Youth Development

Community Partnership for Youth

Building A Community One Child At A Time

aka CPY

Monterey, CA


Community Partnership for Youth (CPY) is a prevention program providing positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence while reinforcing individual strengths. Our vision is to provide our youth with a safe, structured environment that encourages healthy boundaries, positive self-esteem and the ability to make good choices for a full and successful life.

Ruling Year


Executive Director

Ms. Shari R Hastey

Program Director

Mr. Benjamin P Bruce

Main Address

Post Office Box 42

Monterey, CA 93942 USA


violence prevention, mentoring, success for youth, values, standards, tutoring





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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What we aim to solve

In a July 2017 survey of 220 participants in the CPY Summer Intersession: 50.9% had a family member die; 12.7% indicated they have had a family member killed; 32.6% know someone in jail or prison (21.1% parent, 7.0% sibling, 47.9% relative or friend); 21.4% have seen someone use drugs; 4.5% indicate they have been homeless (64.5% said they had lived with family or friends) and 1.8% live in a mobile home; 1.4% live in a motel; 12.4% live in a house with over 10 people and 27.% live in an apartment with over 6 people (indicating that the respondent has very little or no space to call his/her own) CPY's program directly addresses this problem, seeking to ameliorate less-than-optimum conditions in a child's home and social environment by giving children tools to succeed regardless of their circumstances. CPY offers a straightforward, principled approach to empowerment of the community's most vulnerable population – at-risk youth.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Violence Prevention Programs

Mentor Tutor Program

Middle School Leadership/Life Skills Program

Summer All Day Intersession

High School Leadership/ Life Skills/ Job Preparation program


Monterey County College Challenge (M3C)

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP)

Visual and Performing Arts Academy Program

Ramon Avila Technology + Design Center

Where we work

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At risk youth in Monterey County will gain self-esteem and confidence, show a positive attitude based on integrity and respect, reinforced by the CPY Standards. They will succeed in their academic endeavors, be better prepared to avoid drugs, gangs, violence, and develop the tools they need to lead a successful life.
o 90% of students will be able to recite and demonstrate the CPY Standards.
o 85% of students will report increased self- esteem and confidence.
o 85% of students will report and demonstrate a positive attitude and respect for others.
o 15% increase in reading scores across CPY students.
o 10% of CPY students will perform better on California Standards Test (CST) and California English Language Development Test (CELDT).
o 80% of students will express interest in pursuing higher education.

In the Afterschool Mentor/Tutor Program, the backbone of CPY's comprehensive academic program is personalized interaction. In this one on one student/mentor interaction, emphasis is placed on learning, not just completing assignments. By working daily with students in academic, social and extracurricular settings, mentor/tutors bond with the children, and they in turn have a special connection in their lives. Mentors can structure their assistance hoping to understand and meet the complex needs of the child. During summer break, CPY will again host the 5 week all-day Intersession Program. In an effort to combat summer learning loss, days are filled with disguised learning and enrichment activities. The longer day also helps to allow for an even greater depth of interaction between the students and the Mentor Tutors. In an effort to support parents as their children get into middle school and high school, CPY will also be facilitating the Strengthening Families Program (SFP), a nationally recognized curriculum that provides parent, youth and family education. The program serves families with preadolescents and young adolescents. Building healthy family communication is crucial during these times in order to try to reduce substance abuse, aggressive behavior and the breakdown of the family unit.

CPY is a prevention program providing healthy alternatives for instead of drugs, gangs and violence. The total program consists of the Afterschool Mentor/Tutor Program; a five-week all-day Summer Program; a Middle School Leadership Program; a High School Life Skills Program; a seven week Strengthening Families Program (SFP); and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy. CPY believes reversing negative behavior patterns in the most at-risk youth provides the very best chance helping them to succeed. These programs offer students a real and tangible opportunity for success in school and life, and this is how CPY has strategically differentiated itself from other prevention programs. CPY works with the “whole" child, in a structured setting with a set of Standards based on teaching respect, truth telling, and treating others as you would wish to be treated. Many CPY Program Mentor Tutors have participated and learned through experience as a student in the program, and therefore are able to embody and model the Standards, thus providing students with the importance and integrity of the principles. All CPY programs require the Standards be recited by the participants together, and are reinforced by Program Mentor Tutors every day so they are internalized by the students – and the students can live their meaning. As the CPY programs demand discipline, students are required to attend program activities daily. CPY also reaches out to parents to help them with tools they may need for themselves and their children. Vulnerable students need more caring adults in their lives. Consequently, CPY offers these unique program characteristics:
1. Establishment of clear standards of behavior and personal character.
2. Comprehensive Conflict Resolution training for staff and students.
3. Close communications with parents and host schools.
4. A strong emphasis on learning; literacy is imperative.
5. Focus on healthy living through outdoor activities, sports and good nutrition.
6. An opportunity to communicate through the arts.
7. Commitment to hiring within the community.
8. Quality staffing that guarantees effective mentoring and tutoring.
9. Partnerships that directly involve the community, thereby enriching the program and benefiting those concerned.

Our organizations progress indicators are seeing the positive choices, in the midst of challenges, our students make everyday. We asked our CPY alumni to share the impact CPY has had on their lives, they say the following:
• CPY has given me great confidence within myself, to believe in myself that I can accomplish any goal I set with hard work and dedication
• I think the biggest difference CPY made for me was it opened me up and made me more altruistic. The every day warmth and caring shown at CPY is now a reflection of me in my every day life.
• CPY gave me a place to go after school where, not only was I sure to have homework help, but also be surrounded by people that really just wanted to see me succeed.
• CPY made a difference in my life by providing a safe place filled with love. It was a community based family outside of my home.
• CPY really pushed me to reach goals in life that I believe I wouldn't have been able to accomplish without their support believing in me.
• They taught me to have integrity which made me make the right decisions.
• It has helped me make great choices like staying in school.
• Right after middle school, I chose to work at CPY instead of choosing the streets. I don't know nor could I imagine how my life would be had I not been a part of CPY.
• Values and lessons I learned in CPY helped me stay on a straight path to success.
• CPY is part of the reason I was driven to attend college and graduate, education was something emphasized at CPY and it stuck.
• CPY grounded in me the idea that hard work, done well, feels good. AND IT SURE DOES!

CPY has grown as our students have grown. We have endeavored to construct programs as we look at the "whole child" and see their needs.

The needs are great and sometimes resources are scarce. Sustainability is our greatest challenge.

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