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A former gang member turned community leader, Terrance Stone has lived a story you’d expect to see in a movie. But instead of lending his story to Hollywood, he’s given his life to empowering the lives of thousands of young men and women in our community.
Stone is the CEO of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy (YVYLA), a nonprofit he started in 2001 that’s dedicated to steering young people away from the kind of life that cost Terrance much of his own.
“I try to use myself as an example. I’m very transparent when I’m out and talking to kids. We just try to spark that inspiration in young people so that they know they can do it, they can be whatever they want to be,” said Stone in a 2010 interview.
In an area blighted by systemic challenges of poverty and chronic unemployment, YVYLA has helped take local youth off the streets and onto a track of success, serving over 10,000 young men and women to date.
The San Bernardino Sun newspaper reported that Indian Springs High School opened a new medical manufacturing lab on February 5 for students to learn crucial skills they can apply at new high-paying jobs when they graduate.
To read more about the high-tech manufacturing curriculum in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, read the story here: http://www.sbsun.com/social-affairs/20140216/indian-springs-high-school-students-learn-high-tech-manufacturing
The Inland Empire Economic Partnership this month welcomed its inaugural Regional Leadership Academy class of future business and government leaders. During the yearlong program, students will learn about quality of life issues affecting the region and opportunities to make improvements through collaboration across sectors. The Academy addresses a priority identified by a group of business leaders attending a Countywide Vision meeting last year – local businesses should regain their tradition of civic engagement and help train the next generation of business and community leaders.