The Young and Prosperous Foundation was started because we believe mentoring matters. The Founder and CEO Officer Chris Jones grew up in the community of Southeast San Diego during a time where 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.
Youths would spend most of their time on the basketball court and on the football field, so coaches in the community became role models, mentors, and many of them father figures. Before Officer Jones started the Young And Prosperous Foundation, He reflected on his time as a youth and thought about how much further in life he would be if he had a program that introduced me to work readiness session, career tours, financial literacy classes, taught him interviewing techniques, and the basic understanding and importance of a college education. This is what the Young and Prosperous Foundation offers youths.
His time of reflection, turned into an idea of giving youths opportunities he wasn’t afforded. The idea then turned into the Young and Prosperous Foundation. The foundation will provide the skills needed to be successful later in life, while preparing them to succeed today.