WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY CHILD, ADOLESCENT AND TEEN IS UNIQUE.

WE BELIEVE THAT ALL YOUTH HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE AN IMPACT.

MOST IMPORTANTLY, WE BELIEVE
each and every single one of them has potential. It is our mission to bridge any gaps and give access to all the resources they will need to open the doors for future success.

Jane Mills Martin, Project Youth OCBF Executive Director 1987-2004, passed on April 21, 2021 – gone but never forgotten.

For all of us at Project Youth OCBF it is a privilege to honor Jane Mills Martin for her dedication and legacy with us. Jane was the driving force for making Project Youth OCBF what it is today. Under her guidance we grew from a small nonprofit to a thriving nonprofit providing thousands of families with education, health, and diversion programs that change lives. Jane grew us from a philanthropic arm of the OCBA to a standalone $2 million-a-year 501(c)(3) operating nonprofit. She implemented fundraisers that are still in place today, raising much needed funds annually to sustain our growth.

Jane was a visionary who could not only envision new and exciting things but could put them in place for real, lasting impact. We are forever grateful we had Jane to make us what we are today.

Rest with the angels, Jane, and know you were loved.

 


EVERY YEAR WE SERVE

1500+

At-risk Orange County youth ages 12-18

1000+

Parents

100%

of our high school seniors enroll in college

91%

non-recidivism rate for SHORTSTOP & STOP SHORT of Addiction program participants

From struggling to put food on the table to a full ride at Harvard, the Higher Education Mentoring Program paved Noemi’s way to a life she once dreamed about.My parents attended school up to the 6th and 8th grades in Mexico. Because of their education, their job opportunities have been limited and the college admissions process was a mystery, until the program helped us. When people now ask me how I'm doing, I reply 'Living my Dream.'"

– NOEMI, HIGHER EDUCATION MENTORING PROGRAM

From a struggling teen surrounded by violent crime and drug use to the position of supervisor for 15 years at a respected large Orange County law firm, Jesus tells how Project SELF changed his life. “This program opened the door to something I would never have imagined; it showed me to believe in myself…Project SELF gave me the confidence to keep growing even when all the odds were stacked against me."

– JESUS, PROJECT SELF GRADUATE

“Through Madres Unidas, I learned that it is not only important to know about HIV/STI’s, but it is also important to share this knowledge with our family and friends…how to recognize what puts us at risk, and how to protect oneself. I am now a Health Educator for Madres Unidas. I have been empowered and I am proud to help other women in my community."

– ROCIO A., HEALTH EDUCATOR

HOW WE HELP

Project Youth OCBF’s programs create a comprehensive family-centered system of care that is tailored specifically for low-income, at-risk and minority youth.

Academic & Career Development

Our educational programs are designed to provide high school and college students with the academic, social and resource support needed for success in school and in the workplace.

Juvenile Diversion

Our juvenile diversion programs are designed to keep youth from repeat offenses of further involvement with the criminal justice system and deter substance abuse use.

Health Education 

Our health education programs are designed to provide risk reduction education to adolescents, teens and parents to reduce their risks of sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy, and alcohol and drug abuse.

HOW YOU
CAN HELP

Your gift of time and money will not only help us sustain our excellent programs but will give us the ability to tailor them to fit each child’s needs. Help us make a difference today and create a lasting impact for tomorrow and beyond.