Empowerment Program

In collaboration with the Contra Costa County Probation Department, our CCCOE Youth Services Empowerment Program provides educational and career services for juvenile justice-involved youth as well as youths at-risk of involvement. Through our collaborative work with Deputy Probation Officers, Social Workers, Public Defenders, and schools, reentry service providers are able to provide in-custody and/or out-of-custody youths with: 

  • Individualized case planning
  • Facilitated referrals and warm hand-offs to COE Workforce Youth Services Specialists
  • Case Management Services

Case Managers help youths navigate the educational system, advocate for school enrollment, and have access to post high school career development services. 

Services Provided 

Academic Support

  • Identification of educational needs and goals
  • Identification of barriers to educational success and potential methods for overcoming those
  • Advocacy to ensure proper enrollment in school or access to educational services
  • Assist in facilitation of enrollment, request for transcripts or records, and State minimum credit eligibility screening

Job Exploration Counseling (Career Awareness and Exploration Activities)

  • Provide career and transition assessments to identify interests and goals
  • Assist in exploration of strengths, interests, and abilities and how those may lead to a job
  • Inform youths of jobs and industries in the local area

Post-Secondary Educational Support

  • Help transition from high school to post-secondary education and/or training
  • Explore career and post-secondary education options
  • Discover post-secondary education resources
  • Assist with application and enrollment processes
  • Identify financial aid options
  • Identify technology needs

Work Readiness Training

  • Train youths on soft skills needed for successful employment, interviewing techniques, resume development, and financial literacy
  • Provide application assistance
  • Teach youths how to search and apply for jobs

Information on Youth Programs and Community Resources

  • Provide youths with brochures, flyers, and other applicable information and resources


  • Provide guidance to develop skills of self-awareness and goal-setting
  • Utilization of available resources and support systems
  • Taking a role in IEP, 504, and other person-centered planning processes


  • Outreach is linked to the mission of reintegration. Methods include home visits, calls, e-mail, and post mail



Empowerment Program Contacts




Youth Services Supervisor Lesi Valenzuela
(925) 942-3391
Administrative Assistant II Brooke Terry (925) 942-3300
Youth Services Specialist I - PUSD Adriel Rodriguez Soto  (925) 942-3490
Youth Services Specialist I - LUHSD   Alicia Franklin  (925) 942-3314
Youth Services Specialist I - WCCUSD Jonathan Gonzalez (925) 942-3444
Youth Services Specialist I - AUSD Luis Serrano (925) 942-5365
Youth Services Specialist I - MDUSD Magdalena Montalvo (925) 942-3362

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