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Long Beach Blast

LB BLAST reaches out to connect a positive role model with youth in Long Beach who are facing adversity through the Academic Mentoring Program and Bridge to Success Program. Their outstanding programs lead youth in basic life skills, goal setting, character development, establishing trusting relationships, and academic success.

Poly-PAAL has a Bridge to Success Mentor on campus that work alongside classroom teachers to support their growth.  Maria Zapien, the LB Blast Mentor, supports PAAL students with academics and life after high school. 

Poly-PAAL students also benefit from the Academic Mentoring Program that provide one-on-one mentors/tutors to students.   Due to COVID19, this program will be virtual and require additional parent permissions. 


Get help with your lbcc and financial aid applications:

Ms. Zapien and Ms. Valencia are doing one on one phone appointments to help students fill out and submit their LBCC and Financial Aid applications. Fill out the questions below to request an appointment! We can talk about all your LBCC requirements, applications, and class registration.

You can contact us at & call or text (562)264-5993 for Ms. Zapien or (562)294-1080 for Ms. Valencia.