Equipping the Youth of Today for the Challenges of Tomorrow

"Life is a series of circles and cycles, phases and stages. These are your experiences that teach you the lessons of life. EMBRACE them, even if it is hard to do so." - J.C. Cooley (Founder)


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The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

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The JC Cooley FOUNDATION is again one of the 13 beneficiaries for the Taste of Rancho Santa Fe. This is our 3rd consecutive year as a beneficiary and the only organization from Temecula invited to this great event. Therefore, The JC Cooley FOUNDATION will bring a group from Temecula to this event. Over the last three years, we have brought over 50 people from Temecula each year through our tickets sales. Our intent will be to do the same this year.

I will begin selling tickets on 15th June 2018. Tickets are $125.00 per person. This includes admission to the event, all wine, beer, and food from over 30 wineries, 20 breweries, and 30 to 40 5 stars restaurants. The networking opportunities are tremendous.

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is a nonprofit organization focused on providing life skills and mentoring programs for middle school to high school young adults.  OOCP is separated into two primary age groups: the Junior Group (7 - 11 years old) and the Senior Group (12 - 18 years old). The program will form partnerships within the community through local school districts, communities, churches, private organizations, Rotary clubs, business organizations, the Boys and Girls clubs, the juvenile court system and the military organizations (such as ROTC). OOCP’s primary goal is to foster a commitment to young people, promoting self-esteem and goal setting while building self-confidence, strong interpersonal skills through discipline training and teamwork. 

Through personal relationships, mentorship, and guidance programs, a sense of individual responsibility will be established and maintained. This connection will allow today’s youth the options and opportunities to gather an understanding of what it takes to form a solid personal work ethic, assist in time management skills, and help the youth establish personal life goals to excel in their adulthood success.

OCCP is committed to creating a safe environment to foster our youths’ opportunities for open communication in order to share their ideas among other youths, counselors, mentors and much more.  This will be taught using JC Cooley’s 4 C’s concept (CREATE, COLLABORATE, COMMIT and CONFIDENCE); all of which lead to the Big “C”, CHANGE.

For the updates on the progress of our mission check out the latest on the Cooley Foundation Blog.

I want to extend a thank you to you, and your entire foundation, for partnering with our school!  We have been honored by your presence and support during our assembly as well as our 6th Annual Awards Banquet.  Our twelfth grade students benefited from writing the essay prompt, as it made them think about their past leadership qualities and where they are headed.  Your presentation at the awards ceremony was wonderful and I know our students, parents and staff appreciated your words and encouragement.  The winner of the Cooley Foundation Scholarship was very surprised and your support has confirmed that there are people to support him in his future endeavors.  He is excited for his future at Cal State San Marcos and your financial support is greatly appreciated. -- Debbie Thurston, River Springs High School


The J.C. Cooley Foundation
Options & Opportunities: The Choice Program (OOCP)
P O Box 891989
Temecula, CA 92589-1989

(915) 760-0414




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