United Nations of Consciousness, a San Bernardino-based nonprofit, is partnering with the San Bernardino City Unified School District, to host an African-American-focused summer program for local children.

According to La’Nae Norwood, executive director/founder of United Nations of Consciousness, the Adopt-a-Community Project Summer Youth Program will be held at the newly-constructed Anne Shirrells Park Community Center, which opened on Monday, June 20.

Norwood said the mission of the community center is to provide parks and recreational services to people who live on the Westside.

The summer program, which runs from June 20-July 30, is free to students in the San Bernardino Unified School District. However, a $25 registration fee is required to cover the cost of field trips.

Norwood said the summer program will feature a host of activities including mentoring, African drumming, hip-hop dancing, math tutoring and martial arts.

Dr. Margaret Hill, president of the San Bernardino Board of Education, said it was important to provide summer programs to keep children active and off the streets.

"I'm looking forward to our students having the opportunity to learn and have fun during the summer.  I'm sure that United Nations of Consciousness will inspire and motivate our youth to become great kings and queens,” said Hill.  

"United Nations of Consciousness is excited to work with the community to bring culturally-relevant programs to San Bernardino for African-American youth and families. Thank you to San Bernardino City Unified School District and the City of San Bernardino for supporting our vision. The kids are going to have a great summer as they learn about their heritage, strengthen academic skills and express themselves through the arts,” said Norwood.

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