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Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program

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The Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program empowers disadvantaged Black and Brown San Franciscan young men toward becoming leaders in the community. Give today, and Share! Black Lives Matter!
The Discovering Your True Self (DYTS) Mentoring Program - founded at led by Phelicia Jones, MCP - empowers formerly imprisoned San Franciscans to become self-sufficient leaders in their families, neighborhoods, and communities. With Black San Franciscans comprising only 5% of the San Francisco population, but being more than 50% of the jail population – we know that Black and Brown San Franciscans are over-policed and over-incarcerated – under a longstanding status quo of systemic racism. The DYTS Mentoring Program helps young adults see and provide a better future for themselves, their families, and their communities.
The Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program is a developing new program led by Phelicia Jones, MCP.  Phelicia Jones has more than 20 years experience in developing programs for incarcerated and post-incarcerated men and their families.
The DYTS Mentoring Program works primarily with young men between the ages of 18-30. The goal of the program is to assist young men in developing new ways of thinking and behaving, in order to address the many challenges in their lives. Participants pledge to take a "stronger stand", as it relates to changing their lives. They also pledge to not set their standards low, and to set goals and achieve them. Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program breaks down self-hatred, and promotes self-love. It challenges their motto, for which they are willing to die: money, sex, drugs, guns and gangsta rap.
Participants who excel in Discovering Your True Self, are offered a weekly stipend, and the chance to participate in speaking engagements, at both local and statewide colleges and universities, middle and high schools, conferences, rehabilitation programs, etc.
What Does DYTS Mean To You?
"Getting in touch with your essential self, learning more about yourself, find out what you want in life, and who you are." (Age 28)
"I need to stay out, and be there for my family and my daughter, and see her grow up." (Age 22)
"It means a lot. Trying to figure out who you really are, and being comfortable with yourself, and having a straight mindset." (Age 23)
Common Statistics On Prior DYTS Participants -
40% Dropped out of school
47% Claim to defend their block
53% Were raised in a single-parent home
60% Think they are rebellious
60% Have experience with the juvenile justice system
67% Have been shot at before
67% Used drugs
67% Are, or have fended for themselves
80% See themselves as a leader
80% Carried guns
Based on volunteer survey of prior DYTS participants
DYTS Curriculum Includes:
  • Psychology of Addiction
  • Recovery Strategies
  • Identity of the Self
  • Our Big “S”
  • Why do I have a bad attitude?
  • Upper Downers and All Arounders
Redefining Your Life - 
Curriculum allows participants to see and understand that their way of living constitutes a destructive cycle that can only be broken if they make better choices in their lives.
Our motto: Change your Mind, Change your Life.
Please GIVE today and SHARE.
DYTS has a proven track record of success. Address inequities today – Black Lives Matter – Give today to the Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program.
Thank you,
Phelicia Jones, MCP, Founder
Discovering Your True Self Mentoring Program, and
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Phelicia Jones
Walnut Creek, CA

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