Volume 2, Issue 3
A Youth-Driven Publication of OneNation Media Services, Inc.
Motivation Motivation Inspiration
In this Issue
Let’s Celebrate …. It’s Graduation Time
Face 2 Face with Dr. Eric Bishop
Poetry Slam! Summer Safety … What You Need to Know Miss Fashionista ... Hot Swim Suits to Keep You Cool www.onenationmedia.org
About Us In this Issue... Summer Safety Tips............3
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BLU Education Foundation Grooms CAlifornia Students for Academic Excellence......4
Face 2 Face with Eric Bishop..............................5 African-AMerican Music Appreciation Month........7 Who’s Who in your Community.........8
L to R: Journalism & Technology students Symone Black, Perri Scott, Areahna O’Rea and Taylor Robinson spent time at the Apple Store in Victoria Garden’s. They received a hands-on demonstration on Apple’s MacBook Air. Don’t miss the next Journalism & Technology Academy scheduled July 23 – 27 at Chaffey College, Fontana.
Officers and Advisory Board Members
Celebrate Cinco De Mayo...........11
Poetry Slam!...........11 Join Our Team!......12
Sheri L. Stuart, Founder/Executive Director Vivian Watson Stuart, Chief Financial Officer Victor Johnson, Secretary Lisa M. Black, Advisory Board Member Terry Boykins, Advisory Board Member Thomas Coates, Advisory Board Member Jessica Garcia, Advisory Board Member Brenda Findley Sutton, Advisory Board Member Dave Sutton, Advisory Board Member
Staff and Interns Briana Sanders, Graphic Designer Stefanie Garcia, Assistant Editor
Tatyana Hutton, Staff Writer Perri Scott, Staff Writer 2
Summer Safety Tips Outdoor Tips for Staying Safe this summer! The summer heat can be not only fun but dangerous. Here are a few tips to help you get through those hot outdoor adventures. Tip #1 The most important one is to always stay hydrated. While staying in the summer sun, make sure you drink a lot of water. Drinking water helps you to avoid strokes and many other harmful body affects. Tip #2 Wear sun screen. No matter your skin tone or age, protect your skin. Results of not protecting your skin CAN BE fatal! Skin cancer is linked to exposure to the sun and indoor tanning machines. Skin cancer can be fatal depending on the type and progression of the disease, so protect your skin. Tip #3 Be aware of heat exhaustion. Symptoms of heat exhaustion range from nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and confusion. If you believe you are experiencing any of these symptoms, stop all physical activity, lie in a cool place, and drink plenty of fluids. Swimming safety tips provided by the American Red Cross. Tip #1 Learn to swim. Never swim alone, especially if you don’t know how to swim. The American Red Cross provides swim lessons. Check out your local chapter for dates, times and fees at http://www2.redcross.org/ where/where.html Tip #2 Watch out for the dangerous “too’s” – too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun, too much strenuous activity. Tip #3 Become Educated on your water environment. Look for potential hazards, such as deep and shallow areas, currents, depth changes, obstructions and where the entry and exit points are located. Once again, these are just a few tips to help you stay safe this summer. Remember safe fun is the best fun!
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BLU Educational Foundation Grooms California Students for Academic Excellence More Than $110,000 in Scholarships Awarded to College Bound Youth Fontana, CA - BLU Educational Foundation’s College Exodus Project (CEP) awarded more than $110,000 in renewable scholarships to 19 students graduating this summer from high schools in Southern California’s Inland Empire communities (Riverside and San Bernardino counties). The awards were presented to the students during an awards and recognition reception held Sunday, June 3 at the Jesse Turner Community Center in Fontana. The scholarships are made possible by a grant from the College Access Foundation of California, a national leader in the fight to ensure that deserving students with financial need are able to attend college. This is the third consecutive year that more than $100,000 in scholarships has been awarded from the College Exodus Project. The awards cover tuition and fees for local students attending colleges and universities across the nation. “We believe that all students who want to attend college can successfully complete an education at a four-year institution,” said Dina Walker, president and CEO of BLU Educational Foundation (BLU). “We’re dedicated to preparing students to maneuver the transition from high school to college, and beyond,” said Walker. BLU is one of the largest scholarship funders in the Inland Empire region. For more information about BLU Educational Foundation and the College Exodus Project, visit www.bluedfoundation.org.
College-bound students from the Inland Empire were all smiles after receiving more than $110,000 in renewable scholarships from BLU Educational Foundation. Pictured with the students (top row, far right) is Dina Walker, President and CEO of BLU.
Face 2 Face with Dr. Eric Bishop
Dr. Eric Bishop is the Dean of the Fontana Campus of Chaffey College and also Dean of Physical Education and Athletics. He sat down with OneNation Media Services for a wide-ranging interview that revealed his passion for education and helping others achieve their goals. 1. For those that may not know your background, share with our readers who you are and your journey into becoming a valuable community leader. I have been at Chaffey for nearly five years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism, a masters in communications and a doctorate in organizational leadership, all from the University of La Verne. Prior to coming to Chaffey, I worked at the University of La Verne. There I have served as a full-time faculty member, teaching journalism and mass communications and also as director of academic advising and associate dean of academic retentions services. I guess I don’t think of myself as a valuable community leader. I am just someone who believes in higher education, or education period. I believe everyone has the right to access education and think it is in society’s best interest to work at having an educated population. I try to be involved where and when I can be and work toward helping each person I can. 2. At what age did your interest spark to become an educator? It was after I graduated from college. I was working as a communications assistant at my alma mater and in addition to providing clerical support to the faculty and technical support for the university newspaper I got to work alongside students. In that role I worked with them, advised them guided them and that’s when I got the bug to think I could have a career in education. It’s one of those fields where you can see the difference you make both immediately or on a long term basis.
3. Who has been the most influential person in your career path? Why? I guess there really are too many to name. I take a little of the good influences from everyone I meet and work with. So they all contribute. But a couple who stand out are my mother. I am the oldest of three and raised by a single mother. She taught me that it was all right to fail. Not that it was all right to accept failure, but that I had to try and that I had to learn from my failures so that I could get better. Failure really wasn’t an option for her, or better the acceptance of failure wasn’t. What that imparted in me was the ability to risk and to take chances and to ask, “what’s the worst that can happen?” There was a dean when I was in college who, when I was messing up, pulled me aside. He didn’t judge me, he didn’t beat me up about it. He spoke to me with respect and worked with me to find a better direction. It is after him that I model how I relate to students. Even if a student has failed all their classes, they know they messed up. They don’t need me to tell them that. They need me to help determine where we go from here and to help them get back on their feet. That’s what Jim Carter did for me.
“One of my mottos to my students is “life happens.” 5
Emmett Terrell has been a mentor for me whether he wanted to be or not. He stuck with me when I gave him reason to walk away. He is someone whom I respect tremendously and whom I have been able to watch and observe and see how to become a better professional and a better man. 4. At what point did you decide to become a managing leader in education? Why? I’m not sure that I actually decided it or if I just move into it as kind of a natural progression. I was working for a magazine when one of my mentors called me and told me about a full-time teaching position. I thought it was early and so I decided to apply. I got the position and taught journalism for seven years full time. In that role I had to work as a faculty academic advisor. In addition to the teaching I loved doing that. Helping people figure out what they wanted to do and to make their dreams come true. So when there was an opening as an academic advising director, I felt it was a calling. I just keep trying to help students and people succeed and reach their dreams.
“You may be delayed in your pursuits, but that doesn’t mean that you stop.”
5. How do you motivate youth to continue in their education and seek past their adversities? One of the things I do is recognize that not everyone works the same way or is at the same place at any given time. One of my mottos to my students is “life happens.” It means that life is going to get in the way and challenge you on your dreams. You have to recognize that and persist. My job is to help people and students, realize that they can persist. That the things that make the dream seem impossible are merely stumbling blocks. You may be delayed in your pursuits, but that doesn’t mean that you stop. I had my stumbling blocks along the way and am very willing to share with students how I persisted. I keep a set of transcripts in my desk drawer so that when a student feels like they have failed beyond repair, I can show them that they can overcome that setback and move forward. I had a really, really bad semester in college and a tough first three semesters academically. And now I have a doctorate. It can be done. I think the other thing I try to do is not judge people or students about their circumstances. Each of us deals with our lives as we can and so passing judgment does no one any good. I try to be someplace where people can share without the fear of being judged. 6. A significant portion of our readers are teens and young adults gearing up for college and/or beginning their career, what advice could you give them? My advice is to live the life you want to live, not the ones others want to live. Make decisions that contribute to your happiness and make the decisions because it’s what you want to do. There will be challenges. You need to surround yourself with people you trust who will be honest with you. You may not want to hear what they tell you but you will know that they have your best interest at heart. Even if you don’t know what you want to do, keep working towards the things that you like to do and that interest you. That will lead to success. 7. What legacy would you like to leave behind? I don’t know that I have a legacy or really think about one. All I hope at the end is that I made a difference to someone whom I came across. That’s what is important to me.
June is African-American
Music Appreciation Month African-American Music Appreciation Month takes place in June. President Jimmy Carter first decreed on June 7, 1979 that June would be recognized as Black Music Month. For each year of his term, President Barack Obama has announced the observance, under the new title, African-American Music Appreciation Month. The legacy of African-American composers, singers, songwriters, and musicians is an indelible piece of our nation’s culture. Generations of African Americans have carried forward the musical traditions of their forebears, blending old styles with innovative rhythms and sounds. They have enriched American music and captured the diversity of our nation. This rich heritage is recognized during African-American Music Appreciation Month. This legacy tells a story of ingenuity and faith. Amidst the injustice of slavery, AfricanAmericans lifted their voices to the heavens through spirituals. This religious music united African-Americans and helped sustain them through one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history. Years later, spirituals contributed to the advent of a new form of music: gospel. Both styles incorporated elements of African music and were rooted in faith. The African-American music tradition also reflects creativity and individualism. Blues, jazz, soul, and rock and roll synthesize various musical traditions to create altogether new sounds. Their novel chord progressions, improvisation, and mood showcase individual musicians while also creating a cohesive musical unit. In addition, African-American composers have thrived in traditional genres such as musical theater, opera, classical symphony, and choral music, providing their unique imprint and creatively growing these forms of music. All of these contributions are treasured across America and the world. During African-American Music Appreciation Month, our nation recalls the known and unknown musicians who helped create this musical history. Their contributions help illuminate the human experience and spirit, and they help us reflect on our nation’s ongoing narrative. Join the nation’s celebration of our rich heritage. Check your local listings for events near you recognizing African-American Music Appreciation Month.
Who’s Who in Your Community Kamaal Thomas
1. Introduce yourself to our readers. Kamaal Ture Thomas is a competitive learner, who through discipline aspires toward initiative, achievement, and opportunity. At 17 years of age, he is a current graduate from Summit High school in Fontana, CA. Last year, as starting forward, he helped his team at Redlands Adventist Academy, garner a CIF Championship. Kamaal has taken advanced placement, honors, and college courses at Chaffey and Stanford ESP. He is a Gates Millennium Scholar as well as an Angel City Links’ Achiever. Kamaal is a WSI and Lifeguard for the City of Fontana, and CEO of “In the Zone Tutoring” a peer tutoring program for both middle school and high school students, specializing in mathematics. In addition to his entrepreneurial exploits, Kamaal has volunteered for teen court, Obama phone bank, basketball leagues, his church, Brother II Brother, “Day of Mentoring” at UCR, and an event assistant at Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy in San Bernardino. Through his experiences and educational progression, he is positioning himself to become a disciplined, socially/environmentally responsible humanitarian and leader. 2. As a student who attended public schools to being home schooled during high school for your sophomore and junior academic years through California Virtual Academy, share with us how that impacted your education. What were some of the advantages and disadvantages? Attending California Virtual Academy (CAVA) was tremendously helpful in improving my academic skills. I was able to learn at a more rapid rate and explore a variety of courses. I saw the greatest improvement in the area written communication skills and research techniques. Virtual institutions and courses seem to focus a great deal more upon writing and research acumen. Another advantage of attending CAVA was the discretion to set my own school and work schedule in a manner that fit my learning style and peak hours. The most apparent disadvantage of attending the virtual institution was the limited school-related social interactions. However, it was more important that I strengthen my academic skills rather than opting to attend a brick and mortar simply for the social benefits. 3. What is the rational for being home schooled during your high school years? Were you pursing other avenues and/or career interest during this time? After my freshman year in high school, my parents identified weaknesses in the education process I was going through, and I realized my flaws as a young student who just came from skipping grades in middle school. So my parent s and I decided participating in a home school program would be an efficient alternative for me to really develop my critical analysis and written skills. 8
4. As a recent graduate of High School (please restate the school name) what are your career and educational plans? First, I plan to attend UC Davis in the fall. I will be double majoring in International Relations and Economics. After Graduation, I will pursue a Doctorate degree in either Foreign Affairs or Law. At the same time, I plan on having internships to gather experience in federal legislation. My goal is to become a congressman and then move on to be a United States Diplomat. 5. You mentioned that your career goal is to become a Congressman and move your way up to Diplomat, how did this goal come about? I have always had an interest in government and politics from a young age. It was really clear that this career choice would b a suitable fit for me in my senior year of high school, as I became more passionate about social justice and inquisitive of the actions of the U.S. in relation to foreign nations. 6. Are you currently following the political changes and reformations going on today? How have they impacted your decision to enter the political arena? Yes, I have been following the current presidential election and political issues that have been emerging such as the challenges of global warming and the adjustments that must be made to build a sustainable “green society”. I have also been following world military spending and global aid. I hope to continue to study these issues so I may address them in my future political career.
8. Do you have a motto or theme for the POSITIVE decisions you make as a young adult that you would like to leave our readers with? (something that has driven you to where you are today and where you are headed) Actually while participating in a scholarship/mentoring program call the Angel City Links’ Achievers, I was given a poem by my mentor called “Invictus” by William Earnest Henley. Overall, the meaning is that even when in tough circumstances, we are not always in control of what happens; however, we are accountable for our responses to these situations. As the poem ends, “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.” I have memorized this poem and continue to recite it frequently in any tough situation I encounter. It has gotten me past difficult obstacles reminding me I am accountable for determining my own future. Do you have anything else you would like to share about yourself with our readers? Just to share a little about myself; I just graduated from Summit High School in Fontana, where I was a member of the National Honor Society and the Key Club. Over the past year, I have excelled in AP courses such as statistics, government, economics, environmental science, and English literature; garnering a 3.74 grade point average. I have also taken courses at Chaffey College and Stanford University ESP. I have been accepted to Drexel, Hampton, UC Riverside and St. John’s Universities; I also have received four-year full tuition scholarships totaling in excess of a half a million dollars from Fisk, Clark Atlanta, Tuskegee, Lincoln, Jackson State, Tennessee State, and Howard Universities to name a few. Recently, I was selected as a Gates Millennium Scholar. Next year, as a proud GM Scholar, I will major in economics and international studies at the University of California Davis, as I work toward my career objectives of becoming a lawyer and an elected official.
7. What changes do you aspire to make as a Congressman and Diplomat? As a high school graduate transitioning into college, I have been directly affected by and public funding for college students. I hope to improve funding opportunities for students pursuing higher education, placing less financial stress on the individual and making their college experience more beneficial. I also hope to address international problems in regards to economics and commerce to really make global exchange a more cohesive infrastructure.
“I hope to improve funding opportunities for students pursuing higher education...” - Kamaal Thomas
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo
inco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations. Cinco de Mayo traditions include parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
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Don’t give up, don’t give in Tomorrow is a new day Remember who you are within Don’t be afraid of change; what you gain may be worth more than what you lose. Replace your fear of the unknown with motivation and ambition. Don’t find yourself, create and BE yourself! View life as a book of photos, use the negatives to develop and fulfill your dreams. Be free, Live, and Believe Life is beautiful. Embrace it. ----Stefanie L. Garcia 11
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Published on May 1, 2012