About The Pico Youth & Family Center


Pico Youth & Family Center (PYFC), is a non-profit organization in Santa Monica committed to preventing youth violence. Through various services and caring staff support we bring hope to the lives of youth. We serve hundreds of youth annually, ages 16-24 who are most at risk, through case management, counseling, tutoring, job readiness training, leadership development, music, art and computer training. The PYFC is a positive alternative to the streets for many of Santa Monica’s youth and young adults who seek guidance, support and service


​Mission statement

To equip underserved youth and their families with the leadership and advocacy skills needed to strengthen and sustain the community in which they live. To promote peace, unity and social justice by modeling cooperation and advancing educational and economic opportunity. Through positive transformation, we work to instill hope in our youth by engaging them in creating solutions to our community’s problems “Invest in your future, support our youth”.

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Vision statement

​A unique center for underserved youth and their families that fosters community transformation through culturally relevant education, training in technology, entertainment arts and leadership development with the aspiration of confronting poverty and injustice.

Vision: Youth

PYFC alumni have a positive self-identity, strive for higher education, champion non-violence, advocate effectively for social justice and are difference makers in the world. We work to transform our community by instilling hope in our youth and by engaging them in creating solutions to our community’s problems.

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History

In October of 1998, a series of shootings prompted residents in Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood to organize the largest demonstration against youth violence in Santa Monica’s history. Residents responded to the shootings by organizing the Vigil for Peace on November 2, 1998. Through this event, community leaders in the Pico Neighborhood revealed that between 1989-1998, twenty-two youth were killed on the streets of the Pico Neighborhood in Santa Monica. More than one thousand residents, families, and friends marched through the heart of Santa Monica to call an end to the violence and to support families who have had to suffer for many years due to the neglect of this social problem. The forum on Youth and Social Justice, a follow-up to the vigil, defined the problem of gang violence as a product of deeply rooted social and economic inequalities. Participants discussed issues of segregation, institutionalized racism and poverty as the root cause of violence and youth-related issues. Various youth and community leaders urged the Santa Monica City Council to expand funding for youth services in the Pico Neighborhood. After various months of planning and advocacy, the youth and families of the Pico Neighborhood won a decisive victory. On June 12, 2001, the PYFC was awarded a grant to deliver services to youth and their families.

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Board

Oscar de la Torre

Ruben Pacheco

Tom Woods

Henry Guzman

Elias Serna

Peter Kuhns

Staff

Oscar de la Torre

Alex Aldana

Mary Cornejo

Julian Ayala

Lawrence Palmer

Marcos Santana


Oscar De Le Torre

Oscar de la Torre

Executive Director

Alex Aldana

Alex Aldana

Outreach Specialist

Mary Cornejo

Mary Cornejo

Office Manager

JULIAN AYALA

JULIAN AYALA

Music Director

Marcos Santana

Marcos Santana

Computer Specialist