Montebello Shops Award Scholarships to Students

By Whitney Levine

The Shops at Montebello awarded scholarships to five Montebello Unified School District students who completed a three-week We Care For Youth.

The program is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce by offering job skills. The Shops at Montebello held an Achievement Ceremony at the center, recognizing 32 local high school students who completed the special program. Of the students in attendance, Hugo Zavaleta Rojas, Alexis Serna and Francisco Ortega Lopez from Schurr High School; Erika Garfias from Montebello High School and Katherine Romero from Applied Technology Center were chosen to receive scholarships.
“Connecting with youth and preparing them for the real world is important to The Shops at Montebello, and to our local community partners,” said Marida Petitjean, Director of Marketing and Business Development at The Shops at Montebello.

During the We Care for Youth program, a select few of juniors and seniors attended 2-hour sessions Monday through Thursday at for three weeks. Attendees dressed in business attire and learned skills that will help them to apply for a job, manage time effectively and how to professionally work with customers.

The free program emphasizes building interpersonal skills, interview skills, assertiveness and enhancing students’ opportunities for future employment and education. With a partnership between The Shops at Montebello and the Montebello Unified School District, the program’s goal is to help embrace students’ unique and natural talents and grow them into practical, real-world strengths, while building self-confidence and self-awareness.

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