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.

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Jessica Lopez: Future Engineer

Bright Prospect has supported my sister Tessy and I emotionally as well as financially allowing us to overcome all sorts of adversity.  Our family has had to deal with impending deportation, financial instability, and more recently medical issues. Unfortunately, our mother’s health is declining significantly; she is resisting paralysis, while our father’s chronic back injury has forced him to stop working. With little to no money at home, our parents and all of their resilience continues to inspire us. Everyday we strive to make them proud.

Thanks to Bright Prospect, our dreams are coming true and we are achieving things we never thought were possible. Last summer, Tessy was fortunate enough to have an internship in Cordoba Spain where she performed social work to support immigrants from neighboring countries. This summer Tessy helped students find their voice and talents in a program held at the Maloof foundation in Rancho Cucamonga, sponsored by Bright Prospect. As for myself, I am finalizing my research on mechanical properties of spider silks, and plan on publishing. At work, I recently began to file a patent for a medical device that will help speed up bone regeneration though light therapy.  With graduation on the horizon, my internship at Ormco Corporation is coming to a close. I am currently applying to graduate schools and full-time jobs. I hope to continue studying bio-mimicry to help make medical advancements.

None of our achievements have come easily. We could not have done it on our own. Only with the support of our family, friends and most of all Bright Prospect have Tessy and I been able to make our dreams a reality.  I look forward to the day that we are able to give back to our family and community that has done so much for us.

Jessica Lopez: Cal Poly Pomona Graduate, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Jessica Lopez: Cal Poly Pomona Graduate, B.S. Chemical Engineering

Lorenzo while defending his thesis in Cellular and Molecular Biology at University of Pennsylvania.

Lorenzo while defending his thesis in Cellular and Molecular Biology at University of Pennsylvania.

Lorenzo Ramirez, the son of immigrants from Jalisco, Mexico, has just earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in Cellular and Molecular Biology with a focus on gene therapy and vaccines. Thanks to you, Lorenzo was able to pursue and achieve his dream of a college and post-graduate education.

Lorenzo grew up in the city of Ontario and had considered going to college, but it wasn’t until Bright Prospect interviewed him and he became a part of the program that he realized what he wanted to do. Lorenzo attended Swarthmore on a full scholarship and got his Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Art History. Lorenzo says that executive director Stephanie Campbell edited his essays when he was applying for the Mellon Mays fellowship, which he was ultimately awarded.

“When it came time to apply to grad school, Stephanie was there not only to help with the application, but also by giving me emotional support,” Lorenzo says. “My parents did not

understand why I had to continue studying and go to grad school. Stephanie and Savoeun helped me with that and any issue I had. When I had no one else to talk to, I knew I could turn to them and they would understand and support me.”

Your support provided Lorenzo with incredible opportunities. He received an offer, which he accepted, to undertake a post-doctoral fellowship focused on helping college students in the STEM field at minority institutions, like Rutgers University, through the STEM Diversity Institute at the University of Massachusetts. An animal lover, Lorenzo is thrilled to also be working on a research project at of UPenn’s Veterinary School Working Dog Center. Lorenzo is one of the immunologists who will investigate why the working/trained dogs’ immune systems seem to work better than other dogs’. He will learn about dog training techniques and also act as the dogs’ immunologist.

 

 

College Admission

Congratulations to our amazing BP students who’ve just gotten accepted into their dream schools which include Harvey Mudd, UC San Diego, and Bowdoin College! We can’t wait to add more admissions letters on our wall!

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!

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On December 30, 500 Bright Prospect students got together – the program’s largest assembly ever – for the annual “Old-New Reunion”, where college students home for winter break meet with high school seniors who have just completed the college application process.  This year high school juniors were included in the event as well, to have the opportunity to hear about college life from the college students a year earlier. 

 

The college students, who are excited to see old friends and to “give back” to younger students, share with the high school students what it has been like to transition to their college environment, the challenges they’ve faced and the opportunities they’ve had, and give advice to those who will soon be following in their footsteps.  For the high school students, The Old-New Reunion is an opportunity to make connections with students attending colleges they have just applied to and to ask questions about particular colleges as well as college in general.  Another element that was new for the event this year was a special session just for the college students, to drive home the importance of building their networks while they are in college and to launch the “Getting Outside of the College Bubble Initiative” – through which Bright Prospect staff will send articles to college students every week to keep them informed about changes taking place in the world they will enter as professionals after they graduate from college. 

 

The annual Old-New Reunion is part of Bright Prospect’s programming to prepare high school students for college, to make sure they are connected to peers when they get there, and to continue to mentor our college students and give them opportunities to share the wisdom of their experience with younger students.

We’re very proud to announce that Bright Prospect was selected by USA Funds, a national foundation, as one of 3 recipients – chosen from among 249 applications nationally – to receive a grant through the foundation’s “Key Transitions in Postsecondary Education” initiative.  Bright Prospect will receive $600,000 over three years. 

Receiving such a competitive award is a great honor for Bright Prospect.  As we are growing by 300 students per year at a cost of $1,000/student per year, we must raise an additional $300,000 each year above and beyond what we raised the year before.   This grant will not only help Bright Prospect support more students from our community on their journey to and through college; it will also draw attention to our CrewsTM model, which we will be making available for replication by other organizations.

Needless to say, the mood is quite celebratory here at the office!  We are grateful not only for this latest validation of our work but also for the support of everyone who has ever contributed to Bright Prospect  in any way and made it possible for us to build a program that stood out in a very competitive field.