Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm.

-Daniel 6:3

We help bring HOPE.

Join the movement to make a difference in youth and families in Kern County and across the nation.

Our Mission

The mission for Stay Focused is to help families across America rebuild their broken dreams and repair their broken hearts. Stay Focused is a nationwide effort to inspire, encourage, and challenge our young people to reach for greatness. Stay Focused teaches our youth to never quit, never give up, or let anything stand in their way of becoming everything they were created to be.

Our Founder

Manuel Carrizalez

Founder/ Executive Director of Stay Focused

Manuel Carrizalez began his journey of faith in Christ after a previous life of gang violence and substance abuse, effectively giving up what hadn’t served him or his life in a positive way. Through Christ, he found his calling of working with and healing young people in the community who had been led down the very path he once walked.

What We Do

Youth Mentoring

Youth Mentoring

The goal of all Stay Focused programs is to develop community bonds and build support systems.

Family Support

Family Support

Families often deal with challenges as a unit, and thus, may need additional community support.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis Intervention

Violence and trauma curtails child development, limits opportunities and causes grief within the community.

Food Distribution

Food Distribution

There is a Real Need for Food Assistance Right Here in Kern County. 

Community Outreaches

Community Outreaches

Stay Focused Ministries is dedicated to helping people find Christ. One way that we are able to bring…

Media Gallery

Media Gallery

Check out our gallery of those we’ve helped in our amazing community.