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 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!

Announces 7th Annual Awards Benefit Celebrating 13 Years of Mentoring at John Muir High School

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 in Pasadena.

“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 will include:

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 Here)

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.

MPYD board 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!"