Just Us 4 Youth

Creatively Connecting To Youth

aka JU4Y   |   Pomona, CA   |  ju4y.org

Mission

We exist to transform the lives of urban youth by providing them opportunities to heal through mentoring. We develop their character, leadership, and vocational skills.

Ruling year info

2019

Executive Director

Mr. Eric Vasquez Jeremy Vasquez

Main address

158 West 3rd Street

Pomona, CA 91766 USA

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EIN

47-4114351

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We address the fatherless, gang-affiliated, drug, and alcohol influenced youth within the urban city. Our current focus is within Pomona, CA. We are slowing expanding throughout Southern California and hopefully, we will be across the world mentoring youth in all urban cities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

On-Point Program

ON-POINT PROGRAM

A Hybrid Restorative Mentoring Program That Is Curriculum-Based. On-Point provides quality tier 2 and tier 3 interventions to identified students in person or virtually. It focuses on social-emotional support, mentoring, and character and leadership development. We facilitate restorative circles, conduct 1 on
1’s, and provide in-class support to improve behaviors. Our staff are trained in restorative practices and have the ability to reach students who are guarded, oppositional, and struggling in life and academics. On-Point aligns well with PBIS and MTSS models as a tier 2 & 3 intervention.

Benefits | On-Point improves student behavior and decreases suspension, absenteeism, and truancy. It improves student character and leadership, GPA, and campus culture and climate. It promotes restorative justice and restorative practices directly in students and school-wide.

Specifications | Our partners provide our staff with a list of identified students who are to benefit from the program. Partners complete referrals, provide us with contact sheets, and this initiates our services. Our staff then begin to meet in person or virtually with students in groups or in a 1 on 1 setting depending on each case. As we build relationships with students we then provide in-class support if needed. This improves behaviors in the classroom and provides accountability to the student. Our team communicates to all partner staff through individual and corporate communication on a weekly basis. The program has communication and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

CONNECT PROGRAM
Build Community & Grow Together

The Connect program’s ultimate goal is to provide long-term mentoring by passing on key life skills. This is carried out through four (4) stages of development: Come, Connect, Grow, and Lead. Students come and participate in fun community events and meet our volunteer and staff mentors. We then connect with students in smaller groups with our clusters (which are like clubs) and our Thursday Mentor Night events.
We have an intentional matching plan to connect mentors with students in order to help them grow and enter into a 6-week plan. Finally, students are given an opportunity to become next-generation leaders in their own communities by entering into our leadership development certification course.

Benefits | Connect improves character, keeps students busy and learning, teaches life skills such as cooking, finance, and job preparedness. Connect offers creative art and self-care activities for health and wellness. Connect creates a community for all teens who may be suffering from social-emotional trauma
or stress. Connect can also function as an after-school option.

Specifications | Our team communicates to all partners through individual and corporate communication on a weekly basis. The program has communication and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

We try to help teach the youth to develop the proper skills and productive interactions needed in the workplace. The internship program exists to creatively prepare the youth to work. We seek to identify their strengths and build their professional development. We connect and create relationships with local businesses to provide youth with career opportunities after internships .

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

RES’Q is a hybrid student recovery program. It focuses on aggressive outreach to reconnect students on their academic journey. We employ several outreach strategies to assist students to succeed in their academics and in life. Mentors outreach and build rapport with students to earn their trust and ensure their academic progress. With declining enrollment nationally and with distance learning models becoming more prevalent, we believe RES’Q is an essential program that would assist districts to provide quality education and services to their students and families.

Benefits | RES’Q increases graduation rates and decreases dropout. It increases attendance and decreases absenteeism and truancy. RES’Q increases ADA, student productivity, and supports distance
learning models. RES’Q provides academic mentoring and connective and navigation services.

Specifications | Our partners provide our staff with a list of identified students who are to benefit from the program. Partners complete referrals, provide us with contact sheets, and this initiates our services. Our staff then begin aggressive outreach to reconnect students. Our team communicates to all partner staff through individual and corporate communication on a weekly basis. They navigate the resources available to students and families and begin to “case manage” each student to ensure they are linked with resources that assist them to engage their education, complete academic work, and attend school. The program has communication and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Children

TAY PROGRAM

Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Emergency Housing

The JU4Y Transitional Age Youth is a transitional housing opportunity that is offered to homeless youth who are in need of a stable home so they can take the proper steps to get their lives back in order. Through case management, individualized service plans are developed with clients to determine the resources available to help them transition to more stable and self-sufficient lifestyles. Clients are required to work, go to
school, job search, and pay rent.

Benefits | Basic needs such as shelter, food, and clothing are provided. Homelessness is negated. Addiction is curbed. Mental health is improved. Stability is provided. Quality mentoring is offered. Vocational opportunities are made available. Structure and discipline is cultivated. Crime is positively impacted.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents
Young adults

KEEP is a hybrid, restorative tutoring program that assists youth to succeed academically. Our hybrid program supports distance learning and traditional models. Tutors provide restorative services to students in need of academic support, mentoring, and tutoring. Tutors build relationships with students, create healthy and structured environments for students to attend and complete work, and they practice restorative rhythms to ensure a vibrant and healthy environment for study. KEEP increases GPA, increases course work completion, provides academic tutoring, academic mentoring, and conducive tutoring environments for students.

Benefits | KEEP increases GPA, increases course work completion, provides academic tutoring, academic mentoring, and conducive tutoring environments for students.

Specifications | Our tutoring programs can roll out in three (3) ways. Our traditional in-person model partners provide JU4Y with room for use. The program can be an open or focused program. Partners can make it a drop-in service or they can refer identified students to receive this intervention and support. Our hybrid model is by appointment. Students involved in distance learning can utilize our website and booking system to secure a private appointment with a tutor for support. A tutor can be performed on a virtual platform. Our staff leverage several online tools to enhance the tutoring experience for our students. The program has communication and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Adolescents
Children
Preteens

Youth 2 Work

The Y2W program is a 6-week course that covers all areas of professional development. Youth will have the opportunity to sit in live interviews showcasing the skills they have developed. The program facilitator provides an in-depth breakdown of the program curriculum. Our local partners provide real-life work experiences as well as job opportunities conditional on successful program completion. Y2W helps enrich the local economy by encouraging youth to seek employment with local businesses.

Benefits | Successful completion of the program sets the foundation for youth to enter the workforce. Y2W helps enrich the local economy by encouraging youth to seek employment with local businesses. Our program also serves as an after-school program, connecting youth with professional role models that serve as an introductory resource to the professional world.

Purpose | Provide youth with job training and professional development.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students
Adolescents
Students

PAC’D provides a hybrid intervention for students who are struggling with addictive behaviors. Our facilitators provide in-person and virtual drug and alcohol support groups that are restorative in nature. This occurs at least once a week and we utilize the SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) curriculum to guide identified students through an 8-week course. We are creative and leverage a non-traditional approach to rehabilitation. We are partnered with outside agencies to appropriately refer when a student needs more extensive support i.e residential rehabilitation.

Benefits | PAC’D decreases addictive behavior and promotes rehabilitation and sobriety. It improves the campus climate and culture. Improves student performance, attendance, and academic focus. Provides quality tier 2 and 3 interventions. Provides mentoring and sponsorship.

Specifications | Our partners provide our staff with a list of identified students who are to benefit from the program. Partners complete referrals, provide us with contact sheets, and this initiates our services. Our staff then begin to meet in person or virtually with students in groups or in a 1 on 1 setting depending on each case. Our team communicates to all partner staff through individual and corporate communication on a weekly basis. The program has communication and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens
Children
Teachers

TREE is a hybrid support program for parents. It engages parents and provides them with mentoring, diverse learning opportunities through professional presentations and training, and it provides restorative circles to create healthy environments for parents to heal and find community amongst one another. TREE improves parenting skills, provides mentoring to parents, assists to create home environments that encourage learning, improves parent and child relationships, provides a community for parents, increases parent participation, and more.

Benefits | TREE improves parenting skills, provides mentoring to parents, assists to create home environments that encourage learning, improves parent and child relationships, provides a community for parents, increases parent participation, and more.

Specifications | Our program is hybrid and therefore can meet in-person or on a virtual platform. We work with partners to identify parents who would benefit from services. We have diverse, dynamic, and bilingual trainers who provide quality parent learning presentations, facilitate restorative circles, mentor, and coach. We work with partners and parents to select topics that are relevant and speak to the needs of each parent group. We have a series of identified presentations that we provide our partners to choose from, but we are flexible and craft presentations to speak to unique needs. The program has communications and data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the program and impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Families
Parents

Building Community and Connectedness Between Students and Teachers

Foundations curriculum provides quality content developed to create intentional conversation and self-reflection around social-emotional topics. The easy-to-follow lessons are to be facilitated by teachers who will also participate in these healthy discussions. Through a variety of topics, students build connections with their peers and their teachers by getting a better understanding of others’ perspectives while also having a safe space to share their own thoughts.

Benefits | The Foundations program decreases the amount of conflict on campus and the amount of disruption in the classroom. It assists to improve student character and leadership, GPA, and campus culture and climate. It promotes restorative justice and restorative practices directly in students and school-wide.

Specifications | We provide a detailed curriculum and facilitator guide for your teachers. The program is designed with the flexibility of being implemented during a 15-20 minute advisory period. Our program includes guided discussions, community circles, video-guided meditations, and much more. Also built into the program are our vital check-ins to identify students who may be in need of further interventions and small goal setting to encourage growth and collectively celebrate small victories.

Population(s) Served

GROW
Provide a Restorative Training Program for Educators and Those Who Serve At-Promise Youth

Agencies that Benefit from GROW Trainings | Educators, Youth Organizations, Faith-based Partners, Parents, and Community members

Benefits | Trainees will receive holistic, restorative training with an urban emphasis. Our training provides participants with the core competencies for educating and mentoring youth. With a wide scope of offerings, partners can select a training track that will meet the particular needs of their agency.

Specifications |
- Our trainings are typically 1-hour sessions.
- Trainings can be expanded to provide 2-3 hour "Deep Dive".
- JU4Y can craft specific trainings to meet agency needs.
- JU4Y trainers are diverse and dynamic communicators.
- We train teams of all sizes. Our hourly training rate includes up to 30 participants.
- JU4Y provides surveys to partners to ensure accuracy and excellence.

Top 10 trainings:
- Creating a restorative (classroom) culture
- How to facilitate and implement restorative circles (in the classroom)
- A deep dive on restorative discipline
- The 3 C's | Staying compassionate, consistent, and creative
- The Urban Reality | trauma-informed mentoring (educating)
- Empowering leadership in at-promise students
- Cultivating transparency and vulnerability
- Building meaningful relationships with youth
- Mentoring (educating) during a crisis
- Mentoring (educating) gang-affiliated youth

Our team communicates to all partners through individual & corporate communication. The program has communication & data systems in place to ensure partners are kept in the loop and see the progress & impact of services provided.

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We want to grow and expand the reach of our organization into additional urban communities.

1. We are developing a self-guided curriculum that allows any student to walk through the steps of getting mentored and flagging the student if they need additional resources/interventions.
2. Start training and educating parents to improve their parenting skills, provide mentoring to parents, assists to create home environments that encourage learning, improves parent and child relationships, provides a community for parents, increases parent participation, and more.
3. Increase the awareness of the social and emotional need for youth.

Within 3 years our organization has increased its reach from 250 students to over 2,000 students. We have increased our team to build our social media presence which increases our platform to reach a greater audience. Our team is constantly building new curriculum and training materials to stay ahead of the curve and provide the best resources to mentors serving at-promise youth.

1. We gained 13 school contracts to provide on-point (restorative justice program) services this year.
2. We are currently providing our TREE program on 17 elementary schools within Pomona Unified School District.
3. We developed a total of 4 new programs to add to our already 3 programs existing last school year. Our new programs include the Pac'D (Parent/individual counseling, Anger Management Classes, Community Service, and Drug &Alcohol classes; Res'Q Program focusing on preventing drop-out, increasing graduations, increasing life skills, etc.; TREE (Training, Resourcing, Empowering and Educating Parents) through Parent circles, on-going contact via phone, video with parents; and our KEEP Program which is our Tutoring program for our mentored students.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Hiring of additional staff that reflects the population we serve (ethnicity). Identified areas of additional training needed for our staff that better prepare them for mentoring our youth.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Just Us 4 Youth

Board of directors
as of 5/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Adrian Greer

MyThirdPlace

Term: 2019 - 2022

Tina Solorzano

Pomona High School PUSD

Sergio Maldonado

Doctoral Candidate

Ron Alexander

Co-Founder of JU4Y

Kimberly Johnson

Educator

Peter Hidalgo

Spectrum

Artie Delgaldo

Brink Films

Natalie Delgado

Goosehead Insurance

Claudia Kidmy

Education Counselor

Victor Lee

School of Arts and Enterprise

Sarah Watson

Youth Advocate

Mario Rodriguez

SBWIB

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 05/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/27/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.