Cal Poly Pomona has been named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.
The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual award, recognized colleges and universities for their impact on issues such as poverty, homelessness and environmental justice.
At Cal Poly Pomona, the Center for Community Service-Learning coordinates a number of on-going volunteer activities, such as the Homework Help Center at the Pomona Public Library, the Youth Storytelling Mentorship Program at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Pomona Valley and JusticeCorps internships at self-help legal access centers. The annual volunteer fair last spring drew 42 community organizations and 350 students.
Being first in line is nothing new for longtime trailblazing educational advocate, Dr. Mildred Henry.
At Cal State University in San Bernardino, she was the first African American to be tenured in the School of Education, where she was also the first African American to get full professorship, and the first African American to get Professor Emeritus status there.
Later, she pulled away from the “Ivory Tower” mentality around academic theories to put some of her own down-to-earth methods into action. As the first person to charter a school in the history of San Bernardino City Schools, Dr. Henry helped pave the way for teens to graduate even from the hardest low-income areas.
Scorn over the state’s severe education cuts brought out multi-thousands of students, teachers, and advocates to the front lines in protest at last week’s Day of Action for Public Education against tuition hikes and policies that are costing Black and Brown students their higher education.
Combined with a decade-long fallout from Proposition 209, Black students at most all UC campuses can barely get a foot in the door.
For those who have made it into the university, they are truly the minority and, lately, increasingly dealing with issues of isolation or straight out discrimination.
Parents are invited to learn more about Carden Virtual Academy, a new high tech charter school starting in San Bernardino in August in San Bernardino. The school will educate students in grades Kindergarten through the 12th year.
An information session is set for Thursday, March 25, at the Feldheym Library at 5:30 p.m. The library is located at 555 West Fifth Street in San Bernardino.
“We will make learning exciting for students,” said Tim Smith, executive director of the Academy. “They will not only learn critical academic skills, but we also will help them develop character and confidence.”
The San Bernardino Community Scholarship Association needs the community’s help to award thousands of dollars in college scholarships.
Per federal tax law, the individual or organization funding a scholarship cannot make up the majority of the selection committee. In order to comply with the law, the San Bernardino Community Scholarship Association needs community members to volunteer their time to sit on scholarship interview panels or review student essays.