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

High-ranking 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 of MPYD.

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.

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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.