THE 2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR
PROMISES TO BE AMONG THE BEST YEARS FOR MPYD!
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 attend 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
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
7th Annual Awards Benefit Celebrating 13 Years of Mentoring at John Muir High
MPYD will honor local business and community leaders at its 7th Annual Awards
Benefit to be held on Saturday, April 11, 5:30 pm, at the Brookside Country Club
“Changing Lives Through Mentoring” is the theme of the gala which will
highlight MPYD’s successful youth programs while saluting some of the people and
institutions whose support makes those programs possible. MPYD alumni and
current students will share how they have benefited from participation in MPYD.
Master of ceremonies for the evening will be Charles A. Boyd, Director of
Community Engagement for the Los Angeles Urban League. MPYD award recipients
Southern California Edison – Cardinal Paint Award
WalMart – Community Partner Award
Rosalina Rodriguez – Angel Award
Timothy Sippel, John Muir High School Principal – Academics for Success Award
Shaka Terry, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award (See Details
National Congress of Negro Women-SGV
Congratulate Class of 2014 The National Congress of Negro Women-SGV (NCNW-SGV)
and MPYD Alumni, Board Members, Staff and Students gathered on
Saturday, June 21, 2014 for a luncheon at Mijares restaurant in
Pasadena, CA to celebrate
this years' accomplishments. President Shirley Banks and
Member Helen Goodman have been long time supporters of the academic
success that MPYD students have achieved. These great women shared a few
words on making the right choices and having integrity to MPYD
Alumni, seniors and underclassmen.
members also shared a few words with students
present. MPYD Staff members Saul Barajas and Cameron Turner
congratulated the Class of 2014 for their hard work and dedication
throughout the year that led them to their success in graduating
this year. The NCNW-SGV presented the Class of 2014 graduating
Seniors with personalized awards for their hard work.
Tecumseh Shackelford is Honored The
John Muir High School Alumni Association has inducted Tecumseh Shackelford
into the John Muir Alumni Hall of Fame. Muir Alum, school
officials, community leaders, family, friends, and students gathered
to honor him and five other inductees. Mr. Shackelford was presented with
the prestigious "Jim Brownfield Service Award" in-part for his twelve years of
outstanding service to Muir and the Muir community at large. Shack is only the
5th person to receive this award in the schools' history. "Mr. Shackelford was a
unanimous decision of the selection committee and he well deserve the honor,"
stated Jim Henderson, president of the Alumni Association. Mr. Shackelford is
now a permanent part of the school's history as co-founder of MPYD and as part
of the Alumni. Congratulations Shack!
MPYD Students' Season of Service The Christmas and New Year's holidays were a season of service for
members of Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development the young
men's mentoring program based at John Muir High School. MPYD
students spent the Saturday before Christmas handing out gifts
during the Altadena Sheriff Station's annual holiday food and toy
drive, held at the Altadena Community Center.
New Year's Day found MPYD students gathering in the pre-dawn
darkness to usher Rose Parade spectators into several parking lots
managed by Sharp Seating, the official grandstand provider for the
Tournament of Roses. "Public service and employment readiness are
important goals of our program," said MPYD board member Tecumseh
Shackelford. "The Sheriff's Department toy drive and Sharp Seating
parking are annual projects that reinforce those goals. And our guys
just love to participate!"