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    Black Teen Admitted to 18 Universities: Including Harvard, Stanford, and Yale

    Monique Vobecky

    17-year-old Black Glendora High School senior Monique Vobecky has a 4.7 Grade point average, is an award-winning athlete and philanthropist.

    17-year-old Black Glendora High School senior Monique Vobecky has a 4.7 Grade point average, is an award-winning athlete and philanthropist.

    (Glendora, Calif.) Being accepted by just one major university is a life-changing event for many high school students.  Monique Vobecky is in a very different position.

    Monique Vobecky a 17-year-old senior at Glendora High School, recently received her 18th acceptance letter, this one from another Ivy League University.  Many of the universities offered her full scholarships.

    “This completed 18-for-18 high profile universities that accepted her as a freshman for the 2021 school year,” said her mother, Bianca Vobecky.

    Monique is an excellent student with a 4.67 grade-point average, as well as an athlete and philanthropist.

    “This is unreal!” said Monique, who is 17.  “I cannot believe all the letters said, ‘accepted.’”

    Monique plans to make the most of this fantastic opportunity.

    “I want the world to see that Black Girls are capable of amazing things.  We must be recognized and accepted for who we are and the talents, skills and passion we bring to the world…no matter how different we are… doctor, scientist, artist, musicians, or even a young poet like Amanda Gorman!”

    How did Monique become such a sought-after student?

    “She earned it,” said her father, Pete Vobecky.

    Monique fell in love with sports and started playing soccer at an early age.  She’s been a captain on the Glendora High soccer team where she excelled as the 2017-18 “Defensive player of the year,” and she was selected MVP of the Soccer team for the 2019-2020 school year.

    In 2018, Monique, then 14, created the Little Sunshine Foundation.  Her start-up was selected by the Glendora Chamber of Commerce as the ‘Nonprofit of the Year’ in 2019.

    The Little Sunshine Foundation’s mission is to provide underserved youths with the necessary resources to improve their quality of life through tutoring, increased access to sporting gear, civic engagement and leadership.

    Monique said she started the foundation because she believes “that every child deserves a little sunshine!”

    Her parents said Monique gets to decide which university she’ll attend since she is the one who put in all the work.  Although Obama did go to Harvard, one noted.

    “We don’t know all the reasons why all the universities accepted her.  What we know is that my daughter, a Black teenager from Glendora, California, put in the work to excel academically and take time to shine light in the lives of so many others,” said her mother, Bianca.

    Her father, Pete, said, “Maybe it is time for Monique to be given an opportunity to have the light shine brightly on her for a while.”

    Monique said she wants to major in medicine and become a doctor “to heal people and help them lead longer, happier lives.”

    Pressed to name the lucky university she’s chosen, Monique said she doesn’t know yet.  She said she’ll let friends, family and the universities know when she decides.

    The universities accepting Monique include:

    1. Harvard University
    2. Stanford University
    3. UC Berkeley
    4. UCLA
    5. Cornell
    6. Yale University
    7. Princeton University
    8. Cornell University
    9. Duke University
    10. Johns Hopkins University
    11. University of Southern California
    12. Northwestern University
    13. Brown University
    14. UC San Diego
    15. UC Santa Barbara
    16. UC Irvine
    17. Cal Poly SLO
    18. Cal State Long Beach

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    $500,000 from DOJ to Fight Youth Opioid Crisis using the e3p3 Model

    “Our youth are in crisis, they are being influenced by many fronts to experiment with drugs and we will do all we can to help them combat bad information. Now more than ever drug use is promoted in music, movies and social media. We have to continue helping and mentoring our youth in making informed decisions,” Williams. Left to Right: Mayor Carey Davis - City of San Bernardino; Mayor Deborah Robertson - City of Rialto; Congressman Pete Aguilar ( D-Rep CA 31); Terrance Stone - CEO Young Visionaries; San Bernardino City Schools Board Member Dr. Margaret Hill; Joseph Williams San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) Board and CEO of Youth Action Project; and Luvina Beckley - CEO of M.H.M. & Associates (Professional Grants Firm)

    “Our youth are in crisis, they are being influenced by many fronts to experiment with drugs and we will do all we can to help them combat bad information. Now more than ever drug use is promoted in music, movies and social media. We have to continue helping and mentoring our youth in making informed decisions,” Williams. Left to Right: Mayor Carey Davis – City of San Bernardino; Mayor Deborah Robertson – City of Rialto; Congressman Pete Aguilar ( D-Rep CA 31); Terrance Stone – CEO Young Visionaries; San Bernardino City Schools Board Member Dr. Margaret Hill; Joseph Williams San Bernardino Community College District (SBCCD) Board and CEO of Youth Action Project; and Luvina Beckley – CEO of M.H.M. & Associates (Professional Grants Firm)

    San Bernardino, CA– San Bernardino, CA– Today, the Youth Action Project(YAP), a San Bernardino based non-profit organization, announced funding from  the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)’s 2018 Mentoring Opportunity for Youth Initiatives grant program for $500,000.

    In making the announcement YAP founder Joseph Williams was accompanied by Rep. Pete Aguilar (D- San Bernardino), Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson and San Bernardino Mayor Carey Davis. The grant will allow YAP, Young Visionaries’Executive Director Terrance Stone, Sigma Beta Xi’sDirector Corey Jackson, and the Youth Action Mentoring Network– to detect and assist Inland Empire students who show risk factors for opioid abuse.

    “Our region has not been immune to the nationwide opioid crisis, and too often when a young person in our community struggles with addiction, they have no clear place to turn. I’m grateful for the work of Youth Action Project to provide Inland Empire youth with the resources they need to lead happy and successful lives free from the weight of opioid addiction,” said Rep. Aguilar.

    The OJJDP e3p3 Modeled Grant will include the City of Rialto, and middle and high schools in Rialto.

    The e3p3 Model, created by M.H.M. & Associates (a professional grant firm) serves in creating strategically aligned public, private partnerships. This win affords the City of Rialto, students and their families in being one of the first that will benefit from the program efforts to dress the Opioid Crisis.

    Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson said, “Rialto continues to be a pioneer in moving initiatives forward that will empower our residents.  The e3p3 Model, created by M.H.M. & Associates (a professional grant firm) serves in creating strategically aligned public, private partnerships.  This win affords the City of Rialto, students and their families in being one of the first that will benefit from the program efforts to dress the Opioid Crisis.”

    The project was one of 12 projects funded nationwide to provide mentoring to youth at-risk of Opioid abuse.

    YAP, Young Visionaries and Sigma Beta Xi have all been funded under prior initiatives using the e3p3 Model, designed to accelerate grant resources into cities/regions, and were excited to see it work once again to further assist youth in the region.

    Earlier this year, Rep. Aguilar’s office held a Federal Grants Workshop to highlight best practices and share strategies for success when applying for federal grants which was attended by a representative from YAP.

    “Our youth are in crisis, they are being influenced by many fronts to experiment with drugs and we will do all we can to help them combat bad information. Now more than ever drug use is promoted in music, movies and social media. We have to continue helping and mentoring our youth in making informed decisions. The resources awarded by OJJDP will support our efforts to make sure the real winners are our youth,” said Joseph Williams President San Bernardino Community College Board District Board and YAP CEO.”

    Today’s announcement comes just over one year since Rep Aguilar announced an additional $500,000 to combat the broader opioid crisis within the Inland Empire.

    For questions regarding this announcement, the project or the e3p3 Model contact Joseph Williams at 909-75-1068 or call Luvina Beckley from Grant writing firmM.H.M & Associatesat 951-692-4646 or go online http://mhmandassociates.com
     

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    Rialto’s Students Visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

    Deborah Robertson with NASA Astronaut class of 2040 (Rialto students) in front of the Space Flight Operations Facility control room. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    Deborah Robertson with NASA Astronaut class of 2040 (Rialto students) in front of the Space Flight Operations Facility control room. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    (Rialto, CALIF.) – NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) welcomed 21 Rialto students who toured the facility for President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Initiative. Students had visited the Spacecraft Assembly Facility, Space Flight Operations Facility, and the “Mars Yard” to see the twin of the Curiosity Mars Rover.

    “I was so excited,” said Rialto Frisbie Middle School eighth grader and year one Summer Bridge graduate Cassandra Alvarez, “I’m looking forward to learning more about the Mars Rover.”

    City of Rialto and other students get an introduction to the NASA JPL facility before diving into the day’s events. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    City of Rialto and other students get an introduction to the NASA JPL facility before diving into the day’s events. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    The initiative, launched in February 2014, addresses persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and their sisters in reaching their full potential. A goal of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative is to instill a passion for Computer Science, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM.)

    “This is an awesome day for the youth of Rialto, we are one of only four organizations visiting JPL today, and the only group selected from San Bernardino County,” said Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson, who went with the students to JPL. ”It was so exciting to see the joy in the children’s faces as they learned about space and space technology.“
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    The City of Compton, Long Beach Neighborhood Services Bureau, and LA County Supervisor Solis’ students also attended. Each group brought youth who do not traditionally have the opportunity to visit local NASA Labs and Centers to JPL.

    The Rialto Police Department’s Officer Javier Pulido and several other community-based organizations were instrumental in identifying youth from last year’s e3p3 GIP’s Summer Bridge program that showed promise and interest in STEM.

    Ten of the students selected to go on the trip are distinguished graduates from year one of the Rialto’s e3p3 Gang Intervention and Prevention (GIP) program.

    “The Rialto’s GIP project targets twelve-hundred Rialto Unified School District elementary and middle school students to receive classroom instruction and become Resilient, Empowered, and Directed. This field trip advances our efforts of helping youth become directed, immensely!” said Nate Van Cleve, project manager from M.H.M. & Associates.

    Deborah Robertson with Rialto students on the morning before the field trip; e3p3 Summer Bridge program graduates are wearing gray shirts in the front row. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    Deborah Robertson (in the orange t-shirt) with Rialto students on the morning before the field trip; e3p3 Summer Bridge program graduates are wearing gray shirts in the front row. Photo by: Jazminn Diaz

    The Rialto e3p3 GIP program receives grant funding from the Board of State of Community Corrections and is currently in its second year.  A select group of approximately 100 youth take part in a rigorous and highly interactive 12-week e3p3 Summer Bridge program, each summer.

    For more information, call City of Rialto – Office Javier Pulido at 909-421-4944

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