OUR VILLAGE: A DIRECTORY OF COMMUNITY PARTNERS"It takes teamwork to make the dream work" – Brian Bingham
A village of community resources surrounds you. Perfect your arabesque at an alumni-owned dance studio, connect with the local chapter of The Southern Christian Leadership Conference or contact a Tuskegee Airman. Our village is your village.
3641 9th Street, Riverside, CA 92501
This dance studio features jazz, ballet, hip-hop, tap and modern classes. Many former students have earned scholarships to prestigious dance schools and have gone on to become professional dancers. Talented alumnus Clifford Breland (Bre) founded the studio with Ronald K. Nelson in 1988 and is the studio’s artistic director.
3739 6th Street, Riverside, CA 92501
This real estate group specializes in properties in Riverside and Orange counties and is comprised of valued UC Riverside alumni and friends.
The Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to promote the economic and professional development of African American-owned businesses, thus enhancing the quality of life in our community. Founded in 1989, the Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce is a voice in the Inland Empire, providing advocacy to the businesses, professionals and families located in the communities it serves.
323-362-6322 or 877-901-8159
Creative designer and alumnus Michael Ferrera owns this fine tailoring clothing company. The company creates customized men’s business suits, dress shirts, golf pants, blazers, and accessories such as high quality men’s neckwear.
Connect with more alumni and their businessesvia this helpful organization.
10900 Civic Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730
14950 Riverside Dr., Riverside, CA, 92518
1910 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside, CA, 92507
950 Spruce St., Riverside, CA, 92507
Fax: (951) 781-7602
Riverside Branch: 951-324-9603
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.
Riverside Branch: 951-616-0885
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference works to promote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophy of nonviolent progressive social change.
951-780-7730 or 951-682-6581
This organization meets twice monthly and provides a forum for discussing and responding to community issues that affect Riverside, especially the African American community.
The Dr. Barnett and Eleanor Jean Grier Concerned Citizens Chancellor Advisory Committee
/ Contact Sylvia Martin
Young Black Scholars is a comprehensive college preparatory program for African American and other minority high school students. The program brings together some of the best and brightest future leaders to participate in more than 40 workshops, programs, seminars, and conferences throughout the academic school year.
This nearby community college offers a wide range of classes.
The Stratton Community Center is home to the SOAR elementary school tutoring program, an African Americans United in Science outreach program.
Street Positive introduces effective new formats to connect teens and parents to important issues. Approaches involve community outreach campaigns, live and media broadcast forums, focus groups, lecturers and speaking engagements on fatherhood, mentorship, at-risk youth, incarceration, economic transformations and education.
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute was founded to develop leaders and scholars committed to eliminating poverty and racism, as well as to inspire hope among underrepresented minority communities. The Institute cultivates scholarships, and leadership and community service opportunities for high-achieving minority youth.
UCR's TRiO is home to the Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search programs. Upward Bound assists low-income and first-generation students in pursuing their educational goals. Likewise, the Educational Talent Search assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education.
The Council of African American Parents is a nonprofit parent-and-community-driven organization committed to enhancing the educational opportunities of students through academics, social activities and cultural awareness. CAAP especially provides support to the students and families of Chino Hills, Diamond Bar, Pomona, Walnut and surrounding communities.
310-807-3350 or 877-367-8858
The Institute for Black Parenting is the first licensed private, full-service adoption, foster care and family preservation agency that has served the African American community in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and Riverside counties since 1988.
The J.W Vines Foundation Inc. is a critical link in the effort to increase the number and diversity of health care professionals in the Inland Empire. The foundation works with the James Wesley Vines Jr. MD Medical Society, a 501 c 6, the Inland affiliate of the National Medical Association. The Vines Medical Society is a cadre of African American physicians practicing in the Inland Empire who provide their time, talent and treasury in the form of human power, contributions and support to the foundation. The Vines foundation has a working relationship with UCR’s African Americans United in Science that includes internships and awards.
Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc
Often these diseases are preventable, and frequently manageable through early detection,
improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.
3575 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501951-784-0800
With its warm atmosphere and hot coffee, Back to the Grind is an ideal community gathering place for study sessions, poetry readings and live music.
Riverside artist Charles Bibbs is world-renowned for his vibrant art. His work is described on his website as conveying “a deep sense of spirituality, majesty, dignity, strength and grace…in a combination of realistic and larger-than-life interpretations of contemporary subjects that are ethnically rooted.”
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. Despite facing challenges of racial discrimination, they trained and flew with significant distinction.
The Richard T. Fields Bar Association (RTFBA)
The Richard T. Fields Bar Association (RTFBA) was founded in 2010. The mission of RTFBA is to represent the interest of African American Attorneys in the Inland Empire (IE). Moreover, in addition to representing the interest of African American attorneys, RTFBA promotes pipeline initiatives to increase the number of youth of color in the IE to pursue careers in the legal profession and to promote justice for communities of color in the IE.