aka PARTI Program   |   San Jose, CA   |


The mission of the P.A.R.T.I. Program is to promote education around youth healthy lifestyles and healthy decision making.

Ruling year info


Executive Directer

Winston Ashby

Compliance and Leadership

Christian Hampton

Main address

2576 Gumdrop Dr. 2576 Gumdrop Dr.

San Jose, CA 95148 USA

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NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Leadership Development (W70)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every day we work to change the lives of youth who suffer from bullying, depression, violent lifestyles, unhealthy relationships, and unstable families. Since 2000, we have served over 18,000 youth, expanding our reach to serve youth in Santa Clara County, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles, California. During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising racial tensions throughout the country, our youth need our help now more than ever. 1. Support 1,000 students of color with socio-emotional youth development to support safety, equity, and stop bullies and violence. 2. Build healthy violent/conflict-free environments addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion for safer school climates. 3. Provide youth with leadership, financial literacy and volunteer opportunities that focus on addressing core youth issues that affect them being successful in school. This year our services expanded to reach youth in Arizona, Texas, Washington State and Virginia.

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?

High Impact

We provide our High Impact Program 2 to 3 times a week at participating schools. We target locations that are dealing with high issues of violence, bullying, and poor school morale. We serve 15 to 25 students per school. We measure success every 4 weeks by evaluating grades, attendance, and disciplinary referrals. We monitor the participant’s community service involvement every 6 months. We know that we are successful if students can improve their grades, stay out of trouble, and become contributors to their school and community.

Phase 1: Focuses on character (social-emotional) development.

Phase 2: Focuses on life skills and college/career readiness.

Phase 3: Focuses on community asset connections and employability preparation.

Additional support such as tutoring and academic coaching is available by arrangement with participating schools. Our focus is to support low-income families through this program.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

We connect youth with leadership classes and volunteer opportunities that focus on addressing core youth issues which include increased self-esteem and confidence and increased connections to caring adults. Through partnerships with civic, corporate, and community supporters, we have developed a program that works with young people and addresses three important areas:

Business Savvy: Building 21st century career development skills; having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation, and learning to make good decisions through meaningful involvement and achieve results.

Social Conscience: Valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community. We provide resources and training to help young people find their voice, take action, and make an impact on vital community issues.


Collaborative Communication: Engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions, and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication.

Population(s) Served
Young adults
Children and youth

The target population is low-income youth and the Fusion Program teaches various forms of performing arts such as Stepping (a form of African Dance), Polynesian Dance, Spoken Word, Hip Hop Dance, etc. The Fusion Program allows them to perform in the community and offers them ways to engage in other artistic and cultural traditions. We provide novice and advance performing groups and avenues for participants to explore Digital Arts, Event and Music Production. We focus on exploring youth culture and allow participants to integrate it into their performances and presentations. We value the chance to provide new cultural and artistic possibilities for our participants.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups

Participants take part in obstacle courses, running, agility training, interactive football, and conditioning programs. Activities are competitive and introduce teambuilding concepts – utilizing Character Counts evidence-based model and Sparks education evidence based model. Participants also have the opportunity to join in additional physical fitness activities (a different activity every Friday) such as basketball, softball, rock climbing, soccer, volleyball, and weight-training. These activities have an impact on academic and social development.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth

Our High Impact, Leadership/Mentorship, Fusion and Health programs all have a service component that engages topics of bullying, safety and empowerment, however youth voice is a comprehensive New Program created to address the new cry for help that we hear from students, families, and schools/school district.

While most schools are satisfied with a guest speaker, or adopting a "No Bullying" we do work focused on engaging youth in communication, action, and critical thinking! This includes them identifying caring adults in their live and having them define what "being safe" means to them. Youth examine the words that they use to others and what they identify as appropriate communication and interaction. We have adopted the Conflict Resolution Education evidence based model as the framework to engage our communities because it emphasizes youth led leadership!

Our goal is to provide this project in conjunction with one of our other programs. Youth, in a series of contacts, engage and master,

1. Conflict resolution training and mediation
2. Leadership engagement training
3. Self care activities and coaching
4. Community Service Projects
5. Reflection and personal action plans
6. Recognition activities - Community/family connection

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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.

Our goal is to create a seamless network of services that address the academic needs, positive social connection to peers and caring adults, concern for personal and physical health, removal of barriers to employment, character development, service to community, and involvement and inclusion with higher education/vocation institutions.

In 1999, when African American students in San Jose approached Winston Ashby, to help them to address violence and inclusion, their urgency sparked the need for an action plan that would address these concerns raised by students in their community and community. That request, twenty years ago, called for the formation of the Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Program, which has been serving as an advocate and support for disenfranchised youth. We are assisting schools and civic leaders in developing action plans to help to partner schools, and community-based organizations to carry out deliverables that create positive connections that include: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for safer school climates. We are providing youth with leadership, financial literacy, and volunteer opportunities during COVID-19 shelter in place. In California, during the 2020-2021 school year, we will continue to provide socio-emotional support to disenfranchised youth that focuses on addressing core youth issues that affect them being successful in school during the 2020-2021 school year.

Call to Action
Supporting youth equity, safety, violence, and promoting bully-free communities:
The PARTI Program is hosting three events that will invite Executives, Companies, and Philanthropists to support disenfranchised youth.

Youth Centric Focus
The biggest strength of the organization is its laser focus on youth voice and empowerment. All PARTI Programs are co-created with youth providing them leadership, business savvy and real world learning opportunities. The authentic youth development approach attracts partners and creates opportunities for the organization. Putting young people at the center of not just the events, but designing, managing
and promoting the program is the secret sauce of this organization. In 2020, we supported youth in our Organization to create a Equity Survey that we will respond by aligning our strategies in 2021 to support them with.

What we found with the work we done, is that youth respond better when they feel connect and feel like their voice will be heard. When we communicate with youth, we are making sure to help them identify their support structure at home, at school and in the community. Our strategies are:

Provide interactive programs to youth that is supported by evidence based researched.

Allow for youth to have a voice in every delivery method of our program activities.

Assemble a board of directors who can provide resources to support our organization's mission and need of the youth and families that we serve.

Create strategic partnerships so that participants will have access to support that will help them develop into resilient adults.

Provide opportunities for youth to give back and serve as leaders within our organization.

We have a small staff of 3, who possess over 50 years of collected experience and capacity to meet goals of our target population. Our Executive Director/ Founder has over 20 years of supporting youth who feel disconnected to their school or community. Our organization has been providing services in California for 20 years. Our culture of continuous quality improvement and competency drives our extensive staff training process, plus it willingness to seek out and implement “best practice” programs to fulfill its mission. The dedication to quality personnel is underscored by the extensive evaluation/program review, specifically to assess the strengths and opportunities for improvement. Their experience, whether educational or lived, is a tremendous value to the credibility and ability of the PARTI to provide services to youth and their families. We have created partnerships with funders, school districts, and cities to keep us sustainable.

The most important key to getting youth actively involved with our services and activities lies within our staff, volunteers, and enrolled youth. Their personal commitment and years of service to our program enables them to utilize the engagement techniques that worked successfully in the past.

We work with our team to be non-intimidating, give youth the freedom to move at their own pace, and not pressure youth to become immediately enrolled. This non-aggressive approach eliminates youth resistance to adults and further reinforces our strategy of connecting youth to caring adults.

Participants create, organize and lead activities, as part of efforts to build their capacity. They are placed in leadership roles within our organization having an active voice and learning business development skills as well. They have the ability to become peer mentors, as volunteer staff, which they assist with mentoring freshman, middle school students, and elementary school kids.

The Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact (PARTI) Program is one of the few organizations in California that is known for possessing unique and special skills in conflict resolution among youth, because of our dedication to empower youth and to make them feel safe. We have special skills, experience and cultural sensitivity. We have received recognition from City Governments, State of California Assembly Members, and the community.

It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those
Audre Lorde

Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC)

"We use the term BIPOC to highlight the unique relationship to whiteness that Indigenous and Black
(African Americans) people have, which shapes the experiences of and relationship to white supremacy for
all people of color within a U.S. context. We unapologetically focus on and center relationships among
BIPOC folks."

PARTI will work smart to engage all youth of color with the opportunity to have voice in every community in
California and build cross generation and cultural relationships. Since 2000, we have:

• Hosted 20 Stop The Violence youth led events and service projects, in San Jose and Los Angeles, Ca.
• Communicated with the Office of The White House, receiving communication from President Obama, on supporting the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative.
• Trained 670 California college students: San Jose State University, Cal State East Bay (Hayward), Santa Clara University, and Cal State Northridge (Los Angeles) on providing conflict resolution support to youth.

2021 Call To Action:

To support the creation of a Youth Civic Action Council with a focus on Lived Civics, which centers race and
ethnicity as the driving force behind youth action that promotes opportunity for racial and gender equity,
diversity inclusion, and supporting communities that have economic disparities.

Advantage | PARTI Program differentiates itself from other youth development organizations because of
its proven use of a youth led fundraising model, and the dynamic nature of its events. The organization
was founded in community, and grew organically until it became an official non-profit in 2007. PARTI
Program retains its community organizing roots, and now has a track record of youth led events to
demonstrate its impact.

Impact | PARTI Program has served over 20,000 youth across Santa Clara, Alameda and Los Angeles
Counties since it was first launched in 2000. PARTI currently hosts 4 signature events a year, 3 of which
are youth-led, and provides 4 core programs: High Impact, Leadership/Mentorship, Fusion (ARTS), and

Partnerships | PARTI Program has received support over the years from the Santa Clara County Board of
Supervisors, the City of San Jose, Kaiser Permanente, and Applied Materials. We have a strong
relationship with ESUHSD, Cal State East Bay, The City of San Jose Arts and Cultural, and Youth Service
America. We are members of the SIlicon Valley, Hayward, and Burbank Chambers of Commerce.

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 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

  • 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection



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Board of directors
as of 05/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jason Stewart

12th Gate Enterprises

Term: 2020 - 2022

Board co-chair

Sung Sungwong Kang


Term: 2020 - 2022

Christina Romero

Signature Events

Austin Drake


Milo Quinlan


Jennifer Ford

Non Profit

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/30/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation