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The Southern California Mentoring Academy is a division of our nonprofit organization, Sunrise Youth Service Center, Incorporated. We have been inspiring youth and adults since 2006 to soar like an eagle! Our message has been very clear...Stay focused, remain hopeful, never give up, work hard and believe that your dreams will come true! We definitely would not have been so successful without the support of our circle of supporters. Below is a summary of our very memorable and life-changing mentoring and leadership programs that we have led since we started our journey to help others reach their full potential over 10 years ago:

  • Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall (1 on 1 Mentoring, Group Mentoring and Follow Up Mentoring Sessions)

  • Torrance High School / Shift from Saturday School Detention to Positive Personal Leadership Development Sessions

  • Approved Service Learning Organization with the Long Beach Unified School District (1 on 1 Mentoring and leadership development for High School Student volunteers earning community service learning hours)

  • Read to Succeed Peer Mentoring Program (Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School Students)

  • Youth Leadership Institute at Heavenly Vision Church

  • Miss Black Carson, California USA Pageant

  • Youth Leadership Development at the Sheriff’s Youth Activity League (YAL) Afterschool Program

  • Career Day Speaker at Colin Powell Academy for Success, Broadacres and other California Schools

  • Conference Presentations for Educators at the Annual California Association for Resource Specialists (CARS+) Convention in Northern and Southern California. Topics have included the following: Best Practices for Working with Students eligible under the Special Education Classification of Autism, Transformational Leadership for Educators, Leading the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process & The Social, Political, Economic and Legal Pressures Associated with the IEP Process

  • Transformational Leadership Workshop for the San Joaquin County Probation Department (Administrators, Probation Officers, Staff Members and Community Leaders)

  • Parent Workshop at Loyola Marymount College: Leading My Family

  • Parent Workshop: Gaining a Better Understanding of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Process

  • Keynote Speech for High School Students: You have the Power to be Victorious!

If you would like to refer a student for mentoring and leadership development, contact us via email, phone, social media or by submitting your information using our contact us page on this website.

Please consider joining our circle of supporters by volunteering your time or by making a tax-deductible donation to help us continue to inspire others to reach their full potential for many more years to come! Thank you so much for taking the time to read our leadership blog. We love you and we appreciate you!