OUR TEAM

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.

KAREN RUAN, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Rocio Aceves Coordinator

Madres Unidas

Daisy BarrosoProgram Coordinator

Higher Education Mentoring Program

Anna BrownBookkeeper

Linbert CastelanProgram Coordinator

SHORTSTOP

Nancy GarciaAssociate Director

Fund Development & Project SELF

Manny Gutierrez Associate Director

SHORTSTOP & ICAN!

Michelle Hammond, MPAResearch & Development

Eric HernandezProgram Coordinator

ICAN!

Celeste LopezProgram Coordinator

Higher Education Mentoring Program

Silvestre LopezProgram Coordinator

STOP SHORT of Addiction & SHORTSTOP

Martha Madrid Associate Director

Diversion, Education & Health Programs

Marisol ParandDirector of Development

Nazly Restrepo, MSWAssociate Director

Clinical Services

Madelyn RodriguezPY OC Assistant

Gabriel RuanDiversion Case Manager

STOP SHORT of Addiction & SHORTSTOP

Karen Ruan Executive Director

Natalie Sanchez Health Educator

¡Cuídate!

Kathleen Scatton Controller

Frances TorresProgram Manager

¡Cuídate! & Madres Unidas

Sujei Vasquez PY OC Assistant

Martha Veliz Program Manager

STOP SHORT of Addiction