NOTICE: This website is no longer updated, as the Decade of Difference initiative has reached its sunset date. Relevant information has been transferred to the main HCOE site.

Activities & Resources

The Decade of Difference is involved in numerous programs, activities and resources throughout Humboldt County. Browse through the list below, or use the dropdowns to narrow down the list to any combination of districts, age groups and impact areas.

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Crafting Up Business
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Middle school students learn the principles of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Crafting Up practices the concepts of ideation, branding, finance and marketing towards the goal of actual sales. The ultimate goal is to help students develop products they are able to sell at local craft fairs, holiday festivals, and more.
Grades 6-8


Early Literacy Partners Tutoring Program
Contact: Olivia Kernen | 707-445-7007

The Early Literacy Partners Program trains and places volunteers to assist students who are struggling with, or reluctant in, reading and math. Volunteers are placed in a classroom and work with up to three students.
Reading: Grades TK, K, 1; Math: Grades 1-2


I've Been Admitted To College
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

This program provides 7th grade students across the county with exposure to the wealth of courses and interactive workshops offered at our local community college, College of the Redwoods. Additionally, 8th grade students experience a similar exposure at Humboldt State University, our local CSU institution. Both programs include a focus on student support services, admission requirements, and financial aid overview. All participating students receive a compact guaranteeing future admission.
Grades 7-8


Ideas at Work
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Middle school students have the opportunity to participate in high school-sponsored summer career technical education camps that introduce them to the array of career technical opportunities offered in high school.
Incoming 7th and 8th graders


Kuder Navigator
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.
Grades 7-12


Lemonade Day
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

Lemonade Day is a nation-wide event presented locally by AEDC and Decade of Difference, with additional support from local sponsors. It teaches kids how to start, own and operate a business using a lemonade stand.
Grades K-8


North Coast Cal-SOAP
Contact: Cindy Porter | 707-441-3973

The Northcoast Cal-SOAP Consortium provides academic tutoring and college advisement to low-income and first-generation students who have the potential to succeed in post-secondary education. Programs range from in-class tutoring and workshops on financial aid and how to apply for college, to college tours and college and career fairs.
Grades 7-12


Parent Partners in Education
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.
Families with children Pre K-12


Student Planners
Contact: Susi Huschle | 707-601-4307

A comprehensive daily planner that includes organizational tips, information regarding important local resources, college deadline reminders, and more. Students, teachers, and parents are encouraged to use this as an important communication tool between school and home.
Grades 6-12


The Awesome Preztel Cart
Contact: Kay Becker | 707-786-5900

Through a generous donation from Guy Fieri's Cooking with Kids Foundation, Ferndale Elementary School received a replica of Guy Fieri's portable pretzel stand for use in fundraising efforts. Students also learn aspects of entrepreneurship, customer service, and financial literacy.
Grades 6-8 at Ferndale Elementary

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