Who We Are

WHO ARE WE SERVING?

We serve middle and high school children in the communities of San Diego and who have a parent(s) that is, or has recently been incarcerated.

WHO IS THE VILLAGE?

The VOP Collective Mentoring Program is a community based program directed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to the children, the village includes screened facilitators, peer mentors of high school age, college mentors and adult volunteers. Parents/guardians are considered extensions of the Village and are engaged in ongoing activities and communication.

Board of Directors

Officers

FRED JOHNSON, M.D.
Chair

ARLENE SMITH
Vice-Chair, Facilitator

CARMEN SAMUELS, MSN
Project Coordinator

MICHELLE BUSH
Treasurer

RICKEENA BOYD
Secretary

Members

VICTORIA CHAVEZ

GILBERT CHAVEZ

DORIAN SMITH

Ex-officio Members

DENISE ADAMS-SIMMS, M.P.H.
Health Administrator

PS PERKINS
Human Communication Institute, LLC

JACQUELYN SHERMAN-RUSTIN
Retired Executive Director, Aaron Price Fellows Program

 

Program Staff

VIET MAI
Facilitator

MARILYN MONTGOMERY
Facilitator

MICHAEL FRAZIER
Facilitator

JESSICA MOLINA
Facilitator

History of Village of Promise

In 2002 twelve members of a local congregation began discussions on how to address the health needs of some of the communities in Southeast San Diego. From these discussions, the Health Outreach program was launched focusing on mental health issues, especially depression in teens and adults. In 2007, the outreach became a community based—instead of a faith based—organization and was renamed Village of Promise Health Outreach. Wanting to have an impact on youth impacted by “depression,” the Collective Mentoring Project was launched, enrolling in 2009 the first group of middle school children, attending O’Farrell Community Charter School, whose parents were or have been in prison.