Aspires West Pasadena to Host Annual Friends Fundraising Mixer

Published : Thursday, October 25, 2018 | 6:21 AM

Aspires West Pasadena will have its 4th Annual Friends Fundraising Mixer on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m at Altadena Community Fellowship Hall.

Aspires West Pasadena, is a nonprofit after-school program that has served Pasadena and its surrounding communities since 2006.

The focus of the program provides inspiration to local youth by preparing them for academic success and aiding them in acquiring the skills necessary for a purposeful and productive life.

The Aspires Program was founded in Detroit, Michigan in 1992. The program was later introduced in Pasadena, by Dr. Cornish Rogers, former Professor at Claremont Theological Seminary, as the Role Models for Youth Program, and was renamed named Aspires West, Pasadena (AWP).

The program strives to harness the vast resources of wisdom, knowledge, and experience available in the community and apply those resources to the needs of local students.

It is driven by a common vision that all people are of infinite worth and deserve the opportunity to reach their full potential, according to AWP’s mission statement. A large focus of the program is mentorship.

Volunteer AWP mentors provide tutoring, training in employment skills, counseling, and other resources that will enable students to complete their high school education and to be fully prepared for entrance into higher education.

AWP partners with local faith-based organizations such as Scott United Methodist Church as well as the Pasadena Unified School District, Pasadena City College and other area academic institutions and the local business community.

According to AWP, about 95 percent of students who participate in the program graduate from high school and pursue higher education.

For more information regarding the fundraising mixer call 626.797.0789 or email awpasadena@gmail.com. Altadena Fellowship Drive is located at 943 E. Altadena Dr., Altadena.

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