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High Costs of Discriminatory Housing 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, June 13, 2019 Vol. 54 - No 45 Project Sister NonProfit of the Year (See Page A-3) By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter Beyond the textbook definition, sexual assault is barely mentioned in school, and parents and teachers are usually afraid to talk about it. Sex is still one of the most taboo topics in society. Sometimes we as adults have never had these conversations. Our parents may have never felt comfortable discussing sexual consent or relationships, said Christina Jimenez, Project Sister Outreach Services Director. Project Sister (Sisters In Service To End Rape) offers counseling and outreach with a 24-hour hotline, assistance to the hospital after the rape has occurred, and the program starts with young children about understanding sexual boundaries. Recently, the program was honored by Sen. Connie M. Leyva (D-Chino) as 2019 Nonprofit of the Year within California State Senate District 20 for their longtime community efforts to prevent sexual assault and child abuse. Whenever asked, Project Sister goes out to speak within their service area about crisis intervention services. They offer age-appropriate education and discussion, but probably the first area they tackle is getting everyone comfortable with proper anatomical names. Now the parent knows - Oh, that's what that's called. That's what the doctor calls it, she said. Even preschool age children are not too young to learn how to have a voice in communicating boundaries, she said. Today, one in four girls, and one in six boys are sexually abused before the age of 18. An estimated one- third of all rape and sexual abuse goes unreported, and the emotional scars are deep. We know survivors in general across the board are more likely to attempt suicide, she said. Of the 3.8 million high school students surveyed in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey for data collection, the Center Disease Control reports that one-fifth of all students say they've been bullied, and one in ten Secure the BAG Conference June 21 By Dianne Anderson StaffWriter In this age of the iGeneration, one big question lately is how to Secure the BAG - that is, how to get lots of money and success. The answer probably starts with at least getting the kids to school regularly, and on time. On Friday, June 21, Young Visionaries hosts its 6th Annual SMAART Youth and Parent Conference, targeting students in San Bernardino and Rialto school districts, and surrounding schools to talk about something they can all understand. Each year, the conference turns a timely phrase into an acronym for a deeper meaning. This year, Secure the BAG stands for Behavior, Attendance, and Grades. Amanda Vann, SMAART program coordinator, said they are putting a high emphasis on academic excellence this year, helping parents and children understand the need to improve daily attendance. At San Bernardino Valley College, the event will reach elementary and middle school students in partnership with CAPS after-school program, which will bus the students to the campus. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and parents are invited to attend. Vann said local athletes that are in the process of going pro will be also be on site to talk with the students about the importance of staying in school. They'll speak on the process of education because a lot of our kids feel that they don't even have to graduate high school to go to the NBA, MMA or NFL. It's to let them know you've got to make it to college in order for this to be (Cont. on Page A-3) Reports Make It Easy To Connect With Black California By Tanu Henry California Black Media A little over 2.2 million African Americans call California home. Of that number, 72 percent lives in southern California with the greatest concentration (about 36 percent) in Los Angeles County, followed by the Inland Empire, and then, the San Diego area. The other 28 percent lives in the northern part of the state with the densest clusters of African Americans in and around the Bay Area, and a little bit east, centered around Sacramento and Central Valley. California also has the ifth highest number of Blacks in the United States. But when you look at percentages, California's Black population compared to the total state population, makes up a little over 6.6 percent of the almost 40 million people living in the Golden State - ranking it 31st in the nation. Two new reports, Counting Black California and The State of Blacks In California provided most of those numbers above and they dissect them in interesting ways, too. Created to instruct and support the work media publications, public affairs firms, community groups and others will do to educate Californians about participating in the 2020 Census, the surveys provide hyper-localized data on where Blacks live, who they are and a gives a scale of the areas of the state that census workers have had the hardest time counting with accuracy in the past. We approached this project thinking, 'which data will be most useful to our network and partners when they are creating content to get the word out about the 2020 Census?,' said Regina Wilson, Executive Director of California Black Media which commissioned the Counting Black California report. We're equipping our network. We have a combined reach of more than 1 million people in the state - through print, digital and broadcast media, Wilson said. Now, they have the info they will need to develop super-targeted content for every segment of Black Californians living in every corner of the state. The Counting Black California report offers a county-by-county breakdown of demographic details and other data, including inflows of federal dollars into California and how many Blacks in the state are foreign born. It also identifies 8,057 census tracts in the state and ranks them on a scale from 1 to 9 - from the least to the most likely to respond to next year's census survey. A number of social and economic factors are used to determine that rating. Now editors and journalists can look at a specific neighborhood or even a region, maybe, and ind out who lives there, and where,and how dicult that place would be for census workers to count. Then, build a relevant informational campaign based on that knowledge, said Walter Hawkins, a senior research (Cont. on Page A-2) Walter Hawkins

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