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.

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Recent News

Project SELF Summer Learning

Posted on: 07/14/2016

Last week, this year’s Project SELF interns were invited to UC Irvine School of Law to learn what it takes to be admitted into college and law school. The group toured the campus and heard remarks from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a panel of young lawyers, and a panel of current UCI law students. The next Project SELF field trip will give students the opportunity to visit the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where they will learn about the justice system and working in the courts from the firsthand experiences of the justices and staff.

2016 Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation

Posted on: 06/20/2016

On Wednesday, May 18, the Orange County Bar Foundation held a very special evening honoring the 2016 graduates of its Higher Education Mentoring Program at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. Higher Education Mentoring Program Chair and OCBF board member Carolyn McKitterick served as the mistress of ceremonies, and OCBF President Kyle Kawakami greeted families and guests. Attendees had the pleasure of hearing this year’s keynote speaker, Special Assistant Attorney General of California Mónica M. Ramírez. An outstanding role model for our youth, Mónica’s words were motivating and inspiring to all. Thanks to the generosity of the following donors, all 26 graduates were presented with college scholarships, dorm kits, and backpacks filled with college supplies:

FIRM Scholarships:  Alim Malik, Esq., Jackson Tidus – “JT Kick Start Program" and Judicate West

Annual Scholarships:  Carolyn McKitterick Scholarship, Maria Solis Martinez Scholarship, and Eric V. Traut, Esq. Scholarship

OCBF Supporter Scholarships:  Alan & Karen Brutman, Brian & Dianne Daucher, Dennis & Mary Ghan, John & Susie Hurlbut, Michele D. Johnson, Esq., Kyle & Cheryl Kawakami, Pamela S. Liosi, Esq., Jaritt & Erin Ruff, Edward & Regina Schlatter, Jim & Linda Skorheim, and Alan & Maria Stearns

OCBF College Starter Kit Supporters:  Saul & Betsy Gilbert, Bill & Patricia Grenner, Chris & Felice McGrath, Don Morrow & Judy Johnson, Mark & Kathleen Peterson, Jim & Linda Skorheim, and Ygal & Sheila Sonenshine

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 • Aon • Arbonne Foundation • The California Endowment • Carmax
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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