Together we stand
We are committed to anti-racism

This is a painful time for us, our communities, and our nation. The cries we hear are due to the weeping wounds of multi-generational divisiveness and violence. The senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Stephon Clark, and countless other Black people reflect the deeply ingrained systemic oppression, racism, and injustice that exists in the fabric of our institutions and our lives. We cannot stand by silently.  

We see the results of this deep division as Black youth are over-represented in foster care and juvenile justice systems. Stanford Sierra Youth & Families as an organization holds compassion, equity, excellence, honor, integrity, and partnership as our foundational values. We celebrate diversity and recognize that we have a role in healing our communities by addressing the trauma and pain of the youth and families that come through our doors. Our values are centered on creating a place where everyone is welcomed, honored, and provided the opportunity to thrive. We are committed to embracing and empowering all of those we serve. Our mission of transforming lives is about empowering our young people and families to rise up from oppression, to be equipped to navigate challenges, and provided an opportunity to heal from individual and community trauma. 

We must stand together to address the pandemic of racism. There is a heavy psychological toll that one person or one population cannot carry alone. We stand in solidarity with our Black colleagues, families, young people, and community members. We stand together in defense against further wounds.

Laura Heintz, Psy. D.

CEO, Stanford Sierra Youth & Families


Our nondiscrimination policy

It is the policy of Stanford Sierra Youth & Families that all clients/families be treated with respect, dignity and courtesy regardless of age, disability, cultural and linguistic background, race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, and religious or spiritual beliefs.

It is the policy of Stanford Sierra Youth & Families to provide a work environment free of unlawful discrimination. Stanford Sierra Youth & Families is committed to the concept and practice of equal employment opportunity in hiring, employment and promotional decisions. Stanford Sierra Youth & Families seeks to employ and advance the best qualified applicant and employee without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), age, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability or medical condition, veteran or military status, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic characteristic, unemployment status, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal laws.