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Mission and Purpose

The mission and purpose of the Office of Violence Prevention Role Model Program:

  • to guide young men and women in Stockton through a transformative, self-awareness process;
  • increase their self-esteem, commitment to education, and responsibility to the community;
  • engage our at-risk population to empower and evoke change; and
  • help reduce conflict and prevent violence by uniting the community.


Role Models will serve as life coaches who hold individuals accountable, while pushing them to reach their potential.  Role Models will guide, advise and provide hope, through their actions and by providing direction that allows individual young men and women to access needed resources.


Young men and women in need of Role Models are referred by the community, courts, probation, law enforcement, or by individual request. However, any young person can participate in the Role Model Program; referrals are not required.


Role Model Coaches

Coaches are volunteers who serve as mentors, role models, and coaches for young men and women in our community. Volunteer Role Model Coaches receive training from the Office of Violence Prevention Community Engagement Coordinator, who is a certified Life Coach.  Role Model Coaches offer the young people they mentor advice on education, job preparation, employment opportunities, and much more.


The primary role of a Role Model Coach is to help a young person define individual goals and find ways to achieve them. Since the expectations of each young person will vary, Role Models encourage the development of a flexible relationship that responds to the needs of both the Role Model and the young person they are mentoring.


Role Model Coaches accelerate the progress of the youth they mentor by providing greater attention and awareness of possibilities, which leads to more effective choices. Role Model Coaches follow strict policies that protect the Coach and the young person they mentor. In addition to the rewarding experience of being a Role Model, Coaches also gain experience in the fields of juvenile justice, social work, and child and family services by working with program and service providers. 


Role Models are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher and will not act as a disciplinarian or decision maker. A Role Model echoes the positive values and cultural heritage parents and guardians are teaching as part of a team of caring adults.


Coach Commitment

A Role Model is a caring, adult who devotes time to a young person. Although mentors can fill any number of different roles, all mentors have the same goal in common: to help young people achieve their potential and discover their strengths.


A person who is willing to provide youth with a positive outlook on life – and the future – and to serve as a Life Coach. Through experimental learning and service, a Role Model Coach provides mentoring, coaching, and leadership training to youth involved with the courts, juvenile justice system, or by referral from either entity.


Role Model Coaches create experiences and opportunities for personal growth, service, and civic action, as youth develop new skills in decision making, cultural appreciation, and ethical acumen.


By sharing fun activities and exposing a young person to new experiences, a Role Model encourages positive choices and promotes high self-esteem.


Volunteer Today!

For additional information and to sign-up to be a Role Model Coach or obtain a coach/mentor, please contact the Office of Violence Prevention.



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