Regional Access Project Foundation Newsletter
September 2015
In This Issue
   Coachella Valley Youth Leadership 
   Technical Assistance Program

Quick Links
 Visit Our Website
Featured Article

Desert Fast Pitch:  Two Local Organizations in the Spotlight
Last quarter RAP spotlighted two semifinalist organizations, About Families and Alzheimer's Association, who are participating in this year's Desert Fast Pitch.  We have two more in the spotlight this quarter: Angel View and Christopher's Clubhouse.  These nonprofits are two of six remaining organizations competing in the Desert Fast Pitch event paired with RAP Foundation's Communications Conference on October 21. 
All of the semifinalist organizations' respective representatives received training in telling their "story" in a 3-minute pitch.  They learned to highlight their organization's mission, goals and need for funding in a more engaging and compelling manner. They benefitted from training they received from National Communications expert Andy Goodman, founder of The Goodman Center and coaching and mentoring from local experts in the communications field.  
Angel View, Inc.
Patti Park, Executive Director
Mission: Helping children and adults with disabilities reach their maximum potential.
To assist the broadest possible spectrum of clients with disabilities, a wide range of services are offered:
  • 24-hour residential nursing care in 19 group homes
  • Therapeutic Day Programs for adults with developmental disabilities
  • Outreach program for local children with disabilities
            Four primary components:
-Free resources and referrals, and assistance completing forms and accessing services;
-Mileage reimbursement for "medical miles" traveled accessing specialty pediatric care;
-Mini-grants for medical equipment, supplies and services not covered by Medi-Cal or other sources;
-Activity sponsorships for programs that accept children with disabilities, some examples are. UCP Skills Builders, AYSO VIP league (soccer for kids with special needs).
Christopher's Clubhouse
Mika Moulton, Founder/Executive Director
Mission:  Christopher's Clubhouse is dedicated to providing educational programs in order to empower children, teens, and women with the skills to avoid exploitation, and to spreading the Light of Hope that all children and families can be safe from predatory crimes.
Family Safety Camp, a program designed for 6-12 year old children that provides practical and realistic life skills.
  • Teen Groups In Focus (TGIF), a program designed specifically for teens ages 13-19 that helps them focus on their own personal safety including resistance to abduction, dating bill of rights, social networking, safety and more.
  • RAD for Women Basic Physical Defense-A program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques for teen girls and women of all abilities.
  • Internet Safety Seminars for Families-Parents and children learn, share and become informed of the value of internet safety.
  • Free Fingerprinting and IDs for Children. State of the art equipment provides parents with a picture, all 10 fingerprints, and a CD video of the child for safe keeping.
To register for RAP's Conference and Fast Pitch, Click here 

A Message from RAP CEO
We've had an interesting and busy summer here at the Regional Access Project Foundation.  Historically the Board of Directors has taken a break during the month of August, but this year there was so much on the table that we had to keep the meetings coming in late July, August and early September.  I want to thank Board members and volunteers for not complaining.  Too much.
2015 State of Nonprofits in Riverside County
We are excited about the 2015 State of Nonprofits in Riverside County, which will focus on the contributions made by nonprofits to Riverside County.  I want to thank all of the organizations throughout the county that assisted RAP with disseminating the survey used in developing the report.  The Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research is working diligently to prepare and then present the report on October 21st at the Annual Communications Conference
In order to encourage participation in completing the survey (and because we like to have fun) we decided to give away five prizes to survey respondents.  Thank you to the Caster Center for conducting the drawing for the prizes last week.
The winner of an Apple watch is Donna Burkett of The Coachella Valley Rescue Mission, and the lucky recipient of a Kindle Reader is Jennifer O'Farrell of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire. Cynthia Oma Gran with Soroptomist House of Hope, Janice Bielman with Riverside Meals on Wheels,  and Anita Marlowe with the DCEAC all won movie passes.
We know there is great anticipation of the next Mental Health Initiative Request for Proposal (RFP), which will be aimed at Juvenile Intervention.  The Board of Directors approved the new RFP at the September 30 Board meeting.  We will send out an email blast and provide information on our website about the RFP and pertinent dates and deadlines.
I want to thank Crystal Salcido, the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership Health Career Connection summer intern for her work in the development of a mental health mobile application aimed at youth.
Technical Assistance Program (TAP)
Congratulations to the 13 graduates of the Nonprofit Management Certificate Program  RAP continues to sponsor in a partnership with the University of Riverside, Palm Desert Campus.
The dedicated students completed the 35- week program culminating in a graduation ceremony July 10.   We are proud to continue to support this program as a way to increase organizations' capacity-building efforts.
Desert Connect
The RAP Board approved a partnership with the Ophelia Project which will allow them to take over the Coachella Valley Youth Leadership project.  This boys mentoring program will be led by Trinidad Arredondo, who is transitioning from his RAP staff position to this new role and also preparing for his first recruitment class this fall.  Although I am sad to lose Trini, I know that he is looking forward to making this program a success and we at RAP are all excited for him in his new position.
RAP is proud to be a member of an emerging Collective Impact Initiative along with several key local organizations.  The details of this exciting collaborative work will be shared in the very near future. This collaborative will be embarking on a needs assessment of community issues to help us better identify the challenges faced by families in their struggle to achieve financial stability.   A great deal of time and resources have been poured into the formation of this Initiative and we look forward to engaging the greater community in this growing movement.


Leticia De Lara, CEO