News and notes from our community
Mylife.com names Pasadena one of the greenest mid-size cities in America
California may be suffering from a devastating lack of rainfall with the Huffington Post naming it the most drought-stricken state in the nation, but Pasadena continues to look healthy. According to the news and lifestyle Web site Mylife.com, Pasadena — nicknamed “the City of Trees” by the site — places third on the list of the greenest mid-size cities in the United States.
The city ranked 24th or better in all categories of criteria used to determine the list, but really wowed the judges in the number of public parks (19th nationally) and the amount of walking done by city residents (15th). Here’s hoping the rest of California will experience better luck soon as well.
~ Carl Kozlowski
Art that beats the streets
Armory Center awarded grant to teach art to juvenile offenders and dropouts
Since 1992, Homeboy Industries has been proving that gang members, juvenile delinquents and school dropouts can turn their lives around if given the chance. The Chinatown-based youth program run by Father Greg Boyle can now expand its arts education programs, due to a $22,500 grant from the California Arts Council’s “Juveniles Utilizing Massive Potential Starting with Arts (JUMP stArts) program to Pasadena’s Armory Center for the Arts.
The Armory has teamed with Learning Works since 2011 to teach free arts programming to youth transitioning out of juvenile detention centers, youth who have dropped out of school, and wards of the court at the Learning Works@Homeboy Industries campus on First Street in Boyle Heights. The programs help teach 120 students at a time.
The Armory programming consists of sequential, standards-based arts courses that are designed and taught by Armory Teaching Artists, a group of professionally trained artists seeking to educate and mentor in-crisis youth. Courses include printmaking, graphic design, text graphics, video, street art, drama, and collaborative mural creation. The resulting artworks are presented to the public at multiple sites, including Homegirl Café in Chinatown. ~ C. K.
Raising the bar
Two Arcadia high school students win scholarships in Pasadena Bar Association competition
Two Arcadia High School students — senior Abel DeCastro and sophomore Kelsea Jeon — faced off last Thursday at the Pasadena Bar Association’s Law Day Luncheon as they competed for a $5,000 scholarship in the PBA’s 4th Annual Speech Scholarship Contest. The two were the survivors of the contest’s preliminary round in March in which 87 high school students from Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley competed.
Jeon won the coveted prize, as each of the finalists was given seven minutes to present their respective speeches to approximately 150 lawyers and dignitaries, including honorary guest Joyce Kenard, former associate justice of the California Supreme Court. The luncheon was held in the Gold Room of the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, with DeCastro receiving a $2,000 scholarship for earning runner-up status. In addition, the top 30 finalists will receive the chance to interview for internship with PBA law firms.
“The PBA Speech Scholarship Contest has grown in popularity over the years to the extent that it’s become an incentive for our local schools to create a speech program for their students,” said Don Schweitzer, PBA family law section chair and founder and partner of the law offices of Donald P. Schweitzer “What makes this year’s competition all the more rewarding is the internship component we’ve added as a benefit to the competitors. The finalists will have an opportunity to intern with one of the PBA’s member law firms, and continue to build their skills through mentor programs.” ~ C. K.
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