The Mentor Program recently received the Vanguard Award from the Torrance Area Chamber of Commerce on May 19 during its “Educate, Celebrate, Elevate Diversity Awards” (Diversity Awards). The Diversity Awards 2021 marks the Chamber’s first event celebrating multiculturalism and diversity in the community by recognizing 10 community members, both individuals and organizations, for their achievements and leadership in fostering inclusivity and promoting access for all. Congratulations to all the honorees.
“Surprised,” “amazed,” “grateful” and “motivated” were words the LoBP mentors used to describe winning the Award upon hearing of the news. Former LoBP President Scott Lafayette explained, “We are extremely grateful to all involved for the support, trust and faith they placed in us in our efforts to make a positive impact on these young people’s perceptions and life experiences. Receiving recognition for our efforts really means a lot to all of us. However, we want to keep in mind what this Award is really about – helping to bring about change in our world, by reaching one person at a time. We’re committed to continuing on this path.”