Youth Matters 39

Mission Statement

I am writing a book on freeing yourself from the bondage of self. Thirty percent of the sales of this book will go to my Youth Matters ministry. Through my church I have non-profit status and will be able to give everyone who donates to Youth Matters a tax deduction. My church has really gotten behind me and I know that I can accomplish my goals. Here is the Youtube channel that I will be starting dealing with the pertinent matters of the youth of today. I am constantly talking to them and asking them what matters to them. I listen to what they say. I will also be setting up chat lines for parents that have questions about youth or anything that is on their mind I will be there to do the best I can for them to help them find the answers they seek. You can email me at youthmatters39@gmail.com.

Goals

To reach the youth of today and meet them where they are at in their lives. I will counsel them through talks and groups to show them that there are better choices they can make in life and that there are consequences to those choices. I will take them on trips to the beach and weekend retreats at Idyllwild Pines Camp.

About Me

I was a young man who made a lot of bad decisions when I was a teenager and a young adult. My choices to place drugs and alcohol above everything else in my life cost me 25 years in prison. I murdered a friend of mine who was trying to get over on me in a drug deal. I have been in all the worst prisons there was in CDCR. I started working with at risk youth in 2007 in the Straight Life Program at my prison. In 2013 I became a peer to peer counselor for other prisoners and helped them with preparing to go home, substance abuse issues and parole planning. I am a Christain man who still works with youth today in my job and at my church. I am active in my community and have spoken at various events sharing my story.