Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Salinas Youth: become a city commissioner

The City of Salinas is looking for students between 13 and 18 years old to serve on the Youth Commission.

The Youth Commission is comprised of twenty-eight members selected by the Mayor and City Council members to make recommendation regarding recreational programs and activities affecting youth. The Commission generally meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30pm.

Interested persons may obtain additional information or an application by contacting Library and Community Services Department 758-7217 or the Salinas City Clerk’s office, 200 Lincoln Ave. Salinas, 93901, 758-7381, Monday through Thursday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Return completed applications to the City Clerk’s Office.

Back to School Health Fair to take place in Salinas

Senator Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres), a father of four, is partnering with the Alisal Family Resource Center to host the Back to School Health Fair for K-6 students in east Salinas. The event will be a one-stop venue where parents may bring their children to receive medical and dental screenings, eye exams, and Child ID Complete Kits, a comprehensive tool for parents to record a child’s vital identification.

The health fair is a free event and will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 9 at the Alisal Family Resource Center, 1441 Del Monte Avenue, Salinas.

Senator Cannella’s district staff will hold mobile office hours at the fair and have fact sheets available with information on relevant legislation.

Sponsors of the event include the Alisal Family Resource Center, Monterey County Health Department, Natividad Medical Center, United Way Monterey County, California Medical Association, California Dental Association, California Optometric Association, and Salud Para La Gente.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

CSUMB gets $2.1 million grant to help enroll more migrant students

California State University, Monterey Bay has received a $2.1 million federal grant aimed at enrolling more migrant students in higher education.

Awarded by the U.S Department of Education, the five-year grant will enable CSUMB to offer financial assistance, academic and career services, cultural and social enrichment and health and counseling services through the College Assistance Migrant Program or CAMP, according to Joan Weiner, a university spokeswoman.

The goal of the program is to create a paradigm shift in the minds of students and their parents, to help them believe that college is possible, and to provide the support they need to succeed once they arrive on campus.

The grant started in July and runs through June of 2019. It will provide services and assistance for 55 migrant students from Monterey, Santa Cruz, San Benito and Santa Clara counties.

Services provided by the CAMP grant will also include parent orientations, high school and community outreach events, admissions and financial aid application workshops, one-week summer orientation programs and tutoring.

An estimated 31,000 migrant students live in the four-county area served by the grant, making the Central Coast home to 25 percent of migrant students in California. In Monterey County, the average farm worker has an annual income of $18,397.