January 3, 2019 General Membership Meeting Packet

This is a draft packet, subject to change.


There will be a limited number of printed packets available at the meeting. We suggest you review the packet in advance.

Please make a note if you wish to discuss the previous meeting’s minutes or any of the reports; we will ask early in the meeting which minutes/reports the membership wishes to discuss. For example, if you see something interesting in the Armed Services report and you would like more information, please be ready to say “Armed Services” when we ask for which report(s) we should discuss.

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Games Our Brains Play

Join ACT-SO and Rosanne Rademaker from UCSD at the Skyline Hills Branch Library at 2pm on Saturday, January 26th for a fascinating exploration of how our brains perceive the world and act on information, and how we know what we know about how they work.

We know this presentation will inspire budding scientists, but it also raises important questions about perception and reality that have fascinating implications for artists, writers, and anyone who cares about our community and human wellbeing.

We will reschedule for a later date.

Housing is a Health Issue

Our Symposium on the intersection of Housing and Health was a rousing success. Over 80 people, drawn from activists and professionals interesting in improving health and housing, got together to discuss issues and brainstorm around solutions. We’re still digesting the results, but we do have some photos to share from the event.

Stay tuned for more information and follow-up on this event!

ACT-SO Builds Robots with lilStar

ACT-SO enabled six students to join lilStar’s BUILD Robots day.   This was a fun day for the kids, who got to build actual autonomous robots from kits generously provided by Clarity Design, in a lab at the University of San Diego.  Sponsorship was also provided by Beta Selam Academy.  The instructor for the day was Camille Eddy.

Job Notice: Village of Promise Navigator

Job notice received by the Branch.  We do not endorse any employer or job opportunity, we only pass along notices we have received.


Village of Promise Health Outreach (VOP)

PO Box 153863, San Diego, California 92195

VOPSANDIEGO.ORG   PH. 619-701-4492



(Part Time Position 12hrs/week @ $20.50/hour)


Village of Promise (VOP) is a San Diego community based nonprofit organization whose mission is to break the cycle of incarceration and to inspire hope in the lives of children that have been impacted by the incarceration of a parent. The organization strives to accomplish this mission through a collective mentoring approach that provides stability, unconditional positive regard, and role models to youth enrolled in the program.


Provide one-on-one support and mentorship to Village of Promise program participants by assessing their academic, mental health and social needs and navigating systems and programs to direct and refer participants to address those needs.



The Navigator position is supervised by the Program Coordinator. The Navigator is a member of a team of screened, trained, and supervised volunteer mentors delivering services to program participants in a culturally competent and compassionate approach.



Under direct supervision, the Navigator helps program participants who are facing challenges in their lives with advice, figures out what kind of help they need, helps them find the services they need, creates plans for treatment, works with guardian/parent, school staff and other health and human service providers, and keeps tabs on participant’s progress with treatment plans.


  • Provides healthy role modeling and gives emotional support to program participants.
  • Screens participants and collects and maintains program data and files.
  • Identifies information and resources which are useful to program participants.
  • Conducts outreach to middle schools and other potential referral resources.
  • Networks with schools, other organizations and agencies.
  • Provides information for quarterly newsletter.
  • Meets with Alumni of the program providing programing that help them successfully transition to independent living.
  • Helps clients achieve wellness and autonomy.
  • Participates in VOP programs, meetings, and trainings as part of a professional team.
  • Adheres to professional standards and rules and regulations outlined in the VOP policy manual
  • Performs other related duties as needed.



  • Ability to network
  • Highly organized and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Analytical and problem solving
  • Team building
  • Good decision making
  • Good listener and communicator
  • Basic counseling
  • Self-directed and self-motivated
  • Works independently
  • Compassionate



  • Applicants must be 21 years of age by the time of appointment
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or in the process of becoming a U.S. citizen
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U. S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency; preferably in education, child development, social work, psychology, counseling, nursing, or other related field, AND, one (1) year of full-time professional level experience working with youth, or in social service organizations serving youth and families; OR the combination of college level course work from an accredited U.S. college or university AND (4) years of full-time professional level experience working with youth, or in social service organizations serving youth and families
  • Have and maintain their own transportation and related insurance
  • Must pass criminal background check and drug test
  • Must be Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/First Aid Certified


  • Candidate to provide their own cell phone, computer system with at least Windows 97, and internet service.
  • Bilingual Spanish a plus

Download an Application

NAACP Helps 2nd Family Get Free Solar

Like so many things, the benefits of inexpensive solar power are not as available to persons of color as they are to white folks.  The NAACP’s Solar Equity Initiative aims to change that, by providing solar power of various forms to persons of color.

In line with the Solar Equity Initiative, GRID Alternatives installs solar systems for free for people with low and moderate incomes.  One of their partners is Sunrun, a national solar energy company.  These companies, together with community and NAACP volunteers, spent the two days installing solar panels on the home of a second San Diego family!

Beside benefitting the family with reduced energy costs, this program also provides green jobs training for those interested; please visit GRID Alternatives if you are interested in applying for a solar system, learning to be a solar installer, or just want to volunteer your time doing good for the community and the environment.

You can read more about the installation and see more pictures and video at KPBS.  You can also read about our first install here.

50th Annual NAACP Image Awards

NAACP Image Awards |

Presented annually, the NAACP Image Awards is recognized as the nation’s preeminent multicultural awards show from an African American point of view. The event celebrates the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors.