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Calico Challenge 2018

Annual Fundraising Drive

Jamaican University Student Internships

The Palisadoes Foundation collaborates with Jamaican universities, businesses, and other non-profits to create a globally competitive technology workforce. In 2018, our annual Calico Challenge summer internship program aims to double our goal to US$25,000 to assist 16 engineering students in Jamaica. Donate with Razoo this Holiday Season. 

Calico students work on Open Source software summer projects with a Jamaican flavor under the guidance of an industry mentor. A full US$1,500 stipend is paid upon achieving defined goals. Graduates gain augmented skills that will help them in the job market, making Jamaica technically stronger.

Learn more about Calico and our work with the JPS Foundation on Palisadoes News where you will see profiles of past recipients.

The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is designed to reconnect 2nd and 3rd generation Jamaicans living in the USA, UK and Canada to their proud Jamaican heritage.


  • GraceKennedy will host 4 university students for a one month Internship  
  • Candidates must be 2nd/3rd generation Jamaicans who have never lived in Jamaica (‘lived’ – not in Jamaica for a period exceeding 6 months)
  • Programme will focus on cultural as well as professional education


The GraceKennedy Jamaican Birthright Programme is a cultural and professional internship geared at highlighting all aspects of Jamaican life while furthering the career goals of the selected candidates.  It is a programme that will give successful candidates a well-rounded Jamaican experience.

The Internship:

Selected candidates will work in a GraceKennedy subsidiary linked to their field of study, therefore granting them hands on experience in a wide range of industries.  This internship will benefit the candidate in a variety of ways, including practical experience and mentorships. GraceKennedy will provide airfare from major airports, housing, ground transportation and stipend for the selected candidates.

The Cultural Component:

Selected candidates will be taken on a variety of weekend programmes called Heritage Pathways, which will expose them to the Jamaican heritage by immersing them in our historic sites, natural and human resources, and of course, our beaches!


  • Candidates must complete an application form online
  • Along with the application form, the candidate will be required to include:

          –  A passport sized photograph

          –  His/her official transcript

          –  Resume

          –  Educational and character references

          –  Certified copies of his/her birth certificate AND his/her Jamaican parent/grandparent

          –  An essay: “Jamaica is diverse and culturally rich. How has your Jamaican heritage inspired you                and influenced you as a person?”


  • Pursuing either an undergraduate or graduate degree
  • Grade Point Average of 3.0 or above (i.e. a  ‘B’ average or higher)
  • Provide proof of Jamaican parentage/grand parentage
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 25 years old
  • Demonstrate leadership skills and active involvement in the Diaspora



Office of the Press Secretary


May 31, 2017


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      National Caribbean-American Heritage Month is a celebration of the accomplishments of Caribbean Americans and our long, shared history with the peoples of the Caribbean.  We are grateful for the culture Caribbean Americans have shared with our Nation and the many contributions they have made to our society.  

      Throughout our history, Caribbean Americans have helped create and maintain the strength and independence of our Nation.  Alexander Hamilton, who came from poverty in Nevis, was a key contributor to our Constitution and the first Secretary of the Treasury, helping to establish our modern financial system and to create the United States Coast Guard.

      Every day, Caribbean Americans help make America more prosperous and secure.  Our Nation is particularly grateful to the many Caribbean Americans who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces, protecting our Nation, and promoting freedom and peace around the world.  Today, more than four million Caribbean Americans live in the United States and continue to contribute to a vibrant culture that enriches our Nation. 

      NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2017 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.  I encourage all Americans to join in celebrating the history, culture, and achievements of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

      IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this

thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first.


                            DONALD J. TRUMP


Last week, Cynthia “Chef Thia” Verna almost broke the internet. After annihilating over 30 of the most acclaimed chefs from around the world to win prestigious international culinary competition the Events DC “Embassy Chef Challenge”, the emotional Facebook Live video she posted went viral, racking up over 200,000 views in its first 24 hours online. She was joined in the clip by Food Network Extreme Chef Terry French, who sat on the floor next to her and her golden pineapple trophy, showering her with praise and adulation.

Read the announcement here

Uncomfortable: The Art of Christopher Cozier (2005, 47 min.) is a film documentary about the internationally exhibiting artist Christopher Cozier. Fung will screen Uncomfortable at the Museum of the African Diaspora (San Francisco) on Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 6:30-8:30 p.m. After the film is shown, Richard Fung will discuss the film with Christopher Cozier via Skype.


The Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street (at Third Street), San Francisco, CA 94105. The museum is accessible. See:


Richard Fung (born 1954, Port of Spain, Trinidad) is an award-winning, internationally recognized artist and film director. He now lives in Toronto, Canada, where he studied art and earned a Master’s degree in Sociology and Cultural Studies. Fung is also a professor at the Ontario College of Art and Design and an activist.

Christopher Cozier (born 1959, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad) is the child of Grenadians who migrated to Trinidad in the 1960s. He’s a contemporary artist who was trained in Trinidad and in the US (Master’s of Fine Arts in Painting from Rutgers University). Cozier is also a curator, writer, and critic. Please see: 

The U.S. Department of State’s Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) eInternship program is bigger and better than ever! This year, we have over 900 vacancies at 30 U.S. Government agencies. The 309 projects available this year can be found here. Students can apply between July 2 – 22 on USAJobs to their top three projects.

VSFS is a way for the American public and government employees to collaborate on projects of global importance. Selected applicants will contribute up to 10 hours per week from September 2016 through May 2017 working on projects from a U.S. Mission abroad or a domestic government office. As eInterns, students will play an important role in advancing the federal government’s reach in diplomacy, development, space, journalism, trade, environment, health, agriculture, technology, housing and other essential initiatives. Together, we can create a more effective, efficient, and smarter government that takes advantage of an engaged and participatory citizenry.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens enrolled in university level courses in the U.S. or abroad. Last year, we had students in programs ranging from undergraduate to PhD levels, both full and part-time, taking courses in person or online. A resume, transcript, and statement of interest are required as part of the application process. Interviews may be conducted in August. eInternships are unpaid and do not require a security clearance or travel.

Jun 13, 2016

Press Release

WASHINGTON—Representative Eliot L. Engel, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today praised passage in the House of Representatives of his legislation to strengthen United States engagement with Caribbean countries.  The United States-Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (H.R. 4939), which Rep. Engel introduced with Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), would require the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multiyear strategy focused on enhancing engagement with the countries of the Caribbean and enhancing outreach to diaspora communities in the United States.  The legislation puts particular emphasis on energy security, countering violence, expanded diplomacy, and other priority areas.

“We spend a great deal of time focusing on challenges and opportunities in faraway places.  But it’s important that we never lose sight of our interests closer to home.  Indeed, we should be working to strengthen our ties with countries in the Caribbean,” said Rep. Engel on the House floor. “That’s the aim of this bill, which would prioritize U.S.-Caribbean relations for years to come.”

The legislation requires the State Department and USAID to:

  • Identify agency efforts to prioritize U.S. policy towards the Caribbean;
  • Outline an approach to broaden outreach to the Caribbean diaspora community in the United States;
  • Outline an approach to partner with governments of the Caribbean region to improve citizen security and reduce drug trafficking;
  • Establish a comprehensive, multi-year strategy to improve energy security and increase access to diverse, reliable, affordable and sustainable power;
  • Outline an approach to improve diplomatic engagement with governments of the Caribbean region; and
  • Develop an approach to assisting Caribbean countries in the diversification of their economies.

In addition, the bill requires the Government Accountability Office to produce two key reports:

  • An evaluation of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) and a breakdown of CBSI assistance provided to each country; and
  • An evaluation of U.S. diplomatic engagement with the Eastern Caribbean.


Oriki Theater’s Rites of Passage (RoP) special summer program for incoming African American freshmen boys schedule:

(all sessions conducted at Mount Pleasant High School)

7/14 3 PM – 6 PM – Opening Session with Special Meeting for Parents

7/16 10 AM – 1 PM

7/21 3 PM – 6 PM

7/23 10 AM – 1 PM

7/28 3 PM – 6 PM

7/30 10 AM – 1 PM – Closing Ceremony

Access the application form at

Space for fifteen (15) students

A Climate Corps Bay Area (CCBA) Fellowship gains fellows 10 months of experience implementing climate change resiliency projects with community partners, along with extensive personal development and training. The fellowship will start in late August 2016 and end in late June 2017. Most fellowships are based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis: apply as soon as possible in order to receive priority placement consideration.

To learn more and apply to all opportunities: (For any questions not addressed on the website, please contact

Alameda County General Services Agency CCBA Fellowships

  • The Climate Associate will engage government employees in new programs that reduce the environmental footprint of County operations, expand the green events program, and track overall progress on a sustainability dashboard.
  • The Communications Associate will support the redesign of the County’s internal sustainability website, develop engaging outreach materials, and support sustainable purchasing – helping shape the green marketplace.
  • The Green Child Care Coordinator will strengthen Alameda County Early Care and Education Planning Council’s recycling and waste reduction work with dozens of preschools and educate students and teachers on the benefits of composting.
  • The Sustainable Transportation Associate will reduce the County’s climate impact by engaging employees on clean commuting, including through an internal network of clean commute champions.
  • The Sustainable Energy/Transportation Associate will support the expansion of zero-emissions vehicles in the County fleet through energy conservation projects.
  • The Waste & Recycling Associate will roll out the County’s new composting and mixed container recycling programs and engage employees in zero waste efforts.

To learn more about Alameda County opportunities:

The Foundation for Osteoporosis Education and Research (FORE) offers free bone scans as part of a training program for the densitometer students, and next weekend, (April 30th & May 1st) they have some appointments available. Available appointment slots are below.

Why bone density tests are  important:

  • Osteoporosis and low bone mass are currently estimated to be a major public health threat for almost 44 million U.S. women and men aged 50 and older
  • The 44 million people with either osteoporosis or low bone mass represent 55 percent of the people aged 50 and older in the United States
  • Osteoporosis affects more women than breast cancer, uterine cancer, and colon cancer combined

Available time slots:

Saturday, April 30th

4/30/2016 12:30 PM
4/30/2016 2:15 PM
4/30/2016 2:45 PM
4/30/2016 3:00 PM (2 slots)

Sunday, May 1st

5/1/2016 10:30 AM
5/1/2016 2:45 PM
5/1/2016 3:00 PM (2 slots)

If you would like to make an appointment for a scan, please contact Emely at the number below.

Emely Wendell  |  Executive Assistant 
American Bone Health   |  FORE

1814 Franklin Street, Suite 620
Oakland, CA 94612

 510.832.2663 x1011  | f  510.208.7174 
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The Santa Clara County Alliance of Black Educators (SCCABE) is hosting its 27th Annual Recognition Ceremony for African-American students and community leaders this spring. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the San Jose State University Student Union. We are requesting your assistance in identifying deserving students and community members. Superintendents and administrators, please share this information with your staff. 

Please help us in identifying and recognizing deserving individuals. All nominations must be received by March 18, 2016. Submissions can be made on-line at:

The Alliance will recognize students promoting from: K-5 or K-6 elementary sites/middle or junior high school 8th graders/ and 12th grade graduating seniors. A Nominating Statement is required for each submission. Students must meet the nominating criteria and Grade Point Average in each category as shown in the award descriptions. The criteria and descriptions for Student Awards are on the SCCABE website.

In addition to giving recognition to students, we will also honor African-American community leaders with the LaVerne Owens Community Service Award and the Hank Hutchins Award. See our website for details.

This annual event is held to encourage student achievement, affirm the dignity of African-American students and to recognize the support of family and community in the lives of our children.


  • READ Across Jamaica – Community Reading Party
    (Gaithersburg, Maryland)  March 26, 2016
  • Every Woman Can – Women’s Herstory Month
    (Brooklyn, Maryland)  March 26, 2016
  • NAJASO Reads @ Marcus Garvey El. School
    (Los Angeles, CA)  March 28, 2016
  • READ ACROSS JAMAICA DAY – May 3, 2016 (Jamaica, WI)

Contra Costa Community College District is hiring 57 new faculty persons. Looking for diverse male faculty. Ten year instructional (documented) experienced PHD Faculty entry salary is $87,970.00.”Full Time Faculty”, $150,000 potential salary! If interested please contact Professor Silvester Henderson at Contra Costa Community College District, College of Alameda, Los Medanos College.


My fellow Jamaicans at home and in the Diaspora, and those visiting with us at this time, as you spread your Christmas cheer with family and friends; as you reach deep into your memory bank for those treasured moments spent with loved ones; and as you renew the hope of the Christ event, I bring you my special Christmas greetings and cheer.

Christmas is, indeed, the most wonderful time of the year.

It is the time when our better selves are most manifest. It is a time when we reflect on the true meaning of life. It is a time when we are reminded that we are members of one glorious human family, destined by God for greatness.

Christmas is a time when we are reminded about what really matters in life—- family, friendship, fellowship, community, giving and receiving love.

My fellow Jamaicans, there are some timeless and indeed priceless lessons we learn from Christmas.

First, it does not matter how bleak your personal circumstances are or where you are coming from, those circumstances can change.

We must always cherish hope. Jesus was born in a lowly manager. There was no room at any of the inns for Him.  But the stable would prove good enough for the King of Kings!

Jesus became a refugee. His mother, Mary, had to flee with him to Egypt to save his life from Herod.  His life did not start easy.  But he endured to the end.

Never give in to feeling that you could not be the best.  The Christmas story is a story of hope. It is a story, which says that neither your past nor your present is your potential.

You can be born in lowly circumstances; you can be an outcast and you might be rejected by your own but like Christ you can overcome.

Once you have that iron will, faith in the Almighty and steely determination, you can achieve your dreams.

My fellow Jamaicans, Christmas is also about giving.

We exchange gifts at this time as a symbol of the gift of life which Jesus gave to the world.

Christmas reminds us that in giving we receive and in so doing our lives and our communities are enriched.

There are people who have lost loved ones this year through various circumstances.  Remember them at this time. Visit with them. Call them. Pray for them. Let them know you care.

Let us remember the families of members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who have died in the line of duty, and who face a very painful Christmas this year.  May the peace of Christ comfort and sustain you.

For unto to us a child is born….   Behold a great light has come to the world.  This was spoken of the Christ Child.  These words could also be spoken about our children.

They are our future.  As the Shepherds kept watch over their flocks I am entreating you to keep watch over our children. Honour the Christ in every child you meet.

Fellow Jamaicans, Christmas is a time of peace and reconciliation. Jesus came into the world to bring peace.

As the angelic host rang out on that first Christmas morning, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, goodwill toward men”. I bring you the peace of Christmas.

We cannot celebrate the true spirit of Christmas if we do not honour the values of the Prince of Peace.

I encourage you to have peaceful thoughts toward your neighbours, your co-workers, and those with whom you differ politically and religiously.

Christmas is not just a time of merriment, partying, shopping and even fellowshipping with family and friends:

It is a time to embrace the less fortunate, the stranger, people who are different from us.

Let us pay attention to those who need our care and support: the victims of abuse, the infirmed, the ailing, the shut-ins and those with special needs as well as our senior citizens.

The Christmas story tells us, God cares deeply about the poor and marginalized.

He favours the oppressed and dispossessed.  If we are His children we must follow His footsteps.

I salute all of our men and women of the security forces;   our fire workers, those working in our hospitals and nursing homes and all those in the essential services.

This being Christmas Day, I am sure that you would like to be with your families.  But you are out at work, serving us.

You exemplify the spirit of Christmas.  Accept my thanks from a grateful nation.

My fellow Jamaicans, I wish for you and your family a very warm and holy Christmas.

May God continue to bless you.

God bless Jamaica land we love.

Position available, Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts San Diego (with headquarters in Balboa Park).  This is an opportunity to positively influence the lives of 23,000 girl members in the communities served, with the potential for many more.  These programs raise horizons, provide quality leadership opportunities, and develop values that will last a lifetime.  The effect on girls is immeasurable; for the CEO, it is uplifting.

For further information, view “San Diego Girl Scout Council CEO Vacancy Announcement” here.



Jamaica Awareness Association of California funds its projects through sponsorship’s and fundraising events. For the past 28 years, the Los Angeles community has come to anticipate JAAC’s largest fundraising event in November with much excitement. This year, the 29th annual fundraising banquet will take place on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott – 5855 West Century Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90045.

The event, hosted by Leo Gilling, promises to bring together approximately 300 guests in the local community. This year we will be honoring Diane Pollard, President and CEO of Issa Trust Foundation for her continued commitment to underserved populations in Jamaica, particularly its children.  We will also be honoring Dr. Gregory Stoute for his unrelenting participation in JAAC’s Medical Mission as a long-time contributor to its Dental Team.

Saxophonist Vaughn Fahie, Marcus B Entertainment, and Jamaican Gold Sounds will be providing entertainment throughout the night with performances by Season 7 “Voice” Finalist Damien Lawson.

Great entertainment and dancing, plus live and silent auctions, raffle prizes and door prizes amounts to a wonderful evening not to be missed!

Please join us in our efforts to raise money to enrich the undersserved!

Attend Event


The Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s Apple HBCU Scholars Program gives the opportunity for 30 college students to be awarded a one-year scholarship applied toward the student’s final year of study. Not only will you be able to be awarded up to a $25,000 scholarship, you will also receive an opportunity to develop key skills and help launch their careers at one of the top tech companies in the world in Apple.

These scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Be awarded up to $25,000 (scholarship) for their senior year of study
  • Participate in a summer internship with Apple in Cupertino, California
  • Participate in a year-round development program to prepare for post-graduation careers
  • Be paired with an Apple employee mentor during their senior year
  • Serve as Ambassadors on their HBCU campuses to build awareness for the Apple and TMCF Diversity Initiative
  • Attend the TMCF Annual Leadership Institute in Washington, DC in November 2015
  • Participate in the Apple HBCU Immersion experience in Cupertino, California during the spring of 2016

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Business, Communications, Computer Science, Information Science/Technology, Mathematics, Public Relations and/or Engineering (electrical, mechanical, computer science, or materials science) major
  • Enrolled full-time at a four-year accredited HBCU/PBI (Predominately Black Institution)
  • Currently in the second-to-last year of study, graduating in May/June of 2017. This means Juniors or Seniors pursuing a fifth year of study.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 (transcript required unofficial transcripts accepted)
  • Prior internship experience strongly preferred (e.g., major-related project work, Hackathon, coding, etc.)
  • Prior leadership experience (e.g., participation in STEM clubs, campus organizations, etc.)

Application Deadline: September 18, 2015

How to Apply:
Click Here To Find Out More Information And Apply to this highly competitive opportunity.

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Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) Commission

The Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is a County Commission composed of young people, grades 8th through 12th, and serves as the official youth policy body to Santa Clara County. YTF strives to improve children’s lives by analyzing policies and programs that impact children and youth in Santa Clara County, providing informed advice to local policy-makers and supporting community service activities throughout the county. The purpose of the YTF is to ensure youth have representation in policy decision-making.

WHO CAN APPLY?  Students grades 8th through 12th, and who reside and attend school in Santa Clara County, and are appointed by their Board of Supervisor Representative.  YTF members are non-paid volunteers working with county officials, community leaders, community based organizations and others.

There are 16 YTF members representing the following constituencies:

  • 2 from each of the five Supervisor Districts (selected by the Supervisor representing that district)
  • 6 additional “at large” members

Time Commitment and General Responsibilities: Approximately 15 to 20 hours per month:

  • Participate in an Orientation/Team Building training at the beginning of each school year.
  • Attend bi-monthly, regularly scheduled meetings.  Youth Task Force meetings are held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. every other Tuesday of the month.  Meetings are open to the public.
  •  Plan the Agenda and Co-chair at least one YTF meeting during the course of the year.
  • Meet once a month with the Supervisor or Supervisor staff representative from your district.
  • Attend Board of Supervisor meetings and committee meetings when issues pertinent to the YTF are discussed.
  • Preparation and research: conducting research to inform recommendations from the YTF.
  • Seek the opinions, thoughts, and ideas from other youth in the community to inform YTF recommendations.
  • Participate in at least 3 community service activities over the course of the year.
  • Attend other community events and activities representing the YTF as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities of YTF Members:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to all children and youth in Santa Clara County and a high value for the diversity of the youth of our community.
  • Willingness to respectfully handle conflict and constructively seek solutions when disagreement arises.
  • Strong communication skills (public speaking skills a must)
  • Willingness to work in youth-adult partnerships and ensure that both youth and adults feel valued and respected.
  • Willing to take initiative, is responsible and has a positive attitude.
  • Is punctual, organized and has good time management skills.
  •  Ability to contribute to the team and to hold themselves and others accountable.
  • Openness to explore specific problems and issues, service needs, perspectives and lifestyle patterns affecting youth groups and youth in general.

If interested, please complete and submit the following online application.

For further information, please contact Mario Lopez via email at or by phone at 408-299-5030.



Youth Auditions for Cinderella!

YOUNG CINDERELLA (possibly dance), female (age 4 – 8)
Younger version of Cinderella after mother has just died. Young Cinderella seeks comfort from her father and they share a special dance together.

GRANDDAUGHTERS, female (age 8 – 13)
Two young sisters who are consistently fighting with each other.

PAGE, male (age 8 – 15)
Precocious, smart, and witty male child that thinks on his feet. He works at the Palace, and looks up the Prince, but has a habit of telling the truth at the wrong time.
Auditions: Saturday, September 12th from 12pm to 3pm
Callbacks: Monday, September 14th from 6pm to 8:30pm

African-American Art & Culture Complex
762 Fulton Street (cross at Webster) in San Francisco

How to dress: Auditions will include a physical group warm-up and exercise. Please dress your child in comfortable clothing appropriate to move.
Acting Preparation: Prepare a monologue or tell a fairytale
Vocal Preparation: If your child sings please ask them to prepare 16 bars to sing without music
Format of Audition: Group auditions; time slots 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, or 3pm. Be prepared to stay for one hour

How we evaluate:
We are seeking for the youths to be creative, open, take direction, and the ability to project vocally.

Register for an audition time on our Audition web page.


              The Health Ministry of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, whose

Senior Pastor is the Rev. Anthony L. Hughes, will again offer its free and anonymous

BP Testing on Sunday, July 26th, 2015, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm as it does every

fourth Sunday. The church’s address is 2024 Ashby Avenue (at Adeline across from

Ashby BART station) in Berkeley.

This event is wheel chair accessible and children, with a parent or guardian present, can also be screened.

For more information, contact The Health Ministry at 510.495.5560 or call the Church office at 510.848.2050.


(6th to 8 grade and 9th graders needed remedial help to graduate)
Maranatha Christian Center – Outreach Center, 1811 S. 7th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
8:00 am – 4:30pm
June 29, 2015 – July 31, 2015

Church phone (408) 280.PRAY or call
Linda Scott (510) 220-1492, Virginia Jones (408) 332-3208, Haves Streeter (510) 355.4941 and Stephanie Menzies (408) 420-1075

Download Application Form