Friday, May 29, 2015

Help Dahkota Brown and NERDS 2015 Summer School Courses!

14 Students graduating this JUNE thanks to our summer school last year. Please HELP the 25 NEW students in NEED NOW!!!
All Donations are deposited to NERDS fiscal partner:
Amador Community Foundation and are 'Tax Deductible' !
Our Non-Profit # 68-0447992  

We are now collecting funds to help our 3rd Summer School Program which to date, boosts a 100% success rate! GOAL:  2015 Summer School Courses

$13,300.00 is needed to provide 50 semester courses worth 5 credits through BYU HS.  This amount includes the courses @ $150.00 each, 1 tutor to oversee the program, nutrition for students, and supplies needed.  These courses are needed to ensure students who have failed required courses needed to graduate can make them up enabling them to graduate in June of 2016 with their class. There are NO free summer school programs offered..without these, often students are moved to continuation or indep study programs where they fail to complete them.  We are expecting more than 25 students this year.

 The mission of NERDS is to decrease the dropout rate of Native American high school students through peer-to-peer mentoring focused on improving grades and making up required credits. To date, NERDS has a 100% success rate in enabling students to graduate. The programming includes 7th-12th grade in study sessions, peer-led talking circles, cultural gatherings, and engagement with positive, sober, educated role models. A great majority of the students we help are living with special needs that label them “at-risk” and often prevent them from gaining admission to college or being hired by employers. We provide them the opportunity to remain in school, succeed, graduate and assist them in plans for their future.

Our 2nd Summer School 2014 was SUCCESSFUL!  14 students finished w/ C's or better and the Sr.'s will now graduate with their class.

In Summer 2013,  5 high school students completed make up credits otherwise not offered by their school district. All 5 were successful and 4 graduated with their class. The 5th, is currently entering his Sr. year and will graduate after taking more classes this summer. *Student DM had failed classes, every year, since 7th grade. In 9th grade he failed 5 and in 10th grade he failed 9 more plus failed the Calif. HS exit exam - he then joined NERDS and made up credits, passed the exit exam and passed 11th grade without failing any classes! He is involved with community service and serving others often now as well as encouraging other underclassmen to work hard and not make the same mistakes he did. His GPA was avg. .077 and is now a 2.7!

Please help the Native students in NERDS reach a brighter future and see people believe in them.

Thank You

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

2015 Back-Pack 2 School Project begins, applications available at local Community Centers

Since 2007, the Camanche Lake and Upcountry Community Centers have coordinated the Back-Pack 2 School Project.  This is a county-wide project which provides backpacks filled with needed school supplies for children in need living in Amador County.  Backpacks and schools supplies are provided through the generosity of local individuals, businesses and community organizations.

If you would like to sign your child up to receive a backpack and school supplies for the 2015/16 school year, please complete the required application with all requested information.  To be eligible for the program, children must reside in Amador County, attend grades K through 12, and qualify for the free/reduced lunch program at school.  Applications will be available from May 15th through June 15th at your local Community Center – Upcountry Community Center (296-2785), Camanche Lake Community Center (763-2720), and Ione Family Resource Center (274-4655) – or at the Interfaith Food Bank.

If you or your organization would like to sponsor a student, please contact 296-2785 to receive a list of needed supplies or to make a monetary donation. 

PHONE NUMBERS for Upcountry Community, Ione Family Resource, & Camanche Lake Community Centers:
Upcountry Community Center
19386 Hwy 88
Pine Grove, CA 95665
P: (209) 296-2785
F: (209) 296-2782
Ione Family Resource Center
17 S. Buena Vista Rd.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 274-4655
F: (209) 274-4665
Camanche Lake Community Center
4419 Camanche Pkwy N.
Ione, CA 95640
P: (209) 763-2720
F: (209) 763-2740

Friday, May 1, 2015

UC Cooperative Extension announces two Forest Landowner Tours on June 10

130 Mulford Hall, MC #3114
University of California
Berkeley, California 94720-3114

Two Forest Landowner Tours
June 10, 2015 – UC Blodgett Forest Research Station (Central Sierra)
Family forest owners in California have a wide variety of reasons for owning their land. The forest management plan is the starting place for a landowner and a registered professional forester to develop a strategic approach to accomplishing goals for ownership. These two field tours will highlight the importance of developing a management plan for family forest owners. The tours will show forestry practices in the field and provide an opportunity to learn about the various programs available to encourage forest management. This is an excellent chance to see management activities in the field, and to interact with professional foresters and other resource managers.

General Schedule:
8:30 - 9:00 - Registration, coffee
9:00 - 10:30 - Indoor session
10:30 - 12:00 - Field Tour
12:00 - 1:00 - Lunch (bring own brown bag lunch; drinks provided)
1:00 - 3:00 - Field Tour continues
3:00 - 4:00 - Wrap-up, next steps, travel back to starting location
4:00 - Adjourn
Complete details (maps, participants, detailed agenda) on:  
• Shasta County (Shingletown) Tour –  
• Central Sierra (UC Blodgett Forest) Tour –    
List of Topics to Be Covered:
• Developing a forest management plan
• Working with a registered professional forester (RPF)
• Regulatory aspects of a forest management plan
• Fuels reduction
• Insects and disease
• Cost-share programs available

Please register on the website at:

• Rick Standiford ( - general questions
• Ryan DeSantis ( - Shingletown tour
• Susie Kocher ( - Blodgett tour