About us


We serve middle and high school children in the communities of San Diego and who have a parent(s) that is, or has recently been incarcerated.


The VOP Collective Mentoring Program is a community based program directed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to the children, the village includes screened facilitators, peer mentors of high school age, college mentors and adult volunteers. Parents/guardians are considered extensions of the Village and are engaged in ongoing activities and communication.

Board of Directors


  • Fred Johnson, M.D., Chair
  • Arlene Smith, Vice-Chair, Project Coordinator, Facilitator
  • Michelle Bush, Treasurer
  • Rickeena Boyd, Secretary


  • Dorian Smith
  • Hugh Mills
  • Victoria Chavez
  • Gilbert Chavez

Ex-officio Members

  • Denise Adams-Simms, M.P.H., Health Administrator
  • PS Perkins, Human Communication Institute, LLC
  • Jacquelyn Sherman-Rustin, Retired Executive Director, Aaron Price Fellows Program


  • Viet Mai
  • Marilyn Montgomery
  • Jessica Molina
  • Greg Casey
  • Devon Wyatt
  • Ray Carter


In 2002, twelve members of a local congregation began discussions on how to address the health needs of some of the communities in Southeast San Diego. From these discussions, the Health Outreach program was launched focusing on mental health issues, especially depression in teens and adults. In 2007, the outreach became a community based—instead of a faith based—organization and was renamed Village of Promise Health Outreach. Wanting to have an impact on youth affected by “depression,” the Collective Mentoring Project was launched, enrolling in 2009 the first group of middle school children, attending O’Farrell Community Charter School, whose parents are or have been in prison. One of the original four students who attended that first orientation is now a youth leader and facilitator with what is now the Village of Promise Collective Mentoring Program.

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