CrossFit for Incarcerated Youth
In 2015, Pacific Coast Youth Foundation teamed up with Orange County Department of Education’s Safe Schools Program and Joplin Youth Center to create a unique fitness and character-building program for incarcerated youth. This structured fitness program was designed to promote health, aid in recovery, and promote much needed soft skills among young males at the Joplin Youth Center in Trabuco Canyon.
The Joplin Youth Center is an Orange County Department of Probation correctional and rehabilitation center for low-level juvenile male offenders. The overwhelming majority of their population is drawn from youth with significant social, emotional, and economic disadvantage. The goal of the center is to steer these young men away from potentially dangerous paths toward more productive and happier lives. Our CrossFit inspired program seeks to assist in this mission by engaging these young men through structured fitness in a positive activity that promotes teamwork, goal setting, and physical health.
With the success of our program at Joplin, PCYF and OCDE have recently expanded our model to Orange County Juvenile Hall and the OC Youth Guidance Center.
Daniel, Rob, Corey, and Nick building the gym at The Joplin Youth Center
Meet Our Coach
Corey Smith is the lead coach for this pioneering new program. He holds certifications as a CrossFit Level One instructor, CrossFit Strongman, CrossFit Kids instructor, and is certified in CPR and First Aid. He is currently studying Kinesiology and attends California State University, Fullerton. An avid basketball player, he has played basketball for 16 years and was part of an Oklahoma high school state championship team. After graduating, Corey looked for a successful strength and conditioning program and found CrossFit. Almost two years later, he has not looked back.
Corey has been working with youth for six years as a lifeguard, referee, CrossFit Kids coach, and now as an instructor for incarcerated youth. He believes that CrossFit can help youth develop not only as athletes, but as individuals by teaching values such as teamwork, honesty, and determination.