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:
PSP 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!
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 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.
On 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
The Gilbert & Jacki Cisneros Foundation
Joseph Drown Foundation
Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Foundation
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District
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 →
From Colgate University’s Scene/Alumni Spotlights
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.”
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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Fort Bragg ADVOCATE-NEWS – Thursday, January 19, 2012 – Section A – Page 11
By Betty Barber
“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 →
Lennox junior high scholarship program scrambles for funding
Three helped by the Partnership Scholars program at Lennox Middle School are now teachers in the area. Clockwise from top left, Sara Vargas, Milagro Romero and Sarah Sanchez with Assistant Principal Meg Sanchez. Fewer donations mean fewer students in the Partnership Scholars program started by a retired UCLA professor will get the funds and mentoring they need to get through high school and into college.
By Bob Pool 8:38 PM PDT, April 28, 2009
Things have come full circle in Lennox where an unusual junior high scholarship program was hatched a dozen years ago. Read the rest of this entry →