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“Just Do You,” Is Theme For The Empowering Young Women Conference

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"Just  Do You," is the theme for the 7th Annual Empowering Young Women's Conference to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2007, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., at Riverside Community College located at 4800 Magnolia Avenue in Riverside. This free conference, which includes workshops, a fashion show and an Apollo-style Talent Competition, is designed to motivate, educate and empower young women, ages 12 - 21, from the Inland Empire and surrounding communities.   Conference sponsors include The Riverside Black History Committee, Riverside Community College, Kaiser Permanente, Rogan Building Services, Street Style Positive, and the YWCA of Riverside County. 

ImageConference coordinator, Wanda Scruggs, said, "By attending the Empowering Young Women's Conference, participants will be inspired, encouraged and challenged to aim high and achieve their dreams.  They will also receive instruction on how to take care of themselves through self-defense demonstrations.  We invite schools, religious institutions, group homes and all youth organizations to help us reach young women so that they may become more educated and involved in their own future." We encourage participation regardless of color, culture, race and/or background.  The day will be filled with knowledgeable speakers, great food, and valuable information.  And we will have fun as well.  The Talent Show is sure to be entertaining and only 25 contestants will be able to participate.  Deadline to sign up for the talent show is Tuesday, March 20, 2007.   General registration will be taken at the door.

The conference is purposely free, as our goal is to remove all participation barriers for the young women. We are inviting the public to "SPONSOR A GIRL FOR A DAY" for only $10.00. Your tax-deductible contribution has the potential to impact the future of one girl for years to come.

The Empowering Young Women's Conference will be led by dynamic keynote speakers and workshop leaders who are physicians, educators, and professional women from all walks of life.  Highlighted workshops are designed for girls and mothers/guardians alike.  Conference topics will address college and career preparation, building self-esteem, personal health and making healthy choices, substance abuse, domestic violence, self-defense demonstrations designed especially for women, and other topics important to the development of today's total young woman.   A panel highlighting communicating with your teen and tell-tell signs of drug use, abuse and depression will be available for mothers or guardians.

"Entertaining and educational" are the words used by Riverside Black History Committee Founder, Dell Roberts, to describe the conference. The 2007 conference promises to be the best yet!   Over 200 young women are expected to attend.  The encore fashion show will be produced by fashion coordinator, Anne Rogan, who through her practical fashion sense, makes sure that anyone can dress for success on a shoestring budget.

All conference participants will receive a free breakfast, lunch, canvas tote bag and opportunities for great door prizes.  The young women attending the 7th Annual Empowering Young Women's Conference will know, at the end of the day, that they are above average and well-equipped to tackle any challenges that life presents them!

For talent show or registration information, please call:  (951) 242-7746 or visit http://www.blackhistorycommittee.org

U.S. SBA Presents Workshop on the Nuts & Bolts of Financing Your Business

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The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will present a workshop on The Nuts & Bolts of Financing Your Business on Wednesday, March 21, 2007 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ontario Convention Center, 2000 Convention Center Way, in Ontario. This workshop is being offered as part of the program leading up to the City of Ontario's State of the City Market Update delivered later in the day from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Mike Lee, Senior Business Development Specialist and Chief of Finance for the Santa Ana District Office of SBA, will be the featured speaker. Lee will discuss in "plain English" terms the fine points of financing as a means of growing your business. Specifically he will discuss:

• How a banker looks at your business

• What capital sources are available

• The best ways to approach commercial lenders

This is a no-cost event with complimentary parking but seating is limited. Your reservation will also entitle you to attend, at no charge, the State of the City program immediately following this workshop (a $50 value). This is your opportunity to capture new ideas, discover business opportunities, initiate strategic alliances and gain access to the City's leadership and top business authorities.

Reserve your seat now at the Finance Workshop and plan to attend the State of the City program immediately following the workshop. Refreshments will be served. For more information or to register for the Finance Workshop contact Vicki Reynolds, SBA, at vicki.reynolds@sba.gov or call (714) 560-7455.



Write the Vision: A Step by Step Guide to Manifesting the Vision Within

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By Jequetta Bellard

Write the Vision: A Step by Step Guide to Manifesting the Vision Within by Phil Griggs with a foreword by Dr. Riase Jakpor, Ph. D is a workbook that gives the reader a calculated guide to vision achievement. Write the Vision is written primarily for Christians or people who believe in the Bible and live according to its teachings. Nevertheless anyone reading the book will benefit from its direct style of instruction in the area of vision achievement.

The objective of the book is to get the reader to write a vision plan in order to achieve their dreams, ideas and thoughts of success that we all have within us. There are writing exercises throughout Write the Vision and when the reader completes the book, they will also have a completed vision plan written by themselves! The written plan in turn gives the reader a step-by-step map to follow in order to achieve their vision. Chapter 7 of Write the Vision includes the entire process with examples and forms for the reader to use as an aide in writing a successful vision plan.

The steps to vision achievement in the book have become known as the ASAPP Process: ASK- Probing Questions SEE - Make the Assessment ACT - Write Your Vision Action Plan PRAY - Agree to Achieve PLAN - Work the Plan In Write the Vision Griggs emphasizes that; God has made men in His image and in His likeness. Therefore, since God writes, we ought to write as well. Griggs reasons also that we should continue to write until it moves us into the realm of our dreams. Writing helps to bring about a clear picture of where we want to be. It provides us with a path that takes us from start to finish. For Griggs just as the Bible paints a clear roadmap for the believer to follow to get into heaven, having a written plan will give you a clear roadmap for achieving your vision on earth also.

The workbook format of Write the Vision gives the reader a slow but sure approach to vision achievement. It also includes various writing exercises that will help the reader to get into the habit of documenting their vision process. At the end of the process, the reader will have accumulated and written all the information they will need to devise an effective Vision Plan for the dreams they wish to make a reality. All of the components are there. Griggs warns that the reader may encounter some rough spots when they apply the plan, but the journey is truly satisfying when it is completed. Reaching Vision Achievement requires that you stay the course. In any event achieving your vision will become clearer and more distinct if you stick with the ASAPP Process˙ as outlined in Write the Vision.

Phil Griggs is the President and primary consultant of Phil Griggs & Associates, a consulting firm that is focused on helping individuals and organizations achieve their vision. He is also a publisher and founder of Chazone Press. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies in various degrees of management ranging from midlevel to District Sales Manager. Phil has been in the ministry for over 19 years and has worked with various pastors, leaders, and churches, helping to develop and train the body of Christ.

Kappa Alpha Psi and ASP Presents 2nd Annual Guide Right Program

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Kappa Alpha Psi RiversideAlumni Chapter in conjunction with the African Student Programs recently presented the 2nd Annual Guide Right Program featuring the A-MAN, Inc. Conference.

Officer Jim Cannon looks on as his son reviews materials.
The A-MAN achievers program includes a very important nurturing component. This nurturing component involves an innovative design. The design implements intervention strategies that enhance the achievement of students during the nurturing period. Students enter the program at 5 years of age and are matched with a role model. The role model joins the parent in providing support to the student. The achiever, role model and parent become an important trio, "PAR," and form a very necessary bond.

Math teacher Michael Mayne (r) with
"PAR" represents Parents, Achievers and Role Models. The achievers range in age from 5-18. Since the achievers are intergenerational, they become role models for each other.

For more information on AMAN, Inc., visit www.aman.org.

Benoit Honors Chancellor Córdova as 2007 Woman of the Year

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At a ceremony held Monday afternoon at the State Capitol, France A. Córdova was honored as the 64th Assembly District "Woman of the Year" by Assemblyman John J. Benoit (R-Bermuda Dunes) for her lifetime of achievements in the scientific community and in higher education.  Ms. Córdova, following a very successful and internationally-renowned career as an astrophysicist, has reached a new level of success in her tenure as the seventh Chancellor of the University of California, Riverside campus.  This year, Assemblyman Benoit commended Chancellor Córdova for her successful efforts that won the UC Regents' approval to pursue a medical school at UCR, the first in the Inland Empire.

Speaker Fabian Nunez, France Cordova, and Assemblyman John Benoit.
"I am honored to name Chancellor Córdova as ‘Woman of the Year in the 64th Assembly District,'" said Benoit.  "She is an exceptional woman, a wonderful role model for women in the sciences and in education, and an important advocate for the educational needs of the Inland Empire.  She is the epitome of the American and California dream that, with hard work and a positive spirit, one can achieve anything, including reaching for the stars as Córdova has since her days at NASA."

Chancellor Córdova said, "I am very honored to be selected by Assemblyman Benoit as the 64th District's Woman of the Year.  This day was a rewarding experience that included meeting the other women of the year, hearing about their public service and outstanding contributions to California, being in our State's Capitol building, and experiencing its rich history and traditions." 

In 2002, Córdova made history by becoming the first Hispanic woman to lead a University of California campus.  Throughout her tenure as Chancellor, UC Riverside has achieved great things, including most recently, the UC Regents' approval to pursue a medical school, the first in the Inland Empire.  The UCR School of Medicine, projected to open in 2012, would be the first public medical school west of the Mississippi since 1971, and will enroll forty medical school students in its inaugural class.  In addition to her duties as Chancellor, Córdova makes time to pass her legacy to new classes of students by teaching as a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UC Riverside.

The California State Assembly's "Woman of the Year" program honors eighty dynamic women who work to make their communities better places to live.  They are chosen by the Assemblymembers of each of California's eighty Assembly districts.

France and her husband, Christian J. Foster, are wonderful role models for their two college-aged children.

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