NOTICE: This website is no longer updated, as the Decade of Difference initiative has reached its sunset date.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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Career Frontiers
Contact: Jim Ritter | 707-498-2917

Gain new insights and perspectives, and learn about job and career opportunities through a series of panels, workshops, field trips and job shadows.
Grades 9-12


Cash For College Workshops
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.
Grade 12 students and parents


College & Career Planning
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.
Grades 9-12


FAFSA and the FAFSA Completion Project
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.
Graduating Seniors & College


Financial Aid Lesson Plans
Contact: Chérie Zygaczenko | 707-445-7007

Six lesson plans have been designed to support Civics and Economics teachers with a comprehensive tool that engages 12th grade students in the successful completion of the FAFSA or Dream Act applications.
Grade 12 students and Civics and Economics teachers


High School Financial Literacy Lessons
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

In partnership with more than 10 local financial, accounting and insurance institutions, we deliver age appropriate lessons and activities covering some of the key principles of financial literacy. This can be tailored into a day-long event or over the course of a weekly series.

Topics include: Spending Plans & Budgeting; Earning & Income; Insurance; Taxes; Credit; Investing & Savings; College & Financial Aid Planning; and Identity Theft.
Grades 9-12


Humboldt College/Career Expo
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.
All welcome


Industrial Arts & Technology Fair
Contact: Tanya Trump | 707-445-7164

This Fair provides local high school youth enrolled in an array of industrial arts career technical courses across the county with an opportunity to showcase and sell their best work. The Fair celebrates the importance of industrial arts in education and provides a forum for the community to see the amazing student work that is generated.
Grades 9-12


INNOVATE! Business Challenge
Contact: Karen Brooks | 707-445-7563

The INNOVATE! Business Challenge is a competition for high school-aged students, who create ideas and business plans for a startup. Grand prizes in the three-phase contest total up to $2,500.

The Challenge is part of an effort to promote the principles of entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation. Integration with important financial literacy concepts, branding and marketing is included. The ultimate goal is to help launch student business start-ups with local business mentoring.
Grades 9-12


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


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


North Coast College Access Scholarship
Contact: Decade of Difference | 707-445-7020 This is a scholarship program designed to support eligible low-income and first generation students to help offset the costs associated with college. This program also provides ongoing advising and support to students who are prior scholarship recipients in an effort to increase successful degree attainment.
Graduating seniors and previous scholarship recipients


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


Scholarship Central
Contact: Decade of Difference | 707-445-7020 Through local partnerships, we will develop a "one-stop shop" for all of our local scholarships in an effort to make it easier for students and families to understand, search and apply for financial resources and aid that is available to them in our local community.
Graduating high school seniors


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

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