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To partner with our community to provide a safe campus to deliver programs and services that inspire at risk youth to learn new skills, gain self-esteem and confidence.
To transform the lives of at-risk youth and empower them to become accountable, competent, productive and responsible citizens.
Bringing together public agencies, community based organizations and concerned citizens we aim to design and implement a comprehensive set of services and programs in support of our Vision. These services and programs will provide the support and alternative activities needed to stem the rising rate of juvenile crime in Monterey County and the surrounding area.
Through our comprehensive programming, we provide educational opportunities to students who could not achieve their academic goals in a traditional school setting. We also provide support services, vocational training and job placement services. Our extensive grounds provide rich opportunities for recreation and outdoor activities.
Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy
The Rancho Cielo Drummond Culinary Academy is one of several programs of Rancho Cielo tailored to help transform the lives of our youth through learning new skills, on the job training, and professional mentorship. Our goal is to train at-risk youth in the Salinas and Monterey County area in a work environment that is conducive to learning, where they feel challenged, respected, and accountable.
Our ultimate desire is to prepare culinary academy students to become qualified to work on commercial restaurants.
We accomplish our mission by training our students using Rancho Cielo Drummond Academy unique hands on curriculum and in an environment that provides real life situations by the operation of the culinary academy dining room area and special events.
Rancho Cielo Youth Corps
Our Rancho Cielo Youth Corps is an on-the-job training program serving young people, 18-24, to be prepared for regular full time employment. Our crews learn through their involvement in a variety of construction projects that teach everything from work ethics to complex construction skills.
This program is critical to the cultural change we are trying to affect, providing youth with positive opportunities to learn new skills and self-sufficiency.
More than 150 at-risk youth have participated in this vocational training program since its inception in 2008. Rancho Cielo Youth Corps gives these youth, many of whom are gang members, the opportunity to learn job skills while being compensated for their work. Referrals for participation come from the court system as an alternative to incarceration, from the Probation Department, from educators, from the Department of Health or from others.
Silver Star Youth Program
Rancho Cielo’s flagship program offers intensive educational instruction to students between the ages of 15 1/2 and 18. All students are screened prior to acceptance and must have a desire to make positive changes in their lives. Most students are on probation when referred to Rancho Cielo but recommendations may also come from the juvenile court, schools or parents. Graduates receive a high school diploma or GED.
The program is operated in partnership with the Monterey County Probation Department, which provides supervision, case management for students involved in the juvenile court, meals and transportation; theMonterey County Office of Education, which provides teachers and classroom aides for Rancho Cielo’s Community School.
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