Ernest Bass moved to Stockton at a young age and graduated from Edison High School. As a young man, he made some bad choices that landed him in prison. Upon his release in 1989, Ernest committed to turning his life around and discovered a passion for helping at-risk youth in the community. In 2001, Ernest received his A.A. Degree in Biblical Studies, and in 2005, received his Master Degree in Christ Counseling.
Prior to his current work as Youth Outreach Worker, Ernest worked part-time as a mentor at Youth for Christ/Point Break Adolescent Resource Center. He worked with youth in juvenile hall and local schools to teach gang prevention and anger management.
He also worked for the City of Lodi G.R.I.P. (Gang, Recognition, Intervention, Prevention). Ernest is an assistant pastor for a local church, a youth football coach, and the current president of the South Stockton Vikings.
Ernest is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of at-risk youth in our community.
Grover (Ricky) Crump grew up in French Camp. Despite a home environment of alcohol and physical abuse, he managed to excel at football and baseball at Franklin High School. But after a baseball injury, he turned to drugs and other illegal activities.
After joining the Army, he turned his life around during basic training and received the Outstanding Trainee of The Cycle Award. He continued to serve in the Army for 16 years.
When he left the military, Ricky became the Facility Manager at a group home for at-risk street youth in Oakland where he worked for 17 years, until joining the Office of Violence Prevention as a Peacekeeper Outreach Worker.
Ricky believes his love for life and his faith bring purpose and that every life matters.
Jaime moved to Stockton from Texas in 1963 and ran the streets with a local street gang during his teenage years. After dropping out of school in 1979, he attended a program at the University of the Pacific to get his GED.
From 1980 to 1995, Jaime held various supervisory warehouse positions. In 1995, he opened his own auto accessories business. Then In 1999, Jaime attended a Peacekeeper's gang awareness presentation at Franklin High School where he was inspired to make a difference with our gang youth. Since 2001 Jaime has volunteered with the Stockton Police Youth Activities as a program coordinator.
Jaime participated in the 2003 Mayor Podesto's Racial Harmony and Fairness Task Force where he spearheaded customizing a police car into a low-rider, as a tool to reach high-risk youth and help relations between police and our community.
Jaime is currently attending Delta College and works with the City of Stockton Operation Peacekeepers as the Youth Outreach Worker in charge of the Latino gangs.
Born and raised in Hawaii, James Oliver moved to Stockton during his middle school years and graduated from Edison High. He continued his education at the University of the Pacific and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior.
James previously worked in the nonprofit sector as a caseworker and human resources technician. He developed a strong passion to help and encourage people during his years at Head Start’s Child Development Council.
As a Peacekeeper Outreach Worker for the Office of Violence Prevention, he is committed to making a positive change in his community.
Jose Gomez migrated to Stockton from Mexico in 1978 at the age of 10; by the age of 12 he joined a gang for protection. During his teen years, he was incarcerated, stabbed near his heart by rival gang members, and shot during a drive-by-shooting.
With the help of a high school teacher and gang detective Dale Wagner, Jose graduated from Edison High School with honors and served four years in the U.S. Marines. Jose earned his A.A. in Sociology from San Joaquin Delta College.
From 1991 to 1998, Jose worked as a Probation Aide in the San Joaquin County Juvenile Probation Gang Unit, Intensive Supervision Unit and Project 654 Unit. In April of 1998, he was hired by the City of Stockton Peacekeepers as a Youth Outreach Worker in charge of the Latino gangs.
Jose is also a Leadership Stockton Alumni, Class of 2012.
In 1994, Jose was the recipient a $50,000 fellowship award from the California Wellness Foundation for his efforts to reduce gang violence.
Born in Los Angeles, Keiland Henderson spent his early childhood in southern California before moving to Stockton at the age of eight. His family fell on hard times soon after, and he remembers the kindness of Stockton’s Gospel Center Rescue Mission. After relocating to Reno and graduating from high school, he always hoped to return to Stockton, the city that gave his family a second chance.
Keiland offers his extensive background in community outreach and nonprofit management to help local youth. He created two nonprofit groups: Youth Empowerment Center and F.O.C.U.S. Group, a tutoring program for young adults. He has also served as Associate Pastor, Minister and Youth Director at his local church.
His passion lies in education and his belief that an education can help overcome so many adversities. He is currently attending law school.
Stanley Thomas was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He moved to Los Angeles in 1977 and became involved with gangs at an early age. He left the gangs at 19 to pursue a better life for himself. Stan later attended San Bernardino Valley College and Cal State University of Hayward where he pursued a degree in Recreation and played college football.
From 1997-1999 he led the Inner City ministry in Oakland, where he counseled at-risk youth. He served as the Vice-President for the Palm Villas Home Owners Association representing community issues and concerns.
He has been a resident of Stockton for over three years, with his wife and two kids. He and his family attend the Bay Area Christian Church for the past eight years where he is an active choir member and a coach/player for the ministries annual basketball league. Stan is currently employed by City of Stockton Operation Peacekeepers in charge of African-American gangs.
Tanya Williams was born in Los Angeles and raised in the Compton area, where she graduated high school and later earned an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Cerritos College.
In 2006, she moved to Stockton to serve as the Northern Regional Director of Friends Outside, supervising a staff of over 48 people. Throughout her professional career, Tanya has worked with diverse groups and organizations from all walks of life.
She has always had a vested interest in raising youth up and looks forward to making a difference in the community. She currently volunteers for YouthBuild San Joaquin and is the only female Peacekeeper Outreach Worker for the Office of Violence Prevention.
Tanya Williams has over 30 plus years of service to youth and believes in making an impactful and positive difference in our community.
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