Senior Graduation Reception

As Power 4 Youth nears the end of another school year, alongside our graduating seniors and Class of 2016 mentees, we’d like to say thank you to the outstanding mentors, students, donors, staff, and board members who have made this all possible.

For nearly 20 years we have received generous support from the Long Beach community, and are forever grateful.

We have a lot planned for the coming months, but first, we’d like to reflect on our most recent event:

IMG_0900On Wednesday, April 6, we celebrated the achievements of four students who have been directly involved in the program.

We ate, laughed, cried, met new people, and applauded as our students shared their stories about the role that P4Y played in their lives.

Unlike the weekly meetings held at one of our five mentoring sites, this night was different. We dressed up, and, rather than discuss grades and homework, we talked about the many wonderful directions our students are headed:

Kia, who has been with the program for four years, has been accepted to SIX universities! She plans to become a nurse.

Sara, a writer and bubbly personality, will be attending OCC in the fall. After 2 years, she plans to transfer to UCLA to study journalism.

Cher, who once struggled to maintain passing grades, is now a straight-A student. She plans to attend LBCC and eventually go into law enforcement.

Luis has worked with two different mentors since he first started the program, and has proven to be an outstanding gentleman. He plans to also attend LBCC, with an eye towards film production.

From left: Vanessa, Sara, Cher, Kelly, Kia, Lisa, Luis, and Tim

Congratulations seniors!!! And the best of luck on your new endeavors!

We have a scholarship fund set up in honor of our four graduates. If you are interested in donating to their college fund, please contact Val Parker at or click here to donate.

Happy Monday!