The Young and Prosperous Foundation was started because we believe mentoring matters. The Founder and CEO, Chris Jones grew up in the community of Southeast San Diego during a time when gang violence and crime in the city was at an all-time high. Growing up during this time, there was little to no resources for young people, so sports became a major outlet for many young youths in the community.
Young people spend most of their time playing sports, so coaches in the community became role models, mentors, and many of them father figures. Before starting the Young And Prosperous Foundation, Chris reflected on his time as a youth and thought about how much further in life he would be if he had resources that introduced him to programs such as, career tours, financial literacy, interviewing techniques, and the basic understanding and importance of a college education.
His time of reflection, turned into an idea called the Young and Prosperous Foundation.