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Omni Youth Programs

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Crime & Law, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Prevention, Youth Development, Youth Violence Prevention

Mission: Create strong families, develop youth leaders, and engage the community to cultivate a lifestyle free of alcohol, drugs, violence and other risky behavior.

Target demographics: Youth and Families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 150 individuals improve their knowledge, professionalism, and skills to become alcohol prevention advocates and trainers

Geographic areas served: Sacramento Region

Programs: Underage alcohol prevention through free training of community members and org's to conduct evidence based programs with teens and parents or become Teen Facilitators using Teens In Action, Active Parenting of Teens and Family Matters model programs.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I was hired to do some contact work for Omni Youth Programs over a year ago. I work regularly with many nonprofits but after speaking with Omni’s staff about their prorams to reduce teen alcohol and drug use, I was uniquely impressed by both their dedication to their cause and the extraordinary effectiveness of their programs. I was further impressed by how excited and motivated their staff was about Omni’s mission. I’m not a big joiner but felt I needed to get involved with Omni and joined their Board of Directors. As time has gone by, Omni has continued to improve its effectiveness and impact. I am proud to be associated with such a worthwhile and dedicated organization.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My company was contracted by Omni Youth Programs to do some work and I was impressed with both their mission and their effectiveness. I have worked with other non-profits and have rarely seen a staff so dedicated and felt I needed to get involved.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is an amazing nonprofit organization that has a heart of gold! I have personally volunteered for many of the programs that Omni has offered to the community such as Strengthening Families and Peers Against Substance Abuse (PASA) and in my work with Cynthia and Shari it is obvious they have a commitment to improving the lives of those in the area. Cynthia and Shari work tirelessly to ensure they are benefitting the community as best they can by training facilitators to implement model programs to reach as much of the population in need as possible. I have valued my connections and time with Omni and I continue to maintain my relationships by being a member of the board because I believe in the work they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs has been an amazing experience for me. This nonprofit has multiple programs that are all curriculum based and are effective in achieving their intended goal. I have been with Omni Youth Programs as a volunteer for a little over a year now and not only does this program change other people's lives but it has changed mine. I have volunteered in the Peers Against Substance Abuse (PASA) program and that was such an enjoyable program for the kids and it taught them valuable life skills that can change their lives. Strengthening Families is another equally wonderful program that I have been involved with. I have gotten the chance to be a part of the youth, parent, and childcare sections and I have enjoyed every bit of it. The families end up loving the program and finding that they really benefitted from getting involved. Overall, Omni Youth Programs makes a difference in our community!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs fill a valuable need in our community by addressing drug and alcohol issues facing our children. I have attend their training programs and have first hand experience regarding their professionalism and expertise. Omni Youth Program Staff really believe in what they are doing and the results reflect this dedication.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is a wonderful nonprofit agency that strives to improve youth wellness. They have amazing staff that make you feel welcome and they provide rewarding experiences for everyone involved. I volunteered for Omni Youth Programs and it was a valuable opportunity to witness the power of the program and the people behind it.

1 Sarah F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is an amazing non profit in Sacramento. From their compassionate and professional staff to their one of a kind programs, you are sure to remember them! I had the pleasure of volunteering for years and they really treat you as family and are dedicated and committed to their prevention programs. I am now a proud board member and cannot say enough wonderful things about Omni.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a local law enforcement officer, I have been a supporter of Omni for over 10 years and am continually impressed with the level of service they offer. The youth of Sacramento and their families have been helped and assisted by the programs that Omni offers on many occasions and their passion for making a difference truly shines through.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a local law enforcement officer and I have partnered with Omni Youth Programs for the past 10 years in many of their programs and special events. Omni Youth Programs provides much needed prevention programs and resources for families and teens in the Sacramento area. They are consistent in their professionalism and caring of the community as a whole. I look forward to a continued partnership with Omni Youth Programs and the wonderful work they are doing in the Sacramento area.

1 Jeff C.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The positive impact that Omni Youth Programs has on our local families and youth is exceptional. I am happy to be associated with such an awesome community of dedicated people that wants see families get stronger.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OMNI Youth is amazing. I Had the pleasure of doing an internship with OMNI. There isn't a month that goes by where I don't bring up a story or think about the amazing kids I worked with. The smiles we put on each other's faces with all the fun engaging games we played! OMNI Youth has Excellent training that helps people who are new in there career get a better understanding of there mission and Helping people with the youth the families ect. It was an amazing experience. I check in at times for jobs. The best part is they are always doing workshops which is awesome and engaging nice on the resume.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The leadership of this organization lives by and understands its mission. The work environment is a place where the staff loves to come to every day. There is no end to what this agency is willing to do and has done for its community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is an extremely professiona and nurturing agency who cares about training the youth counselors of tomorrow as much as it cares for the at risk youth and families it serves. It accompishes a TREMENDOUS amount of success with very low agency cost ($.93 of every dollor goes directly to the programs!) That really empressed me! It also strives to impact the community as a whole by providing services year after year for it's clients and their families at home. If you want your donated dollor to go far and have an immediate and lasting impact, Omni Youth Programs is a wonderful agency for which to donate.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Omni Youth Programs does a fabulous job training Sacramento County citizens. They have a few different programs that encourage positive and direct communication skills between parents and youth. Omni's determination to educate it's community members is well recognized through its long history of youth and family programming.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is a great asset to Sacramento Communities. They provide FREE training to people who want to become facilitators of Model Prevention programs focusing on teen alcohol and drug prevention and reduction. Whether you are an already established community program/resource or you want to start something new in your community, Omni will give you the tools for these programs. The idea is to to spread information throughout the Sacramento region and create a community of change makers so that more people are providing programs like "Teens in Action" and "Active Parenting of Teens". These programs are evidence based and practical. Parents and Teens learn about their changing brain, how to use better communication skills and build strong relationships. Omni Youth Programs also provides ongoing technical support to trainees to help break down barriers to program accessibility.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I know first hand the impact on the teens and parents who experience Omni Youth Programs services. It is truly powerful to see teens quit using or even experiment with alcohol or drugs after attending a 6-session prevention program and have it stick over time. I've also been told by almost every parent in our programs how surprised and shocked they are to not have to yell at their teens anymore, just a few weeks into the programs. The new techniques come to them so naturally and finally help them get their teens to cooperate without resentment or resistance - unheard of before! And to see parents and youth speaking receptively and with genuine interest in each other on all sorts of subjects, including sensitive ones, is a huge contrast to when they first started. It's transformative and inspiring. Bringing a family together after years of terrible tension is never as hard as everyone thinks it's going to be. It's actually a fun experience with lots of laughter, cheers and plenty of support during the more serious moments. The programs are so cleverly designed they cause NO resistance among the attendees and create a pleasant, accepting environment. I am the biggest champion of the model programs Omni Youth Programs trains others to lead in their community because I've seen them work for years on all sorts of families with all sorts of tough challenges. It's truly amazing!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have attended several programs and events offered by Omni Youth Programs and have always been extremely impressed with the programs they provide. I leave their events with tips and skills that are a extremely useful to me professionally and personally. Omni Youth Programs excells at helping parents navigate the teen years and do a tremendous job of giving my teen useful and practical tools that help them avoid peer pressure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to volunteer with both programs from OmniYouth, P.A.S.A. and Strengthening Families and both programs have taught me a lesson I will take with me where ever I may go; that everyone goes through their own personal struggles and turmoils but we are all here to help one another.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Omni Youth program came to Serna Village during the summer and I have to say my son and I really enjoyed it. The staff/volunteers were so awesome with their activities and curriculum, my son and I still implement some of the things we learned together. This is a great program...I think everyone with a teen should take part in a program like this. Thank you Omni Youth.

Cathy C.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Omni Youth Program has provided the PASA program at our school for many years. Our students always look forward to this program and the life skills that it teaches. Thank you for making a positive difference in the lives of so many students!

Mr. Bothwell
5th grade classroom teacher
Madison Elementary School

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Omni Youth Programs is an oustanding program for young children and families. I am proud to have been a part of the team for almost five years. The curriculm teaches the children that they have choices in life and each choice has a consquence. It was exciting to see the expressions on the children's faces while playing the many different board games or during the puppet show when they realized that they did not have to follow the crowd. They had a choice!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been with Omni for the last three years. There is nothing more rewarding than to see the children's face light up when they see us. The Omni's approach to teaching the children about drugs, peer pressure and gangs is amazing. Though board games and real life role playing, the children learn what happens when they decide to use drugs or join a gang. Omni gives them fudamental steps on how to say "NO" to peer pressure. Omni's quarterly data shows that the children's behavior improves after having Omni in their classes and for that my hat is off to all the counselors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining the Omni Youth team was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I volunteer for Strengthening Families, and there is nothing better than watching families come together and learn how to communicate and become aware of each other's feelings. Strengthening Families gives families the tools they need to build a strong support system, and it is an amazing experience to be able to witness families grow. Omni Youth is a fantastic program, and I highly recommend it to families of all types and backgrounds!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just have to say that it was an amazing experience getting to volunteer for Omni Youth Program! I was giving the opportunity to work with family's and to be able to see the transformation when they first arrive at the program to the ending results is amazing and very touching. They truly make a difference in family's lifes. I would totally recommend families that are in need of help and looking to make a difference in their lives.

Thanks so much ladies for giving me the opportunity to be part of the Omni Family!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I see the results of the programs- students who seem to learn the dangers of drugs and gangs and students who learn to make connections with others.

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