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Community Partnership for Youth (CPY)


Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence while reinforcing individual strengths. Our vision is to provide our youth with a safe, structured environment that encourages healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life.

The Big Idea

CPY values young people and believes in investing in their lives, so created the High School Leadership, Life Skills & Job Preparation program. The purpose of the program is to provide a scaffolded transition and training period for high school students to meet the three goals of taking on more responsibility to prepare for the world of work, helping their family financially, and learning the satisfaction of giving back to one’s community. The three objectives for the participants include what the program name implies – build leadership confidence, gain valuable life skills to build resiliency, and learn job skills, including a work ethic.

It works! We want to make sure that we have the resources to extend this opportunity to all students who have been a part of the CPY program and want to continue in the safe, caring environment where they can thrive.

With CPY's support I have been able to receive so many opportunities - and not just me but my friends too. I for example work at Del Rey Woods right after school every day. I went backpacking with my friends with Ventana Wilderness, and had the opportunity to help Mr. Jorge paint a mural on Seaside Police briefing room wall. I have discovered I love the arts and learn so much about myself when I share with the kids. CPY holds me accountable and encourages me to be my best self.

- Jared Ortiz