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March 2014

this issue Executive Director’s Message P.1 Did you know... P.1 2014 Culinary Round Up P.2 Campus News P.3 Student Corner P.3 Save the Date! P.4

Did you know...

Invest in Futures

Not all of our students are gang affiliated. But they are all at Rancho Cielo because of the passion they have for their own future!

There are about 46,367 Monterey County residents between the ages of 18-24; 27% of them have less than a HS diploma (US Census Bureau, 2008-2012 American Community Survey)

The 2013 Monterey County dropout rate was 13.5% (Mo. Co. Office of Education)

A Salinas Police Department study shows that most of the City’s gun violence has been perpetrated by – and on – young men aged 18-24. The SPD’s study also showed that if we can delay a young person from engaging in gun violence until after the age  of 24, the chances of that young person ever engaging in gun violence diminish dramatically – to almost nothing. Clearly, we need to intervene with our youth before they handle a weapon.

A recent study of 313 East Salinas youth, ages 14-18 by LULAC revealed:

Captain Wayne Porter, currently at the Naval Postgraduate School, writes about the symbiotic “Catch-22” of gang violence and economic development. Businesses hesitate to locate where gang violence is entrenched, thus limiting economic opportunity; unfortunately, the key to violence reduction is employment.

71% of those that reported to be unemployed said that they would be interested in receiving employment training

One experience colorizes this black-and-white data of the young lives cut short by gun violence. We promoted Tony, a former gang affiliate, to crew leader for our concrete crew. A member from what is known as an opposing gang was assigned to his crew. Tony said, “I had never even spoken to a ‘Southerner’ before.”

Nearly 60% of those that reported as employed, said that they would be interested in receiving employment training

91% said that they were interested in learning about going to college

Demonstrating maturity and leadership, he pulled his new crew member aside to let him know that he would have to give him direction, and that he hoped that wouldn’t be problematic. Not only did the new crew member say that he understood completely, but in their conversation, they came to see that they were very much alike. They were both at Rancho Cielo to change their lives and get solid work experience. Their professional relationship irrevocably changed their view of the world. Tony is now employed full-time by a well-respected construction company. Thank you for considering a gift to Rancho Cielo and an investment in the future of our young people. They, in turn, will return on your investment by working, spending, paying taxes, and avoiding the costs of crime. Thomas Edison once said, “Opportunity comes dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Please support our students’ efforts to ready themselves for opportunity. Sincerely, Susie Brusa

HS dropouts are 3.5 times more likely than HS graduates to be arrested in their lifetime

75% of America’s state prison inmates are HS dropouts

59% of America’s federal prison inmates did not complete high school

Rancho Cielo programs offer:

Diploma Education, Workforce Development

Enrichment activities, gardening, art, music, outdoor education

Counseling services, La Cultura Cura


2014 SPONSORS -Scheid Vineyards -TMD- Nick Pasculli -Wells Fargo

Diamond Sponsors -Boand Family Foundation -California American Water -National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation

Silver Sponsors -1st Capital Bank -D'Arrigo Bros. -Pacific Valley Bank -Stan & Sharon Meresman -Don & Barbara Chapin

Platinum Sponsors -Cannery Row Company -Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa -Terry Haber -The Wharf Marketplace and Tanimura & Antle Gold Sponsors -Alco Water -Anthony Nicholas Narigi Memorial Scholarship Fund -Mann Packing -Monterey County Hospitality Association -Monterey Wine Educational Foundation (MWEF) -Salinas Toyota-Scion-Hyundai -Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Bronze Sponsors -American Culinary Federation -American Institute of Wine & Food -Biegel Law Firm -Boots Road Group LLC -Church Brothers LLC -Comerica Bank -Eugene Martinez Law Firm -Gary & Doreen Cursio -Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin -William & Nancy Doolittle -Duda Farm Fresh Foods -Kurt Gollnick & Janet Rogers -Alex Hubbard -Kevin & Stephanie Hulsey

-Huntington Farms -Lavorato & Scott, LLP -Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Monterey Bay Chapter -Les Toques Blanches -Dr. Christopher Manke & Lesley Miller Manke -Dan & Cindy McGilloway -Monterey Peninsula Sunrise Rotary Club -Hon. Robert & Carolyn Moody -Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss -PG&E Company -Portola Hotel & Spa -Rabobank -Randy Tunnell Photography -Scudder Roofing -SSB Construction -The Fish Hopper & Old Fisherman’s Grotto -Union Bank -92.7 KTOM FM and 1460 AM/ 101.1 FM KION Newstalk



Bernardus Winery Chef/President Tene Shake and other local chefs ACF Monterey Chapter Chef Tim Wood Carmel Valley Ranch Resort Chef Jeffrey Mora Chef Jeff, LLC Chef/Director Paul Lee Drummond Culinary Academy Chef Tom Snyder Esteban, Casa Munras Owner, Pierre Bain Chef Miguel Velasquez Fandango Restaurant Chef Cal Stamenov Marinus Restaurant

Chef/Owner Kurt Grasing Grasing’s Coastal Cuisine Estate Chef Dyon Foster Hahn Estate Winery Chef Jason Giles Jacks’s Portola Hotel Chef Jeffrey Weiss Thamin Saleh Jeninni Kitchen & Wine Bar Chef Brad Briske La Balena Chef William Franz Sous Chef Owen Williams Marriot Monterey Chef Tony Baker Montrio Bistro

Chef Ken Goebel Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System Chef/Owner Bert Cutino Chef Kent Specht Sardine Factory Restaurant

Blair Vineyards Boekenoogen Wines Dawn’s Dream Winery De Tierra Vineyards Galante Vineyards Hahn Winery Joyce Vineyards

Chef James Waller Schooners Coastal Kitchen and Bar

McIntyre Vineyards

Chef Todd Fisher Sticks, Inn at Spanish Bay

Talbott Vineyards

Chef Mo Tabib The Fish Hopper Restaurant Chef Joe Rodrigues Valley Catering

Peter B’s Brewpub Scheid Vineyards

CAMPUS NEWS Rancho Cielo Leadership Council Thanks to a partnership with the Monterey County Health Department and the Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) national initiative, Rancho Cielo’s student leadership group is in full throttle. This 6 month project, facilitated by program staff but directed by students, will provide participants with leadership and skill building opportunities. A total of 15 RC youth will work their way through 6 units of team building and community assessment activities that will culminate with the implementation of their very own community change project. Stay tuned for updates!

Free Health Screenings on Campus With the start of a new year came the opportunity for a healthy start for many of our students. Thanks to a grant from CVS Caremark and the help of the Central Coast VNA, a total of 70 youth received free on-site health screenings. Led by Rancho Cielo’s Silver Star Program VNA Nurse, Carla Rankin, health screenings included blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar testing. Students received a full report of their current health status and learned about various ways for improvement including exercise and the importance of periodic health check-ups. All eligible students are enrolled in Covered California by the March 31st deadline.


I walk around this cloud. Underneath I have no balance. Strongly stand firm on my own two feet. Understanding that the world is my dream. Illusions and white doors take me further And beyond the stars. My mind and thoughts kept in the secret box. Solitude is often but never a friend. My ambition to strongly visualize and plant My own world. Where pain is never heard Of nor a word. Where the flowers smile and white wings are Grown a simple seed, where there’s No need and no acts of greed.


My mother’s poor and lonely soul I know as Another day swiftly passes by in the wind. No need to worry. I remain to walk around this cloud. -Juan Cervantes (class of 2014)

“It’s like in my mind, the poem is already written. It’s my purpose to write.” Have you ever walked away from a conversation feeling like you’ve just spent hours with someone whose wisdom could only be obtained after a lifetime of trials and tribulations? Imagine the astonishment when you then realize that the person you have just walked away from is still in his teens. Naming Ralph W. Emerson, Emily Dickinson, and Pablo Neruda among his favorite essayists/poets, Juan C. is quite the anomaly at 17. Juan C. has come a long way from his not so distant troubled past and has learned to use his experiences, good and bad, as the fuel behind his newfound passion for life and inspiration for writing. “I don’t want to be holding in my emotions. I want people to know how I feel, ” says Juan. He did just that, so well, that his “I Walk Around This Cloud” poem earned 1st place during the 2013 Robert Campbell Mo. County High School poetry awards. His words remind us that we all experience difficulties in our life, some worse than others, but difficult nonetheless. It is our choice to let these experiences act as a handicap or embrace them and use them for growth . With graduation just a few months away, Juan is looking forward to applying to college and pursuing a career in performing arts.

Judge John Phillips Legacy Circle The Judge John Phillips Legacy Circle honors Judge Phillips, founder of Rancho Cielo, and his vision to end youth violence through education and job training. Your legacy gift will ensure that the impact we have today continues tomorrow and forever. If you’re considering a gift to Rancho Cielo through your estate, or have already done so, please let us know. For more information contact Susie Brusa, Executive Director, at 831-444-3503 or

$30 for Heavy Appetizers & Wine Call 831.444.3521 to RSVP Sunset Jazz w/ Dick Whittington & Friends Friday, June 13, 2014

Student Enrollment -Drummond Culinary Academy Mark Bruszer

831. 917.3982

Silver Star Graduate Awards Friday, May 30, 2014 @ 10:00am Culinary Graduation Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 1:00pm Construction and Scholars Graduation Thursday, June 19, 2014 @ 5:00pm Family Fun Day Sunday, August 24, 2014

All events will be held on the RC Campus

-Construction Academy/ Youth Corps Andrew Seminerio 831.970.9149

Development Director Cecilia Flores

Rancho Cielo Officers John M. Phillips, President Don Chapin, Vice President Robert V. Sanford III, Treasurer Dale Ellis, Secretary Board Members Cass Antle Ted Balestreri Karen Boothroyd Pam Butler Ricky Cabrera Karen Curtis Pete Delgado Manny Gonzalez Kelly McMillin Arlene Mead John Narigi Jimmy Panetta Nick Pasculli Mike Zimmerman


Executive Director Susie Brusa

Vision: To transform the lives of at-risk youth and empower them to become accountable, competent, productive and responsible citizens

PO BOX 6948 Salinas, CA 93912

Friday, May 9, 2014 @ 5:00pm


831.444.3533 ph 831.444.3550 fax

Arte y Tapas: Student Art Show and Silent Auction

Sarda Desmond

Board of Directors

You are invited!

Event/Dining Room Reservations

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