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Sheriff's Community Impact Program

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Economic Development, Sports, Urban & Community Economic Development, Youth Development Programs

Mission: To foster productive citizens by engaging youth in dynamic community programs.

Results: ◾SCIP programs/activities/events engage thousands of kids each year. ◾SCIP has dynamic programs that are designed to positively engage cops and kids. These programs empower our most at-risk youth to make better choices. ◾Cops, teachers, business leaders, etc., volunteered close to 2700 hours last year? ◾SCIP has Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputies, Probation Officers, and other law enforcement-related personnel, who mentor and/or coach in one of SCIP’S many programs/activities

Target demographics: underserved youth

Direct beneficiaries per year: Close to 12,000 students

Geographic areas served: Sacramento County

Programs: traditional and non-traditional athletics, arts, education, and recreation.

Community Stories

73 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sherriff’s Community Impact Program has helped my son to find his place in the world. When my son entered the SHOCK program, he had a 1.07 GPA and was at risk of not graduating high school. He found two mentors he leaned on and they encouraged him to be a better human and to go to Discovery Challenge Academy. He excelled there and graduated high school six months early. He was invited to be a residential mentor at the next class and excelled at that responsibility. He moved on to enlist in the Marines and just graduated boot camp. Ethan has been closely mentored by Deputy Joe Gordon and has excelled. These officers who work this program are so dedicated to the youth of our community and work so hard to help out where they can. I am forever grateful that SCIP accepted Ethan into the SHOCK program. He is more confident in himself as a person and has mentors he can lean on and look up to as role models.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a Law Enforcement Officer who has been personally involved in leading and mentoring within SCIP's SHOCK program. I am truly believe in the SHOCK program because of the interactions and resolutions that i had seen afterward. Programs such as this needs to be recognized on a higher level because it can have a positive influence toward those teenagers and young adults. I feel honored to have been a part of the SCIP team and to help those who needed the push.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCIP is a great organization that brings positivity to the interaction with youth as they empower them in their communities. The quality of the mentors in the program is outstanding. I had the opportunity to witness a mentor explain to a group of inmates his recent incredible success story of a youth he mentored.
It literally brought an attendee to tears as he said “If only I had had a mentor like you I wouldn’t be in here today’. Incredibly powerful team!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I retired from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department in 2007 after 31 years of service. A good portion of my years were spent working with disadvantaged and troubled youth who were involved with drugs, gangs, and violent behaviors. Shortly after retirement I was approached by Mike Saigeon, (founder and director for the Sheriff's Community Impact Program), who shared with me his vision for providing services for the youth in the Arden Arcade area, and he offered me a chance to continue my work with youth. Mike and I had been linked together through the Sheriff's Safe School Program and Mike knew my interest in this area.

In 2011, the Deputy Friend Program was born. This program features uniformed officers from the Sacramento Sheriff's Department interacting on campus with 6 elementary school communities in the Arden Arcade area of Sacramento County. Sounds like a School Resource Officer Program. Yes, but this program is funded by a grant acquired through SCIP and not the area law enforcement agency. A unique program for our area, it has allowed officers to become a welcome addition to school sites as we have focus on supporting and building the positive feelings most students have towards law enforcement, allowing the students and staff a chance to have a 1 on 1 relationship with an officer, and learn first hand why we have police and what police really do in our communities. We walk the campus greeting everyone with a smile, shaking hands or giving high 5's. We read to students, provide classroom presentations on safety issues, and meet with staff and parent groups upon requests.

It is unfortunate law enforcement agencies don't always have funding to provide this type of service for elementary schools, but the Sheriff's Community Impact Program stepped in to fill this void and has supported Deputy Friend with grant funding from Kaiser Permanente and collaborative agreements with San Juan Unified and the Sacramento Sheriff's Department which has allowed the program to function and deliver these services to our community. I am very appreciative for the opportunity and without SCIP I don't think we would have the Deputy Friend Program.

Katrina G.1

Donor

Rating: 5

SCIP along with Project Lifelong has been such an influential part of my sons life. The responsibility & leadership role he has developed as a result of this program has allowed such growth in the young man he is becoming. He as always been strong willed and the mentor Sean has been for him really shines through. Thank you so much for such an exceptional program !!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program has made a huge impact on my child’s confidence in working with others and growing his love for skateboarding. The community involvement my son has been exposed to is life changing and has given him life experiences we would not have otherwise been able to do if not for this program. Sean is an outstanding mentor!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Sheriff's Toy Project works with SCIP and all the community members. We are impressed by ease the SCIP Board and affiliates are to interact and provide the community the best resources available. We are especially grateful for our relationship and the beneficial activities they are able to provide for the disadvantaged children.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

These guys and gals work with people of needs at levels I didn't even know existed. The Impact program helps kids learn things that aren't taught in classrooms and help them become successful in life.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCIP is an organization that is providing programs that our young people and their families desperately need. The SCIP team passionately works to keep youth out of the criminal justice system through high quality, thoughtful and impactful programs.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with SCIP for over 3 years now. It's been incredible to watch the different youth in the programs grow and mature into caring citizens. As a mental health clinician, I have witnessed shifts and changes happen right before my eyes. The mentors are wonderful and are able to help keep these kids supported through some of the toughest times in their life. There is no doubt that the impacts of SCIP's programs are life changing, especially for a community that really needs it.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that connects with individuals in underserved, marginalized communities to make a positive difference every day. Through various programs, this organization provides numerous opportunities through meaningful engagement to demonstrate the benefits of quality education, engagement, and entertainment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Both of my sons have been blessed to be involved with this program. They have had the chance to experience places they might night get to see without this group. Also the chance to work with kids with disabilities teaches them valuable lessons. Thank you to all of you who make it possible!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful program to teach our youth. Thank you for a great year. Both of my sons had an amazing time and look forward to upcoming events.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Such an amazing program. I’m grateful the arden arcade area. Two of my students are benefiting from your organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been part of SCIP's Project Lifelong (skateboard group) for nearly one year and it has been lifechanging for him. The program has provided my son with a positive and supportive atmosphere in which to pursue his passion for skateboarding. I love how the program is youth-drive which encourages camaraderie and teaches leadership skills. I also appreciate how the program encourages community service which broadens the kids' worldview and teaches them to give back. Thank you SCIP for all that you do for youth in Sacramento.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter joined up w/ Project Lifelong at the start of the school year. She has been warmly welcomed and is already reaping benefits from the program.
Thank you SCIP & Project Lifelong!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This summer I volunteered with an outdoor program through the Sheriff's Community Impact Program. On just one of our trips we took a highly diverse group of young teens camping, swimming in the Yuba River, on a ropes course and hiking to the top of the Sierra Buttes just below 9,000 feet. For some, they had never been in a river before, some had never been camping, and others had never been on a hike. And none of them had ever been up high enough to see the tops of other mountains around them, or seen snow in July. I saw confidence build, friendships form, and a love for nature and the outdoors grow. I am sure this trip impacted these kids on levels they aren't even aware of. Without SCIP, this program would not exist and these children would not be able to experience the vast natural world that we are so innately connected to. Thank you SCIP!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Sheriff's Community Impact Program is a tremendous resource to the youth of Sacramento County. They offer a holistic approach to youth programming and include diversion, leadership and recreation options. The SHOCK program provides youth with a diversion academy that treats the whole youth with physical training, emotional and social health education as well as providing students with a broad array of perspectives from Prosecuting and Defense Attorneys, Chief's of Police, Detectives, Probation, and incarcerated inmates. The Project Lifelong program within SCIP provides youth with the opportunity to experience the outdoors while camping, hiking, surfing and skateboarding. SCIP's Deputy Friend program provides valuable positive police interaction and reading opportunities with youth at title one schools in Sacramento County.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We cannot express how much we appreciate this program and it's representatives - Sean LaTour and Deputy Bob Hauck! Sean and the Outdoor Adventure program was exactly what we were looking for to engage my 14 yr. old son! He doesn't participate in traditional youth team sports, but he does love an adventure and Sean was amazing in making him feel comfortable from the very first meeting! He has a natural gift in connecting with kids and parents! He is responsible and communicates well and always has the kids best interest in mind. My son recently returned from a trap shooting trip with Deputy Hauck and could not stop talking about how much fun it was and how Deputy Hauck was a really a cool guy! He can't wait for their next trip and we're just so happy that he's wanting to do more than play his Xbox! Thank you SCIP for taking the time and effort to inspire young kids to break out and try new experiences!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SCIP is an awesome program that empowers the youth in our community to live up to their full potential through mentoring programs. This program not only empowers our youth but inspires the volunteers and staff working with them. Spending time with the kids and teens in the program has proven to me to be successful and an eye opening experience. I can truly say that this program has inspired me be not only a better officer but a better mentor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mike and his group come a few times a year and work with our students. They will come and play basketball and volleyball, play music, talk with students, and work hard at letting student see that police officers are good individuals who can be trusted in the community. Having their presence on campus is a huge to our school.