Community Involvement

VSP mentors Corcoran High School students

Four Valley State Prison employees in plain clothing stand shoulder-to-shoulder.
From left are ISU Lt. E. Guthery, CRM (A) Lt. Tracy Costa, Warden (A) M. McVay, and Lt. H. Gastelum.

Valley State Prison (VSP) staff recently served as mentors to students during Junior Ethics Day at Corcoran High School. Other guest mentors included members of the US military, law enforcement and Cal FIRE. The event gave students a chance to speak directly with first responders to learn about workplace ethics, conduct and professional behavior.

Students gained insight and were provided with resources regarding:

  • mental health wellness
  • exercising self-control
  • and what it means to be resilient.

“Events like today are essential in teaching a young person how to use logic instead of emotion when making decisions and interacting with people, said Investigative Services Unit Lt. E. Guthery. “This will assist them in their professional careers as well as in their personal life.”

It was a homecoming of sort for VSP Warden, (A) M. McVay, who graduated from Corcoran High in 1993.

“It was great to be back in Corcoran and have the opportunity to meet with the youth from my old high school. We had open discussions with the students on business ethics and how to handle the dilemmas they may face in the future,” McVay said.

VSP staff participating in the event as mentors to high school students is one more example of CDCR’s commitment to being community involved.

Submitted By Lt. H. Gastelum

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