Steven Kim M.S.W. Step Off Ministry
Steve Kim is based out of Orange County and works closely with gangs and at-risk-youth. He holds a Master of Social Work degree with an emphasis on mental health and biopsychocial factors relating to family dynamics. He is a co-founder and Outreach Pastor of Step Off Ministry which provides services to Asian gang youth. He works closely with the Department of Education, The Youth Guidance Center and The Boys and Girls Club of Santa Ana to help Chicano gang youth. He has worked closely with the homeless and mentally-ill population at the Village in Long Beach focusing on psychosocial rehabilitation and substance related issues.
Supervising Probation Officer
Central Youth & Family Resource Center
Valerie Amezcua joined the Orange County Probation department January 1986, while attending the University of California, Irvine. Her career with the Orange County Probation Department has included working as a Deputy Juvenile Correction Officer at Los Pinos Conservation Camp, and Juvenile Hall. She was promoted to Deputy Probation Officer in 1987 to supervise juvenile and adult caseloads. Valerie began to expand her skills while working with at- risk youth in the community and with violent offenders. She was transferred in 1995 to the Gang Violence and Suppression Unit/TARGET where she worked until 2001. While in the GVS/TARGET Unit Valerie became committed to a violence free community and has focused her efforts and time to county wide gang prevention programs professionally and personally.
Valerie was promoted to Supervising Probation Officer March 2001, and was assigned to the County Islands Program. Currently she is assigned to supervising the Central Youth and Family Resource Center in the city of Santa Ana. Valerie is the Chairperson on the City of Santa Ana Human Relations Commission and sits on the Early Prevention Intervention Commission (EPIC) for the city of Santa Ana representing the Orange County Probation Department. Valerie is a native of Santa Ana and continues to work hard addressing issues with at-risk youth and violence in our community. She has two wonderful children!
Stephanie A. Winlcok B.A. Community Services Programs, Inc. - Dispute Resolution Services
Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998 with an emphasis in Business Management. She gained a vast amount of her professional development while working for Hughes Aircraft Company in the Human Resources Department. There, Stephanie established a career in the HR and for over 10 years assisted employees in a variety of services. Having confidence in her ability to communicate with diverse populations, she was a great asset to the HR department.
Stephanie worked for Centinela Youth Services (CYS); a non-profit organization where the greatest emphasis of the program is related to mediations. Her ability to be a natural peoples- person is apparent in her mediation skills. Starting with the organization as a volunteer mediator, she advanced to a full-time employee who was trained to work all the programs at CYS and was the Program Coordinator of a citywide mediation program called Victim Offender Restitution Services (VORS). VORS services assist at-risk youth and families within the community to avoid further involvement with the juvenile justice system through using mediation as a process that diverts youth from court. Stephanie mediated with the VORS youth, families in crisis, teacher and other