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Bright Prospect’s accomplishments were recently featured in an academic paper exploring how Bright Prospect reaches its goals of empowering low-income students and achieving college success. A group of researches from the Claremont Evaluation Center at Claremont Graduate University released an ethnographic report on Bright Prospect entitled “Effective Principles of Practice for College Access and Persistence.” The report, which is available on our website here, explores many facets of Bright Prospect’s successful model, including education, goal-setting, and support for our students.

The report is a great read for anyone interested in the details of our model, and we’re very excited to see continued success for our students as we support them to and through college!

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Good news is here! Our Bright Prospect students are in the midst of college decision season, and the plethora of their acceptances is not making college decisions any easier.

High school seniors like Emily Govea, who has been accepted to Scripps College, IMG_0576Lewis & Clark, Wellesley and more, have been working their hardest since their freshman year of high school just so that they could reach this moment—to finally be able say they made it.

Bright Prospect has been essential to the successes of students like Emily and her fellow seniors. With the constant mentoring, guidance, and advising offered by Bright Prospect, not only are these students being accepted into various colleges and universities, but many are also going to be attending some of the most elite educational institutions in the nation.

Thanks to your support, these students will be reaching their college dreams. For many of them it will even be their first time living outside of California. All of the students will have to make their choice by the May 1 college deadline and it will for sure be a very emotional and joyous day.

With your help, everything that these students thought was impossible became possible through years of encouragement and support. We invite you to attend College Decision Day, where you will hear the Bright Prospect graduates express what going to college will mean to them, on any of these dates at the high schools listed:

April 24 at 2:30 p.m.         Montclair HS
April 27 at 12:00 p.m.       Pomona HS
April 28 at 11:30 a.m.       Ontario HS
May 1 at 9:30 a.m.            Ganesha HS
May 1 at 1:00 p.m.            Garey HS

Please let us know if you plan on attending so we can reserve a seat for you.  Kindly RSVP to development@brightprospect.org. We hope you’ll join us!

Thank you again for your support. You have made so many students’ college dreams a reality.

bright_prospect-75Over 100 people attended Bright Prospect’s ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday, March 6th, celeb  rating the move to our new office space, located at 1460 E Holt Avenue, Suite 74, recently provided by the Pomona Unified School District and thanks to a grant by the Ludwick Family Foundation.

The space was packed with community members and dignitaries, including Congresswoman  Norma Torres, Cal Poly Pomona President Dr. Soraya Cooley, representatives from Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis – Rachel Barbosa, State Senator Connie Leyva – Benny Ayala, Pomona School Superintendent Richard Martinez, President of Chaffey College – Dr. Henry Shannon, Pomona Mayor Elliott Rothman, Pomona City Council members – Paula Lantz and Debra Martin,  The ceremonial ribbon was cut by high school senior Emily Govea after Eric Garen, the founder and president of Bright Prospect, gave a touching and teary-eyed speech.

All attendees came together to celebrate Bright Prospect’s success and later enjoyed a delicious lunch sponsored by Cardenas Markets.

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Executive Director Stephanie Campbell went live on the air this morning as part of KCAA 1050 AM’s Morning Show, sharing the Bright Prospect mission with listeners and extending an invite to the community for our ribbon-cutting ceremony happening on Friday, March 6th.

Executive Director Stephanie Campbell

KCAA 1050 AM’s Morning Show interviewed Bright Prospect Executive Director Stephanie Campbell this morning.

Stephanie talked as part of the On The Brink section of the morning show, hosted by Erin and Tobin Brinker. You can listen to the show through the online podcast, and you can hear Stephanie’s interview on the Monday, Feb. 23 show, starting around the 34:30 mark.

On the show, Stephanie described how we continually support our students from high school through to college graduation, and she explained how our CREWS system gives students peer support groups that push them toward success both during and after college. Stephanie was also able to share wonderful success stories from recent Bright Prospect alumni such as Lorenzo Ramirez, our first alumnus to earn a PhD .

Stephanie also invited listeners to attend our ribbon-cutting ceremony this Friday at 12:30 p.m.at our new office space, located at 1460 E Holt Avenue Suite 74. The Bright Prospect office had been located in the same office in downtown Pomona for the past 13 years since our founding, but after our recent move to the new space provided by the Pomona Unified School District, we’re holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the move. We welcome anyone who is interested in attending to RSVP by contacting us at development@brightprospect.org.

Meet New Bright Prospect Board Member Kyle Webb

Bright Prospect welcomes our new board member Kyle Webb!

Kyle Webb is the CFO for Webb Family Enterprises, which operates McDonald’s franchises and Webb Family Investments. Webb’s family operates McDonald’s franchises in sixteen communities and their mission is that each community benefits from their operation, as they benefit from their customer’s patronage. The Claremont resident is the youngest of Reggie and René Webb’s three children. He graduated from Morehouse College, with a degree in Business Administration and Finance then worked for the Disney-ABC TV Group in finance. He serves on the University of La Verne College of Business and Public Management Advisory Board, the Loma Linda Ronald McDonald House Advisory Council, the McDonald’s of Southern California People Team and Health Care Reform Task Force, and is a member of the National Black McDonald’s Owner Association. In association to his CFO responsibilities, Webb is also responsible for people development and training including teaching management classes and overseeing training ­­­plans and progress for developing managers. Webb sees the possibility of radical expression of communities through service, which leads him to spend much of his time training and motivating employees, and engaging children such that they may be able to fulfill their wildest dreams. Webb enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and watching and participating in sports. We are so happy to have Webb join the Bright Prospect board and know that he will make a valuable and inspirational addition to the team!

2011-12 High School Seniors

Over 300 students from 9 different high schools attended the Bright Prospect Crew Connect event on November 5th, 2011, at Pomona College’s Sontag Greek Theater.  The fun-filled day focused on the importance of building community through teambuilding activities.  The day started out with an icebreaker called Feeling Tall and Small, where students came out of their comfort zone by interviewing each other based on finding someone taller and smaller than them.  Shortly thereafter, the students broke out into a five cycle wave that captured the energy of the day – see the wave on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wb9mbvil254&feature=channel_video_title.  The day ended with a Crew reflection session which provided a platform for Crew members to bond with each other in a deep and meaningful way.  The day’s activities strengthened students’ sense  that they have a close peer group that supports and shares their goals, and that they are part of a larger community that will benefit as more of the youth earn college degrees.  A special thanks goes out to our Crew Leaders who helped organize this special day.

Yari Rodriguez, Ganesha HS c/o 2006, graduated from Smith College with a degree in engineering in 2010.  She has just been hired as a weather data analyst at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  Congratulations, Yari!

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