Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development’s Season of Service

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11:16 am | January 6, 2014

For young men with MPYD (Mentoring and Partnership for Youth Development), a male mentoring program based at Muir High School, the recent Christmas and New Year’s holidays provided a season for service. MPYD students devoted the Saturday before Christmas to distributing bicycles, toys, food baskets and other gifts during the Altadena Sheriff Station’s annual holiday food and toy drive. Before the sun rose on New Year’s Day, MPYD students began ushering Rose Parade spectators into several parking lots managed by Sharp Seating, the official grandstand provider for the Tournament of Roses.

“Public service and employment readiness are important goals of our program,” said MPYD chairman Tecumseh Shackelford. “The Sheriff’s Department toy drive and Sharp Seating parking are annual projects that reinforce those goals. And our guys just love to participate!”

Mentoring & Partnership for Youth Development is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting character development and academic success among at-risk male teens in the Pasadena/Altadena area. For more information call (626) 396-5600, ext. 82010 or visit or