The shooting victim, a 19-year old Santa Ana man, was shot in his upper torso by a suspect who approached him and two other men as they were smoking marijuana in an alley. Continue reading
Last Tuesday during the Council meeting, Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides had a meltdown. It was weird and over the top, Sean Mill tells us why in his Voice of OC comment:
“I wonder if the reason Councilman Benavides was upset is because the council majority had shot down city staffs recommendation to give KidsWorks, the non-profit headed by Benavides and where he draws his paychecks, $125,000, which was almost a quarter of the money. Continue reading
When Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides returned to Kidworks I wondered what was up. Remember that Benavides used to work for Kidworks when he first came to Santa Ana, as a transplant from East Los Angeles with a new degree from Biola University. But then Benavides got elected to the Santa Ana City Council and he started working in real estate.
However after his real estate career faltered, Benavides did indeed return to Kidworks – and shortly thereafter they received $40K in community development block grants from the City of Santa Ana. They have now received about $100K from the City of Santa Ana. You have to wonder how much of that money ended up in Benavides’ paychecks. Continue reading
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Día del Niño Celebration in Santa Ana set for Saturday April 16th
A Day For The Children Includes Free Food and Resources
SANTA ANA, CA (April 8, 2016) – Healthy kids make for a healthy community. On Saturday April 16th, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., KidWorks will host a Día del Niño celebration in partnership with other local non-profits, community leaders and educators. The event will be located between the 1900 and 2200 blocks of Myrtle Street. That Saturday marks the culmination of the Week of the Young Child, which has been celebrated across the nation for over four decades.
“Since 1993, KidWorks of Santa Ana has known that when kids are healthy the community is healthy,” said David Benavides, KidWorks executive director and a Santa Ana city councilman. “Day in, day out, it is the mission of KidWorks to provide all of the tools necessary for at-risk children to grow up and prosper and find their own unique identity.” Continue reading
KidWorks Community Development Corporation
Contact: Sophia Brand, 310.469.8597
For Immediate Release: March 4, 2016
Annual Bishop Manor Intergenerational Health Fair to Provide Services, Medical Advice to Central Santa Ana Families
SANTA ANA, Calif. – Families in the Bishop Manor neighborhoods of Central Santa Ana will have the opportunity to take advantage of complimentary health screenings and medical guidance on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to noon as part of a free Intergenerational Health Fair.
The fourth annual fair is hosted by The Bishop Manor task force, in coalition with community development organizations, including KidWorks, The Cambodian Family, The Office of State Senator Janet Nguyen, The Office of County Supervisor Andrew Do, The City of Santa Ana, and the Santa Ana Police Department. Continue reading
Santa Ana City Councilman David Benavides has married Erika Carranza, the girlfriend that he previously appointed to the Santa Ana Parks and Recreation Commission.
The wedding, which took place this Saturday, appeared to be a political affair as Santa Ana Planning Commissioner Phil Bacerra was featured prominently in the wedding pictures. Continue reading
One of our readers paid attention the other night when the Santa Ana City Council was deciding how to spend their Community Development Block Grant money. Kidworks, a non-profit organization that recently hired Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides, asked for $45,000 in CDBG grants and the City Council gave them $56,000!
While Kidworks, and presumably Benavides, scored the City Council rejected these requests: Continue reading
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Saturday April 11th Is A Day For The Children
Free Food and Resources at el “Día del Niño” Celebration in Santa Ana
Orange County, CA (April, 2015) – Healthy kids make for a healthy community. For the past 20 years KidWorks Santa Ana has known this axiom to be true. Day in, day out, it is the mission of KidWorks to provide all of the tools necessary for at-risk children to grow up and prosper and find their own unique identity.
On Saturday April 11th, from 10 am until 1 pm, between the 1900 and 2200 blocks of Myrtle Street, KidWorks will host a Día del Niño celebration, in partnership with other local non-profits, community leaders and educators. Saturday marks the culmination of the Week of the Young Child, which has been celebrated across the nation for over 4 decades. Continue reading
Santa Ana Councilman David Benavides has been named Executive Director of KidWorks, a Santa Ana-based nonprofit that now serves over 800 children, teens and parents through weekly programs and over 4,000 community members annually from three learning centers, according to OC Metro Magazine.
This is not Benavides’ first go-around at KidWorks. According to his official bio, “During his college years, he was introduced to KidWorks, a Santa Ana based non-profit organization which focuses on mentoring and empowering at-risk youth and families in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods of Orange County. Initially moving to Santa Ana for an 8-week internship with KidWorks, David later became the Director of the non-profit for over six years. During his tenure, David prepared the organization for growth and later continued providing leadership as Board Chairman for over five years.” Continue reading
Dialogue Invites Santa Ana to a Free Theatre-Making Workshop! A free Illusion of Fighting Theater Workshop is set for Wed., Oct. 2, 2013 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Kidworks, located at 1902 W. Chestnut, in Santa Ana.
Space is limited! Sign up today at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/S92VQSJ. No experience necessary. Ages 18 and up.
Introduction to Illusion of Fighting on Stage will feature Instructor Richard Soto. Continue reading
The Heritage Museum of Orange County is hosting a free Spring Literacy & Resource Fair today, Saturday, Mar 9, 2013, from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Again this is FREE & Open to the Public!
This event is Presented By:
- Santa Ana Unified School District
- Heritage Museum of Orange County
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For-Profit Career College Launches Free Career Workshops in Partnership with Local Non-Profits
Career College of California provides their successful career training to local residents free of charge.
Santa Ana, CA – September 28, 2012 – Career College of California seems to be doing something right since over 80% of their graduates are landing jobs in their fields of training. But with the unemployment rate still sky-high in Orange County they have decided to make some of their proprietary career services training available to local residents free of charge. They have partnered with some of the best and well respected local organizations including Kidworks, Working Wardrobes, Orange County Therapeutic Arts Center, Santa Ana Work Center, U.S. Marines and most recently Santa Ana Public Library to offer a series of career focused workshops. Continue reading
Don’t miss today’s 2012 Summer Sensation Concert at the Yost Theater, in Downtown Santa Ana, from noon to 5 pm. Learn about local resources available to the youth of Santa ana as you enjoy a day of live entertainment! Support local youth talent!
Learn about the resources some of your local organizations provide to youth including Latino Health Access, The Center OC, KidWorks and Building Healthy Communities.
Organized by youth from: YEN, YETA, CORE and Teen Space. For more info: Barbara 714-878-1658, Barbara@kidworksonline.org.
FREE FOOD FREE MUSIC FREE RESOURCES! Continue reading