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YAP Hosts AmeriCorps Member Graduation for Class of 2013-2014

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YAP AmeriCorp Graduates, staff and Elected Official Dignitaries Photo by Naomi K. Bonman

Written by Naomi K.  Bonman

Joesph Williams being presented with a from Bank of America

Joesph Williams being presented with a from Bank of America

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- On Thursday, June 26, the Youth Action Project (YAP) held its 2013-2014 AmeriCorps Members Graduation ceremony. The ceremony was held at the San Bernardino Adult School. The brief ceremony featured a light meal as guests gathered in before the ceremony followed by a welcome from YAP Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Joesph Williams. YAP AmeriCorps Alumni Shonda Hutton was the keynote speaker for the evening where she spoke on “Self-Love and Knowing Who You Are”. She explained the four steps to success which were:

  1. Defining your purpose
  2. Knowing Your role. You don’t know everything. Make sure to value teamwork because ‘Teamwork makes the Dream work”.
  3. Involve yourself around those who are succeeding and doing what you desire to do. Take notes and have them take you under their wings as their mentee.
  4. Cultivate your relationships. Serve with those that you become involved with. Thank them often.

Proceeding Hutton, Alfred Arguello of Bank America presented YAP with a check for their dedication and commitment to everything that do in the community.  Kimberly Scott, YAP Program Assistant; and Tremanine Mitchell, Director of Operations, then recognized each graduated and presented them with their certificates and acknowledgments from elected officials throughout San Bernardino County and State District.

2014 community supporters included  Assemblymember Cheryl Brown, 47th District; San Bernardino Mayor, Carey R. Davis; Senator Mike Morrell, 23rd District; Fontana City Mayor, Acquanetta Warren; San Bernardino City Unified School District; San Bernardino  Employment Training Agency; California Volunteers, AmeriCorps; and Corporation for National and Community Service.

The three partner sites were Arroyo Valley High School, San Gorgonio High School, and San Bernardino Adult Education.

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ARMC Nurse Receives ‘Woman of Distinction’ Award

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) registered nurse Cheryl Meis, holds her Woman of Distinction award, which was presented to Meis at the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony held recently at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The annual event recognizes women from throughout the region who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities.

Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) registered nurse Cheryl Meis, holds her Woman of Distinction award, which was presented to Meis at the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony held recently at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. The annual event recognizes women from throughout the region who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities.

COLTON, CA – Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) registered nurse Cheryl Meis, of Highland, was honored at the 2014 Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony held recently at the National Orange Show in San Bernardino. Meis was one of 75 women recognized for making a positive difference in the community.

“Cheryl always goes above and beyond her regular duties,” said ARMC Chief Nursing Officer, Michelle Sayre. “Her dedication to patients and their families is an inspiration to all of us.”

Meis, an employee at the hospital since 1980, said she wanted to be a nurse since she was a little girl. She took a step toward that goal in high school by taking a hospital services class. Meis began her medical career as a nursing attendant in the Medical Center’s emergency department. After earning her nursing degree, Meis worked in the hospital’s burn center for about 12 years and in other areas including the intensive care unit, emergency department and ARMC’s Family Health Centers.

“I feel very humbled to receive this award,” said Meis, who is a critical care nurse. “I never expected to be honored for doing what I love to do, but it is a wonderful surprise.”

The Women of Distinction Awards Ceremony, held each year by state Sen. Mike Morrell, honors women from throughout the region who demonstrate a strong commitment to their communities. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the awards.

ARMC is a state-of-the-art acute care facility with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services including a Level II trauma center, 24/7 emergency department, mobile medical clinic, primary stroke center, and a regional burn center. For more information, visit: www.arrowheadmedcenter.org.

Homeownership Dream Achieved for a Senior

Ms. Carolyn in front of her new home

Ms. Carolyn in front of her new home

After raising her four children and putting them through college, Ms. Carolyn, at her 64 young years of age and disabled can finally call herself a homeowner. After living in an affordable senior housing complex, she recently moved into her newly renovated home in the City of San Bernardino. Aside from assistance from Housing Authority staff, partners such as the City Lift Program through Neighborhood Housing Services of the Inland Empire, Community Housing Trust Program through Neighborhood Partnership Housing Services, and the City of San Bernardino HOME Program helped make her long awaited dream a reality.

“A home provides a stable environment and I’m so honored and pleased to finally be a homeowner,” expresses Ms. Carolyn. “I’m excited every day to be here. I can finally spend more time with my grandchildren who can visit freely unlike when I lived in the senior community. This means a lot to me” continued Ms. Carolyn.

At a young age she aspired to attend college and eventually buy a home. However, she put her dreams aside to raise her children alone after her divorce. She spent her time nurturing, educating, and pushing her children towards a path of success. Now that they are all grown up and independent, she is focusing on her personal goals. “Everything is perfect,” emphasized Ms. Carolyn as she gleams with joy!  Good luck Ms. Carolyn in achieving your next endeavors and congratulations again!