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.

By the neighborhood, for the neighborhood

January 10, 2018

In December 2017, Southeastern San Diego’s Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation added three new members to the board—all of whom are current residents of the area being served by the nonprofit. This unique twist on a traditional board structure exemplifies

Advanced manufacturing helps veterans transition to civilian life

November 3, 2017

With 6,190 establishments offering 168,347 jobs (as of 2016), Advanced Manufacturing was identified as a Priority Sector by the San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) in 2014. It is, however, still an oft-misunderstood sector. Advanced Manufacturing—which has seen seven percent more

Helping people with disabilities find jobs since 1963

October 9, 2017

Did you know? The California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), established in 1963, administers the largest vocational rehabilitation program in the country. Its three-pronged mission is to provide services and advocacy that assist people with mental or physical disabilities to live

Tuition-free adult education opens up access to learning

September 6, 2017

San Diego Continuing Education (SDCE), a part of the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD), is the largest public adult education entity of its kind. Last academic year, SDCE awarded nearly 10,000 certificates through its no-cost education programs, which allow

The Scripps Research Institute invests in future science talent

August 10, 2017

The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) is a premier, nonprofit research institution with two campuses, La Jolla, CA and Jupiter, FL. TSRI focuses on basic biomedical science, which refers to researching fundamental building blocks and their influence on larger human conditions.