Youth Empowerment joined Live Well San Diego as a recognized partner on April 13, 2018. Youth Empowerment is a grassroots effort that provides a holistic approach to bringing about community and individual restoration and empowerment for individuals. The focus of Youth Empowerment is to assist those who have been involved with institutional systems and/or at risk of entering those systems. Through effective community engagement strategies, mentorship, court advocacy, and running groups through a Trauma Informed System.
Youth Empowerment uses an innovative approach of reaching out to youth and their families in parks, local churches located in the Central Region. By outreaching within this naturalistic environment, families and youth are engaged in positive activities in groups and events. Youth Empowerment provides a safe haven and a safe space for families and the community at large, to enjoy their parks and groups. With the recognition that many of these individuals have experienced trauma, a strength-based, family-centered approach can deter youth from behaviors that may otherwise result in them entering the juvenile justice system.