The student Sociology Club at Cal State San Bernardino was honored by the San Bernardino County Commission of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention at an awards dinner on Oct. 11.
Members of the club were presented the award at the Annual Recognition of Service to Youth ceremony at the San Bernardino County Government Center for the club’s close collaboration with at-risk youth at Washington Alternative High School in Colton.
“Receiving this award is truly an honor for all the members of the Sociology Club,” said Mariella Long, president of the club. “Our focus as a club is to make a difference in the lives of high school teens and help them recognize that they hold a key to their success.”
The club was nominated by Nina Torres, career guidance technician at Washington High School and CSUSB alumna. The award also recognizes the club’s contributions in the community with families and children.
About 50 members of the CSUSB Sociology Club volunteer their time with at-risk youth as part of the club’s commitment to ensuring that the high school students have positive opportunities and experiences to help them make life choices.
Other activities for the high school youths this past year included a visit to CSUSB for a campus tour, as well as lunch and to hear a keynote speaker. The youths also visited the Homeboy Café in Los Angeles to listen to testimonials of former gang members.
“Every year the Sociology Club contributes to, and builds relationships with, their local community,” said Marcia Marx, CSUSB professor of sociology and faculty co-adviser of the club. “The club’s leaders and members generously give their time and energies; therefore, it is wonderful that this award recognizes the important work that they do.”
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