The State Farm Youth Advisory Board has given $74,000 in grants to support an anti-bullying campaign known as Waking up Courage. It aims to equip students to develop and deliver anti-bullying messages in their schools and community, according to a State Farm news release.

The newest group of students began year-long training in November with teams from six local high schools and middle schools. Each selected six students and one adult to lead the campaign at each school.

"The grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board offers a tremendous service opportunity for young people to make their schools and communities safer," Rick Phillips, Community Matters' executive director, said in a news release. "Through the Waking Up Courage Campaign, they are becoming citizens for life that will remain involved in the betterment of thier communities."

For more information, go to Additional anti-bullying resources can be found at:

Kern County residents now have access to the new 2-1-1 Online Resource Directory. It can help residents search for health and human services assistance with more than 700 agencies and 1,700 programs.

By simply entering keywords such as food and shelter, health services, emergency and disaster information, residents will be able to find immediate help.

Go to or call 336-5236.

Bakersfield College is organizing an array of free programs during National Women's History month in March .

Women's History and More at BC is paying special tribute to international women of the world in order to bring focus and attention to the struggles of International women, both domestically and abroad, with a series of events, according to a college news release.

Nicole Guidotti-Hernandez, an award-wining professor at the University of Texas in Austin, is sharing her expertise on topics such as feminism, race relations and Latino/a studies. She is also a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine.

All events are open to the public and are to be held at BC's campus on Panorama Drive. Parking is free. The full schedule of events is available at:

Bakersfield College is marking its Centennial Celebration by announcing a new centennial logo. In December, BC announced a communitywide competition for the design of the centennial logo, which will be displayed at all centennial events and on a BC commemorative book.

Selected from more than 60 entries, the winner was Keith Brandon, a 2005 BC college graduate and now graphic artist for The Marcom Group advertising firm.

"The logo took a bolder, modern approach [to traditional centennial design]," Brandon said in a BC news release. "The end result is a contemporary logo that I, as a BC alum, am honored will promote the college's centennial."

Bakersfield College's Centennial logo will make its debut at the BC Garden Fest on April 20 and will be in use through the 2014 commencement.

The full schedule of Centennial events, along with Centennial news and information, will be posted at

The Kern River Ranger District of the Sequoia National Forest is asking the public to identify issues that might affect temporary special use permits.

Any issues identifying potential impacts to threatened or endangered species, critical habitat, or to the Wild and Scenic River should be identified, according to a Kern River Ranger District news release.

The district is considering approving applications for these activities during this year's season. If you know any extraordinary circumstances, have any questions, or need additional information regarding the issuance of special use permits, e-mail Artie Colson, special use officer, at or call 303-2914. Responses are sought by March 1.

Proteus, Inc. is accepting applications for its Standard and William Maguy Scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Twenty-three Standard Scholarships in the amount of $500, and one William Maguy Scholarship in the amount of $1,000, will be awarded.

The Standard Scholarship is open to full-time college students who are low-income, farmworkers, their dependents, or who have been served by a Proteus program in the past two years.

The William Maguy Scholarship is open to full-time students who have completed at least two years at a university or community college.

All applicants must live in Kern, Kings, Fresno or Tulare counties.

Deadline to apply is April 2. The standard application is at: