Mission

Focus Forward’s mission is to create pathways to success for youth in the Juvenile and/or Child Welfare systems through effective programs and services.

We built our organization and continue to strengthen its capacity on two beliefs. First, that youth and families in the county systems can transform their circumstances and thrive. Second, that a cross-disciplinary and talented staff team can implement the best practices for walking along side youth and their families.

History

Focus Forward was established in 2005 as a community benefit organization with a nonprofit designation and the mission of creating positive change and promoting successful outcomes for youth in the Fresno County juvenile justice and foster care systems. We started with providing services at the Juvenile Justice Campus (JJC) where we work in partnership with the Probation Department. Additionally, we focused on assisting youth in foster care by providing access to clothing, higher education supports, and scholarships.

Focus Forward has grown in its capacity to serve as a multidimensional organization, working with youth inside the JJC, during the re-entry phase, and with youth’s families in the home and community. Through a talented team of staff, interns, community volunteers, and partners, we have grown our re-entry/after-care programming.

Today, our programs are tailored for both incarcerated youth and youth who have successfully transitioned out of custody. Our services have grown over the years and today encompass family strengthening, cultural arts, mentoring, and case management.