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By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter All high school students looking for free money for college, and all nonprofits that want to learn where and how to get their next round of grant funding need not look far. The Community Foundation serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties recently announced the opening of scholarship season. Financially shrewd takers are encouraged to get their applications in now. Awards vary in size, but every little bit helps. The money really does lift some of the burdens for students so they can focus on their studies more, typically for books, parking passes, food, and the basics, said Charee Gillins, spokesperson for the Community Foundation in Riverside. Scholarships are created by donors in the community with very specific goals for who gets the money. As an example, one scholarship recently closed with a local bank, which she said had very easy criteria open to any graduating high school senior in Riverside County. While that scholarship is now closed, there are several others, including those that target specific populations, such as Latino and African American students. Weve got scholarships open for students graduating high school in Coachella Valley. In some cases, the scholarships will award only money to Hispanic students, she said. But a great mix of scholarships is available, set by individuals looking to serve specific populations. For African American students attending Riverside or San Bernardino County, they can apply for scholarships set up by three scholarship funds, she said. Some of the funds were set up by local community leaders, including African American philanthropists, and some who have served on Riverside City Council. That scholarship money is designated for outstanding students that live in Riverside or San Bernardino counties. There are several scholarships open between now and April 30. For the most part, its pretty wide-ranging, she said. There are scholarships for students in the Palm Desert, in Lake Elsinore, and across the different ethnic populations. In general, that funding is available for nonprofits at the donor request to be used for very specific causes or goals. It could be to exclusively support blue-eyed cats that reside in a specific town, or abused women and children, or funding for the elderly, or African American students. Funding also comes by way of by endowments, set up to honor the donors wishes, and the money can span any number of donor interests. She said the agency cannot take funding from one pot to put into another. Each year, the Community Foundation also hosts its Give Big San Bernardino County campaign, a 24-hour online marathon to bring down money to help support nonprofits, along with regular local training, and an application opportunity to NNPA Newsmaker of the Year Your Resource for Over 50 Years The Community's Newspaper - Serving Riverside County, Eastern Los Angeles County & San Bernardino County I wholly disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it - Voltaire Thursday, March 21, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 33 Know Your Rights Free Brake Light Clinic in S.B. (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Nothing ends in disaster faster for a Black man than a broken brake light. For that reason, on Saturday, March 23, the Inland Empire Democratic Socialists of America will hold a free brake light clinic for all those in need of a repair, along with other friendly resources not easily found at the local body shop. The event will provide Know Your Rights informational materials, and what to do when stopped by police. It will be held from10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 195 N. Arrowhead Ave in San Bernardino. Volunteers will be on site to replace brake lights free of charge. Matt Milholland, a member of IE DSA, said their main goal is to help prevent tickets, fines, and possible court cases, or even save a life. Because minor police stops have become a death sentence for so many young Brown and Black men, including, but not limited to, the tragic Minnesota case of 32-year-old Philando Castile, who was fatally shot by an icer in front of his four- year-old daughter. He died about 20 minutes later. This is DSAs way of reaching out to the community to show solidarity with the communities that are effected under the current system, he said. Creating a true mass movement, one that empowers working people to ight for change, underlies the philosophy of the Democratic Socialists of America, he said. It is about offering practical ways of reaching communities who are suffering under the current system. We think that a truly democratic criminal justice system should promote peace and justice, not the recurring arbitrary violence inflicted on communities of color, he said. This is the Inland Empire chapter's first brake light Scholarships for Students, Grants for Nonprofits (Cont. on Page A-2) CSUSB Project Rebound: Emerge From Incarceration By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Just about everyone has heard of the school pipeline to prison, but Dr. Annika Anderson knows the biggest challenge is in reversing that process. Years ago, she wondered what happens when the formerly incarcerated stopped committing crimes, and when they set out to reintegrate back to society. She wanted to know how they are accepted, or shunned, in their journey through rehabilitation. Her interest hit close to home. Having several family members who were formerly incarcerated got me into this type of work. I wanted to know what are the barriers to reentry? What are the conduits? said Dr. Anderson, program director and principal investigator for Project Rebound at Cal State University, San Bernardino. Anderson, who specializes in criminology, regularly goes into the prisons to talk with the incarcerated about their educational history, as well as their trajectory. She talks with them about how to move forward through their short and long term goals when they finally emerge from incarceration. We try to work with them when theyre incarcerated, that maybe you want to go to community college. After getting your associates, you can come here [to CSUSB], said Anderson, also a CSUSB sociology professor. Her coordinator, who has a masters degree in social work, and her intern, who is working on a masters degree in social work, are both formally incarcerated. Statewide, she said one of the cornerstones of the Project Rebound program is that all the coordinators were formally incarcerated. While Anderson has never been arrested or incarcerated, she understands the situation, both theoretically and practically. For folks coming out prisons or jails, they have trust issues. I might just look like another suit and tie, the institutional folks telling them when to go to sleep and when to wake up, she said. Requests for help pour in weekly, and she and staff regularly respond to family members looking to assist relatives with direction once they get out of prison. She is often asked to write character letters, which is a first step toward getting their records expunged. In working closely with local community colleges, retention is an especially critical time after enrollment for vulnerable students. Her goal is to make sure they know they are welcome and a support system is available to them on campus. But stepping on campus is somewhat of a litmus test for students that have spent time behind bars, as they try to fit into unfamiliar spaces. Like with any disadvantaged groups, we feel that impostor syndrome. We feel like we dont belong. We feel not welcomed, she said. To counter all the negativity, new students are greeted by her staff at the gate or bus stop, and walked through campus resources, such as Adult Reentry. There, they connect with others that are successful through their same academic struggles. Even so, not everyone is as thrilled with the idea of helping formerly incarcerated students, despite an abundance of data that shows how education is proven to reduce recidivism. Some people might say, why should we put money in a formerly incarcerated program? Arent there other students that need that money? she said. (Cont. on Page A-2)

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