March 28, 2006

Gift from the Amgen Foundation will support a variety of the Riordan Program's academic areasLOS ANGELES - Approaching its 20th anniversary, The Riordan Programs, which prepares high school students from underserved communities for careers in business through education, mentorship and professional development, has much to celebrate.  First, it has graduated nearly 800 participants with 100 percent of them accepted into 4-year colleges each year.  Second, a gift of $70,000 from the Amgen Foundation was given to support a variety of the program’s academic areas for two school years, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007.  As a fully independent non-profit organization, The Riordan Programs relies on private support from individuals, corporations and foundations to augment much of its educational programs.  

Some of the areas the Amgen Foundation’s gift will support include: 

  • A self-assessment workshop—each student participant completes a self-assessment exercise that provides a customized profile of personal and career interests for the individual to consider.
  • A portfolio management curriculum—a select group of students manages individual portfolios of $100,000 in fictitious money for investments.
  • A financial literacy curriculum—students explore elements of the stock market including financial statements and portfolio management and present their findings in a team-based competition.
  • Professional development workshops—students interface with business professionals to practice public speaking, networking and interviewing techniques; develop their resumes; and learn basic business etiquette.
  • Corporate site visits—local companies host students for a day of on-the-job learning.

“The Amgen Foundation shares our commitment to empowering youth from low socioeconomic households to become leaders in their communities through education and mentorship,” says Alex Lawrence, executive director of The Riordan Programs.  “Their gift illustrates the Foundation’s dedication to making tangible, positive changes in the communities in which many of their staff work and live.”

If you or your company is interested in volunteering or partnering with The Riordan Programs, contact The Riordan Programs office at (310) 206-3596.

About the Amgen Foundation
The Amgen Foundation ( seeks to advance science education; improve patient access to quality care; and strengthen the communities where Amgen staff members live and work. Since 1991, the Foundation has made $70 million in grants to local, regional and national non-profit organizations that impact society in inspiring and innovative ways. It has also supported disaster relief efforts both domestically and internationally.

About the Riordan Programs
Founded in 1987, The Riordan Programs is a pioneering career-based outreach program that motivates high school students, college students and recent college graduates from diverse backgrounds and under-served communities to consider and prepare for careers in management through education, mentorship and professional development. The Riordan Programs has since been recognized as the defining model for such programs.

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