Save-A-Life is a court-ordered course for at-risk juveniles aged 14 to 22 years of age who have demonstrated a disregard for their own or other’s safety and well-being by engaging in reckless or violent behavior.

Program Objectives

The purpose of the program is to deter violent and unsafe behavior by exposing participants to the stark consequences of actions resulting in death.  Through discussion of actual case histories in San Mateo County and viewing personal tragedy, participants will have an opportunity to examine their own decision-making in an effort to save the lives of themselves and others.

Class Day/Time/Location

The course is tentatively scheduled for the last Thursday of each month 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  (In November and December, the course will be held on the Thursday one week earlier to accommodate Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.)  The course will be held at San Mateo County Medical Center – 222 W. 39th Avenue in San Mateo, Education Classroom One.


Participants must attend the program if the Juvenile Court or Probation Department has referred them.  Class size will not exceed 10 students.  This course will provide opportunities for discussion among students and the instructor.  Although parents cannot attend, students are encouraged to discuss their reactions, thoughts, and “Contract for Change” with them. 


Participants under the age of 18 must appear in person with a parent or legal guardian to register for the course.  Registration will occur at the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office at 50 Tower Road in San Mateo.  Registration hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Participants will be required to bring proper identification, a copy of their referral or court order, and course fee of $50.00 in the form of check, money order, or cash.