Rancho Cielo invests in all young people facing challenges for success through diploma education, vocational training, counseling, and life skills development in a safe and affirming environment.
For over 15 years, Rancho Cielo has facilitated the transformation of Monterey County’s most vulnerable youth. The formula is simple—they connect young people’s educational, financial, and socio-emotional wellness needs with the needs of local industries. The new Ted Taylor Ag Vocational Center is creating pathways to self-sufficiency and self-esteem for a greater number of young people. To develop the program, Rancho Cielo worked closely with local agricultural leaders to identify the skills necessary to grow the workforce for Monterey County’s largest industry, agriculture. Training programs include refrigeration, salad factory line repair and food safety. The nonprofit’s work-based learning programs give students who aren’t succeeding in a traditional classroom setting a meaningful opportunity to receive training for highly skilled, living-wage jobs.
Rancho Cielo staff always supported me. They’ve helped me become more confident and encouraged me to try new things. I am a different person now than the angry girl who arrived at Rancho Cielo.
- Nayely Olguin Camacho