Join us for the 6th Annual Culinary Round Up!

More than 300 people joined Rancho Cielo for its 2014 Culinary Round Up. Live mariachi music, live auction, multiple raffles, and of course the opportunity to meet and hear from our culinary students made for an unforgettable evening. Join us for the 2015 Round Up on Sunday, February 8, 2015. We … 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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Job Announcement: Program Director

Rancho Cielo has two programs, construction projects and 100 acres needing the attention of a qualified construction and project management professional.

The Program Director is responsible for daily operations, ensuring successful outcomes for the participants, grant compliance and fiscal accountability. Click the the following link for a detailed Job Description: Program Director JD

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.

Upcoming Events

S. County Casino Night Fundraiser

To benefit Rancho Cielo Youth Campus

Date: Friday, March 20, 2015

Time: 6pm to 10pm

Location: Salinas Valley Fairgrounds, King City, CA

Ticket Cost: $75/per person (includes strolling dinner, 1 drink ticket, 1 reverse draw entry, casino money)

Online Ticket Purchase- S. Casino Night

Bernardus Wine Dinner at RC’s Drummond Culinary Academy

What: Chef Cal Stamenov and his Bernardus Lodge team join Rancho Cielo’s Drummond Culinary Academy students for an unforgettable dining experience!

When: Friday, February 20, 2015

Cost: $150 per person. Includes 5-course menu w/ wine pairings

Online Ticket Purchases- Bernardus Wine Dinner

More information: 831-444-3533



6th Annual Culinary Round Up

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Rancho Cielo’s biggest fundraiser of the year to be held at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more information contact: 831-444-3530.

Click HERE for Online Ticket Purchases