Fellowship Monrovia Leadership to Steer Pasadena’s Harambee Ministries

Outlook photo Fellowship Monrovia’s Rev. Albert Tate (left) will take over as Harambee executive director in August for Harlan Redmond (right), who will attend Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall.
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Fellowship Monrovia’s Rev. Albert Tate (left) will take over as Harambee executive director in August for Harlan Redmond (right), who will attend Princeton Theological Seminary in the fall.

For some time now, Fellowship Monrovia’s Rev. Albert Tate and Harambee Ministries and Preparatory School Executive Director Harlan Redmond have been travelling a trajectory of intertwined fate.
The two long-time friends both hail from the South, relocating to Southern California around the same time (“We could have been on the same plane,” noted Tate). Both men are fathers with new babies on the way, and both have been greatly influenced by the life’s work and ministry of John M. Perkins, a Christian civil rights activist and community developer who founded Harambee in 1982.
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Leadership Pasadena: Battlefield to Community, Veterans Should Lead

Photo courtesy Dennis Lowe Army Capt. Dennis Lowe participates in a field training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, during his last year in the Army. Lowe, currently enrolled at USC Marshall School of Business, hopes to be a part of Leadership Pasadena’s efforts to train veterans as community leaders.
Photo courtesy Dennis Lowe
Army Capt. Dennis Lowe participates in a field training exercise at Fort Carson, Colorado, during his last year in the Army. Lowe, currently enrolled at USC Marshall School of Business, hopes to be a part of Leadership Pasadena’s efforts to train veterans as community leaders.

Like a lot of young people, it’s taken some time for National Guard veteran Giselle Ashook to find her professional calling.
After serving in the armed forces, including a deployment to Afghanistan, she stayed on in the reserves, working a lot of odd jobs along the way.
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Reading Partners’ PUSD Students Need More Volunteers

Photos courtesy Chelsea Mason Reading Partners volunteer Michael Sedano reads to his elementary school reading partner.
Photos courtesy Chelsea Mason
Reading Partners volunteer Michael Sedano reads to his elementary school reading partner.

Reading Partners would like you to read between the lines: More volunteers are needed to partner with elementary schoolchildren.
The nationwide nonprofit’s local branch has been working with children at seven Pasadena Unified School District elementary schools each week, tutoring them on reading fundamentals and in practice.
But a dire need for more volunteers to read to the children has driven up a wait list of more than 100 young students in Pasadena who are still waiting for a reading partner.
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Western Justice Breaks Barriers Teaching Conflict Resolution

Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.
Photo by Camila Castellanos / OUTLOOK
Western Justice Center Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin is dedicated to programs teaching children conflict resolution to reduce bullying and anti-bias behavior.

One of the first lessons Western Justice Center teaches is that with conflict, there is opportunity — a chance to break barriers, appreciate differences and raise awareness.
The nonprofit’s mission is to build a more civil, peaceful society by promoting differences and understanding in culture, race and class through creative programs that build skills in conflict resolution. And one of the best places to begin building, WJC has found, is from the ground up: in the schools.
“You can never eliminate conflict because conflict is a part of human nature, but teaching people how to manage and deal with conflict is essential to reaching peaceful resolution, whether it is in the courts, in schools or in the community,” said WJC Executive Director Judge Judith Chirlin.
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Journey House Gives Former Foster Youth Support, Advocacy

Photo courtesy Julio Quijada Journey House’s Beyond Foster Care advocates include Julio Quijada, director Jesse Aguiar and David Garduno. BFC celebrated its first legislative victory recently with the passing of AB 1567, which requires that foster youth be notified of the services they qualify for at state community colleges or a California State University.
Photo courtesy Julio Quijada
Journey House’s Beyond Foster Care advocates include Julio Quijada, director Jesse Aguiar and David Garduno. BFC celebrated its first legislative victory recently with the passing of AB 1567, which requires that foster youth be notified of the services they qualify for at state community colleges or a California State University.

Tim Mayworm opens the door to the historic craftsman in Orange Heights with a small, welcoming flourish, just as he has done thousands of times since 1983, when he founded Journey House as a group home for probation youth, and then later repurposing it for former foster youth
Built in 1912 by renowned architect David M. Renton, the large olive green abode exudes character and warmth, just like Mayworm himself as he gives the traditional tour, proudly showing off the large dining room and recently renovated kitchen.
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PUSD’s Math Academy Brimming With Exponentials

Sandy and Jason Roberts
Sandy and Jason Roberts

The thing about a great idea is nobody knows they need it until it exists.
Such was the case for Math Academy at Pasadena Unified School District, an advanced math program that is guiding its students to complete AP calculus in 8th grade so they can dedicate high school to college-level proof-based mathematics, including investigative research of probabilities and abstract formulas. By the end of high school, in fact, students might finish the equivalent of three quarters of an undergraduate mathematics degree.
Jason and Sandy Roberts, the parent volunteers and founders of Math Academy, know that the success of their great idea lies in its execution. The two are working diligently with the district to build the curriculum capable of incubating as many as 250 math students in one school year — “our own mini-CalTech,” quipped Jason — with 50 graduating each year from Pasadena High School Math Academy.
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Habitat for Humanity Builds Bigger Goals, Broader Reach

Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s former Executive Director Sonja Yates handed off the reigns to new executive director Mark Van Lue in July. Van Lue is making a big push to dramatically increase SGVHH’s impact.
Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity
San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity’s former Executive Director Sonja Yates handed off the reigns to new executive director Mark Van Lue in July. Van Lue is making a big push to dramatically increase SGVHH’s impact.

When Katie Bradshaw gets the keys to her family’s newly built bungalow through the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity in June, she knows exactly what she wants their first move to be.
“I know it’s super cheesy, but I hope my husband carries me over the threshold like in the old movies,” said Bradshaw, who along with husband Mark and two young children, are counting the days until they move into the sparkling new home from their rental, a small third-floor walkup.
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100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition

Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.
Photo courtesy Tournament of Roses
Tournament of Roses 100th Queen Isabella Marez is a senior at La Salle High School.

If 100th Tournament of Roses 2018 Queen Isabella Marez is not polished in her picture-perfect royal attire during this year of reign, you’ll find her in her other favorite outfit of choice: scuffed up softball cleats and dirty practice gear.
It’s a dichotomy that reminds those around her of the Royal Court’s transition to modern times, and that a girl these days can be, above all, all things.
“I love that about her and find it so funny,” said sister Alex Marez. “She’s either in full makeup or all grimy in practice gear.”
Either way, Marez is either coming or going, riding out the tail-end of a whirlwind year that will include about 100 public events as queen with her six Royal Court members, serving out the TOR’s choice of theme “Making a Difference.” Continue reading “100th Rose Queen Revels in Timeless Tradition”

Royals Court Elizabeth House as Charity of Choice

Photo courtesy Janna Gould Rose Princess Sydney Pickering passes out candy canes to children at Elizabeth House’s recent alumni Christmas party.
Photo courtesy Janna Gould
Rose Princess Sydney Pickering passes out candy canes to children at Elizabeth House’s recent alumni Christmas party.

They may come from different walks of life, but the young women at Elizabeth House and the Tournament of Roses 2018 Royal Court have bonded recently in unexpected ways, eager to ask questions, learn from each other or just have a good giggle.
In its quest to realize this year’s theme of “making a difference” the Royal Court has begun a new tradition — selecting its own charity of choice. The court unanimously voted for Elizabeth House, a nonprofit that provides housing and support services for at-risk or homeless women who are pregnant.
“It was a group decision, but Elizabeth House was definitely the clear winner,” said Princess Lauren Buehner of Arcadia High School. “Once we all found out the mission of the charity and the incredible work they’ve been doing, everyone was on board.”
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