The Shops at Montebello Awards Scholarships To Local Students

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The Shops at Montebello recently recognized five local Montebello Unified School District students who completed a three-week We Care For Youth program meant to offer real life training to prepare them to enter the workforce.


The Shops at Montebello recently held an Achievement Ceremony at the center recognizing 32 local high school students who completed the special program, including five students who were awarded scholarships:

  • Hugo Zavaleta Rojas ($500), Alexis Serna ($500) and Francisco Ortega Lopez ($250) from Schurr High School
  • Erika Garfias ($250 ) from Montebello High School
  • Katherine Romero ($500) from Applied Technology Center


“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 limited number of juniors and seniors attended 2-hour sessions Monday through Thursday at The Shops at Montebello for three weeks. During the sessions, which were taught by instructors Kenneth Seto and Sterling Schubert, attendees dressed in business attire and learned the best way to apply for a job, how to manage time effectively and how to professionally work with customers.


Meant to enhance students’ opportunities for future employment and education, the free program focuses on building interpersonal skills, interview skills, assertiveness and more. A partnership between The Shops at Montebello and the Montebello Unified School District, the program aims to help uncover students’ unique and natural talents and grow them into practical, real-world strengths, while building self-confidence and self-awareness.



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