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    Tue, 20 May 2014 17:30:48

    Usher Helps Raise $85,000 for College-Bound Public School Students - Woot woot!

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    Usher cares about college-bound public school students.

    Earlier this month, the Alliance Young Professionals Network, a group dedicated to raising funds, volunteering and advocating for Alliance students, held its first major fundraising event at the L.A. GRAMMY Museum.

    Special guests were famed recording artist Usher Raymond, IV and Virgil Roberts, Alliance Board Member and Managing Partner at Bobbitt & Roberts, which represents entertainment industry clients in television, film and music.

    Raymond and Roberts led an intimate discussion about what young leaders can do to improve public education in Los Angeles.

    "If you help kids find their passion and nurture it, they will rise to the occasion," Usher, who discovered Justin Bieber, so he has firsthand experience in nurturing passion, said.

    The event raised over $85,000 for the Alliance Leaders of Change Scholarship Fund. At the event, high school senior Estefeny Rodriguez from Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School became the surprise recipient of the first annual $25,000 scholarship.

    Rodriguez is graduating with a 4.06 GPA and is planning to attend UC Berkeley in the fall. She has been a leader at Alliance Collins Family College-Ready High School, founding the Health and Medicine Club, serving as a campus advisory representative, and tutoring her peers in Biology and Chemistry.

    Congrats to Estefeny.

    "This event shows what's possible when people passionate about education come together," said Judy Burton, President and CEO of Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. "Usher has been a leader in mentorship of under-served youth, and he serves as a model for everyone who wants to change public education. And we're so proud of our Young Professionals Network for working so hard to put this event together."

    "Young professionals in Los Angeles owe it to today's students to help give them the opportunities they need to achieve their dreams," said Alliance Young Profession Board Co-Chair Erik Kronstadt. "On behalf of the Young Professionals Network, we are excited to have taken this important step to ensuring Alliance graduates have the support they need to succeed in college."

    What can you do to help students that want to go to college? Spread the word -- that helps!

    —Maggie Pannacione
    05.20.14



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