WE ARE STRONGERTOGETHERNOW
Welcome to our community page. We are excited to have you here!
WHO IS STRONGERTOGETHERNOW?
We are a 501(c)3 community outreach organization that aims to improve connectedness and provide resources for the people of the Inland Empire. Our main purpose is to enable, educate & empower.
is to create a more inclusive community,
provide resources to underserved,
influence local leadership
& empower the people.
CREATE more inclusive community. As our events consistently show, time after time, we are building an inclusive community that not only inspires multiple generations but enables them to be a part of it.
PROVIDE resources to the underserved. Whether it’s cleanups, food, hygiene kits, clothes, toys or books - we are dedicated to providing resources to underserved areas, or making them aware of the resources available to them. This builds a foundational trust with community.
INFLUENCE local leadership. Our team is dedicated to showing up where it matters. Representing at school district, city council, coalition meetings, or sharing our perspective via news and radio outlets, writing articles and serving as commissioners locally - all provide a means to make way for impactful change. “It matters not if you hold the keys, so long as you have the ear to influence the people who do.”
EMPOWER the people. Our organization promotes the self-actualization or influence of individuals by helping them to recognize their own strengths. We help cultivate an environment where leaders can thrive. We hold up a mirror and help them recognize their own light and the power they possess. With time, they pinpoint their why and align with a role that amplifies their true nature. This allows them to show up authentically and serve in a way that feels meaningful.
We work collectively to provide resources that support the community as a whole. We highlight social injustice and the need for local, positive change. We create a sense of community through inclusivity. We demand change at local levels and influence local leadership.
To help underserved communities in the IE by providing access to programs, organizations, resources and events.
Two diseases drove a wedge in our society in 2020: Racism & COVID-19.
BOTH changed the world as we knew it & BOTH created opportunities for change.
Protesting on the heels of George Floyd resulted in Kai’s arrest. As our Cofounder and VP, it catapulted us into a fight for his life that was not anticipated, nor was it warranted. The extreme nature of Kai’s arrest was debilitating and it was painful to watch - as he became a victim of the system. It shell-shocked our sense of norm and added an extra weight to all we were enduring.
We are StrongerTogetherNow. Founders, Kai King & Janelle Guerrero. Together with the support of our board, we created a community outreach nonprofit…
Out of disconnect,
and against intense fears -
STN is a community-based, nonprofit organization that services all of the Inland Empire - our livelihood is dependent on our ability to “Enable, Educate & Empower”.
STN uses these core values to restore communities, especially those most heavily impacted by racism, COVID and inequity.
These are examples of outreach that have immediately benefited the IE:
One, we promote Community Outreach. This includes Bimonthly Clean Ups, in inner city areas that are plagued with trash (monthly). Book Drives (quarterly), Community Events (quarterly), & Parks Restoration (ongoing).
Two, Youth Enablement which has taken shape through mentorship programs & quarterly Book Drives run by the local Black Student Union, who provide books K-12.
Three, Local Leadership Accountability which is evident through community events like the Juneteenth Music Festival, where local leadership is directly involved.
Four, we Empower the People to share dialogue on important local issues. One example would be our All Inclusive Park Project where surveys filled out focused on the community’s wishlist for parks. There was a strong need for environmentally friendly splash pads, since the desert heat is a constant factor for families in the IE.
What will bring this all together is our Volunteer App which is currently in development.
It will support these efforts by: 1) hosting all nonprofit events, 2) providing info on when they are happening, & 3) how people can get involved. The data from the app will also help us to assess if physical community spaces are needed.
StrongerTogetherNow reminds people how good it feels to work together towards a common goal & vision. How good it feels to uplift & restore. How important it is to show up & demand changes when needed.
We dispel the notion that one cannot thrive and is unable. We are enablers. We help others to find their own strength and purpose, by reminding them of their part in the greater whole.
We remind the people of their power.
And they remind us, of ours. Would you support this initiative through partnership, volunteering, sponsorship or donation?
➡️ SIGN UP!
➡️ When we put out a call to action, RESPOND!
➡️ Become a SPONSOR for our organization!
➡️ COLLABORATE with us!
➡️ And lastly, DONATE.
Our links will allow you to sign up for current events or programs as they are actively happening in the Inland Empire. Links are to partnered STN events.
In partnering with Music Changing Lives on this incredible project, we were honored to help beautify local basketball courts in parks that were neglected for years. Our goal was to bring community together! We achieved this goal by encouraging community to help us paint. We recruited local artist, Chris Becktel, who wowed everyone with his amazing work! We also hired contractor, JoAnn Albiso Construction Managment to renovate the courts.
It was the collective effort of everyone involved that made this project an absolute success! Thank you City of Redlands for all your support and covering paint costs for the SpreadPaintNotHate initiative!
KIDS SPORTS BUBBLE
On the heels of COVID we created the Kids Sports Bubble in February 2021 to allow kids a space to play without fear or anxiety. We did this by testing them weekly to ensure they were COVID-clear, and a asymptomatic. Home test kits were provided through SB County. Activities were provided with the help of many organizations and volunteers to ensure their health and wellness was a priority. Parents felt an extra later of reassurance as kids played again together in an outdoor space, building confidence and trust once again. We continue the program even as restrictions have lifted. The kids are part of our team & our team is family.
Activities include: sports (basketball, soccer, flag football), art/crafts (swords&shields, Tye dye t-shirts), rock art scavenger hunts, laser tag, water balloon fights, self defense, bikes/scooters/skate day, & guided interactive tools for healthy approaches & behaviors.
We do not currently have an active program at this time.
WOMEN’S CELEBRATION EVENT
Next celebration will be 10/9/22!
Our biannual Women’s Celebration Event takes place in March & October. We highlight women in our community with an uplifting celebration of support, solidarity and love. 💕 Women are given a safe space to share their stories and breakthroughs. Women-owned businesses participate as vendors and we also showcase vocalists & performers.
BOOKS GALORE 📚
We have quarterly book drives to ensure our local youth have access to free books at every reading level, K-12 and beyond. STN partners with Frugal Frigate, Children’s Foundation of America, Trinity Youth Services, local hospitals & Superabilitee Inc Tutoring.
JUNETEENTH MUSIC CELEBRATION
This Juneteenth celebrate at a FREE Music Festival featuring Lakeside with Captain Mark Wood! Celebrate with friends, family and community!
Juneteenth Music Festival
Vendor Setup @ 7-11am
Service with Bishop Green 11-1pm
Music Festival 1-8pm
Beer Garden open 1-7pm
In honor of Juneteenth the City of Redlands is joining forces with local community groups in a collaborative effort to recognize and celebrate the Juneteenth Holiday.
Stronger Together Now, Unity In The Community and the City of Redlands are hosting A Day of Celebration at Sylvan Park scheduled for Sunday, June 19 to celebrate the cultural holiday Juneteenth.
The collaborative effort will recognize the diverse-lived experience and honor cultural history of Juneteenth. The Juneteenth Day of Celebration will attract attendees from all walks of life that will support the participating vendors.
The Day of Celebration will feature great music, food, clothing, vendors, Black art vendors, arts and craft vendors, jewelry, vendors, activities, for the kids, the cultural history of the Juneteenth Celebration and much more.
The Community is invited to come out and experience the Juneteenth Day of Celebration event at Sylvan Park in the City of Redlands. The event is being advertised to over 30,000 consumers and is expected to attract attendees from the surrounding communities. The Juneteenth Day of Celebration is presented by local non-profit organizations and is free to public.
Sponsorships are openly welcome!
We are very pleased to ANNOUNCE our Headliners for the 2022 Juneteenth Music Festival!
The following are confirmed artists:
Originally from Dayton, OH - both Lakeside & Slave are bands best known for FUNK!
You may recognize Lakeside’s 1980 number one R&B hit, "Fantastic Voyage".
Or Slave’s “Watching You” & “Just a Touch of Love”! BOTH bring the energy & vibe that is guaranteed to make you MOVE!
Here we go, here we go! Shawn Antoine Ivy, also known as Domino, will join on stage for reminiscent hip hop, that will transport you back to the nine-tre.
Celebrate FREE•DOM with us!
Juneteenth Music Festival
SOULFOOD FEST I & II
The NEXT one is 9/11/22
Event: Soul Food Fest
Date: 2/11/22022 @6:00pm
Location: ED Hales in Redlands
Why? To bring awareness and showcase the positives of the black community in the form of a “Cookout”. We kept the event to black food vendors or those who make soul food. We featured activities that are at a cookout such as games and dancing. There was also activities for the youth to participate in.
We had a food tasting contest. All vendors were welcome to participate. We had prizes and certificates for the winners.
Spades and Domino’s tournament allowed some fun competition. The winning Spades & Dominos team won prizes and bragging rights.
What do events like this do for the community? The event brought community together to enjoy aspects of black culture, people and food with the goal of supporting and amplifying black businesses locally. The location of Ed Hales park is prime location to pull in community downtown to try food and participate in the games/competitions. In addition it brought new customers to local businesses situated downtown.
“This is an opportunity to showcase what makes the black community so special. We are able to come together and uplift each other in a public space. This allows us to send out a positive message of unity and love. It also allows us to see what other black people are doing in the community. These events allow for great networking opportunities. Which in turn allows business and hope to keep growing and our community thrive.” Crystal Mansker, STN Treasurer
“Connected. It’s a feeling that has become even more important since the pandemic hit and families have been distanced from each other as well as other people in their community. Events like the SoulFood Fest ensure that the community has a safe place to enjoy the moment and connect over food. Food has been a staple of Black culture that always brings people together. We appreciate the laughter, conversation and music over games and amazing food.” Janelle Guerrero, CEO
“It’s a big deal for me, when I was a kid we didn’t come to Redlands. It felt like a city that was closed. A city that wasn’t inclusive and open to other cultures of people. To have an event like this shows the great strides this city has made to accommodate people that look like me.” Kai Joseph King, STN VP
“Growing up in Redlands/Yucaipa, there was never anything that represented ‘me’. Me meaning anything involved with people with my skin tone of involving black culture. The tide in Redlands is slowly changing and Soul Fest is the perfect opportunity to do better for our younger generation. Having a space with black owned vendors and activities will open up the eyes of everyone in the Redlands community. This will allow us all to see black culture in its true beauty instead of the simple one pushed on us all.” Jamila Ali, STN Chair