Victor Jerome Malin Jr. 

Growing up the odds were stacked against Victor Malin from ever making it out of the low income neighborhood he was born into. Both parents were mentally ill and at the age of 9 years old he was taken out of his parents’ home and placed in foster care. From then on he would go in and out of foster homes, group homes and juvenile detention facilities until finally at the age of 18 he found himself facing 17 years in prison.

However, during his time locked up he found a light at the end of the dark tunnel he’d created for his life...a college education. Through a special federal grant for youthful offenders he was able to obtain most of his lower division credits from behind the walls. Just 3 months prior to his release date he was accepted to California State University Sacramento where he went on to receive a B.S degree with a double major in finance, insurance & risk management.

After graduating he still found it difficult to put his criminal past behind him when entering the work world. By faith he was able to begin working for a data storage company in West Sacramento that would eventually grow and be acquired by the fortune 500 data storage giant Seagate. Working there initially as an account manager he was able to work his way up to processing the company payroll and performing the accounting entries as a payroll accountant.

Although he was fortunate enough to have overcome his situation, he has never forgotten where he has come from and recognizes his obligation to at-risk youth. At the age of 28, and just five years out of prison himself, he started a non-profit mentoring program where he now goes back inside the juvenile hall he once found himself in, to speak, motivate, and give hope. His main message to the youth is “If I did it, so can you!” It was in doing this volunteer mentoring in the Sacramento Juvenile Hall where he came in contact with ARC and was asked to help grow ARC to Sacramento.