video, exercises and mentorship, each new student will learn and is expected to demonstrate competence in using Windows folders, files, notepad, wordpad, paint, email, skype and dropbox. Individuals who receive a Level 1 Certificate may apply for a Level 2 Certificate – Basic Computer Skills for Business.
Level 2 – Basic Computer Skills for Business
Each student will learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel and will demonstrate that they are competent in Word and Excel. Anyone attending a Level 2 Certificate is required to mentor new students in the Level 1 Program. This helps make our program sustainable. Individuals who receive a Level 2 Certificate may apply for a Level 3 Certificate.
Level 3 – Introduction to Software Testing
Students will learn the basics of application flow, databases, and software testing methodologies. Students attending a Level 3 Certificate are required to mentor new students attending Level 1 and Level 2 programs.
Level 4 – Introduction to Coding
Level 4 Certificate will begin with a more advanced Business Communications component. Students will build and test small dynamic web and responsive mobile applications using several technologies. They are required to mentor other women in prior certification levels.