“Celebrating 15 Years of Mentoring at John Muir High School”

Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development (MPYD), a non-profit mentoring, character education and academic support organization for male students at John Muir High School, will honor local business and community leaders at its 9th Annual Fundraiser Gala to be held on Saturday, April 15, 5:30 pm, at the Brookside Country Club in Pasadena, California.

“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 William Syms, an Altadena/Pasadena native, MPYD supporter and proven organizer who specializes in community outreach and development.

MPYD will be honoring the following award recipients:

Dorn Platz – Cardinal Paint Award
Pasadena City College – Community Partner Award
Pierre Murrell – Angel Award
Rolland Bynum, John Muir High School Teacher – Academics for Success Award
Laurnz Powell, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award
Jayro Balderas, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award
Malik Kindle, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award
Taj Bailey, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award
Victor James, John Muir High School Senior – Youth Award

Founded on John Muir High School’s campus in 2002, MPYD empowers male high school students through a variety of programs including one-on-one mentoring, academic assistance, college prep, employment readiness, a four day summer residence camp, and an on-campus motivation speaker series entitled Lunch with the Future.

For additional information on MPYD’s 9th Annual Fundraiser, please call (626) 396-5600 ext. 82222 or email fundraiser@mpyd.org.



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