PSP Welcomes Class of 2020!

December 11, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

Slide1PSP is proud to introduce our newest class of scholars! The PSP Class of 2020 is made up of 36 seventh grade students from four regions across California. Each of these students participated in a rigorous application process that included writing essays about their personal histories and goals, a review of their grades to ensure academic excellence, and in-person interviews with a panel of community and school leaders. As Partnership Scholars, they will receive six years of academic support, exposure to new cultural opportunities and consistent guidance toward the college of their choice from 7th grade through high school graduation.

These students represent the core value of PSP: that every student who dreams of college and a successful future, no matter their socio-economic status, deserves the opportunity to achieve that dream.

The Lennox Scholars:
Marcos Alarcon
Osvaldo Barba
Jennifer Corrales
Anthony Gaxiola
Valeria Gonzalez
Jennifer Hernandez
Darwin Perez de Pablo
Jessica Porras
Nayeli Salgado
Angel Santos
Katherine Solis
Lizeth Valdovinos

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The El Monte Scholars:
Steven Aguilar
Joseph Almaraz
Alexis Cobos
Sergio Gonzalez
Magdiel Iribe
Rita Kuang
Cindy Lee
Angelina Lopez-Mendez
Andy Pena
Rachel Perez
Juan Rico
Denisse Tafolla

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Fort Bragg/Mendocino Scholars
Fernanda Varelas Ramirez
Alexander Renteria
Kenly Reyes
Liliana Duran
Blair Byrd
Raina Harbour
Vienna Westcott


Ukiah Scholars:
Emma Capri
Joseph Goodwin
Jonathan Regalado
Cecilia Sandoval


These are truly impressive students and we know they will go far!

LA Times Column References Influential Bob Pool Stories About PSP

October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez wrote a moving tribute to a retiring reporter who made a big difference in the life of PSP. You can read the full column online using the link at the bottom of this post. Check out the references to the ‘retired UCLA cardiologist’ who founded Partnership Scholars Program – that’s our own Dr. Langer! PSP owes so much to this wonderful, thoughtful reporter, who indirectly changed hundreds of lives. Learn more about him here:

Scholars & Mentors Experience USC Homecoming Day

October 20, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

USC gamePSP Scholars from Lennox, El Monte and Wiseburn got to experience a full day of USC’s homecoming extravaganza on November 18! PSP alum Jesus Herrera, who is now working toward his Master’s Degree at USC, started the day with a tour of the USC campus. The scholars and mentors were then treated to something few members of the public get to experience: a private tour of the McKay Center, USC’s new  $70 million athletic facility that is closed to the public. Everyone then headed over to the L.A. Coliseum where we watched the USC Trojans trounce the Colorado team.

We are so thankful for the commitment of our two volunteer mentors who arranged this whole day for us. Mark and Barbara Lurie are wonderful mentors with an inside line to USC: Mark is a cardiologist for the USC athletic department!

PSP is hiring – Part-time bookkeeper wanted!

September 22, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

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Partnership Scholars Program is a non-profit educational organization that provides six years of educational and cultural experiences to academically motivated, but economically disadvantaged students, starting in the 7th grade, to promote college access and a lifetime of success.

We are seeking a regular, part-time staff bookkeeper/accountant who will work under the supervision of the Executive Director to maintain the organization’s financial records. This person will work out of our office at Lennox Middle School for 8 – 10 hours a week. Please click on the link  to see the full job description and how to apply: PSPJobDescription_PTBookkeeper

PSP Holds 3rd College Access Retreat

August 4, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

PSP hosted our 3rd annual College Access Retreat. Juniors and Seniors from Fort Bragg, Lennox, El Monte and Ukiah attended our two-day session at Loyola Marymount University. They obtained essential resources to prepare for college entrance exams, the college application process and learned about Financial Aid. They also had the opportunity to spend the night in a college dorm and hear about the college experience from PSP alumni!

Click on the links below to see the presentations from the retreat.

College Is Power

FAFSA Maximize Your Financial Aid

Juniors-College Entrance Exams

Seniors-Anatomy of a College App

College Application Checklist

Scholarship Search

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Congratulations to the PSP Class of 2014!

June 25, 2014 in Uncategorized by Maria Hernandez

Program_CoverOn May 31, PSP celebrated the graduation of 41 scholars who graduated from high school college-ready and headed for college. We are so proud of our scholars, each of whom was brave enough to take risks, confident enough to believe in their abilities and dedicated enough to consistently excel in school, year after year. Each graduate was matched with a mentor who supported their growth through middle and high school, and a sponsor who ensured that every student had the same opportunities to succeed that all young people should have, regardless of income.

Next fall, 100% of PSP graduates are entering an institution of higher learning, with 95% of them heading off to a four-year college. Click on the PSP Grad Book to read about the PSP graduates’ experiences in their own words!

Thank you to all of our partners who helped make this achievement possible.

Thank you to the sponsors of the class of 2014 for making sure every scholar had the opportunity to build a meaningful mentoring relationship that supported their college aspirations and to our partners for making this work possible :

Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm and Sylvia Boyce
Mr. and Mrs. George and Muriel DeRoy, in honor of Paul Spindler
Oder Family Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. David and Martha Ho
Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Leslie LeBeau
Mr. and Mrs. Richard and Sue Masson
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon and Cindy Stone
Mr. George ‘Buddy’ Moss
Mr. David Morales, DJM Construction
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc.
Wells Fargo Foundation
Mr. Steven Wood and Mrs. Christine Kang

Brotman Foundation
The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation
Joseph Drown Foundation
Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District

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Traveling with Teenagers to the Inauguration

April 17, 2013 in Uncategorized by admin

Congressman Jared Huffman with Partnership Scholars Students Gabriel Hernandez, Keily Becerra, Damien Duncan, Tracy Gordon, Jose Gaona and mentor Larry Sawyer at the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C.
Traveling with Teenagers to the Inauguration

 by Rachel Binah

The Partnership Scholars Program, created by Dr. and Mrs. Glenn Langer of Little River, provides scholarship money and a mentor for academically high achieving students from supportive, low income families. The money makes it possible to create cultural enrichment experiences by visiting art museums, concerts, plays, and traveling to interesting places. We prepare our scholars to attend a 4 year college or university by helping them develop skills and see possibilities which they might not otherwise. I am fortunate to be one of the mentors in the program.

Six of our teenage scholars, from Fort Bragg and Mendocino, Keily Becerra, Damien Duncan, Jose Gaona, Tracy Gordon, Gabriel Hernandez, Taylor Stonebarger joined me and mentor Larry Sawyer on a trip to Washington, D.C. for the Inauguration of President Obama. It was exciting to view history through their eyes. Read the rest of this entry →

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Putting College Within Reach (From Colgate University)

February 24, 2013 in Articles by admin

From Colgate University’s Scene/Alumni Spotlights
Autumn 2012
By Aleta Mayne 

Although Lennox Middle School — located beneath the landing path of Los Angeles International Airport — is just a mile away from the Pacific Ocean, many of its students have never been to the beach. This hard-to-believe, yet telling, truth is what most struck Dr. Glenn Langer ’50 when he got to know the students of the school through a volunteer program established by UCLA. Having grown up during the Great Depression, Langer “immediately identified” with the poverty-stricken students, most of whom come from immigrant families. He decided to do something to help.

Langer was director of UCLA’s Cardiovascular Research Laboratory as well as a professor of medicine and physiology when he started volunteering at Lennox’s science fairs and career days back in 1995. “It was only 20 minutes from the UCLA campus, but it was another world,” he said of the school district, which is only 1.3 square miles but is troubled by 16 active gangs. “A lot of these children have never been out of that district in their lives. This gives you a rough idea of the disadvantage that they have.”

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A Letter From Alumni Edgar Corona

February 24, 2013 in Letters from Scholars by admin

In April of 2012, we received a letter from Edgar Corona, one of our alumni. His letter best explains what the Partnership Scholars Program is all about. We are very proud of all of our scholars and want to thank Edgar Corona for his kind words. Your letter makes all our efforts worthwhile.
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Behind the Scenes: Partnership Scholars Program

March 5, 2012 in Articles by admin

                      Fort Bragg ADVOCATE-NEWS – Thursday, January 19, 2012 – Section A – Page 11

By Betty Barber

Community Reporter 

   “I couldn’t imagine what was possible for me before I entered the Partnership Scholars Program. I became aware of alternative ways of thinking and aware of new opportunities for my life,” said Niko Gomez, a senior at Mendocino Community High School.
    Gomez tells me about the Partnership Program he has been in for the last five years. He said that the six-year program begins in the seventh grade and end at graduation after the senior year of high school.
    Students are chosen for the program if they are strongly motivated to go to a four-year college, if they have at least a 3.0 grad point average, and are from supportive, low-income families. Each student/scholar is assigned to a volunteer mentor who will work with the scholar for the next six years.
   Together, the mentor and scholar go to concerts, plays, museums, and travel to places as far away as New York, Washington, D.C. or even to other countries. They go to various kinds of restaurants and eat food from different cultures. The purpose of the program is to provide experiences that the student might not otherwise have and open them up to new possibilities for their future. These experiences result in new-found confidence and independence. Read the rest of this entry →