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 50 years, consistently achieving positive results in the community.

Annual Highlights

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Recent News

Roopftop Brewfest - Friday, June 28, 2019

Posted on: 08/17/2019

Thank you for coming out to the 7th Annual Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser. The weather was fantastic, the beer & sliders were delicious and we all had a great time!

We wish to thank our sponsors for all their support, and our Associate Board for all their hard work and hours devoted to helping make your experience more enjoyable. Finally, we wish to thank you, our Brewfest attendees! There would be no Brewfest without you!

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Elevate Educate Empower Comprehensive Campaign

Posted on: 07/20/2019

July 2019
Project Youth OCBF launches Elevate Educate Empower Comprehensive Campaign to raise $9 million to support their youth programs.  For 50 years, Project Youth OCBF has made a significant and meaningful impact in the lives of at-risk youth and families. The thousands of clients we’ve served represent an incalculable benefit to both local families and the broader community. Our work is essential today and will remain essential far in to the future. Read more on our campaign.

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Successful Local After-School Mentoring Program for Latino Youth Reveals Success with Promoting Higher Education Opportunities

Posted on: 07/20/2019

"The Higher Education Mentoring Program allowed me to expand not only my knowledge as a student but also as an individual in order to help me pursue my goal of achieving higher education. Thanks to the Higher Education Mentoring Program I can say that I am more prepared to not only get into college but, be successful while there." Monica, Higher Education Mentoring Program 2019 Graduate.

Project Youth OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program, an after school college readiness program, that supports and encourages educational opportunities for young Latinos, celebrated with its Class of 2019. The 6-year program successfully provided the academic, social, and financial support needed for students to graduate from high school and successfully apply to institutions of higher education. The initial 18-month phase has been completed, yet the students will remain in contact with staff and be tracked for the next 4 years or until the reach the goal of a Bachelor’s degree. This year, the agency gave over $30,000.00 in scholarships to twenty-seven senior Higher Education Mentoring Program participants that are pursuing higher education.  “We are extremely proud of the achievements of the Higher Education Mentoring Program and its participants. The Class of 2019 has 27 amazing young men and women who we are very proud of.  Project Youth OCBF board of directors, committee members, mentors and staff, as well as the student’s families, provided strong support and the guidance needed, for these students to enter college, but it was the students who excelled to achieve the end results,” stated Martha Madrid, Associate Director.  Project Youth OCBF has given over a million dollars in 4-year renewable scholarships to Santa Ana students since 2008.

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Game Day - Saturday, January 12, 2019

Posted on: 01/20/2019

Each year, the Project Youth OCBF Associate Board hosts a Game Day fundraiser to raise funds for the Higher Education Mentoring Program. The event is held at Advanced Depositions' swanky “Settlement Lounge.” In addition, Advanced Depositions is the official Touchdown Sponsor providing fabulous Game Day food and beverages. This year's event featured the showing of NFL playoff games. Fans supported their teams by sporting their team colors while attendees enjoyed playing ping pong, pool and darts.  Thanks to Advanced Depositions and all Game Day sponsors, as well as participants who purchased tickets and squares, the event raised almost $9,000 for the Higher Education Mentoring Program. Another highlight of the event was the awarding of three Outstanding Mentor Awards to Alonzo Ledezma, Zaira Zavalza and Cythina Vilchis.

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2018 Annual Meeting and 12th Annual Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

Posted on: 01/20/2019

The Honorable David O. Carter – Master of Ceremonies – welcomed guests to Project Youth OCBF’s Annual Meeting and 12th Annual Society of Fellows Recognition Reception on the evening of Thursday, December 13, 2018. He thanked First American Corporation for allowing us to be there to enjoy the beautiful setting. He introduced Parker Kennedy and Garrett Rogers of First American and expressed our gratitude for their loyal support throughout the years and for our relationship with First American, in which we take great pride.

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A Beloved Friend and Leader in the Legal Community, the Honorable Steven L. Perk (Ret.)

Posted on: 01/17/2019

Dear Society of Fellows Members:

It is with a heavy heart that I write to inform you of the passing of the Honorable Steven L. Perk (Ret.).  Judge Perk was the 2016 recipient of the PYOCBF Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award, and has left an indelible mark on the Orange County legal landscape.

A former quarterback at the University of South Dakota and college football coach, Judge Perk graduated from Pepperdine School of Law in 1980 and worked as a law clerk for Judge Ronald Kreber’s former firm.  He served as a Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for almost 9 years, after which he worked in private practice with his good friend, Cliff Roberts.  He returned to the OCDA’s Office for another short stint when in 1995, Gov. Pete Wilson appointed him to the bench.  In 2002, Judge Perk was assigned to the General Civil Panel and in 2011, only 9 years later, was appointed Supervising Judge of the General Civil Panel.  As Supervising Judge, he simultaneously tackled both a pending financial crisis and an unprecedented backlog of over 2,000 unassigned cases which, under Judge Perk’s leadership, was whittled down to 500 cases in just 2 years.  During the court-closure crisis, Judge Perk co-founded the Voluntary Settlement Conference Program (which moved cases to resolution on “dark” days) and adopted policies ensuring litigants answering “ready” for trial would be able to find a courtroom. 

Judge Perk served as a judge on the Complex Civil Panel where he stepped down for health reasons in December 2016.  At the time of his death, Judge Perk served as a neutral at Judicate West.  Throughout his career as a jurist, Judge Perk earned a reputation as a no-nonsense trial judge who valued promptness, preparedness and professionalism.  Whether hearing high-profile matters like the 4-month Lloyd Charton trial or the pleas of a pro se litigant, he allowed parties to make their case, delivered clear and fair decisions, and treated all with respect and civility.  He was a fine judge and an exceptional human being who never lost his love for family, friends and sports.  For lawyers and non-lawyers alike, Judge Perk will stand as one of Orange County’s finest models of integrity, hard work, honesty and fairness.  He leaves behind a loving family and a legal community that deeply mourns his passing.

Sincerely, 


Daniel S. Robinson
PYOCBF Past President and Society of Fellows Chair
Robinson Calcagnie, Inc. 

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Project Youth OCBF receives award from Santa Ana Unified School District

Posted on: 10/31/2018

Superintendent Dr. Stefanie Phillips welcomed and addressed over 300 business and community leaders during the annual Superintendent's State of the District Breakfast on Friday, October 12, 2018 at Godinez Fundamental High School. Dr. Phillips provided a key note address and was joined by members of the Board of Education to present an award to Project Youth OCBF for embodying the theme that she has identified during her tenure as critical to success in SAUSD: Connectedness.

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Madres Unidas selected as a recipient of the Noble Viking Charities of Orange County Annual Holiday Food Box Event

Posted on: 10/13/2018

Madres Unidas, a program of the Orange County Bar Foundation dba Project Youth OCBF, has been selected as a recipient of the Noble Viking Charities of Orange County Annual Holiday Food Box Event! 

Every December, Noble Viking Charities, a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) charity, packs over 1,000 food boxes with holiday dinner and other necessities for needy Orange County families. Madres Unidas was chosen by the Noble Vikings to receive 45 of these food boxes to distribute to families in need, just in time for the holidays! Many of Project Youth OCBF’s program participants struggle in this economy, working two jobs just to make ends meet. Through the partnership with Noble Viking Charities, volunteers and family members will join together to help assemble the generous donations of food items such as a turkey or ham, fresh produce and canned goods for each box to provide dinner for up to 10 persons!

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1605 E. 17TH STREET  –  SANTA ANA

1605 E. 17th St., Santa Ana

Upcoming Events

 

Annual Event & Society of Fellows Reception
Thursday, December 12 – First American, 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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