MPYD Good News

MPYD Members Proudly Display Their Certificates of Recognition


Northwest Pasadena is primarily known for its plethora of social problems; however, the young people who live in this quarter are striving to change that perception. Students participating in the Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a male mentoring organization located on the campus of John Muir High School, are standing up to negative perceptions of their community and achieving academic success.

MPYD’s mission is to promote personal growth, scholastic achievement, and professional readiness in an effort to guide male youth toward positive life choices. The organization collaborates with faculty, parents, volunteers, and community partners in its continuing effort to help students succeed.

This academic year, 75 young men, primarily African-American and Latino, in grades 9-12, are participating in the program. Each MPYD student is required to learn the five pillars that represent the organization’s Core Values: Accountability, Camaraderie, Diligence, Integrity, and Setting/Achieving Goals.

Muir students recently completed their first five-week grading period and we are proud to announce that 27 of our students achieved a 3.0 or better grade point average and another 20 earned a 2.0 or better. In honor of their success, on Thursday, October 8th, MPYD’s Executive Director, Greg Middleton, along with his staff, organized a luncheon to celebrate this academic accomplishment.

Pasadena Unified School District’s (PUSD) Superintendent, Dr. Brian McDonald, sent a congratulatory letter to the students. In addition, Chris Holden, Assembly Member, and Tyrone Hampton, Pasadena City Council Member, and other public officials sent congratulatory certificates to each of the young men.  sent their congratulations as well.

John Muir High School’s Principal, Tim Sippel, and Vice-Principal, Brian James, attended the luncheon, and to the young men’s surprise, parents and teachers also attended. In addition MPYD’s Board Members, Tecumseh Shackelford, Velton Paggett, and Johnie Driver were there and offered words of encouragement.


On Saturday, September 26, 2015, the 9th Annual Young African American Males’ Conference will be held at Pasadena City College, located at 1570 East Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena, CA 91106. This keynote speaker for this event is author and educator, K-Rahn Vallatine.  Mr. Vallatine is a motivational speaker and author that works to assist at-risk youth in making healthy pro-social decisions. He also serves diligently to educate youth service professionals on youth culture and how to effectively engage this population. In addition, he is a supporter of MPYD and offers his services to MPYD’s  "Lunch with the Future" program directly motivating our young men.

There will be four workshops during this conference: “Dare to be Me,” “Building the right Relationships,” “Charting My Unique Path to Success” and the finale is “Black Lives Matter.” Each topic will be presented by a noted Male inspirational speaker.

Although this (YAAMC) conference is designed for young African American males, all are welcome who have a real interest in the subject matter. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served and valuable incentives will be awarded.

This event is co-hosted by Metropolitan Community Action Services Corporation (MCASC), Pasadena City College and Men of Fame. The conference is for males between the ages of 12 to 25. There will also be special presentations for the parents in a separate conference room so plan to bring your young man for a very motivational and informative conference.


The 2015-2016 school years is starting out with a new image and fresh excitement in the air. Over 90 male students have filled out an interest form to join the program. We are expecting one of the largest group of members since the program started back in 2002. During the 2014-2015 school year we graduated the highest number of seniors from our membership. There were 22 of our graduating seniors who applied to colleges and universities; one member has joined the Marines; and one other has transferred to another school district.

At MPYD it is all about young men who want to become successful in life. We have the resources needed to help make that a possibility, but it is important that they "buy into" the concept of success.

In addition we welcome our new staff members who are excited and highly motivated to mentor our youth through successful pathways. This school year promises to be one of the best years ever for MPYD!