Crossroads is a non-profit organization established to mentor, counsel, and train disadvantaged at-risk youth. We provide them with purpose and a path to achieve their dreams and goals by motivating them to make the right choices. Crossroads is a positive support system that gives our youths hope, letting them know that they are not alone in this life. This program helps them understand their true value with in the community they live in.

My name is John Paez and I am the founder of Crossroads and an avid supporter of at-risk youth. I understand the importance of installing pride, dignity, and integrity in our youth. For the last 21 years, I have personally witnessed that sports can bring change in the lives of teenagers and young children. I can speak from experience, as I was born and raised in the city of Pacoima, CA and was labeled an “at-risk youth” myself. I was mentored by my wrestling coach, Samuel De John, and my Sensei, Blinky Rodriguez.

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