Success Spotlight

Fresno Bridge Academy


Stephen Forest joined the Fresno Bridge Academy and worked closely with his case manager, Patricia Valdez, to plan his pathway to success.  One major goal identified in Stephen’s pathway was to complete his GED. He began tutoring on February 6, 2013, with a lot of determination and motivation.  He began with one goal in mind – complete his GED by the end of March. 


For the next few weeks, Stephen came to tutoring every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 1 hour with RAB’s GED tutor, Gona Yang.  He placed a major focus on Math.  He always came on time, motivated and eager to learn all the materials.


Although math was his main focus, he also requested additional GED materials on the other four subjects.  He did very well. 


On March 4th, he decided to take all five of the subtests.  He found out on March 15th that he passed every test.  After completing his GED, he was able to enroll into Truck Driving training on March 18, 2013. Stephen’s training is being funded by the Veterans. If Stephen would not have received his GED by March 18, 2013, he would not have been able to start the Truck Driving Training. 


Patricia will continue to work with Stephen to ensure that he completes his training and move him towards gainful employment.

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Fresno Bridge Academy

Photo (L-R):

Patricia Valdez, Bridge Academy Case Manager

Stephen Forest, Bridge Academy Client

Gona Yang, GED Tutor


Easter Family Festival

Saturday, March 30 - 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Reading and Beyond will be having an Easter Family Festival at the Mosqueda Community Center on Saturday, March 30. Activities will include a big Easter egg hunt, family games and activities, a resource fair, a free Zumba® Fitness class, appearances by the Easter Bunny and Clifford the Big Red Dog, and much more.

Reading and Beyond is hosting this festival in partnership with ValleyPBS, Zumba® Fitness, Fresno Unified School District Parent University, and the Fresno County Department of Social Services. For more information, call (559) 600-6191.


Family of Sal Mosqueda visits

The Mosqueda Community Center was recently paid a visit by the family of the late Sergeant Salvador Mosqueda of the Fresno Police Department. The center was named after him in 1973, and continues to honor his memory by serving the community. Reading and Beyond is was honored to meet the Mosqueda Family.


Language and Education

Luis Santana in La Opinión

Our Executive Director, Luis Santana, was recently featured in La Opinión, a Central Valley news source for the Latino community. Luis talks about students classified as English Language Learners and what their parents can do to help transition them to English Proficient.

Read the article at La Opinión


Read the article on our website



Great Day comes to

Mosqueda Center

Morning TV show highlights

Zumba® program

Clayton Clark of the KMPH-26 show “Great Day” visited the Mosqueda Center to showcase Reading and Beyond’s Zumba® Fitness program. Classes are only $3.00, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.



Diaper and Clothing Giveaway + Sports Play Day

Every Neighborhood Partnership & First 5

On Saturday, February 2, Reading and Beyond hosted a diaper, coat, and pajama distribution at the Mosqueda Community Center, in coordination with Every Neighborhood Partnership and First 5 of Fresno County. Volunteers arrived early to unload a truck of nearly 17,000 diapers and over 100 coats and pajamas. Families from the neighborhoods surrounding the center attended to receive basic supplies for their children aged 0-5.

The supplies distribution was followed that morning with a “Sports & Play Day” in the field at Mosqueda where families came to participate in fun, non-competitive recreation activities. 40 students and their caregivers came out to the park for a little morning playtime where they learned to play Twister, dribble a basket ball, throw a football, and even make beaded necklaces.

Special thanks to our volunteers, including new faces from Fresno Pacific University, Fresno State University, and the College-Age Ministry at College Church.

View PHOTOS of the event


Fresno Regional Foundation gives

$150,000 grant to Reading and Beyond

for Fresno Promise Neighborhood


On January 17, at the Henry Madden Library at Fresno State, the Fresno Regional Foundation awarded five grants totaling $600,000 to Central Valley community organizations to help students from low-income families succeed in school.

Reading and Beyond was one of the chosen organizations, receiving a grant of $150,000 to support the Fresno Promise Neighborhood initiative.  Fresno Promise Neighborhood is designed to provide ongoing "cradle to career" support for children and families living in the high-poverty 93701 zip code.  The grant from Fresno Regional Foundation will focus on children ages 0-8 and their families...

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eNewsletter - Issue 21 - February/March 2013

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First Generation

Private Screenings


In partnership with Fresno Pacific University, Reading and Beyond had several private screenings of the new film First Generation at Fresno Pacific University and Mosqueda Community Center. The events were well received.

First Generation is a documentary that tells the story of four high school students who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education. Shot over three years and featuring some of our nation's top educational experts, this documentary explores the problem of college access faced by first-generation and low-income students and the implications their success has for the future of our nation.

Watch the film’s TRAILER


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