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August means the start of a new school year. As thousands of youth go back to school in the Pasadena/Altadena area, we need to remind ourselves of different ways we can make a positive impact in a young person’s life.
Flintridge Center’s Youth of Promise Mentoring Program focuses on high-risk, high-need 6th-8th graders at Washington Middle School. These are kids with failing grades, high truancy and absentee rates, special learning needs, broken families and/or living in neighborhoods with gangs. But we call them youth of promise because, when we believe in and invest in them, they are full of promise.
One of the ways you can make a difference in a young person’s life is through mentoring. Studies have shown that mentoring high-need, high-risk youth not only improves their academic performance and chances of going to college and getting a good job, but also contributes to their overall well-being and the well-being of the community. Youth with mentors are less likely to drop out of school, join gangs, get arrested and get pregnant while still a teenager. What’s important though is that the mentoring relationship be sustained for a sufficient period of time. In many of these children’s lives, many people have let them down.
Please, relay this message to other people you think will be of help. We can all make a difference in the life of a young person simply by spreading the word of the benefits of mentoring. Click here for more information.
A Grand, Grand Opening!
The Nonprofit Resource Center opens at the La Pintoresca Branch of the Pasadena Library!
Pasadena Public Library staff, including Director Jan Sanders and Branch Manager Diane Walker, were joined by Flintridge Center President Jaylene Moseley and Director of Evaluation Lisa Wilson to celebrate the opening of the new Nonprofit Resource Center at La Pintoresca Branch Library. This special collection was created by Flintridge in 1993 and maintained at its offices through 2012 as a free resource library to support the work of local nonprofit organizations. The holdings include extensive reference and circulating materials on fundraising and nonprofit management. Flintridge Center has donated the special collection to the Pasadena Public Library with the intent to focus exclusively on providing critical services to reduce community violence and programs for at-risk youth. Special guests included District 1 Councilmember Jacque Robinson, City of Pasadena Housing Director Bill Huang, Lt. Tom Delgado and other representatives from the Pasadena Police Department. Thank you all who joined us in the celebration! Click here to learn more!
Caption: (from left) Jaylene Moseley, Diane Walker, Lisa Wilson and Jan Sanders
The House I Live In
Thank you to all who attended the screening of The House I Live It. It was a powerful afternoon of thought-provoking filmmaking and a lively discussion moderated by the Flintridge Center's LaWayne Williams.
We'd like to say special thank you to our food donors and supporters - The Green Street Restaurant, Domenico’s Pizza and Lovebirds Café & Bakery. The lunch that was provided was fantastic! These are the businesses who are giving back to their community, we encourage you to patronize their wonderful restaurants and thank them for supporting the Flintridge Center.
Watch this page for new and upcoming events at the Flitridge Center.
Hundreds turn out at Pasadena peace rally
Civic and religious leaders gathered at the steps of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena on Sunday to launch a peaceful crusade against gun and youth violence after Christmas Day incidents in which a resident was gunned down in a drive-by shooting and two others died in a crash caused by a parolee allegedly seeking to evade police.
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard told a crowd of nearly 300 people at the church near City Hall that the task is to rid the city of gun violence and replace it with hope and guidance for all.
“The purpose is to gather to drive away the real threat of violence that plagues us,” Bogaard said. “We hope that in the next hours we will replace the sense of despair and loss with a sense of confidence.”
On Christmas Day Victor McClinton, 49, was the victim of stray gunfire during a Newport Avenue drive-by, according to police. A civilian worker in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and a longtime volunteer organizer of a youth sports league, McClinton’s death spurred an impromptu gathering of hundreds of people outside City Hall on Thursday.
Also on Christmas, a Glendale woman and an 11-year-old boy from Northern California were killed when Pasadena resident Darrell Williams, allegedly speeding away from an encounter with police, ran a red light and drove an SUV into a minivan on Marengo Avenue. Police say an occupant of the SUV tossed a loaded gun from the car during the pursuit.
At Sunday’s rally Ricky Pickens, a leader at the Flintridge Center in Pasadena and one of the organizers of the event, said inner city youth, their families and community organizers are ready to bring about a change.
“I want to tell you our young people are willing to come out to redirect their paths in life,” he said. “We have the resources to go deeper to address gangs.”
Jean Burch, a pastor with the Community Bible Church, referred to the teachings of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and said Pasadena leaders must send a strong message to others.
“We are here to say in unity to the people of Pasadena that we will not sit for violence and for fear of sending our children to school,” Burch said. “Not on our watch.”
Pasadena Police Department Chief Phillip Sanchez, Altadena Sheriff’s Station Capt. John Benedict, All Saints Rev. Ed Bacon and community leaders William Syms and Porfirio Frausto also were among the speakers.
Tasha Arnold, 11, attended the event with 10 others from the Friendship Baptist Church. She said she is hopeful armed gang violence will soon end.
“We should be persistent and try hard to stop the violence. I believe one day it’ll stop. I believe it,” Arnold said.
Copyright © 2012, Pasadena Sun. Image: Leaders of several Pasadena churches spoke at a peace rally Dec. 30. Three people were killed and four more injured in violence on Christmas Day. (Mike Mullen / December 30, 2012)
Video clip: ABC 7 Eyewitness news.
Photos: Rally for peace in Pasadena.
Pasadena-area leaders hold peace and unity rally against violence.
Ten teens from our Youth of Promise Mentoring program will get laptops this Christmas, thanks to Neighbors Empowering Youth (NEY). The students selected for the laptops did not have computers. Computers are essential tools for educational success in today’s tech-driven society. The laptops will help the students keep up with their classes and enhance their learning.
NEY provides free computers and computer training to youth in Northwest Pasadena and Altadena. The laptops were originally donated by Parsons and then refurbished by NEY to reduce e-waste. NEY will present the laptops at its Computer Technology Center on December 15. The giveaway will be followed by an Internet safety class for the teens’ parents.
After nearly two decades, Flintridge is concluding these services to focus its resources on creating profound and lasting change in Northwest Pasadena and West Altadena through innovative programs that combat the effects of poverty and violence. To ensure that certain services continue in our community, we are doing what we do best – we are leveraging partnerships to provide the following:
Workshops and Trainings - CNM@FC
We have launched a new partnership with the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) - CNM@FC - in which they will conduct monthly trainings at the Flintridge Retreat Center. Be sure to sign up for CNM’s e-newsletter to keep informed about these opportunities.
Philanthropy Resource Library
In a partnership with the Pasadena Public Library, our Philanthropy Resource Library, a Cooperating Collection of the Foundation Center, will move to the La Pintoresca Branch in Northwest Pasadena. This move will allow increased access to our extensive reference materials on nonprofit management and the Foundation Directory Online (FDO) since the branch library is open six days a week.
The Library has closed. In early 2013, the collection will reopen at the La Pintoresca branch.
Foundation Directory Online is available in La Pintoresca's Technology Learning Center. See website for hours.
We are working closely with the Center for Nonprofit Management and the La Pintoresca branch to ensure a smooth transition of services.
We appreciate the support we have received for making these changes and directing our focus on critical community priorities.
The transition that has been made at Flintridge is sensible, knowing the risks that our community faces with respect to young people and former prisoners and former gang members. You have my best wishes for great success in pursuing this new business plan. Flintridge is a major resource for our community, and I greatly admire and appreciate your thoughtful leadership and direction in regard to its activities.
Mayor Bill Bogaard
As reported in the Pasadena Star-News, the City of Pasadena’s newly released 2012 Quality of Life Index reveals stark disparities among residents. For the 18,282 (or 13.7%) who live below the Federal poverty line, these findings are no surprise. Here in the Northwest, neighbors have struggled for decades to overcome poor education, lack of job prospects and few opportunities to move up the socio-economic ladder.
Having served this community for nearly 30 years, we hope this latest study will spur increased commitment to ensure a healthy Pasadena for all. Download the 2012 Quality of Life Index here.
SKILLZ Summer School is featured in the Pasadena/San Gabriel Valley News Journal and on Pasadena Now. Spearheaded by Flintridge in collaboration with Day One, Lake Avenue Community Foundation and other community partners, this free, five-week program is keeping teens on track to on-time graduation by providing life skills and academic courses for school credit.
Thank you to all who contributed to our online fundraising campaign to support this program. Your generosity enabled us to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for the 74 students who successfully completed the courses.
Showcasing powerful stories of the fight for freedom and equality in California from the Gold Rush to the post-9/11 eras, Wherever There’s a Fight: A History of Civil Liberties in California, runs from May 6 through July 1 at the Library. The exhibition focuses on the hidden stories of unsung heroes and heroines throughout California who stood up for their rights in the face of social hostility, physical violence and economic hardship.
It is based on the Heyday Books publication Wherever There’ a Fight: How Runaway Slaves, Suffragists, Immigrants, Strikers, and Poets Shaped Civil Liberties in California, by Elaine Elinson and Stan Yogi (2009), and is a traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy, funded by Cal Humanities, a Searching for Democracy Project.
The exhibition is open for public viewing during regular library hours:
The Pasadena Altadena Community Team (PACT) resource fairs for the formerly incarcerated were featured in the Pasadena Star-News (12/19/2011). The events, coordinated by Flintridge Center and the Reintegration Council, provide information about beneficial social services and programs to help the formerly incarcerated transition to community life. The resource fairs are held on the third Thursday of each month at 500 East Villa Street.
Brian Biery, Flintridge Director of Community Organizing, was a featured presenter at the International Conference on Public Safety in a Diverse Society held recently in Spain. He spoke on Reintegration: A Community Approach to Prison Reentry; the Intervention Institute: How Outreach Can Help Reduce Gang Violence; and Construction Apprenticeship as a Vehicle for Reclaiming Lives.
Brian Biery, Flintridge Center Director of Community Organizing, tells NBC4 News how the prospective release of ex-offenders to LA County will increase the demand for reentry services from local nonprofit organizations. The state's plan to reduce its overcrowded prison population will have an impact on communities.
The Reintegration Council’s monthly resource fairs provide parolees with information on support services, job opportunities, medical care and other assistance. But one of the biggest challenges will be finding jobs in a tough economy. See Pasadena Sun article.
Ashley Mercado, who coordinates Flintridge’s Youth Outreach Campaign and texting program for teens, was selected by the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles for the Tony Borbon Youth Scholarship Award. The award recognizes Ashley’s work at Flintridge to inform teens about local activities and for volunteering with Day One. She serves on Day One’s Youth Advocates team, which involves speaking out on community issues and ways to prevent violence.
The Pasadena Weekly profiles Flintridge Center Outreach Coordinator Mark Franco in a story about Flintridge, the Reintegration Council and PACT's efforts to help formerly incarcerated individuals turn their lives around and become productive citizens. Mark is also a graduate of Flintridge's Apprenticeship Preparation Program.
Formed in 2010 and coordinated by Flintridge Center, the Pasadena/Altadena Reintegration Council is a network of local service providers and public agencies working to meet the needs of parolees who are returning to the community. The multi-sector coalition includes the Pasadena Police Department and more than two dozen partners comprised of community-based, faith-based, philanthropic, business, civic and educational organizations.
The Pasadena Police and Fire Departments and Flintridge Center sponsored a police-escorted bike ride and barbecue at the Rose Bowl for mentors and mentees in Flintridge’s Youth of Promise Mentoring Program. The mentors are all police and fire fighter volunteers who meet weekly with the youth, either one-on-one or in small groups. The mentees are Washington Middle School students who are struggling in school. Bicycles, helmets, book bags and school supplies were given to the students as part of the August 22 event.
"We are seeing very positive results from this program," says Flintridge Program Director Ricky Pickens, Jr. "The police and fire fighters are inspirational role models, and the students' grades and attitudes have markedly improved."
A big thank you to Corporal Javier Aguilar and the men and women of the Pasadena Police Department for generously donating 33 pairs of jeans and 25 pairs of shoes for needy youth in our community. You are the best!
Flintridge Center gratefully accepts donations of clothing (used must be in good condition), school supplies and personal hygiene products to be given to teens whose families are struggling financially. Please contact Ricky Pickens, Director of Prevention & Intervention Services, or call him at 626/449-0839 x115 to arrange a drop-off.
Flintridge was recommended and supported by a coalition of community groups and, as a result, selected by the City of Pasadena to serve as the community-based “institutional home” for local service providers addressing community violence. We are responsible for convening providers and helping to develop greater collaboration in closing critical service gaps, particularly for at-risk young adults between the ages of 17 and 25. We also work with city agencies to ensure that services and policies are better coordinated to prevent and reduce outbreaks of violence. Our role builds on the work of the Vision 20/20 Initiative, launched by Councilmember Jacque Robinson in collaboration with the County of Los Angeles Human Relations Commission and a coalition of more than 40 community stakeholders. Flintridge convenes and coordinates the Vision 20/20 Initiative and its activities.
August 26, 2011
"Making a connection with kids - Pasadena police, fire fighters team with teens to provide advice, guidance"
January 19, 2010
Dr. Terrence Roberts - Lessons from Little Rock
In honor of Black History Month, Flintridge, in collaboration with the La Pintoresca Branch Library, presents Dr. Terrence Roberts, one of nine students known as the “Little Rock Nine,” who volunteered to desegregate Arkansas' Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
January 26, 2009
Free Course Helps Men and Women Find Rewarding Futures in the Construction Trades
The Pasadena/Altadena Apprenticeship Preparation Program is a free program to prepare young adults for paid apprenticeships in the construction trades.
July 29, 2008
Kids Learn the Ropes of Competitive Jump Rope
Flintridge presents JUMP! -- an award-winning documentary about competitive jump rope. The event includes a demonstration by four World Champions and a free jump rope workshop for kids.
Photo: Brian Biery (upper right)