by KELLY GUSICH | photos by Soul of Photography

Offering a Second Chance

volunteer_fozi3A 20-year resident of 92024, Golnar Fozi and her family enjoy the peaceful, quiet, and beautiful surroundings of Olivenhain. She is a founding partner of the Meyers Fozi Law Firm, which began four years ago in Carlsbad. Through the firm, Golnar did some legal work for an organization called Second Chance. This group’s mission is to help people transform their own lives by fostering the development of personal responsibility, healthy relationships, and positive contributions to society. “I was asked to join the board of directors,” said Golnar, “which I was thrilled to do.” As a board member, Golnar helps Second Chance with programs such as job readiness, job placement, life skills training, mental health services, prisoner re-entry services, relapse prevention, and sober living housing for adults and youth in need.

Name: Golnar Jabbari Fozi
Community: Olivenhain
Volunteer Affiliation: San Diego’s Second Chance Program
Profession: Attorney and founding partner at Meyers Fozi, LLP
Family: Married with two sons
Hobbies: Reading, hiking, and spending time with family and friends
Favorite Spots in 92024: Coast Hwy. between Encinitas Blvd. and Birmingham Ave., and the many horse trails and walking paths in Olivenhain

volunteer_fozi2One Second Chance program is a four-week, full-time course on attitudinal and job readiness training. It is offered free of charge to those wishing to rebuild their lives by connecting to gainful employment. Golnar’s first involvement as a board member was to serve as ‘Class Champion’ for one of these courses, and she feels this is one of her biggest volunteering accomplishments. She saw the big and small ways the course transformed the lives of those who’d been out of the job market due to incarceration, drug addiction, and homelessness. “I understood the core mission of Second Chance through that experience,” she affirmed, “and I had the great fortune to meet the wonderful people who benefited from the program.”

There are many ways to volunteer to help. Golnar’s firm holds a “Lawsuits” competition every year, where firms donate suits to Second Chance, which can be used by program graduates as business attire once they secure jobs. Rather than adopting a “wait and hope” attitude, Golnar feels Second Chance is constantly seeking a solution to the problem of recidivism and is continuously examining its own progress toward that solution. “My wish for Second Chance is to continue to be a self-critical, objective organization that endeavors to address an old problem with effective solutions.”

It may surprise people to know that Golnar’s accent, a combination of being raised and living in Iran, Paris, Chattanooga, and Chicago, and being fluent in four languages: Farsi, English, French, and Spanish, is difficult to place. She joked, “I suspect I have a slight accent in every language.”

Group: Second Chance
Mission: Second Chance creates opportunities for people to transform their own lives by fostering behavioral changes that promote personal responsibility, healthy relationships, and positive contributions to society.