Valero Energy Corporation, a renowned corporate entity, has solidified its position as an exceptional community partner through its meaningful collaborations with Sharefest Community Development. Together, they have been making a profound impact on the lives of at-risk students in the Harbor Area, particularly those attending Avalon Continuation High School in Wilmington. With a strong focus on providing support and guidance, Valero’s partnership with Sharefest is spearheading a transformative journey towards a brighter future for these young individuals.

Valero Energy Company Volunteers Beautify Avalon High School in Wilmington with Sharefest Community Development.

Valero joined Sharefest in a transformative project at Avalon Continuation High School. Their mission was to create a mental health garden and paint vibrant murals to create more pride for the students. This revitalization project not only breathes life into the physical aspects of the school but also symbolizes the collective dedication to the community’s well-being.

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“To the students in the Sharefest program: We want you to know that we love you, we respect you, and we are here for you. We believe in you and your potential to achieve great things in life. We are committed to helping you set yourself up for a fulfilling and successful future,” said Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, representative of Valero Energy Corporation.

Valero’s commitment to the community is further evident in their simultaneous participation in Wilmington Clean-Up. This dual effort underlines Valero’s dedication to the overall beautification and enhancement of the entire community. The project serves as a powerful symbol of Valero’s dedication to uplifting the next generation of leaders and fostering a sense of belonging among Wilmington’s youth.

“It is essential that these students have access to mentors who can support them in navigating the challenges they face, and while today we are making investments to the exterior of this continuation high school, we support Sharefest because of the investment inside of the classroom,” expressed Sotelo-Vargas.

Community leaders have taken notice of Valero’s impactful efforts. Los Angeles City Councilmember Tim McOsker commended Valero’s collaboration with Sharefest and its positive impact on the community. “Valero, Athens, and Avalon High School students working together is the definition of community – when we all partner with each other to make days like today possible,” said McOsker, emphasizing the importance of civic engagement and community partnerships in effecting meaningful change.

Chad Mayer, Executive Director of Sharefest Community Development, reiterated the organization’s unwavering commitment to supporting under-estimated students. “We are deeply grateful to everyone who supports Sharefest and our cause. Your generosity and compassion make all the difference in the world,” said Mayer. Expressing gratitude to Valero for their support in beautifying Avalon Continuation High School, Mayer emphasized the power of community when individuals come together for a greater purpose.

Lora Caudill, Wilmington Community of Schools Administrator for the Los Angeles Unified School District, acknowledged Sharefest’s significant contribution to student achievement and college readiness. “The bottom line is that Sharefest is helping the school district ensure our students are set on a path of success, breaking the cycle of poverty for students who need and deserve mentoring and guidance,” said Lora Caudill.

Valero Energy Corporation’s partnership with Sharefest Community Development serves as a shining example of corporate social responsibility. It demonstrates its commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of students in the Harbor Area. By investing in the beautification of Avalon Continuation High School and supporting Sharefest’s mission, Valero is empowering students, breaking the cycle of poverty, and transforming the future of these students and their community. 

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.