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Power 4 Youth began in response to the Los Angeles riots of the ’90s. A group of Long Beach ministers got together to try to understand what might have caused such a breakdown of community. In 1999 they began Power 4 Youth as a grassroots effort to reach kids “on the edge” – those who were not in trouble, but whose success depended on having a positive influence to balance the negative challenges they faced. The program began with six at-risk teens and six mentors, operating as a project of the Presbyterian Church. Although founded by a church, there has never been any religious component. Today, Power 4 Youth serves over 50 youths each week. Power 4 Youth continues to grow, matching at-risk middle school youth with mentors. We will be speaking with the Executive Director, Val Parker, to gain insights into how adults can positively influence children to take charge of their lives.