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It’s Full “STEAM” Ahead

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Media Contact: Dr. Mona Salomo-Davies
Phone: 951-698-7650 (Office), 951-231-5515 (Mobile)
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Photos: Courtesy of Community Outreach Ministry
May 15, 2024
It’s Full “STEAM” Ahead
By: Lynn K. Loyd
    Another successful Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Technology Day Camp was sponsored by Community Outreach Ministry (COM) Co-Founders Coach Bob and Dr. Mona Salomo-Davies on April 13, at the Murrieta Public Library. This event was by invitation only for Prison Fellowship Angel Tree kids impacted by parental incarceration in Riverside County. COM is a 501 C3 nonprofit charity and Community Based Organization (CBO). The mission is helping children of incarcerated parents to break the cycle of incarceration by giving at-risk kids a second chance to be winners and champions. Integral to the success of the Technology Day Camp were volunteers Janice Hare and Johnna Hose, assistant Angel Tree coordinators who contacted the caregivers and served the family’s lunch.
    At-risk kids are being enriched through COM’s STEAM - Mentor Protégé Workshops to improve their social, educational, and vocational competencies that promotes health equity in grades elementary through high school. This also has a positive effect on helping to reduce other negative cycles of illiteracy, poverty, school dropout, drugs, gangs, delinquency, and self-destructive behaviors. Building youth awareness of STEAM apprenticeships for ages 16-24 and entry level positions exposes students to opportunities to receive free career training and gain on-the-job experience.
    A shout out to Coach Rolando Zeledon, Area Director – Inland Valleys Mission Increase whose mission is to equip nonprofits, donors, and churches to multiply their impact to expand the Kingdom of God. Coach Zeledon introduced the Davies to Coach Bryce Hudson, Founder of EquiTech Innovation Collaboration Riverside, who were the First Lego League (FLL) first place Inland Empire Regional champions for robot design in November 2023.  The Davies were excited to hear about their amazing championship and invited Coach Hudson to come and showcase “Learning About Robots with Lego” at our Technology Day Camp.
    Coach Hudson brought his son Coach Aidan Hudson, who studies Engineering at the University of California-Riverside. Science Teacher and First Lego League Coach Arianna Boyer-Allen of Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy, Moreno Valley, brought their Lego challenge table, robots, and laptops along with four students known as “Achievers” to serve as mentors from the Academy. Two of the Achievers were in the fifth grade, one Achiever was in the sixth grade and one Achiever was in the seventh grade. The Achievers were from the communities of Moreno Valley and Perris.
    In a quote Coach Bryce Hudson shared, “EquiTech Innovation is driven by a passion to ignite young minds through the First Lego League Challenge, where every brick builds a future.” Hudson expressed, “by collaborating with visionary institutions like Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy, we empower underrepresented students to unlock the boundless realms of robotics, engineering, creativity, and teamwork. Together, we shape not just achievers, but STEAM-minded professionals of tomorrow’s innovations.”
Coach Arianna Boyer-Allen shared, “I am a STEM teacher and First Lego League coach at Garvey/Allen STEAM Academy where it is our mission to open schools to close prisons and transform historically disenfranchised minority students into achievers. As a First Lego League team our ‘Achievers’ are the architects of their own destinies coding programs for the future, soaring to great heights, breaking stereotypes, shaping history, and building brighter futures one Lego brick at a time. Our mission is to work as a team, with ‘Excellence on Purpose,’ bridging opportunity gaps in the 21st century and empowering generations to come with STEAM-focused activities.” The student mentees were thrilled watching the robot demonstrations and engaging in hands-on learning about coding and building robots.
    It is our pleasure to recognize Juan Garcia Manager of Wingstop Chicken Wings Restaurant and Gabriel Gaytan for choosing to sponsor a delicious lunch for our guests. We also appreciate the support of Elizabeth and Albert Canul from Camp Agape who came to register Angel Tree kids ages seven-17 for free overnight summer camp during the four-day Labor Day weekend in the beautiful scenic San Bernardino Mountains. We applaud sisters Sasha Ramirez photographer and Briana Ramirez data analyst from Gateway Church of the Nazarene Murrieta, and Ed Aguirre Production Video for developing a collage from this event. To view the recap visit https://vimeo.com/939287022
COM seeks sponsors and volunteers for fundraising, grant writing, and donating clothing and toy gifts for children ages one-18 for the 24th Annual Angel Tree Christmas Party. Online contributions can be made at  https://www.communityoutreachministry.org. We can also be reached by email at info@communityoutreachministry.org or by phone at (951)-698-7650 office, (951)-231-5515 mobile. Checks are accepted by mail payable to Community Outreach Ministry, 23905 Clinton Keith Road Suite 114 #116, Wildomar, CA. 92595.

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