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IMPORTANT NOTICE!!! Update 2/23/2021

PRYDE has an updated referral website available for online referral entry.  This site is available to all authorized agencies.  Faxed referral forms and faxed referral confirmations are no longer necessary.  Information regarding the new web location has been sent to all agencies that have previously referred to PRYDE and the new link is also referenced on the old referral web page. 

PRYDE will also continue to accept new referrals by phone for parents, schools and other agencies.  To make a referral by phone, call our main line at 949-206-8600, then press 0 and leave a message with a phone number where you can be reached. One of our counselors or staff will contact you within one business day.  Please stay safe and healthy. 

Current PRYDE Clients

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, PRYDE's offices remain closed to the public. We will continue to operate - providing intakes and counseling services via telephone and videoconference and managing cases for the Orange County Sheriff's Department and local school districts.  We are working to accommodate the challenges this ongoing health emergency has created. However due to the extended duration, we will now need to close Orange County Sheriff's Department cases unsuccessful if we cannot schedule an initial Intake (via telehealth) or if, after multiple deadline extensions, the requirements cannot be completed on time.  If you have received letters and/or phone calls requesting contact, please contact your Diversion Specialist as soon as possible.  If you do not have contact information, please call our main line at 949-206-8600.

 Contacting Our Staff

Phone:  Please refer to the Our People section of this site for names and contact information. Our staff will continue to assist you however they will not be answering their telephones.  Please leave a message for them at their extension by calling our main line at 949-206-8600 and entering their 7 digit extension. Please remember to  include your telephone number where they can reach you. Calls returned will appear with caller ID blocking or appear as restricted. If you do not know the name or extension, simply call us at 949-206-8600 and leave a message. 

Email: You may email us at pryde@ocsd.org. Please include your case number and/or the Diversion Specialist/Counselor you want to reach.  If one of our staff members has sent you an email, you may reply to these emails but if it is from emailrelay@pryde.website, do not originate a NEW email to this email address.


Pepperdine Resource, Youth Diversion, and Education (PRYDE) is a prevention, intervention, and counseling program available for at-risk youth and their families. In collaboration with the Orange County Sheriff-Coroner Department, the program provides services and resources that help youth and their families make positive changes in their lives, as well as prevent first time youth offenders from entering the juvenile justice system. PRYDE emphasizes education, family involvement, and community support to give youth tools and opportunities to accomplish their goals. This program is available in the following Orange County cities:

Aliso Viejo, Dana Point, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Woods, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Stanton, Villa Park and Yorba Linda. Services are also available to those living or attending school in the unincorporated areas of Orange County.

To reach a PRYDE representative call 949.206.8600.

PRYDE Services

PRYDE services begin with a comprehensive intake assessment. During the intake, PRYDE's diversion specialists determine appropriate services that provide youth with vital help and resources. As part of the intake, the diversion specialist presents to the youth and their family a comprehensive individualized program. This individualized program may include one or more of the following components:

Individual, group, and family counseling, legal awareness education, drug, alcohol, and tobacco education, conflict management and resolution, assertion training, communication and problem-solving training, judgment and impulse control training, community service, restitution, mediation, and academic monitoring.

Learn more about our services through the PRYDE brochure.

What Does PRYDE Cost?

All PRYDE services are provided at no cost. However, when we refer to outside programs (such as drug and alcohol education, legal awareness, etc.) there may be costs associated with participation. PRYDE has no financial relationship with these programs and we only refer to programs we are confident will serve the needs of the youth and their families.

For more detailed information about PRYDE please click here.


PRYDE group photo - Pepperdine GSEP