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 Local teens receive scholarships at COM's inaugural awards night


Last updated 9/6/2018 at 5:32pm


Co-founder of Community Outreach Ministry Bob Davie, left to right; Christine Brown, the regional director of Give Back; scholarship recipients JaCori Neal and Clarissa Fears and Community Outreach Ministry Co-founder Dr. Mona Davies stand for a picture at the inaugural Give Back Scholar Night, Aug. 10.

WILDOMAR – High school students JaCori Neal and Clarissa Fears were honored for their academic achievements at the inaugural Give Back Scholar Night hosted by new nonprofit Give Something Back, Aug. 10, at the Doubletree Hotel in Claremont. Give Back awarded pre-college mentoring and college scholarships to Neal, a sophomore at Temescal Canyon High School in Lake Elsinore, and to Fears, a freshman at Elsinore High School in Wildomar. The two teens were chosen for their academic work and for meeting required criteria. Give Back's mission is to provide college scholarships and mentoring to students who have faced economic hardships and other adversities, according their website,

"Since we are new, we rely on community partnerships to help us reach our targeted population of foster youth, homeless youth and youth that have experienced the incarceration of a parent," Christine Brown said. Brown is regional director of the charity's San Bernardino office. Founded by Robert O. Carr, Give Back has provided over 1,500 scholarships to teens in seven different states.

Community Outreach Ministry, a nonprofit organization created by Dr. Mona Davies and her husband Bob in 2000, was chosen as a valuable partner by Give Back because of the organization's "importance to youth in (their) community," according to Dr. Amy Young, executive director of the charity's San Bernardino office. Community Outreach Ministry is a nonprofit group that also raises money to provide numerous services and activities to children who are missing a parent from the home. Through its own scholarship fund, the charity offers camp activities, mentor-protege workshops and outreach services to children and their caregivers. The group also hosts an annual holiday event such as its Angel Tree Christmas party; a special occasion for youth who are given donated gifts, catered meals and the opportunity to interact with many community volunteers including firefighters and law enforcement personnel.

"While we were searching for community-based organizations that work with children of incarcerated parents," Brown said. "We came across Community Outreach Ministry and the amazing work they are doing with youth." Give Back chooses their scholarship recipients early in high school so that the teens may benefit from college readiness programs, test preparatory classes, college campus visits, social events and mentoring services. Both Neal and Fears, who also engage in extracurricular activities with COM as in robotics, Christmas, camping, music and volunteer services, will be provided with mentors who will support, challenge and guide the teens as they progress through high school.

"The Give Back scholarships are awarded to deserving teens, giving youth a second chance to be winners and champions," Dr. Mona Davies said.

Community Outreach Ministry accepts online donations at All donations to COM are used to fund the organizations programs and services for children. For more information, call (951) 698-7650 or email [email protected]

Submitted by Community Outreach Ministry.


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