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Modesto/Stanislaus NAACP Freedom Fund  & Community Service Award Banquet

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On March 2, approximately 200 people will attend an award ceremony to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals for their work in leadership development, social justice or civil rights.


The 2019 Awardees are: (The Boys & Girls Clubs of Stanislaus County, The Men’s Group, The Women’s Auxiliary, The California Legal Rural Assistance, Latino Community Roundtable, Rev. James Anderson (Posthumously), Debbie (Barrera) Martinez, Renaldo Rucker, Chinyere Nnodim-Jack,  Denise Hunt and Jacque Wilson).


If you are interested in purchasing an Ad, table, ticket(s) or sponsorships, see instructions below.

Tickets are $65 ea or $520 for a table of 8.


The Freedom Fund Banquet location is: Season's Event Center 945 McHenry  Ave. Modesto, CA. and starts at 6 p.m.


For more information call Wendy Bynd at 209-345-9275 or email: wendybyrd@ymail.com.

African American Educational Conference at MJC

(Modesto, CA)  The Modesto Junior College African American Education Conference is scheduled for Saturday, February 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto.  The free conference is for students ages 13–21 and geared toward encouraging them to stay in school, plan for college and develop skills that will ensure student success.  Parents are encouraged to attend as well.  The purpose of the African American Education Conference is to enrich and empower current and future students to be successful in pursuing higher education.


The conference’s keynote speaker is Demetrius Snaer, MJC professor and track and field coach. Professor Snaer is sharing an empowering story on what it takes to overcome challenges and obstacles in life. Participants will leave this conference educated, inspired and motivated to achieve their goals.


The conference includes the following workshops:

Navigating Modesto Junior College - Jacquelyn Forte, Ph.D., examines a holistic approach to resources at MJC, while emphasizing the importance of goals and aspirations.


Mattering - Professor Albert Smith, in collaboration with the Umoja Program, engages participants in a discussion of political, economic, cultural, civic and spiritual African American life and experiences.


Career Minded - Dejeune Shelton, the director of MJC Career Services, assists participants in learning how to identify and establish a career brand while developing and implementing college and career goals.


Young Gifted & Black: A Response to Kendrick Lamar’s DNA- Professor Tracey Potts explores the application of the lyrics to interpersonal communication and personal adjustment.


Say It Loud! - Lakiesha McDonald, MJC student success specialist, focuses African American identity and understanding the importance of knowing who you are. Participants will learn the power of words, and how they can be used to uplift one's self and others.


Historically Black College & Universities - Attendees have the opportunity to learn about the easy and seamless process to transfer to an HBCU from a California Community College.


Nurturing Resilience - Lonita Cordova, Psy.D., shares how to identify skills which promote success in relationships and life by nurturing hope within diverse communities.


Looking at Wealth Building - Emerson Johnson, a successful franchise owner, explores strategies to build and maintain wealth, focusing on financial literacy.


Black & Brown Liberation: A Parallel History - Professor Melanie Berru, in collaboration with M.E.Ch.A., explores Black and Chicanx parallel history, social conditions and the shared struggle for social justice.


Academic Sabotage - Students from the MJC Black Student Union are sharing tools to succeed in college and their personal experience in pursuing higher education.


The African American Education Conference check-in begins at 8:30 a.m.  Although conference admission and parking are free, pre-registration is encouraged in order to guarantee participants a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch.   For additional information or to register call (209) 575-6700, email  jacksonm@yosemite.edu (include AAE Conference in subject line).

Rural Justice Summit: FRIDAY

This year's theme is "Creating a Road Map for Change". Friday will feature a Welcome by Professor Mario Sifuentez, director of the Center for the Humanities at UC Merced, and a day of tracks focused on farmer justice, youth organizing, immigration, labor, climate, incarceration, and story-telling. Art and music will infuse these conversations with inspiration and empowerment.


Our goal with the Rural Justice Summit is to open channels of communication between researchers and community members-- including advocates and organizers-- about historic and current struggles for access to resources in the Central Valley. After our 2016 launch we realized there is a need to continue to host this summit as a place for both conversations and actionthe Rural Justice Summit is now a major annual event.  Every year our waiting list is almost as long as our list of attendees. We find ourselves booking larger spaces every year and now for 2019 we are expanding our event to two days. Our core organizing team has also expanded to include the UC Davis Center for Regional Change and Dulce UpFront Arts Collective.


The Summit draws diverse participants from across the State of California and from other states with similar challenges. While our audience is primarily rural Californians, we have had participants from Montana, Colorado and Arizona -- states where rural residents are marginalized and immigration policies have a negative impact.


Each year, we focus our strategic conversations around a set of key rural issues that Summit participants have decided need urgent attention. These include immigration reform and response; improving access to clean water for underrepresented rural residents; incarcerations impacts on communities; and building political power and voice in youth communities and through local elections. In 2019 the Summit will also be a key organizing space for the Farmer Justice Collaborative.


With our 2019 theme --Creating a Roadmap for Change -- we will be focusing conversations on practical, actionable steps for moving the Valley towards justice. We

 Jenkins said, “but you will not get away forever. You may get away on this side, but on the other side with the final judge you will get caught.”

MJC hosts Career and Technical Education open House

(Modesto, CA)—Modesto Junior College invites businesses, students and the community to participate in a Career Technical Education (CTE) Open House on Tuesday, February 26, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Agriculture Center for Education Pavilion located on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto. Held in celebration of National Career and Technical Education Month, the event is free and parking on West Campus is also free during the event’s hours on Feb. 26.


Current and potential MJC students, local high school students, parents/guardians and community members can explore career building programs, experience hands-on activities, gain employability skills and network with industries throughout the region at the CTE Open House.

Businesses can gain visibility, increase their campus brand and meet potential employees as they interact with the students who are exploring employment and internship opportunities. Participants come eager to learn the necessary skills local companies require, network with business representatives and learn what they have to offer.


The event showcases a variety of employment opportunities available in local industries and businesses serving the Central Valley, including agriculture, health care, business, manufacturing and more.  The layout in the Pavilion featuresa designated section for each major CTE area served at Modesto Junior College.


For a list of MJC’s CTE programs visit  https://www.mjc.edu/now.  For more information on the CTE Open House contact Dejeune Shelton, director of the MJC Career Services Center at sheltond@mjc.edu or (209) 575-7798.

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