Honorees

Diverse Business Enterprise

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Southern California Awardee
AlvaradoSmith Law Firm

As solutions-driven advisors, AlvaradoSmith delivers creativity, quality, and lasting value. By partnering closely with its clients, they provide the guidance and advocacy needed to pioneer new opportunities and address the challenges of today’s rapidly transitioning environment. As a full-service business law firm, they represent municipalities, large non-profit corporations, and Fortune 100 corporations in transactions, business litigation, corporate, employment, real estate, and environmental law.

“Excellence in practice - diversity in people” is more than a slogan at AlvaradoSmith. It is what guides their commitment to excellence and the unwavering conviction that the differences among its professionals make the firm stronger and the client work better. Recognized by Forbes as one of the nations’s Top Corporate Law Firms, AlvaradoSmith is also one of the largest minority-owned law firms in California.

Clean Energy Champions

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Southern California Awardee
City of Moreno Valley

Not long ago, an infant among California cities, and now an emerging giant both within the Inland Empire and nationally, Moreno Valley is now among the fastest-growing cities in America.

Voters in the communities of Edgemont, Sunnymead and Moreno overwhelmingly chose to join together as the City of Moreno Valley and on December 3, 1984, a new city was born.  Having only recently celebrated its 35th birthday, Moreno Valley’s population has almost tripled during its brief history. Its current diverse population of almost 214,000 makes Moreno Valley the second-largest city in Riverside County.

Moreno Valley has one of the most dynamic economic market potentials in California today. With a wonderfully diverse population, the Mayor and City Council are continuing to create a community that eagerly welcomes all to the City “where dreams soar.”

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Central Valley Awardee
Pleasant View Elementary School District

Pleasant View School District is located in the “Heart of the San Joaquin Valley” in Tulare County, just seven miles west of the City of Porterville. The school received its name from the sweeping view the school has of the foothills and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

The school was founded in 1875 and has served its community for over 140 years. Pleasant View School District currently has two campuses. Pleasant View Elementary serves Tk-4th grade and is located in the community of Poplar. Pleasant View West is located a mile outside of town and serves grades 5th-8th.

Pleasant View’s student population is approximately 85 percent Hispanic and 100 percent of our students receive free and reduced lunch. The school has become the heart of the community and partners to provide services from Medical, Dental and Mental Health. Pleasant View’s unique learning model allows students to develop the independence and self-confidence to become life-long learners.

Community Partnerships

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Southern California Awardee
Adelante Youth Alliance (AYA)

Adelante Youth Alliance (AYA) was established in September 2001 in response to the dramatic increase in local youth violence. As a community based nonprofit organization, their mission is to provide youth with a nurturing, safe space to develop their full potential.

Its goals are to help youth succeed, with programs designed to enhance academic, social, and professional competence, while learning valuable life and job skills. Adelante Youth Alliance offers tutoring, mentoring and Adelante Academy workshops facilitated by purposely selected professionals who provide youth with a roadmap to a successful future.

AYA has been instrumental in providing over 35,000 youth with the support, resources and role models needed to believe in their own abilities and achieve their full potential to become productive members of their communities - willing and able to give back.

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Central Valley Awardee
Community Services Employment Training (CSET)

CSET inspires youth, families, and communities to achieve self-reliance through innovative pathways and collaboration.

In 1976, Self-Help Enterprises branched off to create Self-Help Training and Employment to provide youth with job training and educational opportunities. In 1984, they became Community Services and Employment Training (CSET) and were designated as the Community Action Agency for Tulare County, established to fight America’s war on poverty.

Today, CSET operates programs that move the needle from poverty to self-sufficiency through training, education, and support opportunities for individuals to fully participate in today’s competitive economy.