Message from Executive Director

Winston Ashby 2015Over the past 15 years, P.A.R.T.I. Program (Positive Alternative Recreation Teambuilding Impact) has been devoted to the youth community and we have grown in effectiveness, civic leadership and service. PARTI Program has strengthened prevention systems in underserved communities through relevant intervention programs, events, training and advocacy that are successful in reducing antisocial behavior and promoting a healthy course of youth development.

PARTI Program is inspiring youth to make positive decisions for healthy and successful lives. We encourage and promote optimistic attitudes, behavior, education, emotional well-being, health and constructive relationships.

Bullying and cyberbullying is a very big problem in the world today. Less than 33% of teens with depression will get help. Therefore, it is up to community organizations, children, parents, educators, health professionals and the media to all work together so that no more children will suffer the mental and physical effects of bullying. The numbers related to any bullying statistics are both shocking and disheartening.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS), bullying is defined as “intentionally aggressive, usually repeated” verbal, social, or physical behavior aimed at a specific person or group of people. Some bullying actions are considered criminal, such as harassment or hazing; but “bullying” alone is not illegal. And recent news stories abound with tales of cyberbullying – where the target is harassed through social media or other technology – that have unfortunately resulted in victims’ suicides. The majority of bullying still takes place at school; 1 in 3 U.S. students say they have been bullied at school. Demand for programs that promote healthy youth development continues to grow.

We serve 2,000 youth between the ages of 8 and 18 annually. As a youth development non-profit, we use year-round activities to engage underserved students in long term mentor based relationships. Our core curriculum integrates experiential learning, character development, community service, values-based leadership development, social justice advocacy and peer mentoring. Through each of our programs, PARTI Program participants are encouraged to transform themselves and others for the better using the values of courage, discipline, integrity, wisdom, compassion and humility.

On behalf of our participants and their families, I would like to say thank you for considering our request for support of a unique partnership for the underserved youth in the Santa Clara County, Bay Area and Los Angeles. I have personally witnessed lives changed and families come together through the PARTI Program. With the recent increase in violence in our community, our teens are fully committed to reaching even the most isolated youths.

– Winston Ashby

“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” – Nelson Mandela