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Holiday Fund: Changing young lives

Partners for New Generations keeps teens on track for better futures

Leslie Cervantes vividly remembers how she met her Partners for New Generations mentor.

When she walked into the office seven years ago where she met Pam Lehner, Cervantes said, Lehner was holding a bouquet of flowers for her.

"I'll always remember that, because, first of all, they were beautiful," Cervantes said. "And second of all, no one had ever done such a nice gesture for me."

She said she had never experienced something like that, let alone from a stranger.

"The feeling of someone making you feel special is invaluable," Cervantes said.

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When she was 17 years old, Cervantes signed up to be a mentee with Partners for New Generations though Mountain View High School's AVID program. AIVD, an acronym for Advanced Via Interpersonal Determination, is a program aimed at closing the achievement gap by preparing low-income, minority and first generation college-bound students for college.

Partners for New Generations is one of the recipients of the Voice's Holiday Fund. Donations benefit PNG and six other local nonprofits serving the Mountain View community.

The nonprofit employs three part-time mentor coordinators to match mentors and mentees like Pam and Leslie, said Robert Adams, founder and development chair of Partners for New Generations. The program has approximately 50 tutors, which is growing, and just under 115 mentors, according to Adams. Mentors are required to meet with their mentees at least once every two weeks, must go through youth protection training and be fingerprinted, said Adams.

When Adams founded the program in 1996, he said he was president of the Rotary Club and was inspired by the tutoring program, which he embellished to create Partners for New Generations.

Cervantes said that her self-confidence improved a lot after she began the program. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2010, then graduated from the National Hispanic University where she is now employed.

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Lehner provided Cervantes with all of the knowledge and encouragement she needed to get into college, she said.

"I am absolutely sure that if it were not for Pam, I would never had made it to Santa Clara," Cervantes said.

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Holiday Fund: Changing young lives

Partners for New Generations keeps teens on track for better futures

by Ashley Finden / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Tue, Jan 8, 2013, 10:16 am

Leslie Cervantes vividly remembers how she met her Partners for New Generations mentor.

When she walked into the office seven years ago where she met Pam Lehner, Cervantes said, Lehner was holding a bouquet of flowers for her.

"I'll always remember that, because, first of all, they were beautiful," Cervantes said. "And second of all, no one had ever done such a nice gesture for me."

She said she had never experienced something like that, let alone from a stranger.

"The feeling of someone making you feel special is invaluable," Cervantes said.

When she was 17 years old, Cervantes signed up to be a mentee with Partners for New Generations though Mountain View High School's AVID program. AIVD, an acronym for Advanced Via Interpersonal Determination, is a program aimed at closing the achievement gap by preparing low-income, minority and first generation college-bound students for college.

Partners for New Generations is one of the recipients of the Voice's Holiday Fund. Donations benefit PNG and six other local nonprofits serving the Mountain View community.

The nonprofit employs three part-time mentor coordinators to match mentors and mentees like Pam and Leslie, said Robert Adams, founder and development chair of Partners for New Generations. The program has approximately 50 tutors, which is growing, and just under 115 mentors, according to Adams. Mentors are required to meet with their mentees at least once every two weeks, must go through youth protection training and be fingerprinted, said Adams.

When Adams founded the program in 1996, he said he was president of the Rotary Club and was inspired by the tutoring program, which he embellished to create Partners for New Generations.

Cervantes said that her self-confidence improved a lot after she began the program. She graduated from Santa Clara University in 2010, then graduated from the National Hispanic University where she is now employed.

Lehner provided Cervantes with all of the knowledge and encouragement she needed to get into college, she said.

"I am absolutely sure that if it were not for Pam, I would never had made it to Santa Clara," Cervantes said.

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