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Twentieth Edition April 2015

Supervisor Ramos receives youth empowerment award
Supervisor Ramos receives youth empowerment award

Supervisor Ramos was honored with the Sue Matheson Award during the annual California Coalition for Youth Awards dinner in Sacramento. Supervisor Ramos, who is also Co-Chair of the Homeless Youth Taskforce, was chosen to receive this award for his commitment to the empowerment of youth in San Bernardino County.

Sue Matheson, founder, and Executive Director of Xanthos, Inc., in Alameda, and a founding member of California Coalition for Youth (CCY), was an outstanding mentor, teacher, and supportive colleague. A nationally recognized leader in the juvenile
justice field, Sue consistently supported
youth involvement and youth and family
empowerment. Suitable nominees need not
be members of CCY, but will possess these
qualities with an emphasis on
mentoring others:

  • An outstanding leader, who develops leadership
  • A teacher, networker, coalition-builder, advocate, and mentor of colleagues
  • Someone with the ability to motivate and inspire
  • A supporter of youth involvement and youth and family empowerment

“I am honored to have been chosen to receive this award,” Chairman Ramos stated. “In San Bernardino County, we work hard every day to understand the needs of our homeless youth and are working together to create a community where youth empower youth.” Supervisor Ramos was also invited to be the keynote speaker of the Taking Action Conference hosted by CCY.

Pictured in the photo are Darryl Evey with Family Assistance Program,
Brenda Dowdy with San Bernardino County Schools, Lucy Valencia with Chaffey Joint Unified School District, along with some of the County’s Youth Representatives.
State of the County 2015
State of the County 2015

“San Bernardino County is a great county and things are getting better every day! The economy continues to improve,” that is how Chairman Ramos began his State of the County address. Over 1,000 business professionals and community leaders gathered at Citizens Business Bank Area in Ontario to attend the annual State of the County. The event is designed to share how the county is implementing its vision and to talk about how business, government, education and the community are working together to maximize resources and create new opportunities. The theme of the year was “Momentum is Building in 2015” emphasizing five components of the county’s vision for success: global business, education, tourism, manufacturing, and healthcare. Just in case you were not able to join us, here is what you missed:

Supervisor Ramos Around the District

"Coffee with the Supervisor" event in Mentone

Addressing the concerns of local residents in the “Coffee with the Supervisor” event in Mentone

drop-in youth center in Victorville

Grand Opening of “Fam Spot”, a drop-in youth center in Victorville

Shine A Light On Child Abuse Awards Breakfast

17th Annual Shine A Light On Child Abuse Awards Breakfast

Touring the STAY Center

Touring the STAY Center in San Bernardino and talking with youth about needed resources for youth experiencing a crisis in our county
Crafton Hills College Fire Academy Graduation
Serving as keynote speaker at the 82nd Crafton Hills College Fire Academy Graduation

Progress in the Third District

County conducts First Unaccompanied Youth Survey County conducts First Unaccompanied Youth Survey

In San Bernardino County we are on a mission to protect our most vulnerable. Unfortunately, homelessness is an issue that is still very real. The problem is particularly severe in California, which has one-eighth of the U.S. population but accounts for more than one-fifth of the homeless children with a tally of nearly 527,000. In San Bernardino County, there were 36,886 homeless children and youth during the 2013-2014 school year. Accurate data is vital in this effort.

On April 8, 2015, we conducted the first unaccompanied homeless youth survey in our county. Through this effort, we hoped to more accurately depict the magnitude of the problem, to better understand the causes, and to ultimately capture additional funding to help support these young adults in need. With just two months of planning, we were able to survey four major areas of the county and we surveyed over 300 youth. Many of these youth were couch surfing or staying in motels from night to night. Now our county is the largest county in the nation and we know that number is only a small fraction of the total population in need. However, this survey gives us a starting point, a glimpse into the real needs of this population and into the causes of their homelessness.

Currently, we are working on publishing a report on our findings, developing strategies for continuing our dialogue with these youth, and ways in which we can more effectively leverage resources to put an end to their homelessness. We continue to make efforts to fight homelessness, so that one day every child has a safe place to live. We can make a difference by working together to empower our youth so that they can create change in themselves and others.

Big Bear High will have Boys Soccer Team Big Bear High will have Boys Soccer Team

Assemblyman Jay Obernolte held a fundraiser in his home in hopes of reaching the $25,000 goal to fund a Boys Soccer Team for Big Bear High School. The event was hosted with the support of Supervisor James Ramos. Under Big Bear Valley Unified Schools District policy, any new sports team must be self-funded for the first three years. The fundraiser exceeded expectations by achieving an additional $2,970 of the needed $25,000 goal. Thus, ensuring a Boys Soccer Team for Big Bear High for the 2015-16 school year. The additional funds will be used to make progress on the $15,000 needed to fund the team for a second school year. Supervisor Ramos was pleased to support Big Bear High School’s Boys Soccer Team, “we believe in our youth who have their dream and have seen it come true. Congratulations to all the supporters on achieving your $25,000 goal.”

Third District Community Forum

Adopt a Pet: Meet Budokan
Community Highlight

Adopt a Pet: Meet Budokan

Budakon is a 10 week old female, buff and white Terrier mix. Budakon is very playful and looking for a caring home. Please stop by and adopt her today. Her ID# A622756.

Devore Animal Shelter
19777 Shelter Way
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Hours of Operation:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
10:00 am - 6:30 pm

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

24 hour help line 1-800-472-5609

Children and Family Services-Child Abuse Hotline
Accessing Your Government
Children and Family Services-Child Abuse Hotline

Child abuse affects children of every age, race, and income level. It often takes place in the home and comes from a person the child knows and trusts-a parent, relative, babysitter, or friend of the family.

Often abusers are ordinary people caught in stressful situations: young mothers and fathers unprepared for the responsibilities of raising a child; overwhelmed single parents with no support system; families placed under great stress by poverty, divorce, or sickness; parents with alcohol or drug problems.

A first step in helping or getting help for an abused or neglected child is to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse. There are four major types of child maltreatment: neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, and emotional abuse.

Call the Child Abuse Hotline immediately to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

Child Abuse Hotline: 909.384.9233 or 800.827.8724

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