From kindergarten to career

December 4, 2018

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Think back to your elementary school days: Many of us were frequently asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

San Diego community joins forces to reduce regional homelessness

October 9, 2018

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Homelessness does not discriminate. Individuals who make up our region’s population come from a diverse background of age, race, circumstances and experiences. Some are veterans, others are under 18. Some have no family in the area, others navigate housing insecurity as a household. For some, there is addiction and disability, but one thing remains certain for all: they are fighting for survival on the streets of San Diego.

Chula Vista’s Innovation and Energy Station take students full STEAM ahead

September 11, 2018

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Entering the basement of the Chula Vista Public Library’s Civic Center branch is like discovering an educational Atlantis. In this vibrant and imaginative space, students are exploring their strengths and interests through a lens of technology, engineering and science. The Innovation Station is a more than a makerspace, it’s an experience of self-discovery and intergenerational learning—which happens to be molding San Diego’s next generation of skilled workers.

Mapping career pathways for success

August 7, 2018

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Have you ever thought it’d be cool to chart your career path, learn about new occupations based on your interests, figure out how to land your dream job or make a career jump? Well, there’s an app for that.

Vista Unified closes early childhood achievement gaps for career success

July 5, 2018

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Excellence and innovation make up the tagline of the Vista Unified School District. With all the activities happening at Vista, it isn’t hard to see why these words are merited. With 29 schools serving nearly 22,000 students from preschool to 12th grade, Vista Unified is one of San Diego County’s largest educational agencies.

City Heights Coffee House offers holistic training beyond essential skills

June 1, 2018

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To hear Sterling Tran tell it, City Heights Coffee House (CHCH) was in the cards for her since childhood. A social enterprise nonprofit that started in an alley off El Cajon Boulevard in 2016, the coffee house recently moved to its new brick and mortar home at 4465 University Avenue. Its mission is to help people become self-sufficient and to be the “central, multicultural gathering hub for our City Heights community.”

Grant helps business owner protect the “unstung hero”

May 2, 2018

Candace Vanderhoff spent over a decade founding businesses that aim to improve the environment. Vanderhoff previously had a greywater company prior to her current enterprise, Kaping, Inc., which makes the SoloBee, a pesticide-free nesting place for solitary native bees—the “unstung hero.”

The AjA Project: Transforming lives through a new lens

April 6, 2018

The AjA Project is a nonprofit organization headquartered in San Diego. Their mission: transform youth and communities through artistic expression. Since its founding, the AjA Project has been a highly organized, resourceful and effective arts education nonprofit that uses participatory

Urban Beats: De-stigmatizing mental illness and exploring the creative arts

March 12, 2018

“Urban Beats has taught me to love myself and never give up on seemingly unobtainable dreams. Here I feel safe and free to think big and change the outlook and stigma of mental illness,” says Autumn, a young adult who’s participated in an innovative artistic expression program offered by Urban Beats. The program serves transitional age youth (TAY)–young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 who are at risk of experiencing a mental health challenge.

Relaunch of ARTS aims to revive space for creative youth development

February 7, 2018

ARTS is a key partner working with government and civic leaders in National City toward their goal of establishing a safe, healthy, and vibrant city where residents feel pride in and ownership of their surroundings. To this end, ARTS has been hosting community events and offering resources to the community, engaging residents with arts projects and exploring opportunities to work with the food and drink industry to create an arts and culture district in National City.