Thank YOU For Another Successful Round Up!

Nearly 500 community supporters attended Rancho Cielo’s 6th Annual Culinary Round Up on February 8 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel and Spa.  Current students of the Drummond Culinary Academy were paired with 25 of Monterey County’s top chefs to present gourmet grub at this Western-themed fundraiser.  Guests in fancy boots … Continue reading

Carmel Bach Festival Residency

Rancho Cielo and the Carmel Bach Festival have expanded their unique partnership to include visits twice a month from Bach Festival artistic leadership and musicians. Through this extended residency, a rotating group of Bach Festival artistic leadership and musicians will work with Rancho Cielo participants in a collaborative, shared experience … Continue reading

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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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

Cooking Up A Brighter Future

KUSP reporter Laura Flynn interviews students, guests, and Drummond Culinary Academy Director Chef Paul Lee. For the full report, click HERE.

Jorge L., RC Student Featured on PBS Documentary

Jorge dropped out of school to help his family, picking lettuce in the fields of Salinas, California, for five years. Rancho Cielo brought him back to school and a pathway to better job opportunities. Produced by Monika Navarro for the CPB/PBS Producers Workshop Collection.

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