Watch the video below to learn why some LLU students decide to mentor community kids:

Student-Led Programs for the Community

The Healthy Neighborhood Project (HNP) is a student-run initiative, composed of multiple programs which address the health, educational, physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the San Bernardino community. It is comprised of both school-based programs and La Escuelita programs. The school-based programs are mentoring-focused and are run though San Bernardino high schools, Friday afternoons throughout the academic year. Youth participation is required through some schools. Community-based programs are offered on evenings and weekends (during the academic year only) at no cost. However, annual registration is mandatory.

School-Based Programs

  • Project Hope: Expectant teen parents in multiple CAL-Safe programs are paired up with Loma Linda University mentors and participate in health and parent education, in addition to crafts and hands-on activities, Friday afternoons, at various high schools.
  • Special Ops: Students identified as at-risk by San Bernardino school principals, are partnered with Loma Linda University mentors for outdoor activities and creative projects, Friday afternoons, at various elementary and high schools.

Community-Based Programs

  • Tutoring: Youth ages 5-18 are tutored by Loma Linda University students. Tutoring can be subject-specific, or to assist with completing homework assignments. Tutoring takes place Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Indian Springs High School, P-Wing, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino.
  • Community Kids Connection (CKC) Music: Music lessons taught by Loma Linda University students are offered to youth ages 5-18. Instruments include violin, cello, piano and guitar. Instruments and cases may be provided upon request. CKC Music classes are on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the P-Wing at Indian Springs High School, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino.
  • La Escuelita Family Resource Center consists of programming geared for CKC parents and adults in the community. Classes and dates vary by instructor, but may include English as a Second Language (ESL), nutrition, aerobics, computer literacy, parenting, etc. Classes and workshops take place at the Indian Springs High School P-Wing, 650 N. Del Rosa Drive, San Bernardino.
  • Kids ROCK (Reaching Out in Christ to Kids): Youth ages 4-12 are invited to spend Saturday afternoons from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. with students from Loma Linda University. This weekly ministry includes outdoor activities, games, Bible lessons and crafts. Kids ROCK takes place at the SACHS-Norton Trailer, 1455 E. Third Street, San Bernardino.