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

17th Annual Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation, Class of 2018

Posted on: 05/24/2018

On May 8, 2018, Project Youth OCBF celebrated the graduation of the 17th Annual Higher Education Mentoring Program’s Class of 2018.  Twenty-seven graduates - 16 girls and 11 boys - graduated from the program after preparing for college for 18 months. All students will be attending college in the fall.

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Project Youth OCBF’s Spring Food & Wine Society Dinner – May 7, 2018

Posted on: 05/21/2018

An ocean view was one of many dazzling features found at the home of Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine, the hosts of this year’s Spring Food & Wine Dinner. Amazing décor, stunning art, elegant table settings, and the warmest of welcomes were experienced at what can only be described as an enchanted evening.

Food & Wine Society members dined on delicious Italian food prepared by Valentino’s - Santa Monica, except for this one evening, Valentino’s came to Laguna Beach. In the splendor of the Sonenshines’ kitchen, magic was created; in the magnificent dining room, that magic was consumed. As if the night could get even better - and it did – the magical food was paired with exquisite wines selected by Wine Cellar Master Ygal Sonenshine from the Project Youth OCBF wine cellar. Ygal educated the group on the wines and had everyone in laughs with his witty remarks. Sheila, too, brought laughter to all with her words, speaking from the heart as she expressed her warmest of welcomes to all who dined at their table. Later that night, wine from the cellar was auctioned to raise funds to support Project Youth OCBF programs.

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Congratulations to Steve Card, recipient of this year's CREW-OC SPIRE Award for Philanthropy

Posted on: 03/28/2018

On March 14, 2018, the Orange County chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, CREW-OC, hosted its 7th annual SPIRE Awards ceremony at the Samueli Theater in Costa Mesa, honoring local commercial real estate leaders for Superior Performance In Real Estate. Over 300 people turned out to celebrate the industry's achievements and honor the very best and brightest in Orange County. Steve T. Card, Senior Managing Partner at Savills Studley and Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors Member, was honored as Winner for "Superior Performance in Philanthropy." He was nominated by Project Youth for his outstanding philanthropic contributions including his role in securing Project Youth's new building pro bono, and the donation of his full commission in excess of $60,000 to fund the programs of Project Youth, detailed here. A press release regarding this year's SPIRE event can be viewed here.

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2017 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

Posted on: 12/27/2017

Project Youth OCBF's 2017 Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception was held on Wednesday, December 13, at First American Financial Corporation. It was a great turnout and wonderful evening for friends and supporters. Judge David O. Carter represented Project Youth with pride as master of ceremonies. The event offered an opportunity to reflect on 2017 and recognize the donors, agencies, businesses, and volunteers that make our work possible and successful.

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1605 E. 17TH STREET  –  SANTA ANA

1605 E. 17th St, Santa Ana

1605 E. 17th St., Santa Ana

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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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