The Inland Empire Partnership for Education was created in 2013 as a result of the organizing efforts and advocacy of ICUC parents and students in four regions of the Inland Empire.
The partnership now includes UC Riverside, CSU San Bernardino, Riverside CC, the College of the Desert, the San Bernardino CC District, the Riverside Unified School District, the San Bernardino Unified School District, the Coachella Unified School District, the Ontario/Montclair Unified School District.
ICUC serves as the convener of the partnership and acts as the advocate for the partnership and for policy and program changes which will increase parent engagement, A-G completion, college readiness, community college to four year university transfer rates, and decrease the need for remediation for incoming college students.
School climate is a factor that greatly contributes to a student's academic success. According to the Department of Education, during the 2010-2011 academic years, schools in California issued more suspensions than diplomas. Together with students from the three different school districts we are working with, we are currently researching alternatives to traditional school removal practices. These include:1) Restorative Justice or Restorative Practices 2) School-Wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (SWPBIS) 3) Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
ICUC launched its own campaign to educate and enroll Inland Empire residents into the new health coverage. The Medi-Cal Outreach, Enrollment and Improvement Campaign is focused on ensuring that 30,000 individuals are informed about the new coverage opportunities provided by the ACA, 3000 participate in congregation-based enrollment events, and 500 are assisted to apply successfully for Medi-Cal Coverage. Over the course of 4 months we have reached over 9,500 individuals. ICUC Health Care Campaign leaders have also been working on identifying and addressing local barriers to enrollment in order to improve the well-being of our communities.
Thousands of families in our congregations and communities are excluded from full participation in society because of their legal status. In 2013, and entering 2014, local leaders in conjunction with the national movement, continue to organize for a comprehensive immigration reform at a local and national level, and to support policies with local sheriffs to prevent unjust deportation of local community members
Many of our schools lack parent involvement. Our program not only educates parents how to navigate the school system, but more importantly, it also has parents share the information they have acquired. Our Parent to Parent program trains them to become advocates for their children's education.
To organize Inland Empire communities to impact the public narrative with our shared values of faith, by creating and advancing an ICUC platform and by organizing participation in elections, candidate forums, and the broader civic arena. Additionally, civic engagement tools will continue to be a critical part of issue campaigns.
23 million incarcerated in US--150,000 in IE. Main Goals: Create policies that reduce gun violence and support rehabilitative services, Change policies that push youth out of school, Change sentencing laws to reduce incarceration
Implementing temporary relief program available to undocumented immigration youth. Goals: - Make this information more accessible to more people who are eligible or may not know theyʼre eligible
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