The 2000's

2000-2003     Free Arts for Abused Children - JLOCC members were trained by Free Arts for Abused Children of Orange County to work with children in residential care facilities, family shelters, and at the dependency of the court. Volunteers provided hands-on opportunities to bring the therapeutic power of dance, drama, writing, music, painting, and other avenues of creativity to abused, abandoned, and neglected children to encourage them to channel their emotions, release their anger and develop positive self-esteem.

2000-2003     Olive Crest “Adopt A Home” - Working with the staff at Olive Crest, a group of residential facilities for abused, abandoned and neglected children, the JLOCC planned and sponsored activities for two "adopted" homes. Volunteers used their creativity and resources to plan activities and outings for the children or teens of the selected homes and also planned and executed a home improvement project for each house.     

2000- 2005    Laura’s House - Located in San Clemente, Laura’s House is a home for abused women and children. JLOCC members worked with the children and teens at Laura’s House to escape the trials of life at an emergency shelter for abused women by planning interactive events. Volunteers planned activities to reinforce to the children and teens that life does exist without violence. In addition, members planned and participated in a Children’s Center improvement project.        

2001-2015     Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities– JLOCC Sustaining Members have partnered with the Orangewood Children’s Foundation to reach out to teenagers emancipating from Orange County’s foster care system. Over 300 teens emancipate yearly, and many lack the support system to help them finish high school and plan their future. To ease the transition into independent living, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program provides emancipated teens with a duffel bag full of essentials, such as toiletries, towels, a blanket, stationery supplies, an inspirational book, calling cards, maps, a flashlight, and an alarm clock. In addition, the Bear Hugs and Bear Necessities program supports the Orangewood Resource Center (ORC) through their Independent Living Program (ILP) and the Rising Tide Community Program to provide support services focusing on employment, education, health, and housing. JLOCC members volunteer at ILP events such as “Independent City,” which educates teens on the basic skills they need to live in the outside world.

2003-2006     Canyon Acres Children’s Services - The only facility in Orange or surrounding counties serving the most severely abused and emotionally troubled children between the ages of six to twelve. It is here that the children are provided with the highest level of care and therapeutic treatment. Canyon Acres also provides a home to children who suffer from a variety of emotional and psychological disorders. These disorders are due to family histories of child abuse, substance abuse, family violence and mental illness. The JLOCC volunteers spent time with the children building strong relationships with the kids and really getting to know them. JLOCC members planned monthly events for the kids in each home.

2004-2006     YMCA Youth Services Corps – The program is designed to instill a life-long pattern of volunteerism in youth deemed at high risk for adolescent pregnancy. The JLOCC members mentored youth to plan, implemented and evaluated community service projects. Approximately 45 adolescents were enrolled in the program, ranging in age from 12-15 years old.  These youth have been selected for the program due to failing grades or risk of retention. JLOCC members met with the students monthly to coordinate each community service project then selected a day within two weeks of the planning meeting to implement the project. Projects were selected based on a connection to the curriculum in the classroom as well as a benefit to the community.

2004-2008     Casa Teresa - Houses homeless pregnant women and new mothers while providing training in infant care, parenting, and job skills. The JLOCC established a mentoring program through Casa Teresa, partnering the new mothers of Casa Teresa with trained mentors to assist in the transition from the structured environment of Casa Teresa back into the community.

2004-2008      Orange County Children’s Therapeutic Arts Center (OCCTAC) - The JLOCC partnered with OCCTAC to help develop a Strategic Child Abuse Prevention Plan and a Resource Library focused on child abuse prevention for families, educators and therapists working with the Santa Ana community. JLOCC members worked hands-on with the children and families at monthly community workshops and received training on a variety of topics, such as child abuse factors, cultural understanding, and the benefits of therapeutic arts.

2004-2008       Girls Inc. “Action for Safety” - JLOCC has teamed up with Girls Inc. to help administer and enhance the Action for Safety Program, a self-defense and violence prevention course for girls 9-11 years old, designed to teach girls negotiation, assertiveness and self defense skills to protect them from abuse and harassment. JLOCC volunteers also will develop a community awareness program for child abuse prevention.

2006-2009      Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) “Higher Education Mentoring”- In partnership with the Orange County Bar Foundation, the JLOCC worked with the Higher Education Mentoring Program, serving approximately 40 Latina girls in their junior and senior years of high school in the Santa Ana area. The program is designed to lend educational support so these promising young women can graduate from high school, enter college and prepare for professional careers. JLOCC members provided tutoring in the areas of math and science and assisted with the college application and personal essay process. The JLOCC also helped plan monthly workshops for the parents/guardians and program participants. Workshop topics ranged from fostering excellent study skills to applying for financial aid. In addition, program participants toured local colleges and had an annual Career Day Workshop where they could explore various career paths and participate in resume writing workshops and mock interviews. At the end of the year, the JLOCC sponsored a graduation event where seniors of the program received college starter kits with school supplies and dorm essentials for their next steps in their journey onto higher education.

2007-2009     “Bridges to Higher Education” – A program offered through The Orangewood Children's Foundation, was initiated to increase high school graduation rates and admission to college or trade school among dependent foster youth participants. The program matched students in grades 10 - 12 with mentors in the community. The mentors were advocates on the students' behalf, with teachers, social workers, schools, care givers, etc. as well as being an advocate for education and exploring options after high school. JLOCC members planned 5-8 workshops throughout the year for program participants and mentors. Workshop topics included the following: Better Studying Habits, Test-Taking Tips, focus on the students' goals of graduating high school and seeking opportunities to continue their post-secondary education. The JLOCC also works with Orangewood staff to organize educational field trips and tours of local colleges and universities. 

2007-2010      Orangewood Mentoring - Orangewood Children’s Foundation’s Mentoring Program partners with the JLOCC to provide educational workshops geared towards life skills and topics for foster youth involved with the Orangewood program. The project hosted workshops that explored topics designed to support and encourage the young adults through critical periods of their lives.

2008-2011      CASA, “Emancipated Youth” - The JLOCC is partnered with CASA again to work with youth who are approaching emancipation from the foster care system. CASA and the JLOCC realize that these struggling teens face their greatest challenges after they emancipate and their volunteer advocates also need significant support from CASA as they help these youths with the transition. CASA and the JLOCC’s goal is to enhance the support and resources currently provided to youth before emancipation, while also developing a program that will continue that support post-emancipation. Monthly training sessions for youth and volunteer advocates were planned, as well as, coordinated with local employers to find employment resources and opportunities for transitioning youths. A support system between emancipated youth and volunteer advocates was established to aid communication between meetings and training sessions.

2008-2013      Kinship Support Services Program - In partnership with Olive Crest, the JLOCC assists in the development of kinship support services devoted to providing support for foster youth placed in the homes of relative caregivers. Approximately 60% of the children taken out of their homes are placed with relative caregivers, such as aunts, uncles, grandparents, or older siblings. Relative caregivers often have special needs linked to age, poverty, poor health, social isolation, or inadequate access to information and services. The Kinship program, supported by JLOCC, hosts events that address the unique needs of each caregiver and child by providing referrals to basic services and resources, a support system of other caregivers, and a break from daily stresses.

2009-2012      CHOC Reading Program - The JLOCC has partnered with Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) to significantly expand the CHOC Reading Club in an effort to support literacy. Open to all children participating in their “Well Visit” check-ups, this program provides each patient a new book to encourage a love of reading and boost reading skills. Doctors use the books that are provided as teaching tools for the child during the exam and to speak with parents regarding the importance of reading daily with their child. JLOCC members work hands-on in the waiting areas of CHOC to build a passion for reading by organizing “Reading Day” parties with activities and fun which is revolved around book themes. JLOCC members support CHOC's staff in continuing to sustain their program by assisting in building the Reading Program's library with organized book drives in the Orange County area.

2009-2014     Crittenton Services - Crittenton Services for Children & Families has developed the Connect Program to help promote and foster long-term mentoring relationships with the young women it serves. The Connect Program, which began over 12 years ago, tasks volunteers with visiting the same cottage residents on a regular basis. By the time adolescent girls are transferred to Crittenton, they are in dire need of positive role models, healthy relationships, and trust. Providing volunteers to consistently interact with these girls on a regular basis is an important part of their development. The JLOCC hosts monthly activities and a holiday celebration to help the girls establish relationships and a sense of holiday tradition. Several Crittenton clients have been identified as especially motivated to go to college but are unable to meet their full potential due in part to the lack of life skills and personalized mentorship relationships available to them. In 2012, JLOCC launched a new targeted Life Skills Training and Mentorship Program at Crittenton’s Fullerton campus for a select group of adolescent females, some of whom are pregnant or have given birth, and develop a Young Entrepreneurs Program designed to educate Crittenton clients about business development and finance. JLOCC members also collect or facilitate donations of goods to support the young women at Crittenton.