Resources & Activities – Parent & Community Engagement

We recognize the critical role our parents and community play in the healthy development of our youth. Additionally, we share the belief that it takes a village to raise a child and we are committed to providing programs and resources that assist parents and community members to support children in achieving their aspirations and experiencing success in school, career, and in life.

Below is a list of resources and activities supported by the Decade of Difference in the Parent & Community Engagement Impact Area. You can filter the list by using the dropdowns below.



Baby's First Year Calendar (Ages 0-1)
Contact: Judi Andersen | 707-445-7006

The "Baby's First Year" Activity Calendar was developed as a resource for parents, to provide information regarding year one expected developmental milestones and includes interactive activities promoting cognitive and communicative development.


Cash For College Workshops (Grade 12 students and parents)
Contact: Decade of Difference | 707-445-7020 An interactive hands-on event held at our comprehensive high schools designed to provide parents and students the support needed to successfully apply for financial aid by completing the FASFA or Dream Act applications.


College & Career Planning (Grades 9-12)
Contact: Decade of Difference | 707-445-7020 What will you do after high school? Is there a college or career training path for you? Do you need help figuring out how to pay for the education or training you will need? The information and resources offered by Go! Beyond High School can help answer some of these questions.

Go! Beyond High School is a program coordinated by the Decade of Difference, and funded by a grant from College Access Foundation of California. Our focus is to provide current financial aid information, made available to all high school students, parents and high school support staff, emphasizing the importance of the financial aid application process and related deadlines.


Community Giving Opportunities (All businesses, organizations & institutions)
Contact: Heidi Moore | 707-441-4502

Opportunity for organizations, businesses, and institutions to provide financial support, staff time, and/or other resources that promote the services and activities of the Decade of Difference.


Community Outreach & Volunteerism (All)
Contact: Heidi Moore | 707-441-4502

Educating our community about the Decade of Difference Initiative and the ways in which they can engage and get involved. Opportunities exist to support programs, activities, services that connect to an individual's specific interest, time availability and level of expertise.


Computer Refurbishing Project (Based on eligibility and need)

Working with community volunteers, this project refurbishes donated computers and provides them to needy students and families. The program also provides computers to parents participating in the Parent Partners in Education Program to help them become more engaged in supporting their children's educational success. (Ages 0-8)
Contact: Cindi Kaup | 707-441-3912 is a website dedicated to the development of children ages 0-8. It is designed to be a resource for both parents/caregivers as well as early educators.


FAFSA and the FAFSA Completion Project (Graduating Seniors & College)
Contact: Decade of Difference | 707-445-7020 The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is your gateway to financial aid and opens the door for you to receive grants, loans, work study and certain college, university and career technical program scholarships. In addition, many states and colleges use your FAFSA information to determine your eligibility for state and school aid, and some private financial aid providers may use your FAFSA information to determine whether you qualify for their aid.


Getting Ready for Kindergarten (Parents of incoming kindergartners)
Contact: Judi Andersen | 707-445-7006

Produced in partnership with the Local Child Care Planning Council, this guide for parents of children entering Kindergarten offers information to prepare for this milestone transition. The guide and a "Countdown to Kindergarten" summer activities calendar is available online in both English and Spanish.


Humboldt College/Career Expo (All welcome)
Contact: Cindy Porter | 707-441-3973

An evening designed to provide high school students and their families with information about college and career opportunities. College representatives from across California and the nation provide school specific information. Additionally, break-out sessions are held regarding NCAA eligibility, CSU and UC Admissions, the California Community College System, and financial aid.


Kuder Navigator (Grades 7-12)
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

A web-based college and career exploration tool that navigates students through a process of assessing their post-secondary interest, and guides them to develop a plan that supports their goals. The tool includes resume builders, college search, interest assessments, access to peer reviewed portals, and an on-line portfolio.


Parent Partners in Education (Families with children Pre K-12)
Contact: Agustín Amaro | 707-502-4343

In partnership with the CSU Chancellors Office, this parent education program offers classes designed to increase parent engagement and promote a college-going culture for all families, with special efforts to reach those parents who may not have had the opportunity to attend college themselves. The curriculum includes understanding of educational systems, ways to support student success, and advocacy and leadership skills.


School-Ready Child Growth Chart (Ages 0-5)
Contact: Judi Andersen | 707-445-7006

These charts provide parents with a fun way to measure a child's height while learning about important developmental milestones.