The Second Chance Youth Program of Monterey County

aka 2Nd Chance Family & Youth Services   |   Salinas, CA   |  www.scyp.org
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Mission

It is our mission to provide a clear and unique contribution to the reduction of youth violence in the Salinas Valley. We promote total community involvement and awareness through unique programs in order to direct at risk youth toward healthy alternatives to a destructive lifestyle.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mr. Brian Keith Contreras Sr.

Administrative Assistant

Mrs. Monica Politron

Main address

PO Box 9606

Salinas, CA 93915 USA

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EIN

77-0249486

NTEE code info

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

Alcohol, Drug Abuse (Prevention Only) (F21)

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Our programs

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Second Chance Youth Program of Monterey County

2nd Chance violence reduction and prevention strategies encompass eight major categories (1) Counseling Services, (2) Violence Reduction Program (school based program), (3) Jazz-up Program; (4) Tattoo Removal Assistance Program; (5) Community/Parent Education Workshops; (6) Alternative Activities for Youth; (7) Community Outreach, and (8) On Solid Grounds Leadership Development Program. Recently, we have added a new one; Trauma Response Teams working in partnership with local law enforcement and hospitals providing crisis intervention to victims of gang violence.

Population(s) Served

Counseling services are utilized as a method to begin addressing social and psychological problems of youth and families. 2nd Chance provides assistance to hundreds of youth and families annually. Our counseling program aims to achieve the following: 1) Help the youth learn to cope with threatening or debilitating social problems or with self-damaging psychological perceptions; 2) Seek ways to bring about positive change in the youth’s life experiences by providing in-home counseling, by networking with other social agencies, or by connecting the youth to the conflict resolution, and job placement/training activities; and 3) Strengthen the youth’s resolve to overcome the pressure of gang involvement by providing positive experiences with and understanding of alternative value systems and life styles.

Population(s) Served

2nd Chance in conjunction with area physicians provides a free tattoo removal program. All program participants must attend group and individual counseling, volunteer with the program on community projects, not be involved in any illegal activity and be either gainfully employed or attending school. While a tattoo removal is not a solution to gang problems, it can certainly weaken gang influence. It is, indeed, a cleansing process that helps the youth regain his/her self-identity and sense of independence from a previous life. Completing the removal process takes both time and commitment and currently, there is a one year waiting list. This program is offered to those youth and young adults who want to remove any gang related tattoos in the start of a new life

Population(s) Served

staff that conducts outreach on a daily basis to the streets with the intent of making contact with youth/adults at risk of gang membership, violence or victims of violence. The goal is to reduce the amount of retaliatory violence or reoccurring incidents of violence in the high impacted gang neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served

“El Joven Noble” is a character development curriculum which provides a process and vehicle for the continued development of male and female youth ages 10-24. The curriculum incorporates an approach that is based on the philosophy that young men need other men and young women need women, their families, and communities to care for, assist, heal, guide and successfully prepare them for true adulthood. Consistent with this is the belief that rooted in every culture, historically, are protective factors, teachings, traditions and expectations that can assist young men and women across their “rites of passage” bridge. In addition, it is believed that in order for young men and women to be able to develop in this way they must have positive living examples in their lives as guides, teachers, counselors, elders and supporters. It is the purpose to assist young men and women across the bridge into adulthood, living healthy and balanced lives honoring the values of Dignity, Respect, Trust, and Love.

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Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1993

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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It is our goal to provide healing informed approaches to the most high impacted violent neighborhoods of East Salinas and the city in general. As a local Hub of healing informed services, 2nd Chance agency goals will be the following:
Reduce youth violence, Reduce the recidivism rate of youth and adults in the probation system,
Reduce gang impacted activity, Increase the access of culturally specific healing informed opportunities for families, adults, and youth,
Increase the involvement of fathers in the lives of their families and children and increase holistic health and healing opportunities for the Greater Salinas area, with a focus on East Salinas

We will continue working to engage residents, youth and community, providing culturally based sensitive strategies through La Cultura Cura. The strategies include Xinatchli and Joven Noble, both designed to provide awareness and healing for those youth affected by violence. As a local hub of healing informed services 2nd Chance agency goals will focused on providing services to the following areas:
Provide community support circles for Parents, Men & Women, Provided gender based cultural rites of passage, Provide leadership development skills for adolescent youth, Provide gang transitional services for impacted adolescents and adults and provide community outreach to gang impacted areas.

2nd Chance is the La Cultura Cura Hub for Monterey county. The agency has institutionalized all La Cultura Cura curriculum and program models for the past 2 years, leading efforts in providing Joven Noble, Xinacthli, and Cara y Corazon services to East Salinas. Staff represent the community it serves with many of the current employees having been former clients who have successfully navigated to become local role models. 2nd Chance has over 25 years of history and service in East Salinas having created strong networks and collaborating relationships with local policy makers, law enforcement, community based organizations, and business community. 2nd Chance currently receives funding from public (city and federal), foundations, and private donations.

Since our inception, we have been working with youth, parents, law enforcement, school personnel, social workers, healthy workers, agencies, probation, other agencies, and organizations from the community-at-large in an effort to counter the growth and ever increasing influence of gangs and the spread of violence that claims the innocent lives of our youth.
We are proud to provide a myriad of culturally sensitive and specialized curriculum designed to work with troubled youth to assist them in developing values, goals and critical thinking skills that facilitate constructive changes in behavior. All of our activities are designed to take a pro-active approach to violence suppression and prevention with the intent of eliminating gang-related behavior by providing youth with positive emotional reinforcement, adult supervision, guidance, and accountability.
Though our job consists of various duties, we are a voice or those who have none. Our job goes beyond breaking up fights, doing mediation, and enforcing truces between rivalries, 2nd Chance offers the safe harbor that young people often need. It’s the positive change that needs to occur in the life of a teenager caught on the edge and in the mind trap of negative behaviors. As counselors, we offer that chance for incremental change, without judgment.
We help younger people find alternative outlets to violence, gangs, and drugs. We provide youth the change to empower themselves, set goals, and look deeply into themselves to face the underlying trauma in order to heal and be open to change. The rapport that we establish with these young people help us break that hard exterior to find diamond in the rough.
2nd Chance does exactly what its name implies: it offers youth a second chance at life without judging accusing, or pointing fingers. We embrace everyone who is willing to give us a chance. We are not just counselors but motivators, teachers, helpers, and most of all a friend. We take pride in what we do because of the passion, we have for our job, and that job is enhancing the potential in each young person we meet. On accession, we may encounter those who do not want to change, but in the end, they know we are that safe harbor they can turn to when they are ready. While 2nd Chance is the only established non-profit gang prevention/intervention and educational awareness program in Monterey County, we know we can’t do it alone. We believe in addressing youth violence as a community and believe in partnerships.

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The Second Chance Youth Program of Monterey County

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
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Board co-chair

Mr. Maria Orozco

City of Salinas

Term: Jan 2013 - Dec 2015


Board co-chair

Ms. Summer Prather-Smith

Migrant Education MCOE

Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2015

Tim Fitzgerald Project Manager/Team Leader

HP Corporation

Herbert Valero Pastor

Victory Outreach Church

Dave Shaw Commander

Salinas Police Department

Juan Mendoza Program Manager

Alisal Union School District

Araceli Flores Psychiatric Social Worker

Monterey County Behavioral Health

Board leadership practices

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  • 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