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.

MPYDís 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 organizationís 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, MPYDís Executive Director, Greg Middleton, along with his staff, organized a luncheon to celebrate this academic accomplishment.

Pasadena Unified School Districtís (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 Schoolís Principal, Tim Sippel, and Vice-Principal, Brian James, attended the luncheon, and to the young menís surprise, parents and teachers also attended. In addition MPYDís Board Members, Tecumseh Shackelford, Velton Paggett, and Johnie Driver were there and offered words of encouragement.