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 PO Box 10793
 Westminster, CA 92685
[P] (714) 883 x 1340
[F] --
[email protected]
Myrna Bittar
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Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 84-0385934 00000



Mission StatementMORE »

Treating each mom and her child or children with unconditional love and respect, YoungLives offers teen moms relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives and hope for the future. YoungLives mentors provide friendship, parenting advice and help meeting the practical demands of raising a child. At YoungLives club and camp, moms get to socialize and have fun while their babies get the best possible care.

Mission Statement

Treating each mom and her child or children with unconditional love and respect, YoungLives offers teen moms relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives and hope for the future. YoungLives mentors provide friendship, parenting advice and help meeting the practical demands of raising a child. At YoungLives club and camp, moms get to socialize and have fun while their babies get the best possible care.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Expenses $230,000.00
Projected Revenue $238,000.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Clubs
  • Parenting Classes and Support Groups
  • One-On-One Mentoring
  • Winter and Summer Camps

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

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Mission Statement

Treating each mom and her child or children with unconditional love and respect, YoungLives offers teen moms relief from the isolation and struggle of their daily lives and hope for the future. YoungLives mentors provide friendship, parenting advice and help meeting the practical demands of raising a child. At YoungLives club and camp, moms get to socialize and have fun while their babies get the best possible care.

Background Statement

Our local branch of YoungLives, North Orange County YoungLives, was conceived at the beginning of 2012. We started with one volunteer, our Director, who reached out to the local continuation school in Fountain Valley to volunteer on campus. They school welcomed the academic support and after providing weekly tutoring during school and after school for several months we presented the teen moms with the opportunity to have a one-on-one mentor. A dozen moms signed up wanting a mentor and we were able to provide trained mentors for them as well as begin club a few months later. A few local churches jumped in to partner with us and provide meeting locations and financial support. That winter we took 4 teen moms to a winter camp with their children where their worlds were flipped upside down in a really amazing way. They got to stop and think about themselves and their faith for the first time. The following summer we took 9 teen moms and their babies to a summer camp where they joined over 150 other moms from neighboring states. All of the moms said it was the best week of their lives.

Two years ago we got to a place where we could no longer push aside the need for YoungLives in a city that is just down the street from Huntington Beach, Santa Ana. Santa Ana has the highest teen pregnancy rate with over 250 teen moms enrolled in their high schools and middle schools. There are several hundred more that are not known or attending school. We have been able to provide a parenting class at one major High School, provide support groups on campus, one-on-one support when requested by school counselors, and have become very familiar with the district. Since December of 2015 we have provided a monthly club in Santa Ana in addition to our club in Huntington Beach. It takes over 70 volunteers to make this program possible and we serve well over 100 teen parents each year.

YoungLives "club" provides a place to have fun, build relationships, and receive real hope and encouragement. A home-cooked meal, games, a craft, a message and authentic conversation are a part of every meeting. Volunteers provide childcare, so these meetings offer a rare opportunity for teen moms an dads to focus on getting their own needs met.

Our aim is for the teen mothers and fathers who participate in our mentoring program and club activities to become healthier and stronger as individuals and parents. As a result, they will be empowered to make positive choices for their futures, including their education, careers, and relationships. YoungLives demonstrates to teen paretnts that they are not stuck in a cycle of poverty, but can reach their full potential and make healthy choices for themselves and their children. We had the opportunity to see dozens of teen parents graduate from high school and several were the first in their family to do so. Many of them attributed their accomplishment to the support and academic help we provided.

YoungLives' mentors provide ongoing friendship, parenting advice and assist with the practical demands of child-raising. Much of the mentoring process occurs through informal meetings spent one-on-one with teen moms.

Young Life has first-class camp properties located across the country where teen moms and their children go for a week to climb mountains, sail, ride horses, and participate in other activities, in an environment where they feel the love and acceptance of their mentors, and where they can have a time of undistracted reflection. As with any other kid who attends a Young Life camp, these young moms also have a great need to get away from their environment and to step back away from the noise, the chaos and the lifestyles that tug at their souls. These moms often call a week at a Young Life camp "the best week oftheir life."

In addition to seeing several of the young moms and dads graduate in the last five years, we have gotten the opportunity to help and witness teen parents in the program decide to re-enroll in school after dropping out, get married, get jobs, get a driving license, and start college. The young woman that decided to go back to school after dropping out made this decision at camp after a week of reflection. She has the best attendance in her class this school year and teachers have told us they are very impressed with the change in her life. Many of the YoungLives mentors rallied around to make Jacky's wedding day special. It was in one of the mentor's backyards, we helped make invitations, make decorations, DJ and so much more. Many of the other teen moms said it was their first time attending a wedding and got the opportunity to see an example of a healthy relationship. Elizabeth asked her mentor to help her learn how to drive so that she could have transportation to her new job at a local fast food restaurant. Her mentor took her out regularly, taught her the rules of the road, and waited anxiously as Elizabeth took her driving test in her mentor's car.

These are huge accomplishments for young parents that are faced with poverty and born into families that do not place value on education. We believe that education is a way to break the cycle of poverty for these young parents and their babies. Our hope is that their children would grow up in an environment where they have greater opportunity than their mothers and fathers did and parents that understand the value of encouraging them to make wise decisions.

Impact Statement

This year we have accomplished many of our goals including:
  • Completing our 1st full year of club in Santa Ana
  • Completing our 5th year of club in Huntington Beach
  • Teaching a parenting class to teen moms and dads at a major high school
  • Partnering with 2 new churches
Many of our goals for the upcoming year spring from the huge need for YoungLives in the city of Santa Ana. These goals include:
  • Expanding our parenting class and support groups to two more high school campuses
  • Mentoring 20 more teen parents one-on-one
  • Double the number of Santa Ana teen  moms and dads we take to winter and summer camps
  • Train up and hire another full-time staff member
  • Grow our monthly donor base
  • Expand our funding by tapping in to local grants

Needs Statement

Our most pressing needs include:
  • Continue to grow our ongoing financial support so that we are able to expand YoungLives in North Orange County
  • Hire a full-time staff member (~$60, 000 including benefits)
  • Two additional board members to aid in fund development

CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Please mail checks to: PO Box 10793 Westminster, CA 92685
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Geographic Area Served

North Orange County

We currently have two clubs- Huntington Beach and Santa Ana. 
The Huntington Beach club serves teen parents from Huntington Beach, Westminster, and Fountain Valley.
The Santa Ana club serves teen parents from Santa Ana, Garden Grove, and Costa Mesa.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Family Services (Adolescent Parents)
  2. Human Services - Single Parent Agencies/Services
  3. Religion- Related - Christianity




We like to describe club as a "party with a purpose." This is a time where teen parents and their children come to an event once a month that is intentionally planned with them in mind. A home-cooked meal is provided, there is childcare for the children, we play games, sing songs, and hear leaders share about their faith. We always have a breakout time where the teen moms and female leaders do crafts and small group discussion and the teen dads and male leaders have a discussion time and play sports. From the moment teens walk in to the room they see the carefully thought out decorations on tables and they leave with flowers, raffle prizes, and baby items (diapers, clothing, baby gear etc.) Many teen parents say club is the highlight of their month.
Budget  $80,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Family Services for Adolescent Parents
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of one year with YoungLives
  • Teen moms and dads will have at least 5 adults pouring in to their lives. This includes mentorship, teaching practical life and parenting skills,  connecting them to opportunities that would otherwise be out of their reach, and spiritual support
  • Teen parents will feel better equipped to parent their children
  • Teen parents will believe that higher education is attainable for them
Program Long-Term Success 
  • 90% graduation rate
  • 50% second time teen pregnancies
  • 75% job retention 
Program Success Monitored By  Success will be measured by end of year interviews with mentors and teen parents.
Examples of Program Success  Mary came to us when she had a 1 year old and was failing many of her high school courses. She was referred to us by someone within the school district and we were able to partner her up with a mentor immediately. She attended club monthly, met with her mentor regularly, and joined us for a weeklong trip to summer camp. We began to see her life and demeanor turn around. She managed to graduate high school, has started college courses, and is now a manager at a local restaurant.  

Parenting Classes and Support Groups

YoungLives staff and volunteers offer weekly and bi-weekly support to teen parents on local high school campuses in the Huntington Beach and Santa Ana school districts. 
Budget  $30,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Parenting Education
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
By the end of one year in a YoungLives facilitated parenting class and/or support group:
  • Teen parents will feel that they are known and belong
  • Teen parents will be better equipped to parent
  • Children will feel more secure and safe due to their parents' improved parenting practices
Program Long-Term Success 
  • 100% of teen parents will feel better equipped to parent
  • 50% more teen dads will be present in their children's lives
  • 100% of teen parents will feel they have support and tools to face the challenges they face while raising their children
  • 100% of children will receive better care
Program Success Monitored By  Success will be measured through in class surveys 2 times per year.
Examples of Program Success  The first day Bonnie and Edward walked in to our parenting class Bonnie broke down in tears when she was asked if she was a mom. Her boyfriend explained that they had just discovered that she was 8 weeks pregnant. She shared her fears and insecurities and several other parents jumped in to encourage her. Week after week Bonnie's countenance changed and she was more receptive to conversation with volunteers and students. She started meeting with a mentor and attending our off-campus activities. Now, their baby boy is 7 months old and Bonnie and Edward are some of the most caring young parents I have known. Bonnie is the first person to welcome a new student in to the class, very outspoken and kind and is a leader among her peers. She reaches out to volunteers and professionals when she needs parenting advice and it is obvious that she is making every effort to provide the best care for her son. Edward is by her side and says he wants to be a different kind of dad than he had- he wants to be present and to tell his son that he loves him. 

One-On-One Mentoring

Teen parents are provided with a one-on-one mentor that meets with them at least 2 times per month for one school year. 
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Human Services, General/Other Mentoring
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
After one year of being mentored it is our hope that
  • Teen parents would have formed an impactful relationship with an adult that is a role-model to them
  • Teen parents would have a different perspective on life, parenting, faith etc. 
Program Long-Term Success 
  • 100% of teen parents that are mentored would know that they are not alone
  • 75% of teen parents would be making healthy choices in the areas of parenting, relationships, the law etc.
  • 100% of teen parents would feel empowered to achieve their goals
Program Success Monitored By  Program success will be monitored through one-on-one relationships and the feedback received by mentors
Examples of Program Success  --

Winter and Summer Camps

Teen moms, dads and their children have the opportunity to attend a weekend camp in the winter in Ramona, CA alongside high school students from all over Southern California.
Teen moms and their children have the opportunity to attend a week-long summer camp in Williams, Arizona alongside their mentors and teen moms from neighboring states.
Budget  $25,000.00
Category  Recreation & Sports, General/Other Camping
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years)
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Teen parents would experience activities they would not otherwise have access to- horse back riding, zip lining, ropes course etc.
  • Teen parents would receive excellent care through meal service, accommodations, and program
  • Teen parents would get time to consider their self-worth and matters of faith
  • Teen parents would bond with their peers and mentors
Program Long-Term Success  That teen parents would meet Jesus and grow in their faith
Program Success Monitored By  Surveys taken at the end of camp
Examples of Program Success 

YoungLives Camp 2015


CEO/Executive Director Myrna Bittar
CEO Term Start Feb 2012
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience Myrna Bittar, has a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach. She had worked with teenagers for several years prior to working for Young Life in various capacities. Myrna volunteered at a pregnancy clinic doing options counseling for young moms in Santa Ana for over 4 years and worked for the Huntington Beach Union High School District as a tutor. This combination equipped her to work with local schools to come alongside teachers and staff to support teen parents. Myrna’s leadership abilities and as well as calling to serve teen moms led her to begin YoungLives in Huntington Beach in 2012 and start a second club in Santa Ana alongside many volunteers in 2015. She oversees over 70 volunteers, works with the Board to implement strategic plans, oversees fundraising and budgeting, and leads the charge in coming alongside teen parents in their day-to-day lives. YoungLives has become a reputable organization amongst supporting churches, individuals and organizations due to the efforts of Myrna and the Board.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
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Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Myrna Bittar Area Director --


Award Awarding Organization Year
-- -- --


Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 2017

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Huntington Beach Union High School District
Santa Ana Unified District
The Barnabas Group
Calvary Chapel Refuge Huntington Beach
Branches Huntington Beach
Rockharbor Church
Mariners Huntington Beach
Newsong Church
First Christian Church Huntington Beach
Windward Productions

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 2
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 85
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: --
Asian American/Pacific Islander: --
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: --
Native American/American Indian: --
Other: --
Other (if specified): Middle Eastern
Gender Female: 3
Male: --
Not Specified --

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? --
Years Strategic Plan Considers --
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan --

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy --
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Bi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Elias Hakimian
Board Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Chair Term Sept 2012 -
Board Co-Chair Elias Hakimian
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Crystal Cove Advisors
Board Co-Chair Term Nov 2012 -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Myrna Bittar Young Life --
Laurie Bradley -- --
Lisa Bryan IHS Printing --
Fred Cianciolo -- --
Colleen Drew -- --
Tom Drew -- --
Cristen Gerum -- --
Ryan McCarty Polaris --
Maria Randall New American Funding --
Nicole Rossi -- --
Carlin Schneider -- --
Jim Sorensen Windward Productions --
Kimberly Sorensen Windward Productions --
John Tumminello Stratton Road Advisors --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: --
Other (if specified): 1 (Middle Eastern)
Gender Female: 6
Male: 5
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits --
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 90%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 100%
Board Orientation --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year Oct 01, 2017 to Sept 30, 2018
Projected Revenue $238,000.00
Projected Expenses $230,000.00
Form 990s

2016 2015-2016

2015 2014-2015

2014 2013-2014

Audit Documents --
IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $343,494,709 $307,370,129 $285,798,199
Total Expenses $324,757,967 $302,548,042 $272,883,642

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$224,966,431 $204,166,689 $188,882,449
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- $0 $0
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support $493,346 $520,847 $547,078
Earned Revenue $70,765,197 $64,660,276 $61,691,406
Investment Income, Net of Losses $279,029 $136,072 $67,073
Membership Dues -- $0 $0
Special Events $19,957,527 $19,947,907 $17,831,366
Revenue In-Kind $4,026,543 $5,914,945 $4,668,503
Other $23,006,636 $7,745,623 $7,284,054

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $286,169,608 $267,698,640 $241,407,425
Administration Expense $22,166,227 $21,248,370 $19,213,591
Fundraising Expense $16,422,132 $13,601,032 $12,262,626
Payments to Affiliates -- $0 $0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.06 1.02 1.05
Program Expense/Total Expenses 88% 88% 88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 7% 6% 6%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $309,778,774 $293,191,395 $290,390,122
Current Assets $59,064,404 $71,653,449 $78,161,063
Long-Term Liabilities $2,075,428 $3,305,500 $2,159,100
Current Liabilities $16,917,522 $22,949,050 $22,902,281
Total Net Assets $290,785,824 $266,936,845 $265,328,741

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 3.49 3.12 3.41

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 1% 1%
Endowment Value --
Spending Policy --
Percentage(If selected) --
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? --
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? --

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


Other Documents

No Other Documents currently available.