(Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact)
Established in 2000, the PARTI Program is a non-partisan, non-sectarian 501(c)(3), non-profit organization with the primary mission of enhancing youth critical thinking skills.
PARTI Program serves over 5,000 high-risk, impacted and intentional youth in Santa Clara County, Alameda County, and Los Angeles County. Our main programs are High Impact, cultural arts (Fusion), PARTI Health, Leadership Development, and Mentorship Program.
It is impossible for a child to be successful in life if he or she has not been taught to believe in themselves. The PARTI Program believes that our children are our community’s greatest assets. Every day, we work to change the lives of youth who suffer from depression, violent lifestyles, unhealthy relationships and unstable families. However, many low-income and underrepresented youth never receive an opportunity to be heard or placed in leadership roles in their school.
Our evidence-based Service Learning, Mentorship, Case Management, and Enrichment Activities are Leadership focused.
High Impact Program recruits youths to participate who are High Risk, Impacted and Intentional.
High-Risk: Admires aspects of gang lifestyle characteristics, lives in gang “turf” area, has a family member(s) who have lived or are living a juvenile delinquent, criminal and/or gang lifestyle, casually associates with youth exhibiting gang characteristics, has a high rate of school absences, and experiences school failure and disciplinary problems, and has had numerous fights and sees violence as a primary way to settle disagreements and maintain respect.
Impacted: Has had a probation officer and/or may have participated in delinquency diversion program, has had numerous fights, and views violence as a primary way to intimidate, settle disagreements and maintain respect, may claim a turf or group identity with gang characteristics, but still values independence from gang membership, personally knows and hangs out with identified gang members, identifies with a gang-related affiliation and/or turf, but has not officially joined a gang, is ready to join a gang.
Intentional: Associates almost exclusively with gang members to the exclusion of family and former friends, he/she is active in “gang banging.” Self identifies as a gang member, has spent time in juvenile hall, is engaged in the gang lifestyle, believes that the gang, its members, and/or his/her family live for or will die for the gang, has fully submerged his/her personal goals and identity in the collective identity and goals of the gang.
Truancy, low grades, little or no self-esteem, poor reading and math skills, health inequalities and lack of information to make informed health decisions, little or no connection with their community, lack of work experience, drawn to gang life or the lifestyle — are all traits of at-risk youth. The outcomes of these youth who do not reach their full potential are: joining gangs, failing grades, unhealthy eating, and suicide. PARTI Program believes leadership and service should be the common expectation and experience of all young people.
Through the power of partnerships with organizations, student clubs and youth groups across California, we have created an umbrella program for several events focused on youth empowerment.
We connect youth with leadership classes and volunteer opportunities that focus on addressing core youth issues, including increased self-esteem and confidence; increased connections to caring adults throughout the school year and during our summer program. Through partnerships with other supporters we have developed a program that works with young people ages 15-24 years old that addresses three important subjects:
Business Savvy: Having the ability to leverage opportunities with integrity and innovation; learning to make good decisions and achieve results.
Social Conscience: Valuing the impact an individual and enterprise can have on the community.
Collaborative Communication: Engaging others in an inclusive manner across teams, functions and cultures; ability to leverage new and creative ways of communication.