Serving Children & Saving Trees — Our Conversion to SOLAR!

April 30, 2013

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Sunny Hills Services is headquartered in a beautiful park-like setting in San Anselmo, California. To give you a visual, the simple one-story buildings that house the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin and our offices are surrounded by steep hills dotted with wildflowers, flourishing greenery and the occasional family of deer and rabbit.  Because we’re […]

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Closing the Achievement Gap: One Size Does NOT Fit All

April 15, 2013

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Closing the achievement gap in academics between at-risk, marginalized, student populations and their mainstream counterparts is the goal of a great many public and private initiatives across our country; and rightly so, as education continues to be the cornerstone for opportunities and self-sufficiency. The root causes of the achievement gap are many, and there isn’t […]

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A Celebration in the Juvenile Courtroom

March 8, 2013

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The gallery in the juvenile courtroom is full. As the judge pulls the next file from his stack of juvenile probation cases, he looks up at a young man seated next to his Public Defender. His probation officer is across the room along with the District Attorney. This is a daily sight at the Sonoma […]

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California’s Grandparents Are Changing the Look and Feel of Parenthood

February 19, 2013

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If you stop by any California schoolyard you’ll notice that a good number of the people there to greet children appear to be beyond parenting age – in fact many look old enough to be grandparents. That’s because indeed, many of them are. While the definition of “parent” is open to interpretation and families come […]

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Furry Friends are Helpful Classroom Aides

February 5, 2013

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“No pets allowed.” – It’s a sign commonly seen on school grounds but one you definitely won’t see at the Irene M. Hunt School of Marin. For years, the Hunt School (formerly Marin Academic Center) has gladly welcomed therapy dogs on campus. In fact, they’ve become a popular element of the school’s therapeutic educational program. […]

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Changing the Lives of California’s Foster Youth

January 8, 2013

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BAYC, a division of Sunny Hills Services, ended 2012 by continuing to blaze a trail for California’s foster youth.  BAYC is the FIRST Transitional Housing Placement Plus Foster Care (THP+FC) provider in the State!  More than two years since the California Fostering Connections to Success Act (AB12) passed, which extends support for youth in foster care […]

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Giving Back From Behind Bars

December 3, 2012

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Dozens of inmates at San Quentin State Prison in California know firsthand that after making big mistakes, nothing feels quite as good as giving back.  This week, we visited San Quentin along with four other Bay Area nonprofits and were each awarded approximately $7,200 as part of the prison’s Joint Venture Program (JVP). The JVP, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2012

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Happy Thanksgiving! Since 1895, parents have been posing the same question to Sunny Hills Services: “Can you help my child? We feel frightened and desperate and don’t know where to turn…” The answer from Sunny Hills has always been the same. “Yes, we can help.” Sometimes the child has suffered a trauma or abuse. Sometimes […]

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Leaving the Gang Life Behind: The Importance of a Support Network

November 6, 2012

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While reading today’s New York Times, an article about youth in the juvenile justice system caught my eye. According to the article, more than 80 percent of juveniles who enter the criminal justice system early in life have at some point belonged to a gang, and the average age of first gun use was an […]

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We’ve Got a New Look!

September 13, 2012

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The Sunny Hills campus in San Anselmo is getting an awesome makeover this summer! Our school for children dealing with emotional and behavioral problems is undergoing some serious upgrades to create classrooms in what used to be residential cottages for children we served. While the noise level has been slightly higher in the past couple […]

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