On Thursday, March 7th, over 200 local leaders and community partners gathered to celebrate the students and alumni who journeyed from high school through college graduation at the Bright Prospect 10 Year Anniversary Luncheon.

The event featured the inspiring stories of 10 students, one from each graduating class in a commemorative booklet, two of who gave speeches. Board Member and past president of the University of La Verne, Steve Morgan, hosted the event, introducing the variety of speakers: Richard Martinez, the Superintendent of the Pomona Unified School District, who spoke on the impact of Bright Prospect on the Community.  “This program is not just changing individual futures, but our entire community has benefited from our students’ optimism, ambition, and pro-learning mindset.”

At the luncheon, Bright Prospect also debuted a special video, directed and produced by Scott Garen, that told a few of our students stories in the context of Bright Prospect’s overall story. Watch it online!

After the video, one Bright Prospect alumnus and one current college student shared their inspirational stories with the audience. Cameron Kinslow, a Pitzer College graduate, expressed the deep impact Bright Prospect has had on his life, what he is doing now and what it means to be a Bright Prospect alumnus.  Albert Chavez, an engineering major at Cal State LA, then gave a heart-warming testimonial on how Bright Prospect has been a family to him, empowering him to be a better student and conscious member of society. He thanked everyone for being there to support Bright Prospect by telling them that our community is one big family.

Closing the event, Bright Prospect’s President and Founder Eric Garen gave a riveting speech on how he and his wife started Bright Prospect with a very simple goal that has inspired a national vision. As Bright Prospect grows by 300 students every year, the community is fostering its future leaders and will be an example to other communities across the nation who come to adopt the Bright Prospect model.

The event also left a strong impression on the students and alumni who were able to attend and feel the support of their community. Many also made job connections that will manifest into internships and job shadowing opportunities. Bright Prospect has a truly supportive community.

From our staff (in photo below) and students, a special thank you to event sponsors who made this celebration possible: Fairplex and  Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (Platinum Level), University of La Verne (Gold Level), Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (Silver Level), Casa Colina, Val & Rich Crean, Ann and Steve Morgan, Technip, Pat and Mark Warren, and Western University of Health Sciences (Bronze Level).