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

Health
Education

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.

Juvenile
Diversion

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 Project Youth OCBF?

Project Youth OCBF (Orange County Bar Foundation) 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 Project Youth OCBF empower youth and families to make positive choices, building the foundation for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

Project Youth 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. Project Youth 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

Project Youth 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

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Recent News

A Collaboration with The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

Posted on: 12/15/2016

Project Youth 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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We've Moved!

1605 E. 17TH STREET  –  SANTA ANA

1605 E. 17th St, Santa Ana

1605 E. 17th St., Santa Ana

Upcoming Events

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Become a Supporter

Project Youth is pleased to recognize our current supporters. We are grateful to the many individuals, law firms, foundations and businesses that have chosen to support Project Youth 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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