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Unstoppable Together

August 4, 2023


Empowering Change: A message from SBX's CEO


As we embrace the warmth and promise of August, we are compelled to share an empowering message that resonates at the core of our SBX family. Our mission has always been to break the cycle of poverty and violence, empowering youth and families to create a better future for all. In the spirit of boundless unity and resilience, let us rally together with the mantra, "Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no river wide enough."


August serves as a reminder that there are no barriers insurmountable, and no challenges too great when we stand together in unity. We carry with us the unwavering belief that through collective effort and unwavering support, we can overcome any obstacle that comes our way. This approach is not just a philosophy; it is a way of life that calls upon each one of us to be relentless in our pursuit of positive change.


The world we envision requires the active participation of every individual in our community, especially our youth. You are the champions of tomorrow, and your unique perspectives, passions, and dreams hold the key to shaping a brighter future. Your dedication to our shared mission will pave the way for a more inclusive and compassionate world.


As we continue to navigate challenges and uncertainties, let us remember that we are not alone. We are a family, a supportive network that stands shoulder to shoulder, lifting each other up during both triumphs and trials. Your contributions, no matter how big or small, are vital to the success of this collective journey.


To the youth of SBX, we extend a heartfelt call to action. Embrace the "Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no river wide enough" spirit in your hearts. Your resilience, creativity, and determination are formidable tools to overcome any obstacle that stands in the way of progress. we believe in each and every one of you and your ability to make a lasting impact.


Together, we can change the world for the better. Our collective efforts are the seeds of transformation, and as we nurture them with care, we will witness a future where opportunity and empowerment know no bounds.


As August unfolds, let us embrace the unstoppable spirit that defines us. Let us face the world with courage, knowing that united, we are an unstoppable force for good. Remember, "Ain't no mountain high enough, ain't no river wide enough" to hinder our progress when we stand as one.


Berenice Zuniga,

Darrell A. Peeden, MPP

Co-CEO's




Youth Services

Exciting Partnership with ListoAmerica Clubhouse Program!


We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with ListoAmerica Clubhouse Program, a project of the prestigious MIT Lab licensed by the Clubhouse network. This collaboration aims to provide innovative technology and learning opportunities to youth from underserved communities. Through this initiative, we're empowering young minds with cutting-edge tools and resources, fostering creativity and critical thinking. Together, we're breaking barriers and ensuring that every young individual has the chance to unleash their potential. Join us on this incredible journey of transformation and empowerment!



Exciting Opportunity for African American Youth (Ages 11-13) and Their Families!


Introducing BRAAF (Building Resilience for African American Families) program, proudly offered by SBX Youth and Family Services. This unique program is designed to empower young African American boys aged 11-13 and their families with comprehensive support and valuable resources.


🔹 Rites of Passage Component: Experience a transformative journey integrating the seven principles of the Nguza Saba. Engage in historical and social-emotional learning while building essential life skills for resilience.


🔹 Family-Oriented Approach: Strengthen family bonds through our parent empowerment resources, Guiding Good Choices programs, and supportive parent groups.


🔹 On-Site Clinical Support: Benefit from specialized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy addressing specific mental health needs, empowering individuals and families to thrive.


🚨 Only 25 spots available! 🚨 Don't miss this chance to be part of BRAAF's life-changing experience. Register now to secure your spot for a brighter future!


Gratitude to Walmart, San Jacinto: Empowering Youth Through Generosity


Thank you, Walmart in San Jacinto! Your generous clothing and shoe donations have made a significant difference in the lives of our youth at SBX Youth and Family Services. Your support empowers them to thrive and build a brighter future. We are grateful for your kindness!


Empowering Youth Through Mentoring: Exciting Updates from SBX Youth and Family Services!


With the start of the new school year just around the corner, we at SBX Youth and Family Services are buzzing with excitement! We are thrilled to introduce our new team of dynamic mentors, all set to make a profound difference in the lives of youth in the Inland Empire and Los Angeles County.


These mentors bring with them a diverse range of experiences, expertise, and passions, making them a perfect fit for our mission. Their dedication to empowering the next generation is truly inspiring, and we are confident that their mentorship will ignite a positive impact that will resonate for years to come.


As we embark on this journey together, we envision a future where our youth not only thrive academically but also overcome obstacles and realize their full potential in all aspects of life. Through meaningful connections, guidance, and unwavering support, our mentors aim to foster an environment where every young individual can flourish and achieve their dreams.


But that's not all! SBX Youth and Family Services proudly wraps up a successful and transformative summer with our expanded learning program and summer events! Throughout this enriching 6-week series, we had the privilege of impacting the lives of 40-50 marginalized youth, spanning 6th to 12th grade, including those from foster care, TAY (Transition-Aged Youth), system-impacted, LGBTQIA+, English-learners, and low-income backgrounds.


Our summer program was carefully designed with a focus on trauma-informed approaches, providing a safe space for our participants to share their experiences and grow stronger together. Using ACE surveys, we gained invaluable insights into their lived experiences, enabling us to create safeguards and tailor our approach to their unique needs.

One of the cornerstones of our initiative was peer-led learning, where youth themselves took on the roles of group leaders and actively participated in workshop development. This empowering experience instilled a sense of responsibility and ownership, turning their pain into power, and fostering leadership skills that will serve them well in the future.


Our Field Day event was nothing short of exhilarating! Amidst cheers and laughter, our young participants engaged in an array of field events, from exhilarating flag football matches to spirited activities that brought out their team spirit. It was a joyous occasion, filled with camaraderie and moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.


Throughout the program, we addressed the social, emotional, academic, and physical needs of our students. Team-building activities and small group discussions honed their communication and interpersonal skills, while mindfulness practices and stress reduction techniques supported their emotional well-being. We provided hands-on learning opportunities, nurturing skills that could be applied both academically and in the workforce. Furthermore, we encouraged healthy habits and self-care practices, offering nutritious snacks, incorporating physical activities, and connecting participants with additional support resources when needed.


Together, with the unwavering support of our mentors, volunteers, and the community, we are determined to create a brighter and more promising future for the generations to come. We believe that mentoring and youth development are essential in building stronger communities, dismantling barriers, and empowering our youth to achieve their full potential.


So, let's go, hand in hand, and make this academic year one filled with success, achievements, and transformative experiences! Together, we are making a difference, one mentorship at a time.


 

Embrace the journey of empowerment, where no mountain is insurmountable, and no river too wide. Together, through mentorship and unity, we're shaping a world where every youth's potential shines, and every family's resilience thrives.

 

Family Services


Recap: A Memorable Juneteenth Celebration in Riverside with The B. L. A. C. K. Collective!


Thank you to all who joined us for the incredible Juneteenth event in Riverside on June 17th, 2023, organized by The B.L.A.C.K. Collective! It was a day of joy, unity, and celebration as the community came together to commemorate this historic occasion.


From lively music and line dancing to exciting games and face painting, the event, sponsored and participated by SBX Youth and Family Services, was filled with endless family fun. We loved connecting with you at our SBX table and sharing in the spirit of togetherness.

Your support makes a difference, and we are grateful for the vibrant community spirit that made this Juneteenth celebration unforgettable. Let's continue empowering each other as we strive for a brighter future together! 🌟🙌


Empowering Black Fathers: Celebrating Success in the Black Fatherhood Program


On June 30th, 2023, SBX Youth and Family Services proudly held another inspiring graduation ceremony for the Black Fatherhood program, celebrating the achievements of six exceptional fathers. The evening was filled with unforgettable speeches, heartwarming interactions, and a sense of camaraderie that truly captured the essence of this remarkable program.


The Black Fatherhood program is more than just a program; it is a safe space for black men to be vulnerable, share experiences, and gain knowledge and awareness of the impact of their presence, support, and voice in the family dynamic. It seeks to eliminate the exclusion of fathers as secondary parents and create a supportive network where fathers can flourish and make a lasting impact on their families and communities.


This program holds special significance, as black babies face double the risk of dying before their first birthday, with California having the highest infant mortality rate for black infants. By focusing on improving birth outcomes and reducing black infant mortality, the Black Fatherhood program recognizes the vital role fathers play in a child's healthy development.

The recent graduation ceremony not only celebrated the accomplishments of these fathers but also provided an opportunity for prospective fathers to witness the invaluable benefits that await them within the Black Fatherhood community. Lifelong friendships and bonds are fostered in this program, creating a supportive and transformative environment for participants.


As we look to the future, SBX is excited about the promising journey that lies ahead for these remarkable fathers. The Black Fatherhood program offers a chance to break barriers, challenge societal norms, and redefine what it means to be a father. Through uplifting and celebrating the legacy of Black Fatherhood, these dedicated dads are making a difference in their families and communities.


We invite more fathers to join us on this journey of empowerment and support as we continue to build stronger communities, one father at a time. Together, we celebrate the successes of the Black Fatherhood program and its inspiring graduates, reinforcing the importance of fatherhood and the positive impact it has on our children's lives.


SBX Youth and Family Services at NICC 2023: Embracing Cultural Humility!


We are thrilled to share that SBX Youth and Family Services had the incredible opportunity to host a breakout room at the National Innovative Communities Conference (NICC) 2023 organized and put on by Reach Out. This conference was exceptional and everything that the Inland Empire needs to provide the boost necessary to reenergize the community. Our esteemed experts, Dr. Tanisha Robinson and Co-CEO Bernice Zuniga, led a thought-provoking session on the vital topic of Embracing Cultural Humility.


During the event, attendees actively participated in interactive discussions and bravely shared their personal experiences. The conversation was intentional, moving, and deeply insightful, highlighting the importance of understanding and embracing cultural diversity in our communities.


As an organization, SBX takes great pride in being part of such essential conversations. We are committed to serving as a beacon of knowledge for all those seeking to expand their understanding and foster cultural humility. It is through open dialogue and active engagement that we can truly make a positive impact on our youth and families.

We eagerly anticipate our continued involvement in fostering education and awareness.


Together, we can build a more inclusive and compassionate society that celebrates and values the diversity of our community.


Thank you to everyone who participated in the breakout room and supported SBX's mission to empower youth and families. Let's keep the momentum going as we strive for a brighter and more connected future.


SBX Youth and Family Services Success Stories: Celebrating Dennis Jones's Transformative Journey


Today, we are excited to shine the spotlight on one of our extraordinary success stories, Dennis Jones. From being a participant in our programs to now being a valued employee at SBX, Dennis's story is a testament to the life-changing impact of mentorship and our dedicated programs.


Dennis opens up about how his life took a significant turn when he first became a part of our organization. At the time, he found himself at a crossroads, uncertain about the direction he was heading. That's when he made the decision to join Sigma, and it became the positive turning point he needed.


His journey as a mentee and member of the Brotherhood program profoundly impacted his life. SBX provided him with the tools, guidance, and support he needed to overcome immaturity and make better decisions. The transformation he experienced was not just limited to specific areas of his life but extended to shaping him into a better individual overall.


What sets Sigma apart from other mentoring programs is the sense of family it cultivates. Beyond just being a mentoring experience, Sigma embraced Dennis as a member of the SBX family, offering unwavering support whenever he needed it most. The strong bonds formed within Sigma created a powerful support system that bolstered Dennis's growth and allowed him to thrive.


Dennis's story is a powerful reminder of the potential that lies within every individual, waiting to be unlocked with the right support and guidance. His journey exemplifies the core essence of SBX's mission: to empower youth and families to overcome challenges and embrace their full potential.





As we continue to celebrate the successes of our SBX family members, we invite you to explore our programs and experience the same transformative impact. Whether you are seeking mentorship, guidance, or a supportive community, SBX has a place for you.

Join us in celebrating Dennis's remarkable journey and be inspired to embark on your own path of growth and empowerment. Together, we can create more success stories like Dennis's and shape a brighter future for our community.




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