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.
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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.
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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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Wells Fargo Honors Veteran With a Car

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive Lisa Stevens and retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal Simon Kim enjoy their ride atop the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the Rose Parade on Monday. Wells Fargo recently honored Kim by donating a home and a new Honda Accord to him.
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Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive Lisa Stevens and retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal Simon Kim enjoy their ride atop the Wells Fargo Stagecoach in the Rose Parade on Monday. Wells Fargo recently honored Kim by donating a home and a new Honda Accord to him.

Wells Fargo exhibited its commitment to improving the lives of service members and veterans last month when Simon Kim, a retired U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal, recently received the keys to a two-story Moreno Valley home paid for by Wells Fargo. Then, last week, he received the keys to a new 2018 Honda Accord paid for by Wells Fargo and the Southern California Honda Dealers.
Kim thought he’d been invited to Irwindale to decorate Wells Fargo’s 2018 Tournament of Roses parade float at Phoenix Decorating Co.; instead he received a Honda Accord.
Wells Fargo collaborates with car dealerships and manufacturers to donate vehicles to Military Warriors Support Foundation for use in its Transportaion4Heroes program. Recipients also receive one year of family and financial mentoring with MWSF.
“It was a privilege and honor to represent our company in creating a life-changing event for Lance Corporal Kim and his family, who is a true hero who served our country,” said Lisa Stevens, Wells Fargo Regional Bank executive, West Coast.
Kim joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2006 and was deployed to Iraq in 2007. The lead gunner was awarded the Purple Heart commendation for injuries sustained during his deployment, including a bullet wound to his shoulder, shrapnel injuries and a concussion. In collaboration with the Military Warriors Support Foundation, Wells Fargo presented Kim and his son with a new mortgage-free home.
“Other than the birth of my son, this tops everything,” Kim said. “You’ve changed my whole life and given me a new life for my son.”
Wells Fargo has donated more than 350 homes, valued at more than $55 million, to veterans in all 50 states since 2012. The donations are part of Wells Fargo’s ongoing pledge to veterans, which includes employing 20,000 veterans by 2020 and providing homes, career-transition assistance, and financial education to veterans and their families.

Pasadena Stars on New Year’s Day

Photo by Toni LeBel / OUTLOOK Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.
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Pasadena resident Bill Podley (center), president of the Valley Hunt Club, joins his wife, Kathy, and others on the club’s entry in Monday’s Rose Parade. The club founded the parade in 1890 as an effort to promote Pasadena and celebrate the new year.

At the celebrated start of 2018, the world focused its attention on Pasadena Monday morning with the 129th Rose Parade rolling past millions of television viewers and hundreds of thousands of people along the parade route.
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