Mesa Convention Center and Ovation Food Services Host The M.E.S.A. Program Bnaquet Dinner 

May 11, 2010

The Mesa Convention Center and Ovations Food Services are proud to work in partnership with the Mesa Police Department and the Mesa Unified School District, in hosting a banquet dinner for M.E.S.A. Program Class #7.

The M.E.S.A. (Making Every Student Accountable) Program originated in 2007 and is a partnership between the Mesa Police Department, the Mesa Unified School District and other community organizations and businesses. The program targets 13- to 15-year-old at risk students who exhibit high rates of truancy, problem behavior, school disciplinary referrals, and/or gang associations and involvement. Each class undergoes a nine week session where students are exposed to classroom instruction, as well as physical fitness. The class topics include lessons on self awareness, team building, the realities of our choices and consequences, anger management, life skills, diversity, job readiness and leadership skills. A parent component is also included into the nine week session.

The Mesa Convention Center and Ovations have generously donated their first-class facilities, planning/service staff, and portions of the food service, in order to make this a memorable event for the recent program graduates and others in attendance.  Andy Torres, General Manager Ovations Food Services, stated, "Ovations is honored to partner with the Mesa Police Department and Mesa Convention Center to offer our upscale food and beverage services for such a wonderful community program. I feel this program provides an opportunity to enhance our commitment to both our community and those that need guidance and support."



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