RIVERSIDE

Supervisor Marion Ashley is recruiting high school students interested in joining the Fifth District Youth Advisory Council for the 2006-07 school year.  The council is part of the Riverside County Youth Commission, created by the Board of Supervisors in January 1998 to advise the Board on issues relevant to young people.

Supervisor Marion Ashley

Supervisor Marion Ashley

To serve, students must attend high school and live within the Fifth District, which includes the cities of Moreno Valley, Perris, Beaumont, Banning, Calimesa and Desert Hot Springs.  Also included are the unincorporated areas of Nuevo, Lakeview, Green Acres, Reche Canyon, Oak Valley, Cabazon and Palm Springs West.

Students interested in joining the council must commit to attending meetings and events and must provide their own transportation. Students are appointed for one year but are encouraged to remain on the council until they graduate from high school.  Meetings are held twice a month on Mondays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The council is an excellent opportunity for students to identify, discuss and act on youth-related issues with the supervisor and his staff in an effort to improve the quality of life in the Fifth District.

Participation enhances students' resume and college applications and expands awareness of potential career choices.  For more information and applications contact Jose Rios at (951) 955-1052 or by e-mail at Jrrios@rcbos.org

Supervisor Offers Funds to Assist Local After School Programs

After school programs operating in the County's Fifth District can now apply for funds to purchase essential supplies and educational materials for their classes and activities.

San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Josie Gonzales' allocation of $10,000 for mini-grants to after school programs operating within in the Fifth District.

The "After School Program Mini-Grant Awards" will offer mini-grants up to $2,500. There is no deadline to apply. However, the mini-grants will be distributed to qualifying programs on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Our children need after school programs that are equipped with the fundamental tools and education materials that will help these young people aspire to achieve more academically," said San Bernardino County Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales.

"Without the basics, pencils, paper and books, these programs cannot provide the supplemental learning activities, such as tutoring, mentoring and homework assistance, that can help the students they serve excel," she added.

Programs, at minimum, must provide proof of incorporation to qualify for funding. Those interested in applying should call (909) 387-4565. Applications also are available on Supervisor Gonzales' website at www.sbcounty.gov/gonzales.

The Fifth District includes the unincorporated areas of Bloomington, Muscoy and Arrowhead Farms, the city of Rialto, major portions of the cities of Colton and San Bernardino, and a segment of the city of Fontana.