PASADENA — The inaugural Adelante Young Men’s Youth Conference kicks
off Saturday at Pasadena City College.
sponsored by AYM, the Pasadena Youth Center Vons, Banamex USA and State Farm
aims to put young men in the Pasadena in close contact wit male role models and
talk about the importance of education and career choices, according to event
More than 500
high school boys are expected to attend.
“The purpose of
AYM is to empower young men for success in school and career,” said Commander
John E. Perez of the Pasadena Police Department, who is serving as conference
statistics show that young men, especially Latinos and other males of color,
are underperforming in our society and women have soared in college attendance
and graduation, leaving men behind, and the gap is expected to increase in the
“There are serious workforce and
societal implications unless we do something about it,” Perez said. “Now, more
than ever, our young men need positive older male role models in their lives to
provide direction, support and encouragement – and we’re trying to meet that
need with AYM.”
As many as 26
college and career workshops will also be presented by Latino professionals and
a resource fair will be offered with representatives from higher education
institutions, community organizations, and corporate and government employers.
conference will mirror the center’s Adelante Mujer Latina conference, which
draws hundreds of high school girls each year, and will include a morning
program emceed by KABC 7 reporter Sid Garcia and keynote from Assemblyman
Gilbert Cedillo, as well as an afternoon program emceed by NBC/Telemundo Vice
President of Community Affairs Victor Franco and keynote from SBA District
Counsel Alberto Alvarado.
Youth Center (PYC) was established as a community based, non-profit
organization in 2001, with the goal to help youth succeed, with programs and
services designed to enhance academic competence, while learning valuable life
and job skills. PYC has been instrumental in assisting many students on the
verge of failing in school; progress to the next grade level; complete high
school; identify and implement career plans; enter college or trade training and
information, please visit www.pasadenayouthcenter.org.