JC is a current student at California State University, Fullerton majoring in Sociology. Before attending CSU Fullerton, he graduated with his Associate of Arts degree from Patten University. Beyond his education is the heart of a volunteer, counselor, mediator, and healer. JC is committed to community outreach, restorative justice, and criminal justice reform.  JC is a scholar in the Ronald E. McNair PostBaccalaureate Achievement Program. JC has long-facilitated various programs that focused on youth, restorative justice, and trauma healing. He was a facilitator and mentor for the S.Q.U.I.R.E.S (San Quentin Utilizing Inmate Resources Educational Studies) program which provided group and one-on-one counseling to vulnerable youth, has taught workshops addressing family relationships, drug and alcohol awareness, coping skills, gangs and gang activity, self-esteem, effective communication and anger management. JC is a facilitator and trainer with Insight Prison Project (IPP) and was a student, instructor, and mentor for The Last Mile. The Last Mile, the first prison program in the US to focus on technology entrepreneurship and computer coding.


When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. JC’s greatest passion is to help people, make a difference in the world, and help change lives for the better.

Reach James at james@WeAreStronghold.org