Born and raised in Oceanside, CA, Oscarin Ortega created Lived Experiences to provide critical support for an undeserved population of local youth whose challenges he knew firsthand. Oscarin himself was a victim of early childhood trauma. At an early age, alongside his brothers who both are currently incarcerated, he found himself headed down a destructive path of drug addiction, severe poverty, homelessness, and incarceration. Later in life, Oscarin began to learn about the effects of early childhood trauma and came to recognize that trauma is a common cause of youth disconnection in Oceanside. Through training and mentoring, he learned about various restorative and therapeutic practices and approaches that could help him overcome the damage of his past. As an adult, Oscarin made it his mission to provide young people who are suffering as he did with the essential services that can change the trajectory of their lives and lead them to productive futures.
Is a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2018 to help at-risk and disconnected youth in Oceanside, California overcome emotional and physical trauma so that they may live rewarding adult lives and build healthy, supportive communities. Our weekly groups utilize evidence-based approaches and wraparound support to provide youth participants with increased social connectivity; increased awareness and understanding of trauma and its effects in their lives; increased capacity to heal from trauma; enhanced emotional literacy and coping skills; and, ultimately, improved quality of life.
Directors & Advisors
The Lived Experiences Board of Directors represents a variety of professional expertise that is highly relevant to the organization’s mission including financial and business strategy, faith and community-based leadership, private and public education, Latino grassroots developer, credible mentorship, nonprofit management and mental health services.