These early-intervention programs partner with the

OC Probation department, Police departments and

school districts to reach at-risk youth.


Since 1980, SHORTSTOP has set thousands of youth offenders back on the right path before they have strayed too far. This unique juvenile crime diversion program provides a cost-effective alternative to prosecution and utilizes science-based models for reducing delinquency among youth. By completing SHORTSTOP, youth are able to move forward in a positive direction, without serving jail time or having a criminal record. In 1989, Programa SHORTSTOP was developed as a cultural adaption Spanish language version of SHORTSTOP.


Developed in 1999 in response to the increasing rates of youth substance use and crime in Orange County, STOP SHORT of Addiction  provides substance abuse intervention services to youth offenders and who are drug users. Based on our successful SHORTSTOP model, STOP SHORT of Addiction provides an alternative to incarceration that includes group substance abuse intervention, intensive legal education, and an individual restorative justice plan. Program services are offered in both English and Spanish.

Services provided in partnership with:


At Project Youth OC, we are proud of our long history of serving at-risk youth and their families. As we do so, we continue to seek private and public funds to support the valuable youth programs that we have sustained for over 30 years.

We greatly appreciate any new support we can gain. If you are interested in making a donation, please DONATE HERE or contact our Associate Director, Nancy Garcia, at (714) 480-1925, ext. 108 or ngarcia@pyocbf.org.