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100 Black Men of America Approves Inland Empire Charter

On Thursday, December 12, the 100 Black Men of America approved the Charter of the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire.

“It is an honor to be awarded our charter by the National Organization,” said Chapter President Damon Alexander. “Our members stand ready to provide and promote mentoring, economic development, health, and education throughout the Inland Empire.”

The mission of the 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire, is to improve the quality of life within our communities and enhance educational and economic opportunities for African Americans.  The 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire is committed to intellectual development of youth and the economic empowerment of the African American community based on the following precepts: respect for family, spirituality, justice and integrity.

To learn more about the 100 Black Men contact the Inland Empire Chapter at 100bmie@gmail.com.

“Shop with a KAPPA”

shopwithakappamainRIVERSIDE, CA- The Riverside Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. will hold their first annual “Shop with a KAPPA” event. At the event, designated disadvantaged youth in the community are given $100 and taken Christmas shopping at their local Wal-Mart store.

The launch event and Christmas Celebration is scheduled from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 21, at the Wal-Mart Super Center, located at 2663 Canyon Springs Parkway in Riverside (92507).

“Last year as a committee we were able to raise $3,700 for the youth in Las Vegas,” said Rod O’Neal, founder of the “Shop with a Kappa” program, a Guide Right outreach of the Kappa’s Las Vegas Alumni Chapter. “It was such a success that we decided to conduct the event(s) this year with our Riverside Alumni Chapter affiliate,” O’Neal said.

The “Shop with a Kappa” program can be found at www.shopwithakappa.com  and serves as a great tool to reach directly into communities identified by the individual Chapters and touch those in need. Under the Guide Right program, Kappas throughout the Western Province (Anchorage, Seattle, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Riverside) will hold their “Shop with A KAPPA” events throughout the month of December with the youth from the communities in which they serve. It is anticipated that $10,000 in donations will be raised to sponsor 100 children throughout cities in the fraternity’s Western Province.

San Bernardino City Unified Announces New District Police Chief

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SAN BERNARDINO, CA – A veteran police officer recognized for creating a safe environment for students to learn, grow, and succeed has been sworn in as the new chief of the San Bernardino City Unified School District Police Department. Superintendent Dr. Dale Marsden officially swore in Joseph Paulino on Tuesday, December 9 during an afternoon ceremony attended by law enforcement leaders from across Southern California. Paulino, who first joined the District as a patrolman in 1997 and worked his way up through the ranks, has held the interim chief position since July 2010.

Paulino’s strong ties in the San Bernardino community, his problem-solving skills, and his passion for making a positive difference in the lives of students made him an ideal candidate, Marsden said.

“Chief Paulino has a strong vision for making hope happen for our students and our community,” Marsden said. “With Chief Paulino in this key leadership position, our District, our schools, and our students will be safer.”

As police chief, Paulino oversees a department of 26 sworn police officers, 55 campus security officers, and more than 10 support staff. The department is responsible for ensuring the safety of the District’s 53,000 students, as well as protecting District property.Chief Paulino01

Among Paulino’s focus will be expanding opportunities for students to have positive interactions with police officers through efforts like the Junior Police Explorers Program, currently in place at King Middle School and Rodriguez PREP Academy.

“Young people are the future of this community,” Paulino said. “It is our duty to ensure that they stay on the right course to a successful and productive future.”

Under Paulino’s leadership, the District formed a Safe Schools Task Force in 2012 to improve school safety. He is a 2007 graduate of the prestigious FBI National Academy, an elite, four-month training program for the nation’s top law enforcement leaders. While at the FBI Academy, Paulino had an opportunity to study the complex issue of school violence.