Congratulations to our 2023 graduates from Avalon, Johnston, Patton, and Angel’s Gate High Schools!! Sharefest is incredibly proud of your hard work and dedication to achieving your goals. Your graduation is a testament to your resilience and perseverance in the face of adversity.

At Sharefest, we are committed to supporting our students beyond their graduation day. Our mentoring, programming, and exposure to good careers is just the beginning of our efforts to help our students succeed in college and their chosen career paths. We understand that many of our students have experienced significant barriers in their lives, and we are dedicated to providing the support and resources they need to overcome these challenges and reach their full potential.

Congratulations to our 2023 graduates from Avalon, Johnston, Patton, and Angel’s Gate High Schools.

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Dr. Melanie Lundquist, LHD, an activist philanthropist and dedicated supporter of continuation schools and an advocate for underserved communities, delivered remarks and five scholarships during the ceremony on June 8 at Gardena High School. The scholarships were given to students based on their outstanding academic achievements, personal growth, and strong commitment to overcoming challenges.

Continuation High Schools are vital in providing educational opportunities to students who face unique challenges and require personalized attention to complete their high school education.

Lundquist’s philanthropic efforts have positively impacted students living in underserved communities, including providing the largest single donation to Sharefest Community Development. Sharefest provides youth facing significant barriers with the skills, support, and connections they need to achieve economic success. Lundquist’s $1 million contribution has empowered Sharefest to expand its reach and make an even more significant difference in the lives of young people striving to overcome obstacles.

“The “Exceptional Student Scholarship Award” represents Melanie’s strong support for continuation school students and her dedication to ensuring that resources are deployed effectively and efficiently to uplift communities in need. Through Melanie’s generosity, she seeks to inspire a new generation of leaders who will make a lasting impact on society,” said Chad Mayer, President of Sharefest.


About Sharefest: 

Sharefest builds hope and pathways to economic success for youth facing significant barriers. Serving over 300 youth a year, their primary work takes place inside LAUSD Continuation High Schools from San Pedro to Watts. Sharefest students participate in college and career courses that accelerate earning the credits they desperately need to graduate. The Sharefest team mentors and provides students with the necessary skills, support, and connections to achieve their career and college goals. After high school graduation, youth continue to receive support, guidance, and mentoring as they enter into the workforce or community college. Sharefest’s work with youth is partially funded by facilitating service projects for area businesses that want to give back to their surrounding communities.