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Raising Cain is a 2-hour PBS documentary that explores the emotional development of boys in America today. Our guide in the program is child psychologist Michael Thompson, PhD, one of America's leading experts on boys. His book on the emotional lives of boys, "Raising Cain," with co-author Dan Kindlon, was a New York Times bestseller. Raising Cain explores the lives of boys from birth through high school through powerful documentary stories about real boys.

The hallmark of the program is Michael Thompson's in-depth interviews and interactions with these boys. The interviews reveal the challenges and confusion that boys encounter while growing up in America. In addition, Michael Thompson models ways for parents, educators and counselors to engage boys and help them bring their inner lives to the surface.

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PARTNERS is a mentorship program providing role models for first-time juvenile offenders 10 to 15 years old. Adult mentors over 21 years old are needed to work directly with the youth throughout San Diego County. The time commitment is from two to three hours a week for six months. There is a 12-hour training course over a three-week period. Contact Angel at (619) 274-4107

FOR PARENTS' AND KIDS' SAKE is a family service organization dedicated to promoting the well-being of children and families, with emphasis on child-abuse prevention. People are needed to help with fund-raising events in San Diego's North County Inland area. The time commitment is from five to six hours per month. Contact Myrtice Wieser at (619) 487-5980

CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CENTER FOR CHILD PROTECTION needs role models for parents at risk of abusing their children (for the Parent Aide Home Visitor Program); play-group supervisors to play with children while their parents attend group sessions. Valid driver's license and proof of insurance needed. The time commitment is flexible. There is a 24-hour training course over an eight-week period. Contact Children's Hospital, 3020 Children's Way, Kearny Mesa, San Diego. (619) 576-0355


Association of California School Administrators
1517 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 444-3216 or (800) 608-2272
(916) 444-1085 Fax

The Association of California School Administrators represents more than 15,000 superintendents, principals, vice principals, classified managers and confidential employees throughout the state. It is a member-driven organization committed to improved student performance and educational leadership in California's public schools.

California Council of Churches
2700 L Street
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-5447
(916) 442-3036 Fax

The California Council of Churches is the statewide public policy office for 19 Protestant and Orthodox denominations, 3,400 congregations and over 1.2 million church members. The Council’s mission focuses on developing educational resources for the religious community on public policy issues affecting low-income Californians and other vulnerable populations and on mobilizing people of faith to be more involved with the public policy processes of government.

California Medical Association
221 Main Street
P.O. Box 7690
San Francisco, CA 94120-7690
(415) 882-5110
(415) 882-3390 Fax

The purposes of this Association are to promote the science and art of medicine; the care and well-being of patients: the protection of the public health and the betterment of the medical profession; and to promote and support similar interests in its component societies. The Association unites with similar organizations in other states and territories of the United States to form the American Medical Association.

California Park & Recreation Society
7971 Freeport Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95832-4701
(916) 665.2777
(916) 665.9149 Fax

A statewide professional membeship organization of more than 3,000 members, CPRS provides the leadership to advance the positive impact of parks and recreation to society. Parks and recreation creates community through people, parks and programs. CPRS ha members in more than 500 communities throughout the state. CPRS promotes parks and recreation through its public policy efforts, professional training programs, partnerships, technical assistance and networking.

California Peace Officers' Association
1455 Response Road, Suite 190
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 263-0541
(916) 263-6090 Fax

The California Peace Officers' Association (CPOA) was established in 1921 and serves the needs of professional law enforcement through issue exploration, resource development, educational opportunities and legislative advocacy. CPOA has over 4,000 members of all ranks from municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies from throughout the state. CPOA's mission is to provide progressive leadership for the California law enforcement community through organizational networking, professional development and public policy advocacy to meet public safety needs of our changing society. The association is committed to strengthening the voice of professional law enforcement in the public policy arena.

California Police Chiefs Association
1455 Response Road Suite 190
Sacramento, CA 95815
(916) 923-2375
(916) 263-6090 Fax

The California Police Chiefs Association provides programs, services and representation that serves the interest and responsibilities of California’s municipal police chiefs and the safety of the public.

California School Boards Association
3100 Beacon Boulevard
West Sacramento, CA 95608
(916) 371-4691
(916) 372-3369 Fax

The California School Boards Association (CBSA) is a collaborative group of virtually all of the state’s more than 1,000 k-12 school districts and county offices of education. CBSA is actively involved in developing, communicating and advocating the perspective of California school districts and county offices of education. By working through CBSA, California schools have a significant impact on education at the state and federal levels.

California Teachers Association

P.O. Box 921
Burlingame, CA 94011-0921
(650) 697-1400
(650) 697-0786 Fax

The California Teachers Association (CTA) is the state's largest representative of education employees. CTA advocates with the legislature, the public and local boards of education to maintain a sound, effective and productive public education system. CTA believes that the nation's ability to lead the world toward liberty and democracy depends on the continuance of our outstanding system of public education (Kindergarten to Graduate School) available to all citizens. CTA represents more than 295,000 employees of California schools, colleges and universities.

California State PTA
930 Georgia Street
P.O. Box 15015
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 620-1100
(213) 620-1411 Fax

The mission of the PTA in California is to support and speak on behalf of all children and youth, in the schools, in the community and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children. In addition, the PTA assists parents in developing the skills they need to nurture children and to promote parent and public involvement in schools and communities.

The California Wellness Foundation
6320 Canoga Avenue, Suite 1700
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 593-6600
(818) 593-6614 Fax

Created in 1992 as an independent, private foundation, The California Wellness Foundation's mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education, and disease prevention programs. Resources for Youth is a public education campaign funded through the foundation's Violence Prevention Initiative.

Chief Probation Officers of California
1414 K Street, Suite 660
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 447-2762
(916) 447-5194 Fax

The mission of the Chief Probation Officers of California is to develop correctional standards throughout the State; to play a leadership role in the mobilization, coordination and implementation of correctional programs that provide for public protection and the prevention of crime and delinquency; and to provide service to the courts. The membership of the organization consists of the 58 appointed County Chief Probation Officers within the state.

League of Women Voters of California
926 J Street, Suite 515
Sacramento, CA 95814-2704
(916) 442-7215
(916) 442-7362 Fax

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

Pacific Center for Violence Prevention
Building One, Room 300
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-1793
(415) 282-2563 Fax

The Pacific Center for Violence Prevention is the policy center for The California Wellness Foundation’s Violence Prevention Initiative (VPI). The Pacific Center works collaboratively with members of the VPI (including Community Action Programs, Researchers, Academic and Community Fellows) to educate and support efforts to increase investment in comprehensive violence prevention programs and implement policies that reduce firearms injury and death. The Pacific Center provides technical assistance and policy education materials; maintains a library; and provides information resources on these issues via a Web site ( and an electronic mailing list.

Southern California Public Health Association
Public Health Foundation
13200 Crossroads Parkway, Suite 135
City of Industry, CA 91746
(213) 240-7785 (ask for Randal Henry)
(213) 250-2594 Fax

Established in 1927 as an affiliate of the American Public Health Association, the Southern California Public Health Association provides public health leadership by working to maintain and enhance health promotion, disease and injury prevention, and health protection efforts in California.

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