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About Us

We are a small group of Passionate, Progressive, and Proactive Clergy, Lay, and Community Leaders founded COPE in the Fall of 2000. COPE’s founders determined that building a collaboration of proactive and prophetic leadership was needed to bring some measure of attention, respect and social justice to neglected African American neighborhoods. As a result, they created a model for isolated churches and community groups to come together in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties in a purposeful faith-based learning network that would extend their ministry beyond church walls to provide critical community services, while also building political power to make lasting policy change.

Today, COPE instructs clergy and lay persons in the art of community organizing, public policy formation and program development. We accomplish our work through regional and local conferences and mentoring relationships, and through the development of regional and local public policy initiatives coordinated through our staff, Pastors, and Leaders within the organization.

New Initiative(s)

African American Education Collaborative

January 2014 COPE assumed responsibility as the lead convener for the African American Education Collaborative for the San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD). This collaborative is comprised of several community based organizations whose work forged the efforts of the African American Student Achievement Task Force, and ultimately their collective efforts yielded a final report with recommendations for successful outcomes for African American students and families within SBCUSD. Our collaborative partners are listed below:

BLU Educational Foundation 

Black Voice Foundation

Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino

Inland Empire Concerned African American Churches (IECAAC)


National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) of San Bernardino

Westside Action Group (WAG)

Young Visionaries Leadership Academy (YVLA)

Young Women's Empowerment Foundation (YWE)

Youth Action Project (YAP)

"COPE's mission is to train and develop the capacity of clergy, lay and community leaders to protect and revitalize the communities in which they live, work, and worship."