Mission and Purpose

The Meridian Health Foundation promotes healing, in both the individual and the environment, through education, the delivery of preventative and supportive health services and the arts.

To examine the forces shaping our society and to discover our role in contributing to its transformation through action. To work with young people in the realization that their life must be endowed with a sense of purpose; a purpose that involves taking charge of their own personal growth and contributing to the transformation of society. This two-fold moral purpose will naturally find expression in each youth, which will serve their community. Our programs encourage education in both the academic and spiritual development of neighborhood communities using tutoring, technology and the arts, to advance their capacity.


The work we do is primarily in neighborhoods where groups meet in homes, community centers and schools.

The initial space for learning is in Central San Mateo California, east of El Camino Real between Poplar and 3 Ave. There are some 10 neighborhoods in Northern California with a similar focus, as well as neighborhoods all over the country and villages around the world that implement the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. This model is designed to be replicable. This target audience may in turn interact with children (ages 4-10) and with adults through their service projects.

Interested in Volunteering?

Anyone can become a volunteer to help with this process. Contact us.

The merit of the junior youth spiritual empowerment program lies, first and foremost, in its effectiveness at enhancing the power of expression and the quality of spiritual perception within its participants and in assisting them to develop the capabilities necessary for a life of meaningful service to their communities.

Universal House of Justice, November 14 2012


The reading and discussions of stories focus on developing the power of expression as well as exposing junior youth to social concepts such as kindness and justice.



Service projects utilize their energy to help the community or its members. Projects may start small (e.g. picking up trash) but slowly increase in complexity as their capacity to assess needs and plan effectively increases.



Artistic projects enhance their ability to think creatively. Drawing and illustration can be a weekly element in the group meeting. Music and dramatic presentations are also used often.



Healthy recreation, sports, and cooperative games reinforce the lesson plans. Nearby neighborhood parks and schools offer open spaces for formal and informal games.


We work with like-minded individuals and organizations in our endeavor to increase the capacity of people willing to work for the betterment of their communities.

Please write a letter of inquiry to the Meridian Health Foundation with the following information:

  • The purpose of the project for which funds are being requested
  • The projected outcome of the program and the issues it addresses
  • Estimated overall budget for the project
  • Period of time for which funds are requested
  • Qualifications of those individuals who will be working on the project
  • Contact us electronically or by mail.

Let them come to realize the full significance of their efforts to help young people form a strong moral identity in their early adolescent years and empower them to contribute to the well-being of their communities.

Universal House of Justice, October 20, 2008


100% of all contributions go directly to fund the programs we support.  Foundation staff and business expenses are contributed voluntarily or by the for-profit sponsoring company. Meridian is a 501c3 not for profit charity, EIN # 68-0444965.  

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To every generation of young believers comes an opportunity to make a contribution to the fortunes of humanity, unique to their time of life. For the present generation, the moment has come to reflect, to commit, to steel themselves for a life of service from which blessing will flow in abundance.

Universal House of Justice, February 8, 2013


Selena Trotter (Executive Director)

Selena attended Smith College and graduated with a degree in Economics and East Asian Studies with a focus on Chinese government, economics and language. Upon graduation she worked with the Wall Street Journal and began her Masters Degree in Education from the University of San Francisco, gaining a credential for middle school and high school students. Selena’s passion for education has led her to become involved in many neighborhood-based education initiatives in locally and abroad, including California, Massachusetts, Beijing, and Honduras. In her current work, she works with children from immigrant backgrounds to help their understanding of the educational system in which they currently reside. Much of this work is tutoring, but it also includes field trips to universities or going to different offices to see where and how people work. Selena speaks Mandarin and Spanish. Selena currently lives in San Mateo where she owns a greeting card business, where she lives with her husband and two dogs.

Deanne LaRue (Adviser)

Deanne founded the Meridian Health Foundation, dedicated to developing sustainable programs for children and youth, using education, the delivery of supportive health services, and the arts. Collaborative organizations include the Untied Nations Environment Programme, United Nations Department of Public Information, Full-Circle Learning, The Baum Foundation, TUNZA North America, and the City of San Francisco. She has organized and implemented humanitarian aid projects around the world, and most recently to Haiti. Her work as a public advocator has influenced solutions at a broader level. Interactive art and digital media exhibitions have brought attention to hot topics including: the “CO2 Cube” for the United Nations conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen, “Unlearning Intolerance” and “Paint for the Planet” both in the lobby of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City, “Melting Ice – A Hot Topic” in Monte Carlo for the Ministry of Culture, in Oslo at the Nobel Peace Center, and at Bozart Fine Arts Museum in Brussels. “Deserts, Drylands and Desertification” was held in Algiers, and another exhibit, “Trapped Inside” was installed at the United Nations Environment Programme headquarters in Nairobi. On-going educational programs for children and youth are associated with each theme. Current goals are focused on developing neighborhood community programs for Jr. youth in California as well as other work associated with the Bahá’i Faith.

Kevin Trotter

Kevin, a Salvadorian native, came to the US when he was awarded an educational grant to attend California Institute of Technology, where he studied Computer Science and Economics. After graduation, he joined the Oracle Corporation where he specialized in web application development. He currently is a software engineer at C3 Energy in Silicon Valley. Kevin’s main focus outside of work is the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program. After getting trained in “Releasing the Powers of Junior Youth” in August 2006, he has been working with junior youth groups and their animators all over Northern California. In December 2009, he moved to North Central San Mateo in order to dedicate a period of 10 years to the growth of the program in that neighborhood. His passion for working with this age group causes him to spend many hours a week with junior youth, looking for potential collaborators, talking to their parents about the program and engaging in the reading, art, service and recreational activities that are part of the programs. Kevin currently serves on the Regional Baha’i Council for the State of California, which is charged with supporting the Baha’i Community in the state and helping coordinate their community building endeavours.

Oliver Oxenham

Oliver, a Mauritius native, graduated in 2006 from the National University of Singapore, with a Bachelor in Computer Science. Coupled with an 18-month stint in Silicon Valley studying technological entrepreneurship at Stanford University, Oliver acquired the necessary skills to start his own company. In 2008, he co-founded Peekspy, a Singapore startup solving a problem millions of sports fans and concert-goers were experiencing around the world. Peekspy allowed the fans to see their view from their seat inside a venue before even purchasing their tickets. In March 2012, StubHub, the world’s largest online ticket marketplace owned by eBay, acquired Peekspy. Oliver is now a fulltime software engineer at StubHub. In the evenings, Oliver serves as a junior youth animator. He is interested in neighborhood community development, and works with groups of 11 to 15 year old youth for the material and spiritual progress of the community. Through the various service projects initiated by the groups of youth, they gradually transform the neighborhood into one where unity reigns and in turn develops their increasing capacities for serving humanity. Oliver is fluent in French, Mauritian Creole as well as English.


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Contact Details

  • (+1) (650) 999-0019
  • PO Box #1273, San Mateo, CA 94401
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To every generation of young believers comes an opportunity to make a contribution to the fortunes of humanity, unique to their time of life. For the present generation, the moment has come to reflect, to commit, to steel themselves for a life of service from which blessing will flow in abundance.

Universal House of Justice, February 8, 2013