April Shared Plate Recipient – Rancho Cielo

For over 20 years Rancho Cielo has worked to change the lives of underserved, at-risk youth in Monterey County. Students receive on-site counseling, enrichment, social services, and connect to a community striving for social vibrancy. Students can complete their high school degrees while receiving training in culinary/hospitality, construction, and agriculture. Over 632 young people who were at serious risk of dropping out of school earned diplomas; 380 earned vocational certificates and 98% of graduates were enrolled in post-secondary education and/or left with a job.

Rancho Cielo students face serious challenges: 7% are homeless, 15% have been involved in the criminal judicial process, 30% are learning the English language and 95% are socioeconomically challenged. Graduates of Rancho Cielo have greatly enhanced chances of not being part of the judicial process again. Students have an opportunity to be proud of themselves and find a path to happier lives. Please consider supporting the Culinary Program by dining at Rancho Cielo and through UUCMP by donating to the shared plate in April.
Thank you. Karen Judkins