• 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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.