Mini-grants for mega work around opportunity youth

May 6, 2019


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


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


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.

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

September 11, 2018


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

Vista Unified P-3 Continuum

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.”