My name is German
Yambao; I am a 48-year-old Filipino, born in the Philippines.
My family migrated to America when I was nine years old for a
better future. I lived and grew up in San Francisco at
South Market. Thirty days after our arrival my father died in a
factory accident, which affected me in a negative way. So my
transition as a youth in America was difficult, especially
without a father figure; I guess you could say it was culture
Growing up I never had a role model or someone to look up to.
At the age of ten, I started a life of crime; Stealing, robbing,
using and selling drugs and murder. I got involved in a
notorious gang in San Francisco. During the time I was
banging, I was shot, arrested for miscellaneous felonies and
sentenced to the youth authority on numerous occasions.
Five months after I turned eighteen, I was arrested for murder,
convicted and sentenced to seventeen years to life in state
prison. In all reality, prison didnít change me; I still
had that criminal mentality and was still caught up in the
lifestyle. It wasnít until I became a Christian that a
transformation occurred in my life and at that point, I began to
During my incarceration I received a High School Diploma,
Associate of Arts Degree, became a Certified Substance Abuse
Counselor and received a Ministry Certificate from Patton
College. In addition, I got involved in R.E.A.L., (Reach &
Educate Adolescent Lives) Choices and Squires, (San Quentin
Utilization of Inmate Resources, Experience and Studies)
Program. I later became involved in I.M.P.A.C.T.,
(Incarcerated Men Putting Away Childish things). , a Fatherhood
Enrichment & Male Accountability Program. I was trained as
On October 16, 2007,
after serving 28 years and three months in prison, I was paroled
from San Quentin State Prison and a few months after I was
released I was hired to work for Bernal Heights Neighborhood
Center, (BHNC). I was hired as a Lead case manager and
Outreach Coordinator. Then in September 2008, I resigned
from BHNC and started working with United Playaz Organization, a
violence prevention program. I am a Case Manager working
with youth that are involved with the juvenile justice system.
Since my release, I have gotten married and recently had a baby.
Today I am a productive citizen in our society and making a
difference in society.
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