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Youth and Law Enforcement Listening Sessions in San Bernardino April 25 & 26

Participants will receive a $50.00 Gift Card

Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy in collaboration with Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Police Training Institute (PTI) has launched an exciting new endeavor to help police and the communities they serve work together to build trust and make communities safer places to work and live

This opportunity is for high school and college students (ages 15-22) from Inland Empire who would like to actively participate in this groundbreaking event.

We have 10-15 slots available each day for this learning opportunity, "Connecting Youth, Communities and Law Enforcement (CYCLE)" which is purposed with educating communities and law enforcement officers on how to better interact with each other. The work done on both sides will improve relationships between law enforcement and community members, and build trust thus making communities safer places to live, play and work.

In recent years, Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Dallas, and other police-related incidents have sparked a national dialogue on how police officers interact with youth-especially youth of color. In an effort to improve interactions between young people and police, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids' Police Training Institute aims to teach police officers how to deescalate conflict effectively and have safe, positive interactions with at-risk young people. By coaching police officers and academy recruits, the Police Training Institute will improve public safety, cut violence, and decrease negative experiences for youth that can contribute to long-term health problems.

There is no cost for registration and meals will be provided.

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CSUSB Staff Member Receives National Recognition For His Work With Students

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. – Anthony Roberson of Cal State San Bernardino’s Santos Manuel Student Union will receive the Association of College Unions International’s highest honors, the Revis A. Cox Memorial Award, given to members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

“We are so excited for Anthony,” said Brian Haynes, vice president for the CSUSB Division of Student Affairs. “Anthony personifies what the Revis A. Cox award represents in student services.”

Roberson, who is the facilities coordinator for the student union, was honored at the ACUI’s annual conference in Philadelphia on March 21.

“I am truly humbled to receive the Revis A. Cox Award.” Roberson said. “Every day I strive to make sure students’ voices are heard and valued. I do not do this work for accolades or even awards. I have a passion to help students excel and achieve their goals while they attend California State University, San Bernardino. It truly brings me joy to have the best job in the world working with incredible minded students, which drives me to provide inclusive and safe places for students to engage and achieve all the necessary resources we provide in the SMSU.”

Aaron Burgess, the Santos Manuel Student Union executive director, praised Roberson.

“I am extremely proud to have Anthony as a colleague. His dedication to the success of our students has always been one of his top priority,” Burgess said. “The Santos Manuel Student Union, as well as CSUSB, is a better place because of his amazing contributions to higher education. It is only fitting that Anthony receives the prestigious Revis A. Cox Memorial Award.”

Roberson, who joined CSUSB in 2007, previously served as interim scheduling coordinator and maintenance custodian, is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in career and technical studies at CSUSB. He has also served as adviser the Student African Brotherhood, is chair of the Black Faculty, Staff and Students Association annual Pioneer Breakfast, and serves on a number of CSUSB campus committees.

The Revis A. Cox Memorial Award was established as a lasting tribute to Revis Cox and his contributions, commitment, creativity, and relentless support of multicultural education. Through his leadership, he was able to touch both students and staff, not only on his own campus, but also within ACUI. The award recognizes ACUI members committed to multicultural education in the field of college unions and student activities.

Revis A. Cox, the late director of student activities at Virginia Commonwealth University, was an extremely active member of ACUI. He served as a member of the regional conference and steering committees as well as a presenter at the regional and international levels. His most important contribution was his work with the Community of Practice for Multi-Ethnic Professional and Allies (COMP), formerly the Committee on Minority Programs. Cox was instrumental in coordinating and chairing the For People of Color: Strategies for Success seminars as well as other COMP-sponsored programs.

Founded in 1914, ACUI is a nonprofit educational organization that brings together college union and student activities professionals from hundreds of schools in seven countries. The association strives to provide an inclusive, welcoming community for all those who choose to belong.

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Jonathan Isaiah Rodgers, Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball

The Social-Lites Inc., recently hosted their 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball on Saturday March 11, 2017, the event was very well attended at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino.

“Men of Tomorrow Pushing Forward” is the theme for the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program. The Beautillion Chairwoman Miss Lisa Blacksher stated, “On this 50th Anniversary of the Beautillion, the Class of 2017 will continue the tradition of becoming Great Leaders”. Also working by her side was Beautillion co-chair Cynthia Wilhite. The keynote speaker was Pastor Ollie Jackson Jr., past Sir Knight of 1968.

Mr. Jonathan I. Rodgers, senor at Cajon High School earned a GPA of 4.24 was Dub as 2017 Sir Knight at the 50th Annual Beautillion Scholarship Ball. Mr. Rodgers was awarded and received various scholarships and gifts; he will be attending a College of his choice. Mr. Rodgers received a Mr. Congeniality award in the amount of $200, which was voted by his peers, he also received the first annual “ Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship Essay” award in the amount of $6,000. He received an Academic Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000, a Beautillion Scholarship award in the amount of $5,000, and a Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship award in the amount of $1,000. He also received various gifts such as a Mac Book Pro Laptop, Printer, Luggage, and a personal fitted Men Suit of his choice.

Mr. Steven Henderson was recognized as first runner up for the Sir Knight title and was awarded and received various Beautillion Scholarships awards and gifts, Mr. Akil Cooper was recognized as second runner up for the Sir Knight title and he received the first annual “Evan T. Carthen Emerging Leader Scholarship award in the amount of $700. He also received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts. Mr. Christopher Fulton, Mr. Julian Houston, and Mr. Vonte Walker Sir Knight Candidates received various Beautillion Scholarship awards and gifts.

The Social-Lites Inc. wants to congratulate all the participants in the 2017 Beautillion Scholarship Program….

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State of the County Business Forum to Feature Forbes Publisher Karlgaard and ESRI Founder Dangermond, Among Other County Business Leaders

San Bernardino County, CA (January 23, 2017) -- San Bernardino County will present its annual State of the County and Business Forum themed “Where Vision & Opportunity Meet” on March 8, 2017 at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. The presentation will bring together more than 1,000 business professionals, government leaders and community stakeholders to hear from significant local business leaders and the County Board of Supervisors on factors impacting economic success today.

This year’s event will feature a powerful message for the business community along with valuable networking. Featured speakers include Forbes Publisher Rich Karlgaard along with local business executives that include: Ben Cook, Owner and President, Hangar 24 Brewery; Chris Ma, CEO, Vantage LED; Joe Gavigan, Flight Test Engineering Manager, GE Aviation; Kim Snyder, President, Southwest Region, Prologis; and Jack Dangermond, Founder, Esri.

“Our County is filled with outstanding business success stories, across a number of industries. This year, we are going to hear from them on what drives success, and gain insight from the global perspective of the publisher of Forbes, who has a front row seat on the impact on business today of trends such as disruption and innovation,” said Robert Lovingood, Chair, San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors.

The collection of speakers encompasses global and local firms involved in digital mapping, manufacturing, restaurant, aerospace, and commercial real estate. Many of these firms are at the leading-edge of innovation and handling market disruption by creating new markets, discovering new categories of customers, harnessing new technologies, developing new business models and exploiting old technologies in new ways, providing strong content for this year’s audience.

The State of the County event will begin at 4:30 pm. Prior to that, the NAIOP Inland Empire chapter will present a panel on “Innovation in the Inland Empire Real Estate Market.” This panel will feature Joe Cesta, CBRE; Myron Galchutt, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Bill Heim, Lee & Associates; Scott Kaplan, JLL. Terry Thompson, Director of Real Estate San Bernardino County will be the moderator.

Information and tickets for State of the County 2016 and the NAIOP IE panel can be found at www.sbcountyadvantage.com/About-Us/cms-010.aspx

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The San Bernardino County Library celebrates Seuss

The San Bernardino County Library invites you to join in the celebration of everyone’s favorite author, Dr. Seuss. A week-long celebration of reading and Dr. Seuss is in store, in support of the Countywide Vision’s literacy campaign, Vision2Read, and NEA’s Read Across America initiative. Starting Saturday, Feb. 25 through Saturday, March 4, each of our 32 branch libraries will host a special-themed storytime or event featuring popular Dr. Seuss stories.

All SBCL branches will host fun programs for the whole family which include crafts and, of course, reading favorite Dr. Seuss stories. Select branches will offer opportunity drawings and more. Please check with your local County library for more details.

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading initiative and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

The San Bernardino County Library System is a dynamic network of 32 branch libraries that serves a diverse population over a vast geographic area. The County library system strives to provide equal access to information, technology, programs, and services for all people who call San Bernardino County home.

The library plays a key role in the achievement of the Countywide Vision by contributing to educational, cultural, and historical development of our County community.

For more information on the San Bernardino County library system, please visit http://www.sbclib.orgor call (909) 387-2220.

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6th Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk

Saturday, April 8, 2017

UC Riverside 7:30 am – 11:00 am

UC Riverside's 16th Annual César E. Chávez 5K Run/Walk was created to celebrate the legacy of César E. Chávez and raise critically needed funds for student scholarships at UCR.

Sign up as an individual or recruit your co-workers or friends and family to join you and participate as a team. Set a fundraising goal and ask your friends and family members to sponsor you in the Run/Walk.

The day will consist of crafts, photo booth, vendors, food, art, music, speakers, cultura and community! Oh and of course a nice run around the perimeter of the campus.

To download a registration form, fundraising sponsor form or for more information, please visit www.cesarchavez5k.com.

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“A Proud Product of San Bernardino”?—?Richard Tejada, Middle School Teacher

SAN BERNARDINO, California (February 27, 2017) ?—? A teacher at Curtis Middle School in San Bernardino, Richard Tejada is exactly where he wants to be.

“My priority at the moment is to continue developing as an educator,” he said. “My passion is education and I definitely feel right at home in front of a class. The feeling I get leaving Curtis Middle School every day is indescribable.”

Tejada, the son of Salvadorian immigrants, moved to San Bernardino at age nine. His parents came to the United States with “little more than the clothes on their backs and hope; not hope for themselves but hope that they could provide my sisters and I with more opportunities than they had,” he said. He grew up in a “rough” area?—?his home was burglarized, his bike was stolen, and he was jumped by kids and adults several times while walking to and from school?—?but Tejada had the support of his teachers at Bradley Elementary, Arrowview Middle School, San Bernardino High School, and Middle College High School, who “inspired a poor Latino kid from a bad neighborhood to dream.”

As a freshman in high school, Tejada was motivated to attend Middle College High School (MCHS), located on the San Bernardino Valley College campus, because he “knew it was the opportunity of a lifetime for a kid like me. My whole life, I was raised with the idea that my education would be my only escape from poverty, yet being the son of two immigrants with no role models that could help me make sense of how to go to college, I knew that I had to take whatever chance I could get.” Looking back, Tejada believes he was also driven by the need to prove “I wouldn’t be a victim of my circumstances, and a need to better my life so that I could one day provide a better life for my parents.”

MCHS was “definitely not your typical high school experience,” he said. There were fewer than 30 people in his graduating class, and while it lacked some of the social aspects of a larger high school, “the teachers were truly amazing,” Tejada said. “I think being in an environment where I knew the teachers cared about me and where my peers were focused on academic success made all the difference in the world for me.”

Tejada was able to speak about his experience at MCHS and growing up in San Bernardino during the annual Community Gathering for Excellence, held by the San Bernardino Community College District and San Bernardino City Unified School District in December. Sharing his story was “incredibly humbling,” Tejada said, but he wishes that someone with his background isn’t viewed as the exception to the rule.

“I am an outlier to the general trend seen with kids from similar backgrounds,” he said. “I think that’s a sign of a much larger problem in the world of education. My story should really be the norm; I see it with my students every day they all have the capacity to do great things, but grit alone won’t get them there. They need the tools.”

Tejada, who has also worked with San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis’ team to improve community relations and give residents a voice at City Hall, says he would like to continue teaching for at least another decade, before ultimately shifting towards an administrative role, as a vice principal or principal.

“My thought is that I can have a bigger impact in my community in this role,” he said. “That is always the goal?—?improving my community.”

Tejada wants to see change enacted in the city where he grew up, but he appreciates how his past has shaped him.

“I am proud to be a product of San Bernardino,” he said. “From our public schools to San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State San Bernardino, this city has made me who I am.”

For more information on Middle College High School, visit www.valleycollege.edu/mchs.

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Members of The California Black Media Meet With Legislators On Governmental Affairs Day

SACRAMENTO—On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 the day after the official Love Day, Valentine’s Day, I was trekking the halls of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. I was there, and have been there this time of the year for over a decade supporting, as a member, the California Black Media (CBM) organization under the leadership of Regina Wilson, the Chair and Executive Director. Wilson, a dynamite and someone who is not afraid to fight for the Black Press. As the Black Press is charged with the dissemination of information for the purpose of education, we, the members of the California Black Media, were at the state house to address our concerns. Wilson said, “Year after year, the state passes and negotiates how it will spend billions of dollars each. We are seeking our legislators help in ensuring our readers in the Black community are being included in government decision making process through public notices about projects, proposals, and opportunities connected to their respective communities for better community inclusion and engagement.” We were there, some of us Black publishers from Pace News, the Wave, the Our Weekly, The LA Focus, the Inland Valley News, the Black Voice News, The San Bernardino American News, the Los Angeles Sentinel, the Tri-County Sentry and Inglewood Today just to name a few of the many prominent newspaper owners and publishers from Northern and Southern, California. We were there as members of CBM, a co-host for the California Newspaper Publishers Association’s (CNPA) 20th Annual Governmental Affairs Day held at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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Local Poet and Teacher Reaches Important Milestone

Christopher Kirkpatrick, a local San Bernardino poet and English teacher at the PAL Charter Academy, recently published his 5th collection of poetry, In Case You Were Wondering. This new book includes selections from his other previously published works written over the past decade: Learning To See From The Blind, Mixed Metaphors, and I Don't Know What To Tell You. His work has also previously appeared in various other magazines and literary journals such as Aleola, Chaff, Nourishment Notes, Clever Copywriting, and Time of Singing. His books are available on Amazon.com and from America Star Books.

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Aguilar Announces $5 Million for San Bernardino County Head Start Programs

San Bernardino, CA – Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-San Bernardino) announced that the Department of Education awarded San Bernardino County Head Start Programs $5 million to assist with measures to increase the duration of time students spend in the classroom and to also fund the expansions of facilities, classrooms and education personnel.

“Empowering our kids with the resources they need to succeed starts at the very beginning, so I’m glad to see these federal funds returned to our community. This grant will allow us to give students time and attention to receive the quality education they deserve,” said Rep. Aguilar.

San Bernardino County Director of Preschool Services Diana Alexander said, “Head Start is committed to ensuring that all of the children we serve have access to the highest quality in education standards. Part of this commitment now includes facilitating a change from part day/part year school services to full day/full year. We are excited about the awarding of this grant because it will support us in fulfilling Head Start’s commitment to our children right here in San Bernardino County.”

Since taking office in 2015, Rep. Aguilar has made investing in education, from pre-k through college, one of his top priorities. In his first term, Rep. Aguilar visited multiple Head Start programs and met with teachers, administrators and students. Supporting investments in early childhood education is a personal issue for Rep. Aguilar, who worked as a teacher’s aide in a Head Start program when he was a student at the University of Redlands.

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