Learn, Grow, Lead
Published : Friday, July 26, 2019 | 11:23 AM
Over 120 students from Pasadena, Altadena, and the surrounding area spent two days learning new skills and making new friends at LevelUP3. The conference gave local youth a chance to learn about the amazing diversity of leadership and networking opportunities available and connected them with organizations that offer hands on volunteer, community service, and leadership activities. This year’s conference workshops included Cybersecurity, Relationships, Work Skills, Bite of Reality, Compassion Plays, and Healing Through Art.
College Access Plan alum and Stanford student Michael Ocon kicked off the conference with a powerful discussion about reaching your goals and following your dreams. Later that day Pasadena Police Chief John Perez shared his story about becoming a police officer and inspired students to think about the decisions they make and how they will impact the goals they have.
LevelUP3 found a new home this year at Pacific Oaks College, which provided an opportunity for students to explore the campus and learn about their amazing programs. On both days students connected with colleges and local organizations while enjoying their lunch on Pacific Oak’s beautiful campus. Refreshments were provided by the Chapala Bakery, Stonefire Grill, Tournament of Roses, Councilmember John Kennedy, the Pasadena Police Department, Pacific Oaks College, College Access Plan, and DayOne.
The LevelUP Youth Leadership Conference is organized by the Pasadena Youth Leadership Network, a collaboration of local civic and non-profit agencies:
• Adelante Youth Alliance
• Collaborate PASadena
• College Access Plan
• Day One
• Pasadena City College
• Pasadena Public Library
• Pasadena Youth MOVE
• PUSD College & Career Academies
• Pasadena Service Federal Credit Union
• Teen Advisory Board
• Tournament of Roses
• Youth Council
• Youth Ambassadors
For more information, visit www.collaboratepasadena.org/levelup.