National Mentoring Month-Scholar Reflections

January 25, 2018 in Articles, Uncategorized by Joselyn Barrios

January is National Mentoring Month and PSP joins the campaign to celebrate our mentors! PSP pairs highly qualified mentors with motivated scholars. This allows students to enrich their lives with new experiences and have a guide through their academic and personal lives. We are so grateful to all of our mentors for their dedication to PSP and our scholars. They are making a difference by giving their time! We asked our scholars to reflect on their relationships with their mentors and you can read their responses and photos they’ve shared below. Read the rest of this entry →

National Mentor Month- Mentor Reflections

January 25, 2018 in Articles, Uncategorized by Joselyn Barrios

We asked our mentors why they dedicate their time to PSP and how their experiences are meaningful. Read their responses and shared photos below.

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Welcoming Lennox Class of 2023 Scholars

January 25, 2018 in Alumni, Articles, Board, Partner by Joselyn Barrios

Nearly 100 students applied to be a part of the PSP Class of 2023. The students went through a rigorous selection process; they submitted applications, went through an interview stage and eight students were selected to be a part of the PSP Class of 2023 in Lennox.

On Thursday, January 18, 2018 we celebrated our new Lennox scholars with an induction ceremony at Lennox Middle School (LMS). We had PSP Board members, school administrators and community leaders in attendance. We were also joined by current PSP scholars and PSP alumni.

Read more about our celebration and see photos from the event below!

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Back-to-School Tips from PSP Mentors

September 26, 2017 in Articles, Leadership, Partner by Joselyn Barrios

The school year is well underway and scholars are asking for tips on how to succeed this year. We spoke with PSP mentors and asked them to share study and time management tips for a successful school year. We spoke with Mr. Morris from El Monte and Mrs. Quinonez from Ukiah. They both agree that if you are struggling with any subject you should reach out for help because there’s always someone willing to help.

Read their full Q & A’s below.










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New PSP Board Vice Chair Ray Andry

September 26, 2017 in Articles, Board by Joselyn Barrios

Ray Andry was voted as vice chair to the PSP board on Saturday, September 16. He is the Assistant Superintendent for the Mountain View School District and mentored three students through the program. He is excited to begin his new role and use his position as an opportunity to broaden the scope of PSP and strengthen our connections to scholars and the communities we serve.

Read more about Mr. Andry’s commitment to PSP below.

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Q & A with PSP Alumni in Graduate School

September 26, 2017 in Alumni, Articles by Joselyn Barrios


25 % of PSP college graduates go on to pursue a graduate degree! Melissa R. and Guadalupe B. are PSP alumni from the Lennox class of 2012. They both earned their Bachelor’s degree’s last year and are now beginning their first year of graduate school! We asked them about their career paths and for some advice to our current PSP scholars. They also shared their favorite PSP memories with us! Read their Q&A below.


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PSP College Success Retreat at UCLA!

August 22, 2017 in Articles by Joselyn Barrios

On August 4-6 rising 70 high school juniors and seniors and 13 mentors and staff joined us for three action packed days at UCLA! The PSP staff created workshops and lectures to help the scholars learn about the college application and financial aid process. Scholars even got to experience one of the UCLA housing facilities and dining halls for the weekend!

Read our full post for more details, pictures and videos from the retreat!

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PSP Class of 2017 Graduation

August 22, 2017 in Articles by Joselyn Barrios

On June 17, 2017 we held a graduation ceremony at the Center at Cathedral Plaza for PSP graduating class of 2017! We had three graduation ceremonies for our class of 2017 scholars in Fort Bragg, Ukiah and Los Angeles. The Los Angeles graduation was for 32 scholars who graduated from high school and PSP. We are so proud of our graduates and all of their achievements during their six years in the program and we can’t wait to see all of the amazing things they accomplish during their college careers! This year, 100% of our graduates are attending college and 85% of those will be attending a four year university this fall.

Click below to see more photos from our ceremonies and read more about the PSP graduating class of 2017!

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PSP welcomes Brian Ishida to the Board of Trustees

April 25, 2017 in Articles, Board by Dikla Tuchman

We are excited to welcome three new board members to our Partnership Scholars Program community: Brian Ishida, Sara Potter, and Walter Garcia. PSP is excited about this addition to our leadership and vision as we continue to advance our mission of providing academic and cultural enrichment to help our scholars succeed! 

Brian Ishida

As a Senior Vice President at California United Bank, Brian Ishida has the opportunity to work with many nonprofit organizations. Last year, he was introduced to Partnership Scholars Program and the work the organization does by his colleague, Sharon Hauptman. Brian was looking for the right fit for an organization to get involved with and he was instantly moved by the mission of the organization “I’m a big believer that without the right opportunities people will never expand outside of their comfort zones,” says Brian. “That’s something that really touched home with me.”

A native Angeleno, Brian grew in Gardena, a city with a very diverse socioeconomic make up. “I saw firsthand the difference an opportunity can make,” says Brian. “Friends during my youth who were exposed to various cultural and educational opportunities flourished, while those who weren’t fell into a closed mindset and couldn’t get themselves to expand out of their comfort zones. I look back and realize the opportunities I had, and want to give back.”

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Celebrating partnership: A look at the Oder Family Foundation’s Dana Oder

April 20, 2017 in Articles, Partner by Dikla Tuchman

The PSP community is lucky to have so many dedicated partners. Thanks to the enthusiasm of our donors and sponsors, hundreds of scholars set out on a path toward achieving their goals that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. For over 13 years, Dana Oder and the Oder Family Foundation have been prominent supporters of Partnership Scholars Program. To date, they have helped 29 scholars develop their interests and prepare for college success.

Dana Oder first heard about PSP in 2004 through the Southern California Grant Makers, an association of grant-making foundations. “As soon as I heard there was mentorship involved we were very interested and I knew that it would be a good fit,” says Dana. Dana reached out to Meg Sanchez, who had helped launch the organization in 1996. Meg, Dana and PSP’s founder, Glenn Langer, all met in Lennox where Dana learned more about the mentorship program, and Dana agreed to become a sponsor.

“The next important part [was] the leadership. When I met Glenn and heard about his past and the passion for the children, it [stuck] with [me]. He was very enthusiastic!”

As a sponsor of several students a year through her family foundation, Dana has been able to see the organization grow and evolve over the years. “Every year I could see that difference,” says Dana. “It’s really been a fulfilling experience.” She felt so strongly committed to PSP’s mission of helping low-income students succeed that she joined PSP’s Board of Trustees for a time.

Dana has had the pleasure of meeting some of the students and their families at PSP events, such as induction and graduation ceremonies and takes great pleasure in receiving regular updates in the mail from the students she sponsors. “The letters and post cards are really impactful,” says Dana. “I’ll take those that are sent to me and I pass them around to those who work with the foundation. It’s impactful to see the pictures and get to see what the students are getting out of the program.”

The biggest reason Dana continues to give and be so involved with the organization is seeing the students reach their goals time and time again. “To see them from start to finish…it’s a remarkable process,” says Dana.