• November 19, 2020

PY OCBF – Thanksgiving Meals

November 19, 2020 | Blog, Events, OCBF News

  • November 19, 2020

PY OCBF Fundraisers Raising Funds to Feed the Need

November 19, 2020 | Blog, OC Marathon, OCBF News

  • August 19, 2020

PY OCBF Youth Head Back to School

August 19, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News, Project SELF

  • August 10, 2020

PY OCBF Virtual Scholarship Ceremony

  • July 16, 2020

Changing Lives Remotely

July 16, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • May 29, 2020

Making a difference one week at a time

May 29, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • May 21, 2020

Project Youth OCBF – Salutes Its Graduates in Uniform

May 21, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • May 15, 2020

PY OBCF Making A Difference

May 15, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • May 2, 2020

PY OCBF – The Need Continues

May 2, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • April 21, 2020

It Takes a Village or at Least a Family

April 21, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

Many of you have asked how Anne from our first COVID-19 story is doing at college.  The answer is pretty special.

Project Youth OCBF has reached out to Anne and provided support for her in these challenging times.  Project Youth OCBF mobilized its contacts in Anne’s area and helped her obtain the items that she needs so that she can be safe and healthy as she continues to live on her college campus. Anne and Project Youth OCBF are also working to see if her college dining hall can design a meal program that will work for her. The most important thing is that Anne feels supported and safe so that she can focus on, and be successful in, college.

[see left image; food that was delivered to Anne by Project Youth OCBF.]

One of our Board members who was involved in supporting Anne summed up Project Youth OCBF’s mission: “I like to think that we are doing what we would have done for our own kids.  When we help our HEM students realize their college dreams, our work does not end.  It is as important, or perhaps even more important, that we do what we can to help them succeed in college.  That is all that the Project Youth OCBF family has done here.  We were in a position to help, so we did. And Anne has done a great job of helping herself as well and we will continue to work in partnership with Anne to ensure that she has the tools and support to be successful in college and beyond.”

  • April 19, 2020

Project Youth OCBF Helping Families

April 19, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

  • April 8, 2020

COVID-19: How we can help

April 8, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

WE HELP BECAUSE WE CAN - COVID-19 has hit hard. It is a tough time for all . . . But for those of us with resources we can help those who are lacking resources due to this crisis. KINDNESS truly matters and how we help matters.

Sadly, so many of our families have lost income, families that were already struggling to make ends meet. Everyday our staff is calling families we serve and it is saddening to hear just how hard this crisis has hit these families. So many are out of work, living in less than desirable conditions and just trying to put food on the table. 

At Project Youth OCBF, we have found ways to help.  

Through our generous Project Youth OCBF supporters, we are providing immediate support of Gift Cards for food and essentials to all of our students and families in need, including gift cards to Target, Costco and Northgate Market. We extend a special thank you to Northgate Market who stepped up in a big way through the donation of their gift cards to our families. 

Additionally, twice a month Project Youth OCBF provides Food Care Packages to 20 to 25 families.  These packages include fresh food for a week and $50 to $100 in gift cards. And perhaps most helpful TOILET PAPER. We can offer these food drives because of our long-standing partnership with Hands of Mercy. Currently, our Associate Board is working to expand our food drive efforts by securing additional food and essential items for donation and distribution. This is a great example of helping because we can.

On the educational front, we are providing Wellness Checks, Emotional Support and COVID-19 Education/Resources to our students and their families. We are also linking our families to health, financial and food resources that are available to them.

Our students and families need your help now more than ever.  We cannot provide badly needed resources to our students and their families without your support. Please consider giving to Project Youth OCBF so that we can continue to help and support our students and families during these difficult and challenging times. If you want to help through a donation to Project Youth OCBF, please go to our GIVE link at: https://projectyouthocbf.org/give/.

Any way you choose to help will be greatly appreciated. Your donation will make a difference in the lives of our students and their families and help us to continue our mission to Empower Our Youth to Make Positive Choices!

With Gratitude,
Mark Erickson, Project Youth OCBF President 
Karen Ruan, Executive Director

  • April 7, 2020

2020 Spirit of Volunteerism Awards: Cindy Stokke

April 7, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

Honored By: Project Youth OCBF (Orange County Bar Foundation)
Cause Area: Youth Services

Cindy Stokke’s involvement with Project Youth OCBF began with participation in the many fun and memorable Fashion Show Fundraisers from 1989-1996 at South Coast and Main Place Mall which were generously sponsored by Nordstrom and which raised awareness of Project Youth OCBF diversion and educational programs in Orange County. For Cindy, participation in the fashion shows gave her the chance to do good for the community by raising funds to support the programs of Project Youth OCBF. Together with her husband, Al Stokke, they continued their involvement as board members and as Presidents; Cindy in 1999 and Al in 2006. Their commitment strengthened as they witnessed positive changes in so many youth that went through the SHORTSTOP/STOP SHORT of Addiction programs, Project SELF (Summer Employment in Law Firms) and the Higher Education Mentoring Program. Cindy tells others of her first-hand experience of seeing troubled kids turn their lives around. Families becoming closer. Students transformed into future college graduates merely by walking into law firms and working during the summer and experiencing a professional work environment, an experience they never thought possible. As Cindy became more involved with Project Youth OCBF she learned and appreciated the basic message that is communicated to the youth involved in the programs of Project Youth OCBF. Take responsibility for your actions. Get an education. Treat people with respect. These values along with the importance of educating and involving the parents resonated with Cindy. She realized the most important element of Project Youth OCBF was parental involvement. This she believes is key to the success of Project Youth OCBF programs. Another major contribution from Cindy came as she realized the importance of individual giving that would help to sustain Project Youth OCBF and ensure that it would continue to provide programs to our youth for many years. She reached out to board members and attorneys in Orange County and successfully established the Founding Members of the Society of Fellows. To this day, the Society of Fellows has successfully raised over $440,000 in the last 12 years to fund Project Youth OCBF diversion, education and health programs. In 2004, Al and Cindy, as founding board members of the OC Marathon, introduced Project Youth OCBF to an opportunity to raise money for their programs through the OC Marathon. In the 13 years of Cindy and Al’s involvement with the OC Marathon, over $628,000 has been raised for Project Youth OCBF programs. Cindy was instrumental in Project Youth OCBF’s most recent collaboration with Hoag Hospital, which is now providing funding and space at the Melinda Hoag Smith Community Center in Costa Mesa for the SHORTSTOP and Madres Unidas programs to serve Costa Mesa and Newport Beach area youth and families. Cindy saw a need for Project Youth OCBF to be part of this national model for provision of services to the community and made it happen. Today, Cindy participates in all Project Youth OCBF fundraisers to raise funds and awareness. She also co-chairs the Project Youth OCBF comprehensive campaign helping to raise $5 million in new funding over 3 years. Cindy chaired the 2014 strategic planning committee which successfully guided Project Youth OCBF for 5 years and is currently chairing the 2020 strategic planning committee to take Project Youth OCBF into the future. She is one of the great philanthropic volunteers in the history of Orange County, and Project Youth OCBF is humbled and grateful to benefit from her generosity and tremendous volunteer efforts.

  • February 19, 2020

Project Youth OCBF Open House – by Brian Daucher, Esq.

February 19, 2020 | Blog, OCBF News

On February 6, 2020, Project Youth OCBF held an Open House to celebrate the formal opening of our amazing new space. Located at 1605 17th Street, Santa Ana, Project Youth OCBF’s HQ space is bright, safe, and centrally located for our youth population services. HQ serves not only as our administrative headquarters, but also as a gathering point, formal and informal, for all our students and participants in our educational success, diversion and health programs.

At the Open House, we welcomed judges, Board and Associate Board members, Society of Fellows members, and our strong Project Youth OCBF ambassador group. Supervisor Andrew Do presented Project Youth OCBF with formal recognition for 50 years of service to Orange County and its youth population.

Although the formal open house is behind us, Project Youth OCBF’s HQ is always ready to receive visitors on either a drop-in or scheduled basis. Come see what we do. Chances are that whenever you drop by, you will see Project Youth OCBF in action.

  • January 19, 2020

2020 Game Day

January 19, 2020 | Blog, Game Day

Thank you to all those who attended Project Youth OCBF’s Game Day Fundraiser on January 11, held by our Associate Board under the leadership of 2020 Associate Board President Anthony Modarelli III. A special thanks to Advanced Depositions and Jeff Easton for underwriting the event and hosting Game Day at their fantastic, fun-filled venue. And, of course, we are so appreciative of all our Game Day sponsors. For 49ers fans it was a very exciting day. Tacos and treats were served and free day care was provided, making for an enjoyable time for fans of either team!

Together we were able to raise funds to support Project Youth OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program. On May 12, 28 high school students will be awarded college scholarships and dorm kits to start them on their journey in pursuit of higher education. Proceeds from Game Day will help support these scholarships and college supplies.

  • December 31, 2019

John C. Herklotz (1924-2019)

December 31, 2019 | Blog, OCBF News

JOHN C. HERKLOTZ – HAS BEEN OUR GENEROUS BENEFACTOR for decades. He recently passed, but his generosity and giving legacy lives on. John lived a full life and we were so fortunate to call him a friend.

John’s charitable undertakings were vast and included numerous nonprofits, colleges, hospitals and community efforts as well as his role as financial contributor and Chairman of the Board of Directors of American Happenings. We were so fortunate that for over two decades, John has donated significant support to Project Youth OCBF as our major golf sponsor. The tournament is appropriately named to honor John’s support “Project Youth OCBF John C. Herklotz Golf Classic.” In 2002, he provided a $150,000 challenge grant to our Sam Barnes Campaign to help us ensure the success of our efforts to fund a reserve account to support our education, diversion and health programs. Perhaps closest to John’s heart is the creation of the Dale Melbourne Conference Center, which is named for John’s beloved wife. The Center is located on the University of California at Irvine campus, which is also the home of the Herklotz Research Facility.

Rest in Peace John

  • December 25, 2019

2019 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception at First American Corporation

December 25, 2019 | Blog, Events

Thursday, December 12, 2019
Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

Master of Ceremonies the Honorable David O. Carter welcomed guests and introduced 2019 Project Youth OCBF President Steve Card. Steve discussed the 2019 launch of our Elevate Educate Empower Comprehensive Campaign--a three-year effort to raise $5 million in new funds and $9 million total with all of our annual funds included. He remarked how fortunate Project Youth OCBF is to have many dedicated volunteers and supporters to help us--most notably our campaign committee chairs, Jim & Linda Skorheim, Patrick & the Honorable Judith Ryan (Ret.), Allan & Cindy Stokke, and Honorary Chairs Ygal & Justice Sheila Prell Sonenshine (Ret.), all tremendously loyal and dedicated couples. 

The event continued with Judge Carter and Steve presenting several awards, beginning with the inaugural Project Youth OCBF Volunteer Excellence Award honoring Ygal & Sheila Sonenshine, who were thanked for their belief in our mission and for their loyal and continual leadership and support. 

Next on the program was the 26th Annual Sammy Award - Project Youth OCBF’s “Sammy” award, which is given each year to a recipient who has contributed to Project Youth in order to assist in best serving the youth and families of Orange County. The “Sammy” is dedicated in loving memory of Robert Samuel Barnes, who was a Project Youth OCBF longtime supporter and friend that contributed greatly to the organization. This year's "Sammy" award recipient, Eric V. Traut, joins a distinguished group of past recipients including: our very first recipient, Robert Samuel Barnes, Don Morrow, Judy Ryan, Ann Andres, John Herklotz, Jane Martin, Ygal and Sheila Sonenshine, Mike Pursell, Bill O’Hare, Michael Maguire, Cindy Stokke, Jim Skorheim, the Santa Ana Police Department, John Hurlbut, Mark Minyard, Carolyn McKitterick, Dennis Ghan, Kyle Kawakami, and last year’s recipient, Bill Grenner. Eric is a longtime supporter and past president of Project Youth, and current member of the Project Youth OCBF Board of Directors. He has diligently supported Project Youth as a volunteer and friend. Each year, he provides a Higher Education Mentoring Program student with a college scholarship, employees a Project SELF intern at his firm, and is always one of, if not the top, fundraiser of Project Youth OCBF’s OC Marathon effort. Eric was presented with the “Sammy” on behalf of Project Youth OCBF, to be congratulated by all on receiving this well-deserved, prestigious honor. 

The final award recipient to be recognized, Maria Solis Martinez, was presented with the Outstanding Community Leadership Award. Maria has been a long-term supporter or the Higher Education Mentoring Program. She began by providing a college dorm kit to one of our graduates back in 2002. Each year she provides up to three college scholarships to Santa Ana high school students in our Higher Education Mentoring Program who have the desire to pursue higher education. We are extremely grateful Maria has chosen our Higher Education Mentoring Program to provide her generous college scholarships and we were very excited to honor her. 

  • December 25, 2019

2019 Project Youth OCBF Society of Fellow Awards

December 25, 2019 | Blog

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Two Society of Fellow awards were presented at this year's Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception for 2019: the 12th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Fellow Award – awarded to attorney Arthur Kidman and the 11th Annual Society of Fellows Distinguished Judicial Fellow Award – awarded to the Honorable Nancy Weiben Stock (Ret.). Both were recognized as outstanding Fellow members and long-term supporters of Project Youth OCBF.

  • October 27, 2019

144 Golfers Participated in 18 Holes of Scramble Golf Raising Funds and Awareness for Project Youth OCBF

October 27, 2019 | Blog, Golf Tournament

Smiles were endless as we raised over $96,000 for Project Youth OCBF at our 23rd Annual John C. Herklotz SHORTSTOP Golf Classic. Without the support and dedication from the players, sponsors and volunteers, this wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you all!

Tournament participants enjoyed a variety of competitions in addition to 18 holes of golf. Activities included a “Hot Shot Cannon”, where participants attempted to launch their golf ball down to the green. Cleveland Golf provided a professional golfer for the day – for a donation, players allowed the pro to hit a tee shot so they could get closer to the hole.

  • August 25, 2019

MMA flyweight fighter Laura Gallardo donates to Project Youth

August 25, 2019 | Blog

August 22, 2019

Laura Gallardo, MMA flyweight fighter wins the women's 125lb OC Fight Club title and donates proceeds to Project Youth OCBF.

Laura Gallardo formerly Laura Anderson, was born in Irapuato, Mexico. She holds a degree in psychology from Simon Fraser University in Canada and is working on her masters in functional nutrition. 

She is a two time All American collegiate wrestler and made Mexico's national team. She made the USA grappling team where she won a gold medal at the world championships in Budapest Hungry. She is currently 8-0 as a mixed martial artist and the MMA flyweight champion.

On August 7, Laura presented to youth and families in Project Youth OCBF programs. Laura shared her life experiences and talked about how she has achieved her current success. She motivated youth to work hard and set goals. The youth and parents all enjoyed taking photos with Laura.

  • August 25, 2019

Project SELF 2019

August 25, 2019 | Blog, Project SELF

Project SELF 2019 provided 63 Santa Ana high school students with paid internships.  Our goal for the program was not just give students a summer job, but to use the eight weeks to give them an experience that will expose them to career paths they never knew about and most importantly, inspire them to pursue a college education.  We wanted to expose them to things that they have never seen before, and help them shape their goals, and give them a path to their dreams.  

  • August 17, 2019

Rooftop Brewfest – Friday, June 28, 2019

August 17, 2019 | Blog, Rooftop Brewfest

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!

View photos and additional details

  • July 20, 2019

Elevate Educate Empower Comprehensive Campaign

July 20, 2019 | Blog

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.

  • July 20, 2019

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

"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.

  • January 20, 2019

Game Day – Saturday, January 12, 2019

January 20, 2019 | Blog, Game Day

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.

  • January 20, 2019

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

January 20, 2019 | Blog, Events

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.

  • January 17, 2019

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

January 17, 2019 | Blog, OCBF News

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.


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

  • October 31, 2018

Project Youth OCBF receives award from Santa Ana Unified School District

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.

  • October 13, 2018

Hands of Mercy

Project Youth OCBF has also had the privilege of partnering with Hands of Mercy and its Director, Glen Whitaker for the past few years. Hands of Mercy generously provides food and grocery boxes to 20 Project Youth OCBF families in need on a monthly basis. This contribution of grocery needs has allowed numerous program families […]

  • October 13, 2018

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

October 13, 2018 | Blog, Madres Unidas

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!

  • August 11, 2018

Project SELF 2018 – Marking 23 years and over 900 students served

August 11, 2018 | Blog, Project SELF

On Wednesday, August 1, Project SELF held its annual recognition dinner honoring Project SELF summer interns from the class of 2018. The event was held at the Hilton in Costa Mesa with over 275 guests in attendance. Project Youth OCBF and the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators hosted the event to recognize this year’s 56 Project SELF interns and to thank the law firms and businesses that supported and mentored the students. The keynote speaker was Mónica Ramírez Almadani, an attorney at Covington & Burling LLP.

  • July 19, 2018

Madres and Youth Making Proud Choices 2018 Testimonials

July 19, 2018 | Blog, Madres Unidas


“As a Health Educator for Madres Unidas, and working for Project Youth OCBF, I have been empowered and I am proud to share my knowledge with other women  from the community who participate in the program.”

“The Madres program has helped me to have a better relationship with my family; I have a better understanding of how to talk with my son about the dangers facing young people today.”

“Thank you for these excellent programs! In Madres I learned quite a bit about drugs, risky sexual behaviors, STI’s and HIV. In Youth Making Proud Choices my son also learned about these topics.”

“This class makes teens feel comfortable to ask questions, Project Youth –OCBF is a safe place. I have learned a lot, now I know I can be safe in the future.”

  • May 24, 2018

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

  • May 21, 2018

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

May 21, 2018 | Blog, Food and Wine Society

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.

  • March 28, 2018

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

March 28, 2018 | Blog, OCBF News

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.

  • December 27, 2017

2017 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

December 27, 2017 | Blog, From our Supporters

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.

  • November 19, 2017

Congratulations to Project Youth’s 21st Annual Charity Golf Tournament Winners!

November 19, 2017 | Blog

Thank you to the sponsors and volunteers who participated in Project Youth's 21st Annual John C. Herklotz SHORTSTOP Golf Classic on October 13. Over 140 golfers participated in 18 holes of scramble golf at Oak Creek Golf Club in Irvine and approximately $92,000 was raised. Congratulations to the event's winning teams and contest winners - the complete list can be downloaded here.

  • July 2, 2017

Board Member Maria Stearns Continues the “Race” for Charity

July 2, 2017 | Blog, OC Marathon

Maria's Italian Road Race for OCBF Charity

  • June 4, 2017

OCBF Higher Education Mentoring Program Class of 2017 Graduation

On May 11, 2017, OCBF celebrated the graduation of the 16th class of students successfully completing the Higher Education Mentoring Program and taking the road to college. The program provided college preparation services to twenty-one high school graduates from high schools throughout Santa Ana over a period of 18 months. OCBF is proud to send each and every student off to college with a $1000+ scholarship and college starter kits – a large laundry basket stuffed with dorm bedding and supplies and backpacks complete with educational supplies – generously donated by Suavecito, Eddie Quillares of State Farm, and Jim and Linda Skorheim.

  • January 15, 2017

2016 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

January 15, 2017 | Blog, Events

OCBF’s 2016 Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception was held on Thursday, December 8, at First American Financial Corporation. It was a great turnout and a wonderful evening for friends and supporters. Judge David O. Carter represented OCBF with pride as master of ceremonies. The event offered an opportunity to reflect on 2016 and recognize the donors, agencies, businesses, and volunteers that make our work possible and successful.

  • December 15, 2016

A Collaboration with The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living

December 15, 2016 | Blog, OCBF News

Project Youth OCBF is proud to announce the expansion of its programs to The Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Healthy Living, Newport Beach. The center has welcomed nonprofits to use their facilities to bring services to the Hoag community and surrounding cities. We currently offer the Madres Unidas women’s health program and the SHORTSTOP and STOP SHORT of Addiction diversion programs on-site at Hoag. Michaell Rose, LCSW, Director of Operations of Community Health, has organized the collaboration; we are extremely grateful for her support and dedication to the Foundation.

  • August 21, 2016

Update: Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

August 21, 2016 | OC Marathon

The following is an update to our February 28 post regarding OCBF board member Maria Stearns' latest fundraising efforts. Notwithstanding a significant injury, Maria successfully completed the Nike Women's Mexico City Half Marathon, yet another achievement in her race to raise funds benefiting the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation. Thanks again, Maria, for your continued support!

  • July 14, 2016

Project SELF Summer Learning

July 14, 2016 | Blog, Project SELF

In July, this year’s Project SELF interns were invited to UC Irvine School of Law to learn what it takes to be admitted into college and law school. The group toured the campus and heard remarks from Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a panel of young lawyers, and a panel of current UCI law students.

The next Project SELF field trip will give students the opportunity to visit the 4th District Court of Appeal in Santa Ana, where they will learn about the justice system and working in the courts from the firsthand experiences of the justices and staff.

  • June 20, 2016

2016 Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduation

On Wednesday, May 18, the Orange County Bar Foundation held a very special evening honoring the 2016 graduates of its Higher Education Mentoring Program at the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity in Costa Mesa. Higher Education Mentoring Program Chair and OCBF board member Carolyn McKitterick served as the mistress of ceremonies, and OCBF President Kyle […]

  • February 28, 2016

Catching up with Board Member Maria Stearns

February 28, 2016 | Blog, OC Marathon

The Surf City Half Marathon is an award-winning course, considered one of the best half marathon courses in the country. It is well known for being scenic and flat. Runners come from all over to experience this exhilarating run. It starts along Pacific Coast Highway and passes by the famous Huntington Beach pier. Runners enjoy […]

  • January 26, 2016

Third Annual Game Day Fundraiser

January 26, 2016 | Blog, Game Day

OCBF’s Associate Board hosted its 3rd Annual Game Day Fundraiser on Saturday, January 9, 2016. The event was held at Advanced Depositions’ swanky “Settlement Lounge.” In addition to hosting, Advanced Depositions was the official Quarterback Sponsor, providing fabulous Game Day food and beverages and a photo booth for lasting memories. The event featured the showing […]

  • December 13, 2015

2015 Annual Meeting & Society of Fellows Recognition Reception

December 13, 2015 | Events

On Tuesday, the 8th of December, OCBF held its Annual Meeting and Society of Fellows Recognition Reception at the lovely First American Corporation location, which featured a beautiful holiday setting and amazing food. Masters of Ceremonies Justice David Thompson, along with OCBF’s 2015 President Christopher P. Wesierski, recognized OCBF volunteers and supporters. Several awards were presented, in gratitude for the commitment […]

  • November 9, 2015

Celebrating 20 Years

November 9, 2015 | Blog

This fall of 2015, I celebrate 20 years of employment with the Orange County Bar Foundation as Associate Director of diversion, health, and higher education services. I am proud to work for an organization that provides nationally recognized, culturally sound programs that are considered best practice. Over the years, I have been pleased to witness […]

  • November 9, 2015

Stanford Admissions Counselor Motivates Higher Education Mentoring Program Participants

On September 23, 2015, Yancie M. Davis, an admissions counselor at Stanford University, visited the Orange County Bar Foundation to present an overview of Stanford to the high school student participants of the Higher Education Mentoring Program. This informational workshop was very beneficial to the attendees, as they not only received information about the university, […]

  • November 9, 2015

CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania Celebrates Diversity

This past August, I represented OCBF’s Higher Education Mentoring Program at CBO Counselor Connection at the University of Pennsylvania. Many nonprofit organizations, dedicated to helping historically underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or first-generation college students participated. Penn faculty and staff held several student/faculty panels and interactive workshops for participants. They shared with us the student profile characteristics […]

  • October 9, 2015

2nd Annual Game Day Fiesta

October 9, 2015 | Game Day

On January 10, 2015, the OCBF Associate Board hosted the second annual Game Day Fiesta Fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s Higher Education Mentoring Program, supporting students’ pursuit of higher education. The event raised over $3,200 and the funds were used to host a special event for our Higher Education Mentoring Program participants.

  • August 7, 2015

Project SELF Celebrates 20 Years!

August 7, 2015 | Project SELF

On Wednesday, August 5th, Project SELF held its annual recognition dinner honoring Project SELF summer interns from the class of 2015. The event was held at the Chuck Jones Center in Costa Mesa, with over 275 guests in attendance. The Orange County Bar Foundation and the Orange County Chapter Association of Legal Administrators hosted the […]

  • July 21, 2015

What the Food & Wine Society Means to Us

July 21, 2015 | Food and Wine Society

We have been enthusiastic members of the Food & Wine Society for well over ten years.  We always look forward to the dinners – they are a wonderful way to experience the old and new in fine dining in Orange County.  But the best part is learning about and supporting OCBF programs in the company […]

  • July 19, 2015

How STOP SHORT of Addiction Works

STOP SHORT of Addiction works with youth to stop patterns of behavior from escalating into drug addiction and chronic criminal behavior. An example of this can be seen by a current statement made by a 15 year old male after completing the program. He was referred by the Santa Ana Police Department for being under […]

  • July 16, 2015

SHORTSTOP Instructors

July 16, 2015 | Juvenile Diversion, SHORTSTOP

It is no secret that our youth struggle to associate potential consequences with their actions. Luckily, our team of highly qualified SHORTSTOP instructors do an outstanding job of working with troubled/at-risk youth to turn their lives around. With 25 years as a SHORTSTOP instructor, Kevin Stinson, Administrator at the California Court of Appeal, strongly emphasizes […]

  • July 16, 2015

¡Cuídate! Receives a 3-Year Grant

July 16, 2015 | Health Education, ¡Cuídate!

The Orange County Bar Foundation received a three-year grant from the California Department of Public Health – Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Division. Funding began July 1, 2015 and implements California’s Personal Responsibility and Education Program (CA PREP). CA PREP is intended to educate youth on preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. A […]

  • July 14, 2015

Thank you to previous Golf Committee Chair Don Morrow

July 14, 2015 | Golf Tournament

A special thank you to Don Morrow, who has dedicated his time to chairing the Golf Tournament Committee for the past 18 years. We greatly appreciate all of the work he has put into making this event possible year after year. Don now hands over the reins to co-chairs Brian Daucher and Jon Skorheim.

  • July 14, 2015

Thank you for attending the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser

July 14, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

On Friday, June 5, the Orange County Bar Foundation Associate Board hosted the 2015 Brewfest Fundraiser on the Rooftop Sky Garden at 3161 Michelson Drive, Irvine. It was another successful event, raising over $6,000 for the programs of the Foundation. Over 200 guests enjoyed good company, beer, and a great view while supporting a wonderful […]

  • July 1, 2015

2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA

July 1, 2015 | Events, Rooftop Brewfest

The Orange County Bar Foundation hosts various casual events around town for the purpose of raising awareness and funds for the programs of the Foundation. On Friday, June 5, the OCBF Associate Board will host the 2015 Rooftop Brewfest Fundraiser in Irvine, CA. This event benefits the programs of the Orange County Bar Foundation.

  • July 1, 2015

23 Santa Ana High School Students Graduate and Receive Scholarships

The Higher Education Mentoring Program graduated 23 of its participants, all Santa Ana high school seniors, on May 20; sending them all off to colleges across the state with scholarships in hand! It was a wonderful send-off with family, OCBF board members, and Presiding Judge Margines and his wife, and assistant Presiding Judge Saunders and her husband […]

  • July 1, 2015

Madres Unidas Receives $25,000 Grant

Orange County Bar Foundation is pleased to announce that a grant in the amount of $25,000 has been approved by Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Community Benefit Program for its program Madres Unidas. Madres Unidas gives women and the families they love the knowledge, skills and pride to actively protect them from becoming infected with HIV/AIDS. […]

  • June 3, 2015

UCI Pre-Med Graduate Talks About the Higher Education Mentoring Program

Higher Education Mentoring Program Graduate, Class of 2015, shares her UCI Premed experience – Fall of 2015 she attends UCLA to begin her journey to be a doctor I was awarded a scholarship to participate in the 2014 University of California, Irvine Summer Premed Program. This program was a life changing experience. Before starting the program, I was interested in medicine […]

  • May 18, 2015

Project SELF Introduces Students to Professional Career Fields

We have found that the program helps our target population by reducing their risk of juvenile delinquency and providing positive life and career options. The Project SELF opportunity is so important because it exposes youth to professional career fields that they would not otherwise be exposed to. Because of their socioeconomic conditions and cultural limitations, […]

  • May 15, 2015

Maria Stearns of Rutan & Tucker Finishes Marathon

May 15, 2015 | Events, OC Marathon

Your Support Helped Get Me Past The Finish Line & Raise over $7,000! Thank you!!