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Teamwork. Dedication. Achievement.

At Rancho Cielo, we aim to give our program participants a ‘leg up’ in the increasingly competitive labor market and provide them with skills and knowledge that adds to their employability, access to supportive services that treat the whole individual, job placement, and follow-up services. After successfully completing one of … Continue reading

What Is Rancho Cielo?

Our Vision

To transform the lives of at-risk youth and empower them to become accountable, competent, productive and responsible citizens.     more »

Our History

Founder former Superior Court Judge John M. Phillips witnessed the tragic cycle of offending and incarceration that many young people found themselves in. He wanted to create an effective alternative that would help keep first offenders from becoming repeat offenders.     more »

Our Future

Rancho Cielo will continue to develop and expand the use of the one-hundred acre site to include an array of healthy, enriching activities for all Monterey County at-risk youth and their families.     more »

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Tired of Throwing Kids Into Prison, I Built a Place to Keep Them Out – Judge John Phillips

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A Diploma and Construction Training for At-Risk Youth

“While, U.S. Census data trends link earning less than a high school diploma or GED to lower annual income and higher rates of unemployment, research also correlates it to poorer health outcomes and disproportionate rates of incarceration. All of these factors have compounding effects on families and whole neighborhoods.” For the full report, click HERE

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