RPNA Honors Student Who Turns Around Through Mentorship

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Mentor Mike Forth stands with Jazzier Johnson and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal.

Mentor Mike Forth stands with Jazzier Johnson and Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal.

By his own admission, Jazzier Johnson, 17, was just wasting time and rapidly becoming a high school drop out. That was before he entered the Power4Youth mentoring program of Long Beach and turned his future around. 

To note Johnson’s courageous and insightful move to buckle down and become a member of Woodrow Wilson High School’s graduating class of 2015, the Rose Park Neighborhood Association invited him to their annual community meeting where Vice-Mayor Suja Lowenthal presented him with a letter of recognition. Also attending the May 30th meeting was Mike Forth, the mentor who helped steer Johnson on a course forward, which includes a plan to attend Long Beach City College and pursue an acting career.

“I was just hanging out,” said Johnson, referencing his lack of motivation before joining the group and coming under the wing of Forth. It was the positive relationship he made with mentor Forth that kept him going, he added.

And the benefit works both ways, according to Forth. He called the joy and satisfaction he got form helping Johnson “enormous” during the meeting at the Burbank School auditorium.

Local Rose Park retailers provided both with swag bags including gifts from LB Skate, eats at Restauration restaurant and coupons for Portfolio coffee house and the Art Theater.

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