Elected Officials Honor MPYD at 8th Annual Benefit Gala with a
special Tribute to Supervisor Michael Antonovich of the Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors
federal, state, county and city elected officials are among the
celebrants expected to attend a benefit dinner saluting Mentoring
and Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a long running
character education and academic support organization for male
students at John Muir High School. Approximately 300 people are
expected to attend the gala at Brookside Country Club on Saturday
evening, April 9, 2016.
Since this is the last year that our Supervisor Michael Antonovich
will serve on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors after
nearly 35 years of service to Los Angeles County, a special tribute
will be made to honor his many years of service and for his
continual support of the MPYD program for nearly a decade to date.
Some of our dignitaries that have accepted the invitation to come
are U.S. Rep. Judy Chu, California State Assembly Majority Leader
Chris Holden, Pasadena Police Chief Phillip Sanchez, Captain Vicki
Stuckey who is the newly appointed captain of the Altadena Sheriff’s
Station, Dr. Brian McDonald who is the Superintendent of the
Pasadena Unified School District and the Honorary Host for the
evening along with several School Board members, and the guest of
honor himself, Michael D. Antonovich of the Los Angeles County Board
of Supervisors who will be honored for his continual support of MPYD
and all of Los Angeles County.
In addition many other
dignitaries will be in attendance including City of Pasadena Councilman Tyron
Hampton, Jr., who will be presenting the outgoing Supervisor a tribute on behalf
Founded on the Muir campus in 2002, Mentoring and Partnership for Youth
Development (MPYD) provides one-on-one mentoring, character education, academic
assistance, support with college and financial aid applications, an annual
summer camp and an on-campus motivational speaker series known as “Lunch With
the Future.” For additional information on MPYD or to become a volunteer or
donor please contact MPYD Managing Director Greg Middleton at (626) 396-5600
ext. 82510 or Office Administrator Regina Jackson at ext. 82009.
MPYD Good News
MPYD Members Proudly Display Their Certificates of Recognition
ACADEMIC SUCCESS ACCOMPLISHED
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.