By Leah Martinez
Some say a leader is someone who can bring out the leader in
This is what Mayor Norma Torres attempted to do Thursday when
she spoke to students enrolled in the College Reading Skills
On the top floor of Cal Poly’s CLA building during University
Hour, the mayor arrived to talk about civic involvement and
Pomona’s Youth and Family Master Plan.
Mayor Torres opened her speech with a reminder that Cal Poly’
students are an important part of Pomona.
“Whether you live here or not, you go to school here,” she said.
“So this is your city and I hope you will adopt us as your
Mayor Torres describes the YFMP as a “roadmap” to the types of
programs that will benefit the community. The committee, which is
mostly volunteers, assesses city programs based on the community’s
changing needs every two years. However, most of the committee
member volunteers are the leaders within non-profit organizations
and assess city programs based on the needs of their
“They’re there to represent an organization,” the mayor said on
the limits of having non-profit organization leaders as committee
members on YFMP.
The YFMP is now working hard to engage the community more and
the students of Cal Poly are, as the mayor put it, “the role models
of the community” and, therefore, the ideal candidates to eliminate
any limits of the assessment process.
“Mayor Torres has created feasible solutions to a lot of issues
that are going on in the community and at Cal Poly Pomona,
especially with its community service out reach and emphasis is in
a strategic position to get involved as citizens in the community
and to further the future of many students and young children who
aspire to be college students here at Cal Poly,” said Dr. Frank
Torres of the English department.
To learn more about the solutions the YFMP provides for the city
or to get involved access the Pomona city Web site. Coordinator
Andrea Rico’s contact number is available on there as is more
information concerning the organization.
The YFMP is looking to see how city programs have helped
students get to college and to continue funding these programs or
similar programs to get more of Pomona’s youth en route to higher
education and away from drugs, teen pregnancy and gangs.
There are many other ways to get involved with the community
including tutoring students at local community centers who need
help with math and English or just homework help.
“When you look at the leaders of the community, it’s you, the
population that is educating themselves, that is thriving and
trying to accomplish and do more for your community,” Mayor Torres
said, addressing not only those in the room, but to all Cal Poly
“It reminded me of how important my role as a tutor can be,”
said chemistry student and CRSP tutor Priscilla Garza.
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