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A baby brings on the joys of being a parent, but for some teen parents it’s not always celebrated. Fresno EOC Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) understands the stigma and difficulties some teen parents face when having a child, and so AFLP took the initiative to help teen parents embrace a positive outlook on parenthood by celebrating its first biannual baby shower. “We are doing this because our youth don’t always have the opportunity or the income to have a baby shower…

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Celeste Cabrera-Garcia is a Fresno EOC Board Commissioner but also former Adolescent Family Life Program (AFLP) client and Head Start parent. She was first introduced to Fresno EOC as a teen mom at the age of 14 and with support from her case managers was encouraged to take on new opportunities leading her to where she is today. “At the time I was going through the wonders of becoming a parent but I also didn’t know much,” said Cabrera-Garcia. “AFLP taught me everything…

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Fresno EOC is currently accepting nominations for select seats on the Board of Commissioners. Fresno EOC is governed by a twenty-four-member Board of Commissioners. One-third of the board consists of public officials or their representatives, and one-third are members of business and community groups. The remainder must be democratically elected to represent low-income residents and groups. This year we are seeking nominations for four Community Representative seats and holding elections for…

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Fresno EOC Valley Apprenticeship Connections (VAC) inspires people and transforms lives through its dedication to creating employment pathways for the Central Valley’s underserved adult populations. VAC believes all individuals should have access and opportunity to earn livable wages and a chance to advance their career. This empowers individuals to thrive as self-sufficient and contributing members of our community. Learn more about VAC’s past and current students by reading their…

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Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC) invites everyone to participate in the 3rd annual “Safe Night Out” Halloween event on Thursday, October 31st, from 4 pm to 7 pm. This will be a family-friendly event, put on in partnership with the Safe Night Out Halloween Committee, providing community members with activities to ensure everyone has a safe and fun Halloween night.   “This truly is an incredible event. This gives families in southwest Fresno a place to go on…

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Fresno EOC Board Commissioner wants parents to know “Fresno EOC can help you” Zina Brown-Jenkins was first introduced to Fresno EOC Head Start 32 years ago when a staff member knocked on her door and handed her a flyer for the program. Now she is a Fresno EOC Board Commissioner on the Head Start County-Wide Policy Council and serves as an advocate for parents throughout the agency. “Head Start was the perfect opportunity,” Brown-Jenkins said. “I was a college…

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At Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps’ onsite charter school, YouthBuild Fresno, the Sterile Processing course was added to an array of vocational training opportunities for students. The program allows young adults, 18 to 29, who have previously been left or pushed out of the traditional school system with a second chance to attend high school, through a partnership with YouthBuild Charter School of California (YCSC). Last spring, YouthBuild Fresno began offering the first Sterile…

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Since the beginning of 2018, Students at SOUL have been enjoying the healthier options at the salad bar, along with new industrial food service equipment and the opportunity to learn how to prepare meals through their Culinary Arts class. This is all thanks to feedback from students and a grant ensuring SOUL has the resources to make food on-site. “The Kitchen Equipment Assistance Grant has allowed the SOUL to improve nutritional quality, serve healthier meals, expand participation…

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