Meritorious Service Award - J.G. Larochette '02
J.G. Larochette left Saint Mary’s with a deep desire to work with children. He began his career as a Site Coordinator for Sports4Kids at Laurel Elementary in Oakland and later for Coronado Elementary in Richmond. In his first years working with children of the East Bay, he built a strong connection with the communities he served, and was focused on equity and creating a safe, fun, and engaging playground. J.G. founded Mindful Life Project in May 2012 after working with South Richmond youth and their families for a decade. As a classroom teacher, J.G.’s partner schools, which are in economically underserved communities, are overwhelmed with a need for prevention and intervention programs to support emotional development and combat cyclical patterns of defiance, violence, and negative learning environments. In creating the Mindful Life Project, J.G. provides a space where all students feel valued, empowered, loved and encouraged to excel both socially and academically.