“Our expectations are always high …always with a personalized focus to help students excel in their academic performance, recognize their strengths, and rise to their full potential as future leaders.”

Meet Our Team

John Norman

Executive Director

Over the past 16 years, John has held leadership positions within the non-profit youth development field for various organizations — YMCA, LEAPS After School Program, Hayward Parks & Recreation District, and the Boys & Girls Club. 

A graduate ofCalifornia State University, Eastbay (CSUEB), John obtained his undergraduate degree in Communications (2009) and his graduate degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College (SMC) in 2020

John’s passion stems from an unwavering belief that a strong systematic approach to youth development is the answer to the call-of-service for the 21st century, especially for youth at-risk. 

The organization’s core values mirror his personal beliefs and his dedicated commitment to being an agent of change. 


Lavell Jackson

Student Advocate and Site Coordinator

Hello, my name is Lavell Jackson, and I’m a Student Advocate and Site Coordinator for Raising Youth Resilience (RYR). I have been a Youth Mentor/ Leader for over 7 years. I have worked for the After-School Program with Boys and Girls Club and volunteered my time with my church working with youth. I’m in the process of completing my Associate’s Degree in Arts, then plan to transfer to Stanislaus for their Bachelor’s Degree program in Liberal Arts. I love working with students and inspiring them to be the best versions of themselves. My passion is God, spending quality time with my family and creating music. I will continue to bring to RYR a positive attitude and a great big smile.

Additional Info: work cell (209) 310-4001 email ljackson@raisingyouthresilience.org school sites Edison High School, Chavez High School & Bush Elementary

Albert Salazar

Student Advocate and Site Coordinator

Raised within a family of immigrants from Mexico, Albert’s home life was dysfunctional and broken. The personal traumas he experienced as a youth were a direct link to his at-risk behaviors. 

Proving that one’s past never dictates their future, Albert ultimately entered law enforcement and discovered a passion for helping those, who like himself, struggle with the dynamics of a troubled youth. 

Realizing that a mentor could have had a significant impact on his life, he chose to give back by becoming a mentor and assisting in the growth and resilience of youth at risk in his community. 

Eric pryor

Student Advocate and Site Coordinator

I was born and raised in San Jose, Ca. and graduated from Silver Creek HS in 1994.

My passion for mentoring began shortly after becoming a barber in 1996 when I obtained my Barber and Cosmetology License. As I matured in the Barber industry, I started to understand the impact I could make on a young man sitting in my chair. Fast forward to 1997, a close friend of mine gave me an opportunity to help him out as a basketball assistant coach at James Lick High School in San Jose Ca.

I moved from San Jose to San Joaquin County and was offered the opportunity to be the head basketball coach of Liberty Ranch first ever freshmen team. Coaches are life coaches, mentors, motivational speakers, a friend, and sometimes an extension of a parent’s expectation. When every aspect of the school’s expectations, the community’s expectations, and the home expectations line up in harmony, the student that is being focused on has no choice but to excel.

“Childrens talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives” is one of my favorite quotes from Maya Angelou. She made every attempt to give not only children but their families the tools needed to thrive educationally, socially, physically, and psychologically, and I vow to do the same. In God I trust!

Sylvia Warner

Student Advocate

Hi, my name is Sylvia Warner. I’m a proud wife, mother of four, and a passionate and self-motivated individual dedicated to serving my community. I have over ten years of experience working with children and families. I have also worked as a certified Group Home Administrator. I have extensive knowledge in mentoring, case managing and supporting youth in various environments including schools as well as level 14 group homes.


Currently, I’m a valuable team member in my community. As a mentor, I have extensive experience working with youth through 1 on 1 case management, hosting conflict mediations and facilitating social emotional learning groups. I always say, “I strive to be the caring adult our youth can always depend on”. I find that by meeting and greeting each youth with a smile, I can help them become the best that they can be.


Additional Info: Work cell (209) 905-6373, Email swarner@raisingyouthresilience.org, School site: Stagg High

Terry Williams

Student Advocate

Hello, my name is Terry Williams, a native of Stockton California and a graduate of Langston University. Currently I am in school to get my EMT license, my ultimate goal is to become a firefighter. It has always been my desire to give back to my community. As a native of Stockton, CA, I was able to see both the positive and negative aspects within the city. As an adolescent I made it one of my core values to give back to the community. Providing service and advocacy to my community is something I implement during my everyday life. During my matriculation at Langston University, I had the opportunity to be a part of several organizations, one being Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Being a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. has given me the platform to hold leadership roles in which I have had more opportunities to give back to my community and travel the country to be able to work with other individuals, also putting me in a position to conduct business on a professional level. I aspire to be the effective change agent in today’s society. How I would want to impact Raising Youth Resilience is adding to the new dynamic that is being built, being able to work with the team to create new experiences for the students and help build a foundation for the future. I look forward to this new experience and the challenges it may bring, and I cannot wait to get to work.

Additional Info: work cell (209) 361-4131 email twilliams@raisingyouthresilience.org, School sites Chavez High School, Edison High School & Bush Elementary

We Appreciate Your Support

Raising Youth Resilience is a 501 (c)(3)

Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve the lives of children in Stockton, CA. 



(209) 227-8977




1163 East March Lane,
Suite D #490
Stockton, California 95210