Mayor Yxstian Gutierrez surprised 30 Moreno Valley College students with a $1,000 stipend - just for going to school - as part of a kick-off event on May 4 for the City's MoVaLEARNS program to help our residents pursue their education.
These students have been selected to embark on a bold experiment with the City of Moreno Valley and Moreno Valley College: The Mayors Challenge.
This national competition was created by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The concept is this: task cities across America with identifying their biggest challenges and come up with daring new ways to tackle them. The winning City will receive $5 million and four others will receive $1 million.
Out of hundreds of applications Moreno Valley was named just one of 35 Champion Cities in the initial round of the Mayors Challenge.
As a City, our idea – and our solution – stood out amongst the rest.
The City's team is working hard to “Test, Learn, and Adapt” during the next phase of the competition as we pursue the ultimate prize.
The City's prototype – MoVaLEARNS – looks to address the Earn vs. Learn dilemma that so many of our residents face. Too often Moreno Valley residents are forced to choose between an education and earning a living.
They can have both.
The idea is the $1,000 will help ease the burden for these students. The $1,000 is theirs to spend as they see fit - food, gas, rent, school supplies or anything else that will make their lives easier.
It’s the City of Moreno Valley’s way of helping these students pursue their education – and open doors to their future.
The City's team will track what they spend the money on – and what we learn will help us reshape our program to apply for the Mayors Challenge grand prize of $5 million.