Our Community

Our Village: a Directory of Community Partners

A village of community resources surrounds you, from alumni-owned businesses to supportive resources and service organizations.

"It takes teamwork to make the dream work"

– Brian Bingham


ASP - Community

  • Alumni-Owned Businesses

    Bre Dance Studio
    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.

    The Frazier Group
    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.

    Inland Empire African American Chamber of Commerce (IEAACC)

    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.

    Michael Ferrera Custom Clothing
    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.

  • Churches

    Abundant Living Family Church
    10900 Civic Center Dr., Rancho Cucamonga, CA, 91730

    Cross Word Christian Church
    14950 Riverside Dr., Riverside, CA, 92518

    Park Avenue Missionary Baptist
    1910 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside, CA, 92507

    St. George’s Episcopal Church
    950 Spruce St., Riverside, CA, 92507

    Living Way
    Pastor Harold K. Webber
    12125 DAY STREET - U101Moreno Valley, CA. 92557
    (located in the Canyon Springs Plaza Lower Level) 
    Phone: (951) 781-8800 
    Fax: (951) 781-8811

    Faith Temple
    Pastor Beatrice M. Sims
    Riverside Faith Temple Ministries 
    2355 Pennsylvania Avenue 
    Riverside, California 92507
    Telephone: (951) 788-0170 
    Fax: (951) 788-4045 

    2nd Baptist
    T. Ellsworth Gantt, II, Senior Pastor
    Second Baptist Church 2911 Ninth Street 
    Riverside, CA 92507
    Phone: (951) 684-7532
    Fax: (951) 684-1564

    Kansas Ave. 7th Day Adventist
    Pastor Bill Howe
    4491 Kansa Avenue Riverside, CA 92507 Phone: 951-682-9810 Fax: 951-682-4861

    Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church
    Stephen Pierson
    4009 Locust St.
    Riverside, Ca 92501
    Phone: 951-686-9406

    Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church
    5320 Victoria Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92506
    Phone: (951) 276-8374
    Fax: 951-274-2514

    Amos Temple C. M. E.
    Dr. D. J. Wesley, Pastor
    17925 Iris Ave.
    Riverside Ca. 92508
    Fax: 951-798-8414

    Vine Life
    Pastor, Dr. Robert L. Wilks, Jr.
    17421 Van Buren Boulevard
    Riverside, Ca. 92504
    Phone: 951-789-8514
    Fax: 951-780-1981

    Life Church of God In Christ 
    Bishop Ron M. Gibson 3349 Rubidoux Blvd. 
    Riverside, CA 92509 
    Phone: 951.684.5433

    New Joy Baptist Church
    Pastor Reverend Paul S. Munford, M. Div 5694 Jurupa Avenue
    Riverside, CA 92504
    Phone: (951) 779-0088
    Fax: (951) 781-7602 

    Castle Rock Reverend 
    Jon Scott Harris 
    2900 Adams Street, Unit A4 
    Riverside, CA 92504
    Phone: 1-909-991-7931 

    Victory Outreach
    Pastor David & Sonia Castro
    1760 Chicago Ave.
    Riverside, Ca. 92507
    Phone: 951-684-7771

  • Community Activism

    Riverside Branch: 951-324-9603
    Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization.

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference
    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.

    All of Us or None


    Riverside All of US or NONE

    The Eastside Reconiliation Coalition

    Riverside Kappa League

    100 Black Men of the Inland Empire

  • Educational Resources

    Young Black Scholars

    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.

    Riverside City College

    This nearby community college offers a wide range of classes.

    Stratton Community Center

    The Stratton Community Center is home to the SOAR elementary school tutoring program, an African Americans United in Science outreach program.

    Street Positive

    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 Du Bois Institute

    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.

    Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search

    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.

    University STEM Academy

    Umoja Community

  • Family Resources

    Council of African American Parents (CAAP)

    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.

    Institute for Black Parenting, Riverside Chapter
    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.

  • Health Resources

    Riverside Community Health Foundation
    J.W. Vines Medical Foundation

    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
    Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc. was founded in 2007 by Phyllis Y. Clark in Southern California. It is a national organization created to provide quality resources to the African American community. Our organization addresses the health and well being and health disparities of the ethnic group. We are devoted to decrease the high rates of incidents and mortality for the five chronic diseases.

    • Cancer
    • Heart Disease
    • Diabetes
    • Hypertension
    • Obesity


    Often these diseases are preventable, and frequently manageable through early detection, improved diet, exercise, and treatment therapy.

    The Healthy Heritage Movement, Inc. will invest and facilitate culturally competent resources, advocacy trainings, and programs that promote prevention, early intervention and education to improve the health of African Americans and offset the economic burden of a chronic disease. We serve as the premier provider of knowledge and tools, to end the behavior that contributes to high-risk, life-threatening health conditions that plague African-Americans. The Healthy Heritage is a movement that celebrates the diverse cultural richness of African Americans and deliver the resources to empower the community to live well and thrive.

  • History, Art and Culture

    Back to the Grind
    3575 University Ave., Riverside, CA 92501

    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.

    Mr. Charles Bibbs

    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.”

    Riverside African American Historical Society, Inc.

    Tuskegee Airmen, Inland Empire Chapter

    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.

    We The People Cultural Arts Group
    Post Office Box 56101 Riverside, CA 92517

    We The People is a nonprofit public benefit program focusing on traditional world drum, dance and visual art practices in order to present educational dance shows for public and private multicultural events. It offers drum classes, dance classes, workshops, lecture presentations, festivals, summer youth programs, educational programs and events such as their Annual Drum, Mask and Dance Festival.

    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.

  • Media Resources

    The Black Voice News

    The Precinct Reporter