We are deeply grateful for the support we have received over the years from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (SMBMI). From scholarships to critical supplies like books and headphones (for distance learning), and the use of the stunning Arrowhead Springs Hotel for our gala, the SMBMI makes hope happen year after year for the students and families of the San Bernardino City Unified School District.

When they approached us about the Summer of Yawa event, we were honored and thrilled to participate. So, again, we say “thank you” to the SMBMI Members and Yaamava Resort employees who are giving back to the community by donating their hard-earned dollars to the Making Hope Happen Foundation.

Our programs include:

  • Karnig Infant-Toddler Success – strengthening families and getting little ones ready for school (www.infanttoddlersuccess.org)
  • Innovation in Education – pairing donors with urgent needs and innovative programs in the SBCUSD
  • Mentor-Supported Scholarships – $3,000 scholarships plus a mentor for two years for SBCUSD grads to attend the accredited trade school, college or university of their choice
  • Uplift San Bernardino – a collective impact initiative with over 50 multi-sector partners focused on building a generation of successful adults committed to growing roots in San Bernardino. (www.upliftsb.org)
    • Mental Health Training (part of Uplift San Bernardino) – free training in Youth and Adult Mental Health First Aid, and QPR (Question. Persuade. Refer), a suicide prevention modality (www.mhhfmentalhealth.org)


Please check out our website for more information and feel free to call our Director of Programs and Development, Erin Brinker at (909) 245-1454, if you have any questions. All donations are tax-deductible.