Gayle Anderson was live in Compton with a preview of the May 18th fundraiser for the Compton Jr. Posse and talked with kids involved in the program.
Gayle Anderson was live in Compton with a preview of the May 18th fundraiser for the Compton Jr. Posse, founded by Mayisha Akbar in 1988, as an after-school inner city youth program providing year round equestrian activities as an alternative to the lure of gang and drug lifestyles. By teaming with horses, youngsters develop responsibility, discipline and self-esteem. CJP students train with many top national trainers including 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson and Olympic Bronze Medalist-International Dressage Judge Charlotte Bredahl-Baker. In 2011, CJP was awarded the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Silver Medal Award.
More than just a hobby, Compton Jr. Posse aims to provide its students with the skills and training needed to pursue academic and career goals. CJP established the first inner city equestrian team to compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL) in 2009. This team sport helps students become eligible for equestrian scholarships at some of the top colleges in the country. In addition, CJP launched a Mounted Jr. Ranger Program in conjunction with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority in 2010. In 2012, Jr. Rangers represented the USA at the 7TH World Ranger Congress in Arusha, Tanzania. Compton Jr. Posse youngsters were the only team of children at the Congress and were so well received that the CJP was asked to spearhead an international component of Jr. Rangers for the next World Ranger Congress to be held in 2015 in Colorado. In 2012, CJP students were sought after from across the country for numerous apprenticeships. CJP generated international interest from England, Australia, Japan, China and more from organizations who want to replicate the CJP programs. This has opened doors for international travel and education for CJP youth.
CJP believes there is no better investment in the future of America than developing leaders of tomorrow. As part of its three year campaign, CJP has set a $1.3 million fundraising goal to improve its educational, outreach and ranch components as well as ensure its newly created equestrian team can continue to compete in order to become eligible for equestrian scholarships at some of the top colleges in the country.
In order to reach its fundraising goals, Compton Jr. Posse is hosting its annual fundraiser gala, “Celebrating Horses in Hollywood,” Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Los Angeles Equestrian Center Grand Ballroom. Tickets for this event are $175 per person or $1750 for a table of 10. To purchase tickets, click HERE. CJP is currently soliciting donations for its fundraiser. For more information, please visit their website.
Compton Jr. Posse
Mayisha Akbar, Executive Director
453 West Caldwell Street
Compton, CA 90220
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Compton Jr. Posse Annual Fundraiser Gala-”Celebrating Horses in Hollywood”
Los Angeles Equestrian Center Grand Ballroom
480 West Riverside Drive
Burbank, CA 91506
If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com
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