From left are CRM Terese Giannelli, Lt. Ruggiero, Capt. Stewart, B Yard MAC representatives; David Taft, Executive Director, YCU; and Warden Macomber

From left are CRM Terese Giannelli, Lt. Ruggiero, Capt. Stewart, B Yard men’s advisory committee representatives; David Taft, Executive Director, YCU; and then Warden Macomber, who is now deputy director of Facility Support at the CDCR Division of Adult Institutions.

By Terese Giannelli, Community Resources Manager
California State Prison, Sacramento

California State Prison, Sacramento (SAC), inmates recently donated funds to an organization helping at-risk youth.

The check presentation was held on B yard and benefited Youth Connections Unlimited (YCU) in Sacramento.  The program provides direct services to 18,000 at-risk youth and juvenile offenders.

If not for YCU programs, the youth just entering the justice system would receive virtually no services.  They utilize a proven solution of mentoring at-risk young people to show them they have value and are not alone.  The at-risk young people need mentors to listen to them, to be there for them, and to set an example of what a responsible adult should be.

Today’s at-risk youth are tomorrow’s adults. The high-risk youth who have been matched with a mentor from YCU drop the 73-percent re-offend rate to less than 10 percent.

The inmates from CSP-SAC presented a check for $1,136.98 to YCU.  This money will be used to further facilitate current programs that were in danger of being eliminated due to lack of funding.