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.