Partnership for At-Risk Youth Seen as Symbiotic

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Two nonprofit organizations, led by Give-Mentor-Love Foundation founder Donna Pierson (left) and Learning Works Charter School founder/CEO Mikala Rahn, have forged a partnership this year that is seen strengthening educational support for at-risk youth after high school.

Amid the unprecedented hardships and tragedies due to the peripheral pandemic fallout this past year, Pasadena’s nonprofit organizations have been seen rallying in creative and unusual ways to help fill the gap and heightened need.
While some organizations have worked around the clock to provide food, shelter or healthcare, others have pivoted to offer different services to meet their clients’ changing needs.
Others, meanwhile — such as Give-Mentor-Love Foundation and Learning Works Charter School — have dug deep to forge a new partnership to improve their core mission: serving Los Angeles County at-risk youths and young adults who are in crises, help them achieve high school diplomas and set them on a path to success.
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Give-Mentor-Love Foundation Names New Director

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Kathy Lee is the Give-Mentor-Love Foundation’s new director of Community Services.

The Give-Mentor-Love Foundation has recently announced the expansion of its operations and created a community service role in the Pasadena Foothills area headed by Kathy Lee, naming her director of community services.
Give-Mentor-Love is a nonprofit organization serving Los Angeles County youths and young adults in crisis, who are at risk, homeless or in foster care, and victims of human trafficking. Lee is supervising a significant, immediate and continued support endeavor, tasked with being a power of example of guidance, unconditional love and leadership for the long term.
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Helping Exploited Teens, Foundation Lives Up to Its Name

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The Give-Mentor-Love Foundation is expanding its dedication to help young women recover from sexual and physical abuse through positive mentorship and fun activities. The nonprofit’s board includes (from left) Aline Bakewell, vice president; Julie Dell’Aquila Hernandez, secretary; Donna Pierson, founder and chairwoman; Natalie Friberg, treasurer; and Ginger Umutyan, events director.

For the past nine years, the Give-Mentor-Love Foundation volunteers have filed into the Pasadena Victor Treatment Centers weekly to provide the girls living at the specialized-care facility with a welcome gift or an art class, an experience such as high tea or a life skill like sewing. Continue reading “Helping Exploited Teens, Foundation Lives Up to Its Name”

Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens

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Culinary student Angel Hankins, 20, worked with Hugo Bolanos, executive chef at Wolfgang Puck at Hotel Bel-Air restaurant, to fulfill her wish to provide a fine-dining experience for foster girls from Pasadena’s Victor Treatment Center. Hankins is in hospice care for stage 4 metastatic carcinoma.

Twenty-year-old culinary student Angel Hankins’ outlook has always been about living the best life she possibly could, despite hardships and heartaches she experienced while growing up in South Central Los Angeles. The glowing, soft-spoken young woman loves to cook, she admits, and, even more, she loves to smile. She beams even as she says it. Continue reading “Facing Grave Illness, Aspiring Chef Fulfills Dream to Serve Teens”