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Welcome to Youth With A Purpose!

~ Planting seeds of hope & watering purpose ~

Why we do what we do:

  • 45% of children in California live in low income homes

  •  57% of low income families are African American

  •  61% are Hispanic.

  • It is proven that youth from low income neighborhoods are 20 % more likely to end up in prison.

  • It is also proven that 61 percent of the incarcerated population are black or Latino.

Familiar with the school to prison pipeline?


At Youth With A Purpose we believe that intervention and early implementation of strong mental health services, academic support, and planting seeds of hope start AT HOME in our communities first, then in schools.

Youth With A Purpose partners with low income housing communities to provide youth programs and supportive services in response to the school to prison pipeline.


What We Do

Hip Hop Class

Youth Community Programs

Women Holding Hands

Young Adult Supportive Services


Volunteer & Outreach

Community & fun!

The goal of our youth community programs is to provide unity and a safe environment for our youth to grow and explore their passions. Our programs focus on exploration by way of the arts. We love providing dance, theater, music, and other forms of art expression for our youth!

Making a Difference

Through our Supportive Services, we have the potential to make a real and positive change in the community. Support does not end at age 18 for former foster, homeless, or substance dependent youth. This is one of our key areas of focus here at Youth With A Purpose. We hope to partner with young adult transitional living programs or shelters.

Doing What’s Needed

If you would like to be a part of YWAP by volunteering, or seeking employment, click the contact button below.



Side By Side

Youth  & Young Adult

Community Based Mentorship Program

From 6 years old to 25 years old, youth and young adults are matched with mentors

Mentors & Mentees

  • Hang out 

  • Go to restaurants

  • Go to the movies

  • Work on goals

  • Mentors Enhance the overall well being of mentees

Side By Side also includes youth empowerment events:

  • Guest Speakers

  • Workshops

  • Field Trips

  • Fashion Shows

  • Creative Art Exploration

  • Youth Planned Events

  • Scholarships

And more !


Mommy Mentor Network

MMN is a program for pregnant African American moms 29 years old and under 




The MMN is a community, network and sisterhood


Our moms are placed with mentor moms that support and empower them during pregnancy 


Young Entrepreneurs Program

6 week Youth Entrepreneurship ​for youth 16 years old-25 years old to learn:

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Brand Management

  • Content Creation

  • How to create an E-Commerce Business


“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”

-Josh Shipp

Contact Us:


(213) 537-7794

~ Goal is to serve communities across California ~

Follow Us on Instagram @YWAP_CA