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Greetings Friends, Readers, and Followers:

Upland, CA – It brings me great joy and honor to highlight one of Inland Valley News’ Scholar participants Miss Krystal Rhaburn. Krystal has been in our Inland Valley Scholar’s Program now for over 3 years. The program was birthed after learning that according to the California Department of Education Data Reporting Office's Special Report on the Number of Graduates and Graduates Meeting UC/CSU Entrance Requirements (Pomona Unified School District), only 12.3 % of African-American students (non-Hispanic) and 3.7% of Hispanic or Latino students graduated High School having completed all courses required for UC and/or CSU entrance. To increase the number of students that are prepared, not only for college acceptance, completion and viable careers, but to also become positive contributors to Inland Valley Communities and the world at large we felt it was necessary to launch the Inland Valley Scholars’ Program.

The mission of I.V.N. Scholars Program is to provide mentorship, comprehensive training programs, and support services that will promote student’s development of the 21st century competencies and leadership capacities required to effectively become powerful, thoughtful engaged leaders of change within the global economy. And with the help of the Inland Valley News’ Publisher’s Advisory Board we were able to accomplish this goal.

Krystal is one of the participants who has not only completed the program but has been a stellar in the Cal Lutheran University school system. Krystal, now in her junior year has achieved various accolades from her university such as, California Lutheran University Outstanding Presidential Host Award, California Lutheran University Student Government Representative of the Month, California Lutheran University Dean’s List– Fall 2016, Spring 2017 and Fall 2017, California Lutheran University SSS Student Leadership Conference Participation Award, State of California Gold Level Volunteer Award, and California Pageant Productions Outstanding Service Award to name a few.

Rhaburn has had her lifelong dream of studying abroad fulfilled. Krystal will be moving to Australia in just a few short weeks on a 3 ½ month stint studying the required upper division coursework needed to fulfill her under grad degree in Communications. When I asked Krystal her thoughts on studying abroad and she responded saying, “"I am extremely excited and blessed for the opportunity to study abroad at such a dream destination of mine." "I am very proud of what I have accomplished thus far in my 2.5 years of undergraduate and am very optimistic for the next 1.5 years. She continued, “I am already beginning to look into my Master's Degree plans and exploring career options." "Community engagement is very important to me and has always been a part of who I am. Throughout the next few years, I want to truly dive into specifically giving back by motivating, leading, encouraging, helping, and inspiring African American female youth.”

Krystal has been instrumental in giving back to various communities. She has volunteered at a lot of different organizations including the American Heart Association, Miller Children’s Hospital, CHOC Hospital, LA Works, Special Olympics of Southern California, Conejo Valley School District’s Reading Program, and also the afterschool program at Camarillo Public Library, and YMCA gymnastics coach/instructor.

Krystal believes giving back is huge part of being a contributor to the community. She prides herself on hard work, humility, and kindness to all. “My ultimate goal is to be a mentor for those who desire and/or need one, and to better myself in the process,” says Rhaburn.

We at Inland Valley News is extremely proud of the young woman Krystal has become. The program’s Executive Director Ta Mia Morrow says, “I am so grateful to have played a role in Krystal’s development. As she continues to reach high, we know the world will be better with Krystal leading the charge!”

Can’t wait to see and hear of all the things Krystal will be experiencing on her journey! Wishing you all the best Krystal. We are rooting for you!

Until next time,

Ta Lese Shattera, Publisher

Inland Valley News