Shiane Daima Jacocks
The Inland Empire African American Village is providing summer programs on reading and financial management in a united effort to keep African-American children out of the school-to-prison pipeline. The summer programs are designed to encourage children to continue their education and avoid violence and illegal activity.
Beginning July 8, and continuing every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month from 10:00-11:00am, members of the community are encouraged to participate in the Black Children Read program. Come and read Black children's books with your child and help “make sure they are ready for school.”
The reading program is offered at two locations: in Rialto at the Bethune Center, 141 S. Riverside Avenue, and in Moreno Valley at 14340 Elsworth Street, Suite 112.
Additionally, The Black Financial Literacy Program is being offered to and designed for students aged 14 to 18, beginning Saturday, July 8 and continuing every Saturday from 10- 11:30am at the Church of the New Covenant, 328 East 6th Street in Perris, and every Sunday beginning Sunday, July 9 from 1:00-2:30 pm at the Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church, 5320 Victoria Ave, Riverside.
Readers can register online at https:// villagesummerprogram.eventbrite.com. This year’s summer programs are presented in partnership with 100 Black Men of the Inland Empire, Inc., Riverside NAACP, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., San Bernardino – Riverside Area Alumni Chapter, C.O.P.E. – Inland Empire and National Council of Negro Women – Inland Empire Chapter.