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Our Mission

Neutral Ground’s mission is to create a healthier, safer Orange County centered on its communities most impacted by gang violence; breaking the cycle of poverty, child abuse, academic failure, and teen pregnancy through restorative practice, youth development, academic support, and the strengthening of meaningful relationships.


Neutral Ground visualizes Santa Ana and Orange County in all that they can be–where kids get to be kids, where the streets are safe, a City and County that choose to invest in education before incarceration, a City and County home to schools that meet youth where they are and that spearhead the movement to transition traditional punitive approaches to ones that are restorative and healing, and a community in which every individual has the opportunity to thrive. 


And beyond the City of Santa Ana and Orange County, we envision a world in which kids are not touched by the justice system, and in which kids are never subjected to circumstances that might corner them into acting in ways that result in this contact or into a forced resiliency. A world in which kids get to be kids.


Neutral Ground’s vision is schools that invest in mental health resources before metal detectors; parks that are safe for the families they were created for; a city that values its youth wholeheartedly and invests in that value through and through. Neutral Ground is working every single day to turn this vision into a reality.

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For 20 years, Neutral Ground has existed as a nonprofit that proudly stands to change the story of our community. We are firmly rooted in the belief that relational support, education, and training provide the foundational healing necessary for sustaining a changed life. 

Please consider making a generous, tax-deductible donation to allow us to continue to stand with those on the margins in this unique time.


Thank you for standing with us.

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