Jen Walker*, Certified Humane Education Specialist (HSUS)
Founder and presenter of Growing Kinder
Delta Pet Partner Team, Pet Tech Level 1,
graduate of San Francisco SPCA Dog Trainer's Academy,
Marin Humane Society CITA,
and Pets for Life (HSUS)

Jen can be reached at jen@growingkinder.org.

The EIN for this nonprofit is 45-3606229.

Jen Walker founded Growing Kinder in 2011, based on her professional experience in animal welfare and humane education. She has previously run many of the programs offered by Growing Kinder while employed at animal shelters in Washington and Oregon. She has also taught summer-camp and after-school programs in environmental studies and animal welfare, and interned at a wildlife rehabilitation center. The thread that weaves through these activities is responsible stewardship for all, for animals (both domestic and wild, and other people), as well as for the world around us.

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Growing Kinder is a non-profit organization 501(c)3 dedicated to serving our community. It offers a variety of programs, beginning with preschool, through high school (service learning, programs for at-risk youth and Boy Scout merit badge counseling) to adult education (pet first aid, new parents with dogs, and disaster preparedness). Programs for the whole family will be adding in the coming year (2017) to strengthen the animal-human bond, assist families with pet issues, and teach better communication and care skills.

Growing Kinder is built upon partnerships with other local and national organizations, most especially with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, which provides logistical support for many of these programs. Other partners include Head Start, Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Dogs&Storks™, Delta Society, Kids Scoop, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Growing Kinder's youth programs are all provided at no cost to students, their classrooms, or their schools as a public service in partnership with the Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter. Your donations, and other grants, allow Growing Kinder to continue to provide these services to our community. Thank you for your support!

Growing Kinder's current local community partners are Santa Cruz County Animal Shelter, Santa Cruz County Head Start, and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Cruz. In the coming year we will be expanding our relationships to include other community partners to bring more Humane Education in our community.

*and canine ambassador Moon

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