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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Sunday, September 2, 2012

Community Leadership Institute Receives Sponsorship

THRIVE Westside has pledged to sponsor 6 local San Marcos High School students in order for them to attend Just Communities’ Community Leadership Institute (CLI) program.


THRIVE Westside is a partnership between Harding University Partnership School, McKinley Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High School which ensures a coordinated effort of resources for children and families living in Santa Barbara’s Westside neighborhood,

The Community Leadership Institute (CLI) is an 8-day residential summer program that trains youth from the Central Coast to be leaders in issues of diversity and justice within their schools and communities. The camp takes place in Ojai during the month of August. Students are selected based on their leadership skills and/or potential and receive 48 hours of community service credit. CLI increases students’ ability to stand up to social pressures and to become positive role models with an appreciation for diversity and justice.

THRIVE Westside is continuously working to ensure that local residents are provided with the resources necessary to succeed, which is part of the reason they have committed to sponsor this team of hardworking students to attend the CLI camp.

THRIVE Westside is dedicated to supporting the academic and leadership growth of students at San Marcos High,” says Patricia Madrigal, Ph.D., Director of THRIVE Westside. “We are delighted that our local students will benefit greatly from participation at CLI.”

Just Communities is still looking for the ideal business/corporate or individual sponsors in Santa Barbara County to provide scholarships for students from Santa Barbara County High Schools – La Cuesta High School, Dos Pueblos High School, and Santa Barbara High School.

A $5,000 sponsorship will cover 50% of the scholarship money for students at each individual High School. Local foundations have committed to covering the other half of the cost. Just Communities has engaged a professional public relations firm to ensure your financial support receives the attention it deserves. Sponsors will receive the following recognition: official press release creation and distribution throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties; media interview opportunities; online recognition on Just Communities website, and associated social media; photo/media opportunity with representatives from your organization and scholarship recipients; official plaques for your office as well as school administrative building; personal letters from the students who received scholarships.

Contact Just Communities at (805) 966-2063 to become a sponsor or for further information on CLI or other programs offered by Just Communities.

About THRIVE Westside

THRIVE Westside is a partnership between Harding University Partnership School, McKinley Elementary School, La Cumbre Junior High and San Marcos High School to ensure a coordinated effort of resources for children and families living in Santa Barbara’s Westside neighborhood. The goal of the project is to ensure that all children are healthy and safe, prepared for kindergarten through high school graduation, and on to college and career. THRIVE Westside is supported by an education initiative sponsored by THRIVE Santa Barbara County.

About Just Communities

Just Communities is a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit organization that works to bring together diverse groups of people to build leadership and develop joint solutions our communities’ challenges. Just Communities’ programs help build trust across historic divides, foster relationships between diverse community members, and leverage the trust and relationships towards joint action to produce positive social change.

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