Youth Program Development Consultant
Sam is a committed mentor for violence-prone youth in what was once one of the top ten most dangerous cities in the country. He serves as a Program Manager for Richmond, California’s Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS). His experiences being mentored by elders, while incarcerated for a decade, inspired him to become a community leader and help other young men avoid his fate. Believing that violent youth will make better choices for themselves and their communities when able to visualize a healthier path and given life skills, the ONS fellowship program serves as surrogate family for these young men. Over 80% of the ONS fellows have stayed away from gun violence and now live with much more hope and promise. As a Youth Program Development Consultant, Sam will work in collaboration with James Houston to bring IPP’s Victim Offender Education Group to the young men he serves.