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Just Us 4 Youth

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Ukraine

Mission: We mentor at-promise youth to be better students, better people, and better leaders.

Results: 95% improved their confidence level 90% avoided risky behavior 97% graduated high school 82% went to college

Target demographics: transform the lives of urban youth within our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1580

Geographic areas served: Pomona, CA

Programs: Group Mentoring- For JU4Y group mentoring occurs during our On-Point circles, connect nights, conferences, and assemblies. Cluster Mentoring- Cluster mentoring occurs in both the Connect and Y2W (Youth 2 Work) program. One-On-One Mentoring- This type pairs one mentor with one mentee. It allows for the two to develop a personal relationship in which the mentor is able to provide individual guidance and support to the mentee. This type occurs through our On-Point, ResQ, Y2W, and Connect programs.

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Just Us 4 Youth shows up for the at-promise youth every day. At-promise youth are one of the most marginalized communities who deserve our attention, love, and care. The organization dedicates their effort and time in supporting the lives and uplifting the voices of at-promise youth through collective advocacy and community healing. I'm grateful to be part of an organization that inspires transformative change. Real change starts with our youth!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

JustUs4Youth has been amazing in this community. They have provided help to my cousins & friends that have made a change in their lives. We are very appreciative f the positive presence they bring to this community. I recommend any your person dealing with anything and just need a safe place to learn, grow and get tools to succeed to definitely check them out! Thanks JustUs4Youth! your nonprofit has changed lives!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm very happy to be part of the company who mentor's youth to become better. I was eager to join the Just US 4 Youth because of their mission and vision. Helping other people especially the young ones is very close to my heart.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am very grateful to be part of a company that values its employees and Just Us 4 Youth really puts an effort into practicing their 10 company values in handling any situation/people. Everyone I've encountered so far is friendly and kind. The environment is comfortable and motivating!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing organization that has positive impacts on the fututes of youth.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am grateful to have the opportunity to work with Just Us 4 Youth. The organization helps not only the people they cater to but also their staff. JU4Y is very true with their mission and vision!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's such a privilege to be able to work with an organization that values compassion, mentoring, and transformation of at-promise youth. I am in awe of all the initiatives and programs that this organization has built to create a remarkable impact on our community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being able to empathize with the youth from the moment I saw them walk in through the door, impacted me so much that I want to help out with whatever is in my reach to contribute to the JUST US 4 YOUTH. Sharing my life experiences, reminded me of the impact this had on me when others in the same shoes as I shared their story. Being able to give back for what was freely given to me is a blessing. Special thanks to Nora and Eric. Thank you for allowing me to attend your sacred circle. It was a privilege. Having served a life sentence for murder was a blessing in disguise. If I can prevent other youth from committing crimes through expressing myself and what I lived through including prison than I will keep doing this because our youth have so much potential to pursue their dreams and be someone in life. Can’t wait to see what’s next. JU4Y keep up the amazing work. You guys are awesome.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi, my name is Josey Ramirez. I was born and raised here in the city of Pomona. Growing up, I faced many challenges. My father was never in the picture, and my mom, although she was very hardworking, she and I didn't always have the best relationship. For most of my life, I felt alone. The people who brought me into this world made me feel so hated and so unwanted.
My mentor from ju4y began working w me my freshman year of high school. because of the program, I graduated and I now attend a four-year college. This program provided me with social-emotional support, helped not only me but my family.

I would not be who I am today if ju4y had not invested in me at such a young age. For as long as I can remember, leadership was always being spoken into my life. Being a leader means being someone who will one day be able to make change happen in their city, no matter where I came from or what I've gone through. I started to do things differently in my life to gain the respect and knowledge I needed. This is a program that exists to take a jump and invest in young leaders like myself.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

an amazing non profit program for youth, mentors and people who love and care for the youth

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My involvement with JU4Y started back in 2016 as a volunteer when I moved back to Pomona to complete my undergraduate studies at Cal Poly Pomona. My passion and eagerness to give back to the city that I grew up in led me to connect with Eric Vasquez, the founder and Executive Director of the org who I now see as a mentor and friend. Through the variety of services (e.g., On-Point, Connect Nights, On-on-One mentoring) that JU4Y offers, I had the privilege to connect and mentor our at-promise youth on a variety of levels (e.g., individual, group) and settings (e.g., schools, community-at-large). I have seen firsthand how their holistic and lifelong approach to mentoring has positively impacted our students' lives. Some of my most memorable experiences with JU4Y has been our fútbol nights at Goals Soccer Center Pomona, Spoken Word night at Cafe con Libros, and college tour at CPP.

Not only has JU4Y mentored the at-promise youth, but they also mentor their volunteers and staff. JU4Y is an organization that elevates their volunteers and staff members by providing professional development. As my involvement with the JU4Y continued, I had the opportunity to serve as an advisory board member for a year and now as a member of the executive board. As a board member, I had the opportunity to work alongside the staff to develop new services and foster relationships with local organizations to enhance our holistic mentoring services. Amongst those services are the Transitional Age-Youth housing and college mentoring with our Project Rebound partnership.

I am grateful to JU4Y for providing the community that our students need! A community that listens and sees them; a community that walks alongside them through their failures and triumphs; a community that continues to believe and them when they may find it difficult to believe in themselves. To all staff, volunteers, donors, supporters, thank you! To our students, thank you for allowing us to be part of your lifelong journey.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’m a former employee of JU4Y and now a lifetime convert of their mission, vision and values. The staff at JU4Y embodies their mission. During my first week, Eric, the org director had me visit schools up in the high desert to see first hand the students I’d be working with. As I watched him interact with students that day, I knew I was going to be a part of something special. The innovation, creativity, and drive of this org is infectious. I have no doubt that we’ll see JU4Y expand worldwide. This org holds a special place in my heart the students, community, donors, volunteers, and staff all make this world a brighter place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at JU4Y was such a great learning experience. It gave me the opportunity to expand my worldview and go beyond what I knew as my reality. In addition to that, it allowed me to feel like I had a purpose in life and that I could make a difference in youths life. Working with this organization gave me so much insight and access to amazing people who are so knowledgeable and have been working with youth for years. I was able to learn so much from them. Overall, this organization is so impactful, in the lives of their youth, volunteers and all those who they come across.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Just Us 4 Youth has done a great job connecting with the most at-risk youth and continually serving them and their families in the community. If you need to find or reach a kid Just Us 4 Youth would probably be able to connect with them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I learned of this nonprofit 4 years ago I was automatically drawn in. Over the years I've learned from different mentors on their "why" and have seen how much it has grown over the years. I'm constantly in awe of their impact within the city and how quick they adapt to anything that's thrown their way. The amount of students who share their stories of impact is just amazing! I will continue to support and follow them in their growing journey!

Donor

Rating: 5

Just Us 4 Youth is really in tune with the needs of our community through their relational connections and strong vision. They quickly respond to at-promise students' needs such as when shelter in place started and they rapidly pivoted to a robust remote connection system. I am very grateful and proud to support their work!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Through my work with foster and Probation youth, I have seen the work of Just Us 4 Youth firsthand. Its impact on the lives of youths and their families is transformative. The work of Just Us 4 Youth is a testament to the idea that relationships can change the trajectory of a youth's life. While caring appears to be at the heart of what they do, Just Us 4 Youth also provides a seemingly comprehensive array of services to support the student and his or her family.

Just Us 4 Youth is well respected among school administration and staff who have worked with them.

1 Ines V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

When we began this non-profit, we had a lot of dreams and aspirations but not much experience. I served as mentor in elem., middle and high schools, counselor, parent lead, and did admin work to help us get here. Today I work as a contractor doing varied duties. Although I have been a Social Worker, a mother, a Middle school teacher, nothing compared to this experience of mentoring/working for this org. I had to readjust my views, throw away my prejudices and push through my limitations in reaching hurting, broken, beautiful lives. Those youth we have come to love, and whom we have seen through some of their toughest years, have been worth knowing! They have changed us as much as we have helped them. Even at 65 years, I feel young and full of purpose at JU4Y!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Just Us 4 Youth fills a vital role in the community of Pomona, California, by working with at-promise youth. Its facilitators empower restorative justice conflict resolution and peace-making circles with students in many of Pomona's public schools. Ju4Y staff includes many students from our public schools, too! Because this approach is so "relational," and so responsive, the results are transformational. We're blessed that JU4Y is bringing peace to our children, their families, and our city.

3 Nancy M.12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having served as a volunteer mentor to junior high aged girls, I saw firsthand the deep agony some are living with and how much a safe mentor can help as an offer of support and acceptance. Everyone at Just Us 4 Youth believes, sees, hears and encourages the students who engage with them. Not only do they offer mentoring and support circle in the schools, they work to find jobs, housing, better opportunities for those struggling with just surviving. This past year or so they have expanded their services to reach transitional aged youth, those moving out of foster care, and those teens seeking emancipation due to neglect and abuse. Young people learn how to live life on their own, yet not by their own, since Just Us 4 Youth mentors and volunteers walk alongside them on their journey to a successful and productive adulthood.

Founder and Director, Eric Vazquez, having come from a difficult and rebellious childhood, a teen touched by sibling death, drugs and gangs, he turned himself around with the help of God, his parents and caring adults. His redemption from death on the streets, is the model for his restorative programs and services through Just Us 4 Youth. They make a difference in the lives of thousands of students in the Pomona area .