Over 100 people attended this year's Aspires West Role Models for Youth Luncheon on March 25, 2017 at the Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, CA. The Role Models being honored were: Mrs. Joanna H. Foster, Pasadena Fire Chief Bertral T. Washington, Mr. David Whitfield, and Mrs. Heather Wilson. The Student Honorees were Taj Bailey (John Muir High School), Britne Brown (William Blair High School), Aleena Drummond (William Blair High School), Aleeza Drummond (William Blair High School), Keimani Mc. Nair (Pasadena High School), and Giovanni Vargas (Marshall Fundamental High School).

The students were also inspired by U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, California State Senator Anthony Portantino, and California Assemblyman Chris Holden. Each student received a scholarship award and proclamation from the politicians.

Also in attendance were special guests Mrs. Sandra Greenstein, Attorney Larry Meyer, Rev. Dr. James Stevenson and Mrs. Sara Stevenson, as well as Mrs. Elsie Rogers, wife of Aspires West Founder Dr. Cornish Rogers.