The Young Black Achievers of Vista del Lago High School and Kids Youth Mentorship Services held an African Youth Baccalaureate Service at Crossword Christian Church in MorenoValley. Bishop Lacey Sykes was the keynote speaker. Kymberly Taylor, Simone Walton, and Gail Chandler worked diligently to insure the inaugural event was successful.
San Bernardino City Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Arturo DelgadoLaSonya Brannan and Carolyn Blennau as the 2010 Employees of the Year.
Delgado named one classified employee and one certificated employee as the Superintendent’s Employees of the Year during two separate award dinners held earlier this week. District employees, parents, and community members were invited to nominate individuals who have proven their dedication to the School District’s goals. A panel of judges selected 17 semifinalists for the Classified Employee of the Year Award and 20 semifinalists for the Certificated Employee of the Year Award. The names of the finalists and the Employee of the Year in each category were announced during a special awards dinner held on June 2 for classified honorees and June 3 for certificated honorees.
Volunteer and long time educational advocate Joette Spenser will spend a lot of time on the phone in the coming days trying to catch up with so many African American parents to let them know--contrary to popular opinion--that they have brainiacs on their hands.
Advanced Placement classes is a sure road for the college-bound, but it is also one road that too many Black students keep missing.
Her granddaughter, who recently transitioned from a private school, consistently earns top grades and is one of the 572 African American students identified in the district as eligible to take the AP classes.
Like thousands of recent college graduates who have marched proudly in their caps and gowns, 22-year-old Nikole Pegues’ plan is to now get a job. But, how that plan is going to pan out is a little bit of a mystery at this point. The Queens, New York native, upon receiving her bachelor's degree from Howard University, went from being a college student with high hopes to an unemployment statistic with a six-month countdown to pay back four years of student loans. “I don’t know many people who have paying jobs lined up after graduation,” Pegues said. “I only know of two or three.”
About 600 students from the nine undergraduate campuses of the University of California gathered at UC Riverside for the annual conference of the African Black Coalition, a student group advocating for the success and empowerment of black students on UC campuses.
On the second day of the conference, the students had a chance to question the top official of the University of California, Mark Yudof, about issues of diversity. Yudof appeared via a video link, and fielded pointed questions from the students about whether he would commit specific financial resources to support more classes, programs and financial aide for students of color.