Project Youth OC offers programs and services that have been proven to make a positive impact on youth, their families, and our community.

Negative peer pressure, gangs, drugs, lack of parental support, economic disadvantage, and lack of resources are just a few risk factors that can mislead youth. Project Youth OC programs fill a gap in our community for much needed intervention and services that can increase resiliency for youth to overcome challenges and move forward with accomplishment. We have dozens of incredible stories that demonstrate the effectiveness of our work.

Project Youth OC staff is the heart and soul of our programs. We are committed to carrying out the vision of Project Youth OC and ensuring that every child and parent who receives our services has the ability to feel a sense of achievement. As we look forward to the next 50 years, we hope Project Youth OC continues to grow into an outstanding charitable organization that changes the quality of life for so many youth and families.

By learning about and supporting our organization, we hope you will come to appreciate the mission of Project Youth OC.


Rocio Aceves Health Educator

Madres Unidas

Anna BrownAdministrative Assistant

Linbert CastelanProgram Coordinator


Alejandra DiazProgram Manager

Higher Education Mentoring Program

Nancy GarciaAssociate Director

Fund Development & Project SELF

Manny Gutierrez Associate Director

Diversion & ICAN!

Michelle Hammond, MPAResearch & Development

Eric HernandezProgram Manager


Silvestre LopezProgram Manager


Martha Madrid Associate Director

Education & Health Programs

Luz ManzoHealth Educator

Youth Making Proud Choices

Miriam OchoaProgram Coordinator

Higher Education Mentoring Program

Nazly Restrepo, MSWAssociate Director

Clinical Services

Isabel ReyesProgram Coordinator

STOP SHORT of Addiction

Haydee RodriguezHealth Educator

Youth Making Proud Choices

Madelyn RodriguezAdministrative Assistant

Karen Ruan Executive Director

Natalie Sanchez Program Coordinator


Kathleen Scatton Controller

Frances TorresProgram Manager

Youth Making Proud Choices

Sujei Vasquez Administrative Assistant

Martha Veliz Program Manager

STOP SHORT of Addiction