Police Foundation donates laptops to graduating seniors – Outlook Pasadena

(Photos courtesy Pasadena Police Foundation) – Pictured are Rev. Van Edward White, Rev. George Van Alstine, Rev. Dr. Larry E. Campbell, Pasadena Police Officer Jarvis Shelby, President of the Police Foundation Robert Monzon, Crystal Reggie, Fellows Mikyaela Liggins and Kennedy Hackett, Ramona Hackett, Police Foundation Past President Gilbert Mares, Cpl. Matt Widger, Sgt. Andrea Perez and Lt. Chris Sharma.

First published in the September 8 print issue of Pasadena Outlook.

The Pasadena Police Foundation, in partnership with the Greater Pasadena Interfaith Ministerial Alliance and the First African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Rev. Larry Campbell, recently donated laptops and $2,000 scholarships to local students in road to university.
The donations were part of an ongoing partnership between the Pasadena Police Foundation and Pasadena Police Department Acting Chief Jason Clawson, in which funds are diverted to support education and the community. More than three dozen computers have been distributed since last year.
Local students who were honored included:
Kennedy Hackett is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, where Reverend Tyrone Skinner is pastor.
At church, she was an active member of the youth fellowship program and Bible study. She graduated from John Muir High School with a 4.0 grade point average, grade point average of 4.43.
Hackett has been involved in several extracurricular activities including Associated Student Body, Black Student Union, Class of 2022 Cabinet, Athletics, and Cheer Team. Kennedy attends Harvard University and plans to major in biomedical engineering.
Her long-term goal is to become a pediatrician or pediatric surgeon.
Mikyaela Liggins is a member of Zion Star Missionary Baptist Church, where Reverend John B. Bledsoe is the pastor.
At church, she was a worship dancer and participated in the youth scholarship program. Liggins graduated from John Muir High School with a 3.5 grade point average.

Isaiah Crowell (center), who received a laptop computer courtesy of the Pasadena Police Foundation, is accompanied by the Reverend Larry E. Campbell and Velma Butler, Isaiah’s grandmother.

As a high school student, she was president of the Girls Club and participated in track and field and the Puente program. She was part of the dual enrollment program with Pasadena City College and volunteered for Special Olympics.
Liggins will attend Tuskegee University to major in aerospace engineering. Her long-term goals are to work for JPL or NASA, own a gas station, write a book, help others, be a role model, and do something memorable.
Isaiah Crowell is a member of First AME Church Pasadena, where Reverend Larry E. Campbell serves as pastor.
At church, he was an active member of the Youth Fellowship program and helped lead worship. Isaiah graduated from Maranatha High School with a 3.11 GPA.
He captained the varsity football team and also participated in varsity golf, the photography club, and the Black Student Union. Crowell will attend Cal State University Northridge, where he plans to major in psychology.
Her long-term goal is to become a psychologist and develop programs to help children cope with the effects of divorce and parental separation.
Alyssa Wright is a member of the Metropolitan Baptist Church, where Reverend Tyrone Skinner is the pastor.
She graduated from John Muir High School with a 3.32 grade point average.
She participated in volleyball, the Black Student Union, the Puente program, the business academy, and the early awareness program. Wright will attend Tuskegee University to study early childhood education. Her long-term goal is to become an elementary school teacher.
“We are proud to be able to help our youth prepare for their future, said Reverend Campbell on behalf of the Greater Pasadena Interfaith Ministerial Alliance.
“We are also grateful to the Pasadena Police Foundation for providing new laptops to the Fellows. Our future leaders, doctors, teachers, entrepreneurs and skilled workers are members of the high school class of 2022, he added.
“The future success of our communities is directly linked to their success. If they manage to achieve their goals and make a positive contribution to society, not only will our communities become stronger, but the graduating high school class of 2022 can also help the generations that follow them.
The Pasadena Police Foundation held a fundraiser at the Rose Bowl last year in October, known as the annual “Chief’s Breakfast,” and raised approximately $40,000 to support PUSD graduates and youth programs policemen.
This year’s event will take place on Tuesday, October 18 at the Pasadena Civic Center Ballroom D&E at 7:30 a.m.
“This is the first of several donations to Pasadena youth groups and local community youth programs,” said Robert Monzon, president of the organization. They will be presented to 15 other senior graduates heading into higher education, each will be selected by one of six community organizations, he said.
More information about the Pasadena Police Foundation is available on the organization’s website at pasadenapolicefoundation.org.

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