Dozens of fortunate AUHSD students will be mentored by top Southern California CEOs who are members of YPO, the premier leadership organization of chief executives.
At the invitation of Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait, the CEOs are investing their time and talents in AIME, or Anaheim’s Innovative Mentoring Experience. To date, more than 1,300 AUHSD students have participated in the program, receiving career and life advice from mentors representing 30 corporations across 12 industries.
Established in 1950, YPO, or Young Presidents’ Organization, is a unique international association whose members have managed to rise to the top positions in their companies before age 45.
Worldwide, YPO’s 24,000 members employ more than 15 million people and are responsible for more than $6 trillion in combined revenue.
AUHSD students will be mentored by members of the Southern California chapter, which is comprised of leaders of significant local and national firms.
Timothy J. Ballard, former Chairman of the Southern California chapter of YPO, is president of Buchanan Street Partners, a Newport Beach-based, real-estate investment firm. He said a conversation with Mayor Tait on how his mission of kindness is working to improve the community sparked the group’s interest in participating in AIME.
“One of the most critical lessons I have learned from YPO is the importance of mentorship,” Mr. Ballard said. “Mentorship provides a foundation for success and helps to provide a vision of what can be. We hope that we can help AIME create great vision through mentorship for its student members.“
AIME took root some three years ago when AUHSD students presented the Mayor and City Council with a petition calling for the city to create mentorships, internships, and job opportunities for young residents. The mayor and the superintendent then joined forces to create AIME, which provides students with a real-world connection to local businesses.
“Mentoring our youth is powerful,” Mayor Tait said. “Everyone has had at least one mentor who has changed our lives. By partnering with YPO, our students will be better ready for college and careers by learning from some of the most successful people in our business community.”
“We are very honored that YPO is partnering with the AIME program to mentor our young leaders,” Superintendent Matsuda said. “With over 4,000 homeless youth in our District, and countless more living on the edge, our students need healthy mentoring and role models so that the pathway to career and life success is attainable. “
The city-school partnership was bolstered last summer when Orange County United Way provided 50 scholarships for students participating in the eight-week AIME internship program.
The session for the CEO mentors and the AUHSD mentees will be held March 23.