The world our San Diego youth are fighting for

October 1, 2019

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Imagine a world where our local leaders always took a moment before making a decision to ask themselves what would be best for our children and youth… 

That’s the world Youth Will is fighting for.

Transitional services are helping San Diegans meet their long-term goals

September 6, 2019

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In April 2019 the East County Career Center and East Region Adult Education (ERAE) launched a pilot partnership to offer additional supports to adult learners with transition specialists onsite at the career center twice a week. 

More than a gym: How the YMCA is shaping a healthy San Diego workforce

August 1, 2019

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Without opportunities to cultivate meaningful career-related relationships, young adults in these circumstances face barriers to employment and have limited opportunity to practice skills that will lead to long-term stability. A dedicated, holistic approach to building a career path for this population is key to ending cycles of poverty and disconnection.

Department of Child Support Services: Building relationships for a brighter future

July 9, 2019

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San Diego County’s Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) serves diverse communities and builds relationships for a brighter future. Here Bryanna Fornerod, Supervising Child Support Officer, Communications & Outreach tells us more about this important agency.

San Diego mentorship program uses FANCY approach to empower teen girls

June 8, 2019

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Our world is in desperate need of programs that introduce girls of color to fields and demonstrations they are not typically exposed to. DETOUR (Depositing Empowerment Through Outreach and Urban Redevelopment) sets out to dismantle stereotypes while building girls up with self-confidence and the desire to pursue their passions, regardless of today’s societal boundaries.

Mini-grants for mega work around opportunity youth

May 6, 2019

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A new feature of our 2019 Opportunity Summit included awarding two $1,000 mini-grants to recognize local organizations doing exceptional work preventing or reconnecting opportunity youth.

Access Inc. goes the extra mile to assist San Diego youth

April 11, 2019

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For over 50 years, Access Inc. has been serving the most vulnerable and under-served populations in San Diego County by promoting self-sufficiency and economic independence. There are three main programs at Access: Youth, Immigration and Microenterprise—all of which provide services that come from a heart of compassion and commitment.

Grads of Life: What every employer in San Diego needs to know

March 11, 2019

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Grads of Life—a national initiative that catalyzes market demand for opportunity youth—connects employers with programs that prepare young adults and equip them to be valuable employees from day one. Their Talent Pipeline Model includes outreach and assessment, skill development, work-based experience, hiring and retention. It’s a win-win—young adults receive the mentoring they need for workplace success, while employers build a talent pipeline that suits their hiring needs.

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.