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Transforming youth through
the power of relationship and story.

Each day presents a new opportunity. A new day for those who are considered to be “At-Risk” teens to take a leap of faith and step onto a new path. There is new ground where they can discover rewards for making the right choices.

We are here to guide them through the process of living a new life. We interact with anywhere from 7-20 youth per visit inside the Shasta County Rehabilitation Facility showing them there is hope and that their lives have purpose and significance.

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We serve youth who are considered “at risk” in Shasta and Tehema counties. Our programs have developed in light of our desire to transform youth through the power of relationship.

Relationships of trust, consistency, and support with caring adults, help disadvantaged youth reach their full potential.

Hidden in our local landscape there are over 500 teens that are considered “At-Risk” and need their path redirected in a positive direction.

The Power of a Story

At Forward Leap we are convinced the potential for our city is in the hearts of our young people, and that by teaching teens to tell a better story with their lives, we will write a new story for our city.

Watch a Forward Leap Juvenile Justice Connection Story

Watch this motivational video about change.

In a time when test scores and evaluation are what drives funding for schools and programs, it’s important to remind ourselves that the capacity to really know a young person is a rare and valuable gift.

-Peter L. Benson

We are restricted by law to not show faces and use names and to protect the identity of incarcerated youth.