What Is Rancho Cielo?
To transform the lives of at-risk youth and empower them to become accountable, competent, productive and responsible citizens.
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.
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.
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“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
KUSP reporter Laura Flynn interviews students, guests, and Drummond Culinary Academy Director Chef Paul Lee. For the full report, click HERE.
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.