Author Malik Wade shares his story and his credo with Stockton youth

Author Malik Wade shares his story and his credo with Stockton youth

Words earnestly escaped Malik Wade as he paced housing units inside O.H. Close Youth Correctional Facility in Stockton. Youth nodded respectfully in Wade’s direction as he stayed illuminated in the harsh light of high windows. With raw emotion, Wade explained his past incarceration and the life principles that guided his path to post-prison success so vividly, you felt like you could paint it. The author, entrepreneur, mentor and nonprofit founder is a regular speaker in county correctional facilities, but his trek to O.H. Close represented his first outreach to youthful offenders serving time with the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

LA Rams host Cleats for Character event for Ventura youth

LA Rams host Cleats for Character event for Ventura youth

It took 49 years for the Los Angeles Rams to move their National Football League franchise to St. Louis and another 21 years to make an emphatic return to the City of Angels in 2016. Two years later, the program has its sight set on Ventura ― for outreach, not relocation. Rams players Troy Hill, Ethan Westbrooks and Dominique Hatfield joined a team of former players and Rams Community Affairs staff at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility (VYFC) May 19 for a special event, reaching the hearts, minds, and even feet of youthful offenders.

Youth firefighters complete fire science course in Pine Grove

Youth firefighters complete fire science course in Pine Grove

Former CAL FIRE Deputy Chief Lee Winton left his expectations at home in his favorite chair when he ditched retirement to teach a semester of Fire Science 1 for Columbia College at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp in early February. Sixteen weeks and 17 passing grades later, Winton isn’t sure who learned from who. “I knew going in the door that I had never talked to an audience like this, and that it would be a challenge to work with people who have struggled so much in their lives,” Winton explained. “But it was a good challenge, and it became a very rewarding endeavor.