From left are Therese Giannelli, CRM;, SACTO Foundation Executive Director Rick McPhearson; C Facility Yard inmates Vilami Maka, Matthew Todd, Tremain Campbell and Angel Mejia; and Captain Turner.

From left are Therese Giannelli, CRM;, SACTO Foundation Executive Director Rick McPhearson; C Facility Yard inmates Vilami Maka, Matthew Todd, Tremain Campbell and Angel Mejia; and Captain Turner.

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

The California State Prison, Sacramento, C Facility Yard inmates recently held a food sale benefiting the Saving a Child through Opportunity (SACTO) Foundation, raising $2,598.40.

This money will be used to purchase new uniforms for the basketball program within the SACTO Foundation, a local youth diversion program.

This program has a strong student and parent commitment, requiring students sign a contract, attend the programs regularly, stay alcohol and drug free through the life of the program and complete community service thought the SACTO Foundation.

Parents also sign a contract, attend monthly parents meetings and forums, and volunteer for community service. Various businesses have collaborated with the SACTO Foundation and adopt a student to foster the relationship with them through mentoring and shadowing the student. The student then works part time for the business and is awarded a company scholarship upon completion of the program.

The scholarships range from $2,500 to $5,000.

The SACTO foundation mission statement reads, “To inspire youth to embrace community development, educational excellence, and cultural diversity by promoting programs the encompass skills development social harmony, and academic success. To cultivate strong family values through educational attainment cultural identity, and continuation of empowerment.”

To sponsor a child, contact rick@thesactofoundation.org or call (916) 968-9345.

Featured in photo right to left are: Captain Turner, Inmates, Vilami Maka, Matthew Todd, Tremain Campbell, Angel Mejia, Rick McPhearson Executive Director of SACTO Foundation, and Therese Giannelli, CRM.