Promoting Educated Choices

Promoting Educated Choices

In our Madres Unidas program, we work to reduce the risk of HIV infection among Latina women and their family members.

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Opening Doors to Higher Education and Career

Opening Doors to Higher Education and Career

In our Higher Education Mentoring Program, we provide low-income Latino high school students with the academic, social, and financial support needed to graduate from high school and succeed in college.

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Inspiring Kids to Be Socially Responsible

Inspiring Kids to Be Socially Responsible

In our SHORTSTOP program, we provide an alternative to incarceration by offering youth offenders the opportunity to attend diversion services.

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Programs and Solutions


Through free HIV testing, counseling, and referral services, 100% of participating Latinas increase their knowledge on their HIV status and 100% of women served show increased knowledge on their perception of their risk for contracting HIV/AIDS and STIs.

Academic and
Career Development

Not only do all of the youth we serve go on to attend college, but 85% of our students proceed straight to four-year universities, while only 21% of Santa Ana students not in our programs qualify for four-year universities.


Recidivism studies show that youth who successfully complete our diversion programs have less than a 7% repeat offense rate within the following year, compared to a rate of over 25% for youth who fail the programs.

What is the Orange County Bar Foundation?

The Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to keeping at-risk youth in school, healthy and drug-free through education, counseling, mentoring, and family strengthening. The programs of OCBF empower youth and families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

OCBF has provided thousands of Orange County juveniles and their families with the necessary skills to deter delinquent activity, set goals, and plan for positive, healthy, and productive lives free of crime. OCBF services include substance abuse prevention, health education, higher education mentoring, and diversion, in both English and Spanish. Numerous programs are specifically designed and implemented to be gender specific and all programs are culturally appropriate and sensitive for the target population.

Empowering Youth

OCBF has been a leader in the field of juvenile crime diversion and citizenship education for 40 years, consistently achieving positive results in the community.

Annual Highlights




Recent News

2016 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

Posted on: 01/15/2017

OCBF’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception was held on Thursday, December 8, at First American Financial Corporation. It was a great turnout and a wonderful evening for friends and supporters. Judge David O. Carter represented OCBF with pride as master of ceremonies.

The event offered an opportunity to reflect on 2016 and recognize the donors, agencies, businesses, and volunteers that make our work possible and successful. Below are some award highlights from the event.

A special thanks and congratulations to the 2016 award recipients that were honored and recognized for their dedication and commitment to OCBF: The Legal Eagle Cup for the winning team at our 20th Annual John C. Herklotz SHORTSTOP Golf Classic was accepted by OCBF Board member Don Morrow on behalf of Paul Hastings. OCBF Board member Maria Stearns of Rutan & Tucker was recognized as Top OC Marathon Fundraiser for OCBF. The recipient of our 2016 Sammy Award was Dennis Ghan of Palmieri, Tyler, Wiener, Wilhelm & Waldron LLP. Additionally, all OCBF SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction instructors were honored with OCBF Outstanding Leadership Awards: Mark Case, Orange County Department of Education; Mel Sarabia, Santa Ana Police Department; Juan Villegas, Orange County Sheriff’s Department; Lesley Trejo, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Erica Arellano, Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department; Tony Sanchez, Orange County District Attorney’s Office; Eddie Nunez, Santa Ana Police Department; Javier Orozco, Orange County Probation Department; and Kevin Stinson, of the 4th District Court of Appeal. The OCBF Community School Partner Award went to Jesse Penunuri of the Santa Ana Unified School District and the OCBF Outstanding Mentor Award went to Taylor Dalton. The 8th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Award went to John Hurlbut and the 9th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award to Judge Steven L. Perk (Ret.).

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A Collaboration with The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

Posted on: 12/15/2016

OCBF is proud to announce the expansion of its programs to The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, Newport Beach. The center has welcomed nonprofits to use their facilities to bring services to the Hoag community and surrounding cities. We currently offer the Madres Unidas women’s health program and the SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction diversion programs on-site at Hoag. Michaell Rose, LCSW, Director of Operations of Community Health, has organized the collaboration; we are extremely grateful for her support and dedication to the Foundation.

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Recent Events


Become a Supporter

The Orange County Bar Foundation is pleased to recognize our current supporters. We are grateful to the many individuals, law firms, foundations and businesses that have chosen to support the Orange County Bar Foundation during the past several years:

The Allergan Foundation • Angels Baseball Foundation • Annenberg Foundation • Aon
Arbonne Foundation • The California Endowment • Carmax • College Futures Foundation
College Futures Foundation • Draper Family Foundation • George T. Pfleger Foundation
Green Foundation • John C. Herklotz • Hitachi Automotive Systems Americas, Inc.
Hoag Community Benefits Program • Jackson DeMarco Tidus Peckenpaugh Kickstart Program
Jeffrey M. Carlton Foundation • Lon V. Smith Foundation • Marisla Fund
Orange County Bar Association (Charitable Fund) • Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators
Orange County Community Foundation • Orange County Coalition for Diversity in the Law
Orange County Marathon • Orange County United Way • Orange County Women Lawyers Association
Pacific Life Foundation • Robert Banyard Inn of Court • State Farm Companies Foundation
State Street Foundation • Taco Bell • TK Foundation •
Ueberroth Family Foundation • Union Bank • U.S. Bank • Wells Fargo

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