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Mission

To create positive change and promote successful outcomes for young people in the Fresno County juvenile justice and foster care systems.

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Vision

To mobilize and coordinate community support of programs and services for children and young people in the Fresno County juvenile justice and child welfare systems.

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Summer Solstice: The Longest Light

The artists of California Contemporary Art Collective will present an exhibit at Fresno’s premier downtown art space. Original art work developed around the theme of the annual summer solstice has been developed over the past year by various Fresno Artist. 1821 Gallery & Studios in the Cultural Arts District, will present CCAC’s most recent work in an exhibition titled, “Summer Solstice: The Longest Light”. Each of the  artists have approached the theme celebrating the summer solstice following their specific approach as artists. This year the summer solstice falls on Saturday, June 21st. 1821 Gallery and the seven artists of CCAC will host a reception and the opportunity for each of the artists to talk about the work included in this exhibition. Their conversations will begin shortly after 4:00 p.m.

Summer Solstice

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Vanessa Brister, Project Coordinator

Vanessa loves to travel with her husband and explore the world.  She enjoys taking long walks with her dog Patrick.  Some fun facts about Vanessa are: she loves Starbucks; she has a bucket list; and hopes to win the lottery one day to reopen a Cray Croft Center.

Vanessa Brister joined the team April 2014 as the Project Coordinator of the Southeast Youth Success Program.  The program serves juvenile offenders in high poverty, high crime communities. A combination of workforce development, education, training, case management, mentoring, restorative justice, community wide violence reduction components and post program support and follow up services are provided.

Vanessa’s experience in the victim services field.  Vanessa has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science with a major in Criminology.  Vanessa worked serving domestic violence victims for the past 4 years.  In addition, Vanessa has a wide range of experience in serving people with trauma, co-occurring disorders, and homelessness.  Vanessa is also certified as a Sexual Assault Counselor and in the Infant Mental Health Training.

Vanessa has always been passionate about helping people.  Vanessa became particularly interested in helping youth as she realized that our youth are often stuck in a cycle of violence and crime.  Vanessa believes that the youth we serve in a sense are victims of life as well, and to give them hope is giving us hope that we will have a better future; after all our youth are the future of tomorrow.  Vanessa believes that a strong support system that doesn’t give up on the youth can make a difference; after all U-Turns are allowed.  Vanessa’s last statement is “knowing I can make a difference in their life is my motivation”.  

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