ACE Partners

ACE PARTNERS mission is to empower youth and communities to create their own stories of success.  We aim to partner with youth and communities through providing a space for them where they will utilize their voice in becoming their own change agent. We provide two types of partnerships to the community and to the youth.  We partner with the community to facilitate system change by identifying their needs, education and connecting them to community resources and “ name of people like the DA, Captains, etc” that will help them achieve their goals.  We partner with youth who have been exposed to gangs through connecting them with mentors.  Through these relationships, the youth and the community will have a new hope to change their current situation and create something better for themselves.


The mentoring relationship is mutually beneficial for both parties involved.  It connects the youth and mentor and creates a space to share, learn and grow together by building trust, showing compassion and embracing the uniqueness of one another.  Mentors partner with youth who will become their own leaders in formulating and achieving their life goals and dreams.

Community Connections
Walk and Knock

ACE PARTNERS collaborate with our local law enforcement and community providers and canvas high needs neighborhoods affected by local antisocial groups, gang and community violence.  We WALK and KNOCK as we talk and listen to residents about their struggles and needs.  This is also an opportunity for residents to learn about the resources that are out there for them.  We welcome all community partners to join us if you feel that your services would benefit a community.

Community Talks

Throughout the year, we host community meetings in high needs neighborhoods where residents can come and voice their concerns, challenges and needs.  Residents will learn the resources, strategies and tools that will facilitate community identity, unity and resiliency.  The meetings serve as a platform to ensure the concerns of the neighbors reach the appropriate agencies that can assist in facilitating that change.  Our goal is to assist the residents to have ownership of “these meetings” where ACE PARTNERS will no longer be needed.


Director:  Dante Dauz, BS, JD

Phone #:   (619) 265-2772
Fax#:  (619) 265-2409