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A Few Words from our CEO Dear Partners,

JULY AUGUST 2012

Contents: CAPS Updates Service Components Cultivating Creativity Employee Spotlight

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Making an Impact since:

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throughout the Inland Empire every Friday of the school year. I am so grateful that we have 500 children were able to had the opportunity to partner with such incredible people and receive brand new free shoes and school supplies through organizations. Collaborative partnerships are what drive PLI our Back 2 Basics program and that would have not been and helps sustain the services possible without partnerships of we provide on a daily basis to the children and families of our Crossroads Rotary Club of San Bernardino and Samaritan’s community. We truly could not Feet. This is a testament of what do what we do without you. partnerships can do to better We at PLI appreciate you and our community and impact the all you do for our community. lives of the people in our community. As the 2011-2012 school year comes to an end we reflect We are excited for the back at what we were able to upcoming 2012-2013 school accomplish throughout the year and all the many school year, we are pleased, but eager to do more. Through opportunities it will bring to forge new partnerships and our partnership with SBCUSD CAPS program we were able to strengthen current partnerships to raise the bar in what we can serve over 85,000 children do to Impact our community for through our After School the better. Impact program. Through our partnership with Children In Constant Pursuit of Happy Deserve Success Homeless Children and Vibrant Families, Student Program, Community Action Partnership of San Bernardino, Rotary Club of San Willie Ulibarri Jr. Bernardino and UPS we were CEO/Founder able to pack and deliver over 30,000 back packs full of food For more information on these or through our KidzFuel Snack other programs you can contact us at Pack program. 750 bags of (909) 388-1700 or visit our website food were delivered to students www.projectlifeimpact.org. Incorporated in 2002, Project Life Impact set out on its journey to make a lasting IMPACT within the community. With a holistic approach of helping the whole family, PLI set up programs to tend to the homeless and hungry in the cities of Fontana, Rialto, and San Bernardino in California. In 2006, PLI created its first After School Impact Program. In July of that year PLI partnered with the San Bernardino Unified School District to run the after school program at E. Neal Roberts Elementary. As of today, PLI serves over 1,500 students each school day and employs over 70 employees on several campuses throughout San Bernardino.


Impact Comes from the Heart Our dedicated staff:

Willie Ulibarri CEO, Founder

Andrew Smith Marketing & Social Media

Gandalf Sanders Highland Pacific Elementary

Ryan Ulibarri Executive Director

Sara DeLaCruz Funding & SES Specialist

Linwood Johnson Lankershim Elementary

Tracy Ulibarri-Vasquez Administrative Director

Lisa Ulibarri Administrative Assistant

Viridiana Goffinet Norton Space and Aeronautics Academy

Susan Abito Director of Community Outreach

Mike Fusaro Office Maintenance Candice Cabrera E. Neal Roberts Elementary

E. Neal Roberts Elem. This month was full of fun and enthusiasm! We are excited to add to youth leadership here at Roberts with Ms. Vanessa, she has been doing an incredible job with kindergarten and first grade. This month our clubs have been full of imagination and creativity. Mr. Matthew taught improvisation in his “Lights! Camera! Action! Club”. Improv was a great way to help the kids develop their confidence, spontaneity skills, and verbal and physical expression. Ms. Jessica prepared our kids with crime-fighting skills to be the best detectives in her Crime Scene Investigation Club. Lastly, Ms. Candice “LET THE WILD RUMPUS BEGIN” with her Readers Theatre Club of Where the Wild Things Are. Highland-Pacific Elem. Here at Highland-Pacific, we finished out the month with Mr. Dwayne hosting Jeopardy and Mr. Nate leading the charge in Ultimate Warrior obstacle courses. We’re closing out an exciting school year with clubs that test the mind and body. King of the Grid will test students strategic abilities in a chess tournament for the ages. Crime Scene

Investigation (CSI) will teach students to be observant and always thinking about the world around them as they use science to solve mysteries. Every Friday this month will be dedicated to the High-Pac Olympic Games. Students will be playing various Olympic sports and learning about different countries around the globe. Lankershim Elementary Lankershim CAPS ended our Spring into April with a monstrous CAPS mall. All students participated in our Lankershim Water Park, where the students had a blast with water relay races, ballon tosses, and our Lankershim slip-in-slide. Our students were also able to make kites and spend their CAPS Cash buying many different items in our mall. For the month of May, Lankershim would like to give a big warm welcome to Mr. Carlos, who is bringing a whole lot of new energy to our program. Ms. Debbie's club, Makers Fair, has inspired a new wave of inventors who can't wait to bring their ideas to life. May will end the Maker's Fair, but the participants' spark for creating new inventions and exploring their imaginations will never end.

Our CAPS sites are ran in partnership with the San Bernardino City Unified School District. The vision of CAPS is to provide exemplary before and after school experiences that will enhance each student's academic, social, and emotional development.

Our Mission: To effectively break the cycle of poverty and destructive lifestyles, Project Life Impact, Inc., a faith based organization, labors with neighbors to cultivate a culture of successful living. We ignite this desire by providing community forums and projects, academic and mentorship programs, job training and placement programs, affordable housing, and holistic family services. Strategically located in downtown San Bernardino, we deliver these services through mobilization and facilitating collaborative partnerships. Project Life Impact, Inc. serves with integrity and excellence demonstrating our compassion by empowering our community for life-long change- one life at a time. PROJECT LIFE IMPACT, INC. 600 NORTH D STREET SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92401 MAIL TO: P.O. BOX 1664 SAN BERNARDINO, CA 92402 TEL: 909.388.1700 FAX: 909.495.8177


Boom!: Students at Lankershim Elementary observe a volcano explode

Service Components: PLI offers five component programs that address the needs of the child, family, and community. 1. Academic Impact Our academic programs are developed to improve proficiency levels in English Language Arts and Mathematics, improve student test scores, and assist in closing the achievement gap. 2. After School Impact Certified Instructional Assistants and mentors interact with our students in a positive environment. Students receive help with homework, participate in recreation and enrichment activities, and are empowered to believe in themselves as they work with caring mentors.

Cultivating Creativity

One of our many collaborative partners is the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). With them, we operate Creative Before and After School Programs for Success (CAPS) at three of our After School Impact (ASI) school sites. These programs, as the name implies, are heavy on creativity. Before I go on, I would like to briefly state what creativity is not. It is not merely choosing to color a horse purple and the sky magenta. It is not reciting the same poem hundreds, perhaps thousands, of children have memorized since the days of Plato. No, creativity is the formation of original ideas by use of ones imagination. Creativity is what produced the first sheet of paper and the first wax crayon. Creativity is what caused someone to attempt to dye wool a different color than just “sheep.” Creativity is what the great men and women of our past have used to push us forward as a people.

This is the type of creativity that we seek to cultivate in our after school programs. Through young inventors clubs, poetry and creative writing workshops, and STEM based problem solving, we stretch the minds of the students to think beyond worksheets and standardized tests. By doing so, they will be better equipped to tackle the demands placed upon them both in and out of school. In order to cultivate creativity at home, here are a few things you can do: 1. Seek to make the ordinary strange and the strange ordinary 2. Embrace failure and learn from mistakes 3. Be open to different ideas, no matter how out of the box they might be 4. Expose your children, and yourself, to great works of art in any medium (painting, music, dance, etc.) 5. HAVE FUN! Andrew Smith

3. Impact Sports Our Impact Sports Program (ISP) will provide students, male and female, fun and competitive sports programs that help build and develop them physically, psychologically, and educationally. 4. Back-2-Basics Provides the non-academic barrier support to the students and their families. Through structured case management, various programs and referral services are made available for the families. 5. KidZone KidZone is designed for children ages 2-15. All KidZone events are free and attended by city organizations and other agencies who donate their time and provide information and giveaways to families.

Living Social In this age of smart phones and social networks, we would love for you to support PLI through “liking, “following,” or “connecting” any of our online profiles.


Staff Spotlight: Cynthia Iniguez Cynthia is a Youth Leader in PLI’s ASI/CAPS after school programs. She loves making a positive impact on the many students she sees everyday. She enjoys working for PLI and being involved in the different community events. In her personal time, Cynthia loves to read and challenge herself

Community Impact Challenges: @PLI_Impact #plicic

#7. Clean graffiti in and around your neighborhood #8. Make care packs for the homeless #9. Pick up groceries for a neighbor

intellectually. She enjoys everything from Dr. Seuss to James Patterson. Her favorite Dr. Suess book is One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blues Fish. She seeks to leave a legacy with the work she does with the children of our community and those across the globe.

#10. Call or visit someone who is sick

#13. Send someone a homemade card

#11. Give someone event tickets

#14. Ask someone about their culture

#12. Help someone move

#15. Return a shopping cart

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July/August 2012 Newsletter