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Youth Engagement Program

About The Program

The mentoring program has been developed as a response to assist the at-risk youth of Stanislaus and San Joaquin County. The purpose of this mentoring program is to prevent delinquency, truancy, drug use, gang involvement, and other high risk/behavior. The programs purpose is also to improve academic performance, and promote healthy choices so that youth become positive members of society and may one day reach their true potential, become empowered, and give back to their communities. Through a one-on-one community based mentoring model, different activities will help promote self-esteem, improved academic performance, and social skills to assist at-risk-youth in their communities.  


Program Mission Statement

Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Program seeks to increase connections and quality of relationships with parents, youth, peers, and mentors. The program is also focused on improving youth’s academic achievements, social skills, and avoiding at-risk behaviors and activities.


Program Vision Statement

In accordance with Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Program believes in the call to family, community, and participation. The Catholic Charities Youth Mentoring Program commits to providing advocacy and social services that maintain and expand the social safety net for families and individuals.


What Is Mentoring?

Mentoring is when a mature, caring adult spends time with a younger individual that has similar interests. Mentors serve as a friend and role model, making a significant and measureable difference in a young person’s self- esteem, social skills, school performance, and decision making skills.  


Why Mentoring?

It is a fact that mentored youth do better in the areas that are most significant in their development. Mentoring is proven effective in helping vulnerable youth to work through life obstacles, avoid youthful pitfalls, and fulfill their potential. It is also helpful to parents to have an additional voice, someone who understands their situation, and can also support them through their struggles. 


What Difference Does It Make?

Mentored youth are more likely to: avoid self-destructive activities and strengthen their hope and vision for the future. Parents also find hope through   a caring friend who can listen and “mentor” them through the ups and downs of raising children.


Mentoring Commitment

As a sub-grantee of the National Mentoring Program of Catholic Charities USA, Catholic Charities Diocese of Stockton is recruiting adults who want to make a difference in a youth’s life by mentoring a youth 9 to 17 years of age. The following is required of all volunteer mentors:

 Must be 21 years of age.

 Reside in the Modesto or Stockton area.

 Agree to a firm one year commitment to spending two hours a week with a youth.

 Complete a screening process that includes background checks.

 Attend required initial and ongoing training. 

 Have reliable transportation.

 Regularly communicate with the program coordinator


Stockton Office/San Joaquin County Mentoring Program

Andrea Oceguera

Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator

1106 N El Dorado

Stockton CA 95202

Email Address:

Phone Number: (209) 812-0715


Modesto Office/ Stanislaus County Mentoring Program

Andrea Oceguera

Youth Mentoring Program Coordinator

2351 Tenaya Dr. Suit D

Modesto CA 95354



Francisco Tejeda

Youth Mentoring Program Assistant

2351 Tenaya Dr. Suit D

Modesto CA 95354




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