Resilience Community Mentoring Program

Credible Messengers Transform the Lives of San Diego Youth and Young Adults on Probation

SAY San Diego, in partnership with Paving Great Futures, Project AWARE, and Youth Empowerment, has launched a Central Region Resilience Community Mentoring Program to serve San Diego youth and young adults who are involved with the justice system.

This new initiative will provide 60 justice-involved youth and young adults (per year) with mentoring by adults who have lived-experience in the justice system, along with a series of skill-building workshops and enrichment activities that will lead to reduced recidivism. This powerful model will foster rehabilitation and resilience among youth and young adults on probation by using an evidence-based practice model that will reduce the likelihood of re-offense, and most importantly, inspire and build the positive potential of young people.

The Resilience Community Mentoring Program focuses on youth and young adults in the Central region, building upon SAY’s track record of serving justice-involved youth for the past 36 years in Mid-City, Southeastern San Diego and Barrio Logan, and many other communities. SAY’s services for justice-involved youth have included mentoring, assessment, case management, groups (including Forward Thinking), therapeutic treatment, family support and wraparound support. SAY is thrilled to work with local community leaders including Reginald Washington, Armand King, and Arthur Soriano, with lived experience, who are well trained in trauma informed approaches and restorative practices, to implement the Credible Messenger model here in San Diego.

Funding Partner: County of San Diego Probation Department

Location: Central Region of San Diego – various sites determined by SAY San Diego, Youth Empowerment, Paving Great Futures, and Project AWARE