“Since I’ve graduated from YTEC I’ve proven to the community that
I am a changed man. I‘ve stopped smoking, drinking, and stopped
being a criminal.” YTEC Participant
“YTEC is about finding a new path, if we can learn how to succeed
“I am now out of the system, and my only problem is deciding which
in school we can get involved in more positive things than
using drugs.” YTEC participant
college to go to.” YTEC Participant
YTEC Graduate Profiled by Bar Association Magazine
Dominique Dorham, graduate of YTEC Leadership Youth and Bridge intern, is profiled in the Fall 2009 issue of San Francisco Attorney, an official publication of the Bar Association of San Francisco. Dominique graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice in June 2011, the first member of her family to graduate college. She received scholarships from YTEC with support from the College Access Scholarship Program of San Francisco.
How YTEC Helped One Teen Realize Her Potential
At age 16, Marta had already missed more than 200
days of school over the previous two years. She had repeatedly been arrested for
shoplifting and breaking into a neighbor's house. She was also stealing hard liquor to support a
drinking habit that had started when she was 13. Her uncle had abused her but Marta says that her mother
wouldnât believe her when she told her mother what had happened.
When Marta wound up in the juvenile justice system, the judge sent her to YTEC. After
starting the program, Marta has caught up with her age group in school, is completely alcohol-free, and
plans to attend college to become a counselor. She wants to help other girls who are as lost and confused
as she was.