"I am thankful with the program that has helped me a  lot with my son.  Thank you for your help and I hope you continue to help other people who are in need."

Mr. and Mrs. J. Rubio

  • Strengthening Families Program
  • Parent Project, Junior - Loving Solutions
  • Parent Project, Senior - Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior
  • STEP UP Mentoring


Honorable Tony Barrera

Member Salinas City Council

Dana Edgull

MC Children’s Behavioral Health

David Jenkins (President)

Financial Advisor

Dr. Britt Rios-Ellis

California State University Monterey Bay

Tom Bryan
CFO, Taylor Farms

Dr. John Silva
Soledad Correctional Training Facility

Honorable Judge Vanessa Vallarta
Superior Court of California

Fernanda Ocana

City of Salinas, Community Safety Division

Davina Ybarra

Pro Shop, Corral De Tierra

Raul Rodriguez

La Plaza Bakery Manager

Anna Caballero, Advisory Member

Secretary of the State, Consumer

Services Agency

 Brent Eastman (Past President)

Eastman Insurance Agency

Brett R. Harrell, Advisory Member

The Nunes Company

Kelly McCarthy Sutherland

Advisory MemberAttorney at Law, L&G,

Our programs would not exist without the generosity and support of our funders and donors.  THANK YOU for building strong families for a peaceful community!


Wendy (Millard) Benjamin Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County

The Doolittle Fund at the Community Foundation

Monterey Peninsula Foundation

Harden Foundation

City of Salinas CalGrip  (California Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Program)

Board of State and Community Corrections

Bank of America Foundation

Nancy Buck Ransom

Community Development Block Grant

Monterey County Health Dept. STRYVE

Monterey County Probation  Recidivism Reduction Grant

Packard Foundation

​Pebble Beach Foundation


Alisal Family Resource Center

City of Salinas Elementary School District

Community Alliance For Peace and Safety (CASP)

Community Human Services

Children’s Behavioral Health, Monterey County Health Dept.

Salinas Union High School District

Soledad Unified School District

Monterey County Probation



"There should be more groups like Parent Project.  I have learned how to fight for my child, how to control my anger and how to speak with him.  Showing that we love them;  that we love our children and how to fight for things that we love.  The moral support from this program is very important."

K. Sandoval

About Us

Monterey County Herald Article - WYSM


Partners For Peace was formed out ot the violent Injury Prevention Coalition (VPC) an initiative through the Monterey County Health Department in 1990.


A group of dedicated visionary volunteers saw that peace is possible.  In 1995, Partners For Peace was incorporated as a non-profit.  In 1999, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation awarded PFP a $1 million grant for infrastructure and program implementation.  Partners For Peace provided Peace Builders, Farm Worker Welcome Outreach, Youth Employment Summers (Y.E.S.) that provided over 100 teenagers with employment for seven weeks every summer.  Parent patrols were initiated in 11 elementary schools in Salinas.  Salinas Reads brought over 200 community volunteers together each spring into the schools.  In 2005, the Strengthening Families Program was launched in Salinas at the request of the then Mayor Anna Caballero who sought an evidenced based program to buld strong families and begin systemic change.

In 2000, Anna Caballero became the first Executive Director of Partners For Peace, but she resigned in 2006 to run for State Assembly.  With the initial grant over and no additional funding sources, the organization was in debt and came within minutes of going out of existence in 2007.  However, thanks to the passion, vision and dedication of the remaining 5 Board members all bills were paid, and a revitalization of the organization began.  Dan and Sherrie Villareal accepted the challenge and with financial and technical support from the five Roatary Clubs of Salinas, Partners For Peace(P4P) survived and focused on the Strengthening Families Program.

With its current focus on building strong families for a peaceful community, P4P now offers a continuum of services.  Strengthening Families program, for parents and their children ages 10-16 years; The Parent Project, a 12-week class for parents of strong willed or out of control youth; STEP UP Mentoring for at risk youth ages 11-14 years; and Parent Project, Junior - Loving Solutions, for "tough" kids ages 5-10 with an ADD/ADHD emphasis.

Partners For Peace is currently located at Silver Star Resouce Center, a collaborative of prevention and early intervention services located at 855 E. Laurel Dr., Bldg. H, Salinas, CA.

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