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Making Social Changes in the Community

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The From Pistols 2 Pencils Project is holding an orientation, open enrollment and discussion with parents, students, the community and leaders on the opportunity to make social changes on anti-gang and gun violence in the city of San Bernardino on October 23, 2009 at Young Visionaries, 1616 N. “D” Street, San Bernardino beginning at 7:00 p.m.

This orientation is open to all high school students living in the San Bernardino area and is a free program.

Students that attend the orientations and enroll in this project will:

· Attend an annual youth violence prevention/intervention leaders training retreat

· Help establish a youth and parent violence prevention council

· Attend community organizing and advocacy training with Congregations Organized for

Prophet Engagement (C.O.P.E.)

· Attend creative writing workshops through The Let’s Write Out Loud Program

· Have an opportunity to assume leadership roles by making a significant contribution to the project and make money

· Development a Pistols 2 Pencils on-line newsletter, a public television talk show, create youtube’s and commercials, as well as participate in showcases, radio shows and concerts focusing on the effects of gun and gang violence in their community while offering positive alternatives Young Visionaries Youth Organizer, Monette Miles is recruiting youth alone with Young Visionaries CEO Terrance Stone and the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force Coordinator Kimberly Epps.

“This project will empower youth through skill building and training to be local leaders.”

Terrance Stone noted, “This is an important issue that needs to be on the minds of everyone-youth, parents, politicians, you name it.”

Don’t miss this life changing opportunity for your community and for the youth that live in it!

Anyone interested in being apart of this project can contact Young Visionaries at (909) 881-3382, via the web: www.yvyla-ie.org or email the Youth Organizer, Monette Miles at mmiles@yvyla-ie.org.

14 Homeless Kids Will Be Stylin'€™ With Help From The Salvation Army

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Fourteen homeless children will soon arrive at school with brand new clothes, backpacks and classroom essentials, thanks to a donation of $1,400 from the Hispanic Alliance Group to The Salvation Army, San Bernardino Corps.

The 14 children are the current school-age (kindergarten through 12th grade) occupants of Hospitality House, the emergency family shelter maintained by The Salvation Army of San Bernardino for the area’s homeless families. Shelter Director Roosevelt Carroll and volunteers will take these children to the Target Store on Orange Show Road at E Street, 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

At Target, each child will receive from The Salvation Army a $100 gift certificate to select new clothes, new underwear, new shoes and socks, and any other clothes they need for school. They’ll also get new backpacks, pens and pencils, markers and crayons.

“They will have all the basics,” Carroll said. “Since they are homeless, some of them never had brand new shoes or a brand new shirt. It has always been hand-me-downs from an older brother or sister.” “Here at the Salvation Army, we appreciate all donations,” he added. “This one is especially appreciated because it is aiming straight for our kids, is much needed and is a blessing.”

Kaplan's Riverside Campus Receives School of Distinction Award from ACCSC Accrediting Agency

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The Kaplan College Riverside campus was awarded School of Distinction by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). Kaplan College had four additional schools recognized for this award, as well as one campus to receive the School of Excellence Award at the third annual ACCSC Professional Development Conference.

Kaplan College’s Riverside campus received the ACCSC School of Distinction award among four other schools in the Kaplan family. The School of Distinction Award was given to schools who had demonstrated a high-level of achievement among their students. The school must possess all the attributes for the award including the demonstration of commitment to the expectations of an ACCSC accreditation, delivering quality educational programs to students, graduates and employers, completing the accreditation process without problems, and submitting fees and reports required of an ACCSC accredited institution.

The other Kaplan College campuses to receive this award included the Vista, Stockton, Modesto, and San Diego campuses, while the Kaplan College North Hollywood campus received the School of Excellence award.

The Kaplan College Riverside campus is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

ACCSC is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education.

Census 2010 Comes to Riverside

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Census 2010 California Complete Count recently convened a regional meeting in Riverside at the Marriott to discuss the impact of the census on communities.

The decennial Census occurs every ten years and counts the nation’s population in which they will mail a 10 question census questionnaire to every resident in the nation asking for simple information about each household.

Panelists included Sergio Carrazna, Exec. Director, Pueblo Unido CDC of the Eastern Coachella Valley; Robert E. Byrd, Auditor-Controller, Riverside County; Lois Carson, Executive Director, Community

Actional Partnership of Riverside County; Carolina Zaragoza, Consul General, Consul de Mexico Mexican Consultae; and Joely Proudfit, Ph.D., Professor, California State University, San Marcos.

For more information future convening, contact 916.327.1000 or visit calfironiacompletecount.org.

Grants Boost Pool Of Inland Area Child-Care Workers

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Qualified child-care providers and child development students are eligible for reduced tuition and other financial assistance through UCR Extension’s Early Childhood and Family Studies program.

Grants totaling $1.3 million from First 5 San Bernardino provide financial assistance for students living and working in San Bernardino County through the SBC-CONNECTIONS AND SBC-CARES programs.

Riverside County residents receive similar assistance from REFLECTIONS, funded by First 5 Riverside County and the Riverside County Child Care Consortium.

The grants provide support for students whether they are enrolled in courses at UCR Extension or at a local community college. However, courses through UCR Extension are offered in Spanish providing a unique opportunity for Spanish speaking residents to take advantage of the programs.

Margi Wild, director of child development grants for UCR Extension, said the grants are designed to boost the number of qualified child-care workers in the Inland area and to encourage those already working in the field to expand their knowledge and expertise. San Bernardino and Riverside counties rank among the lowest of California counties in terms of percentage of licensed child-care slots for children of working parents, according to the California Child Care Resource and Referral Network.

The SBC-CONNECTIONS grant offers $465,080 in tuition and textbook assistance, stipends, educational materials, training, mentoring and college credit for child development students and those pursuing child development permits. Students must live or work in San Bernardino County to be eligible.

The SBC-CARES grant provides $864,437 for stipends, mentoring and professional training to licensed child care providers and those who are exempt from licensing because they are family members or friends caring for children from one other family. Students must live and work in San Bernardino County.

Wild said students who meet certain criteria can qualify for a career incentive award, similar to an annual bonus, through the CARES program. Education and career support is provided throughout the year along with the annual bonus. Child care center workers receive $800 to $1,600 at the end of the year, depending upon the permit, degree and number of college units completed. Wild said about 9,000 individuals have received assistance through the two programs since October 2002. The $115,000 REFLECTIONS grant helps Riverside County residents earn permits that qualify them to teach in child development centers.

The grant covers tuition, textbooks, instructor costs and program materials for 575 courses annually, and 368 students have accessed these classes through UCR Extension, Wild said.

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