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#MenMob Encourages Young Men to Achieve during Black & Brown Conference at CSUSB

Tomas Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino, (center), & several community members who joined the 'MOB'  to greet & encourage the invited students, & to connect them to an academic future with CSUSB, & beyond.

Tomas Morales, President, California State University, San Bernardino, (center), & several community members who joined the ‘MOB’ to greet & encourage the invited students, & to connect them to an academic future with CSUSB, & beyond.

By John Coleman

On October 23, buses from the Colton Joint Unified School District,  Fontana Unified School District,  Rialto Unified School District,  San Bernardino City Unified School district and Victor Valley Joint Unified School District, brought more than 300 African American and Latino eighth-grade boys to the Inaugural Black & Brown Conference for Young Males at California State University, San Bernardino.

As the students arrived, they were surprised but excited to be greeted by a “MOB” of campus and community leaders, including CSUSB President, Dr Tomas Morales;  City of San Bernardino Mayor, R. Carey Davis; a handful of others.

The FELLAS, a group of African American men who took time from their businesses and jobs to show their support for the growth, education and advancement of our Black & Brown youth, especially the males; that they, too, could take and learn required courses,  that the work they do in high school will prepare them for success in college and careers,  and that they still will have time for fun and a good life.

They entered the CSUSB Inaugural Black & Brown Conference as ‘champions’ through a path of well-wishers giving ‘high fives’ to each visiting student. Campus and Conference officials reported that student high energy and good behavior persisted throughout the Conference Program and events.

Veterans Ride Omnitrans Free on Veterans Day

OmniTransSAN BERNARDINO, CA- In appreciation for the contributions of the men and women who have served in our nation’s armed forces, Omnitrans is offering free bus rides to US military veterans on Veterans Day, Wednesday, November 11.

Veterans may simply show retired military ID when boarding any Omnitrans bus including the sbX rapid line, freeway express and local bus routes, or OmniGo community shuttles. Accepted IDs include those issued by US Departments of Defense or Veterans Affairs, and San Bernardino County Veterans Affairs.

“It’s our way of saluting those who served to protect our freedom,” said Omnitrans CEO/General Manager P. Scott Graham, himself a veteran of the US Marine Corps.  Approximately 79,000 veterans reside in the Omnitrans service area of the San Bernardino Valley, stretching from Yucaipa in the east to the Los Angeles County line in the west.

In January 2015, Omnitrans introduced a reduced fare category for veterans.  “Since then, we have tallied over 100,000 rides taken by local veterans,” said Omnitrans spokesperson Wendy Williams.  Osvaldo Maysonet, 211 Access & Mobility Coordinator for VetLink was instrumental in advocating for the discounted veteran fare.

“The introduction of a veterans fare by Omnitrans has meant the world to our veteran population of the San Bernardino Valley,” said Maysonet. “The thing I like the most is that Omnitrans sees this veteran fare not as a financial burden, but as just a small token of appreciation for their service to our country.

Local Missions Team Returns from Uganda

Students at New Generation Nursery and Primary School are all smiles after receiving shoes and school supplies donated from Helping Hands and the 1 Uganda Project.

Students at New Generation Nursery and Primary School are all smiles after receiving shoes and school supplies donated from Helping Hands and the 1 Uganda Project.

By Sheri Stuart

A team of local missionaries has returned from Uganda.  The team departed Oct. 7 to work side-by-side with the founders of New Generation Nursery and Primary School and the nonprofit organization Open Hearts in Action based in Mukono, a district located in the Central Region of Uganda. The team, working in support of the 1 Uganda Project, distributed much needed supplies and resources to the children and school staff, including back packs, paper, pencils, LED flashlights and candles.  Helping Hands, associated with Amazon, donated hundreds of shoes and rain boots, which were distributed to the more than 300 students enrolled at the school.

“Our team is overwhelmed by the generous support received from Helping Hands through the connection from Amazon”, said Angela Morrow, founder of 1 Uganda Project based in Bloomington.  “Because of the support from both Amazon and Helping Hands, we were able to put smiles on the faces of many children in need and continue our legacy of promoting self-sufficiency through spiritual, emotional, educational and economic support.”

The team also visited the District of Jinja and distributed food supplies and mosquito nets to help prevent the spread of malaria, a leading cause of death in Uganda. The 1 Uganda Project will return to Mukono in April and October 2016.