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Education has a positive influence on a variety of economic, social and psychological factors which impact the health and well-being of a population. Many of the programs and services offered by partners for at-risk youth and their families provide essential life-skills and are designed to support the whole family to ensure student success.  Innovative mentorship programs for both parents and students can help guide families toward educational resources and greater understanding.

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As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  In San Diego County, the village includes many partners who have the resources to provide support and skill-building activities for families to help their students achieve success in school.

 

Through the support of Reach Out and Read San Diego, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 250 doctors and nurses helped prepare San Diego County’s youngest children to succeed in school by prescribing books and demonstrating to parents how to read to their young children. In San Diego County alone, 84 pediatric medical offices provided early literacy advice and over 100,000 books last year.

 

The Escondido Union School District's (EUSD) Parent University Program is one of a number of innovative family support programs offered through Family Engagement Centers at each district school. Facilitated by a bilingual Family Liaison, Parent University offered parents and guardians ongoing

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

American Academy of Pediatrics

opportunities to develop practical skills to help their students experience academic and personal success. During the 2015-2016 school year, EUSD Family Liaisons coordinated 582 Parent University classes with just over 9,700 parents, guardians, and community members in attendance.

“We know that if kids are not in school, then they can’t learn. If you are not reading at grade level by third grade then you are four times less likely to graduate high school. That told us we really need to start in these early grades.”

- Shaina Gross, Sr. Vice President

United Way of San Diego

Every Student, Every Day is an attendance intervention program facilitated by United Way of San Diego in partnership with San Diego Unified School District targeting elementary schools near the neighborhood of City Heights. Interns worked with the families of chronically absent students to identify needs and provide resources and support to increase student attendance. In the past year, Every Student, Every Day served over 250 students and families with over 1,200 engagements at

United Way of San Diego

five schools. These efforts yielded a 5% average increase in attendance, equating to nearly 2 more weeks of learning for each student.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego supported youth in the region by awarding educational grants to college bound high school students who will pursue a degree in the visual and performing arts.

Martin Luther King Community Choir San Diego

VISTA’S PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN EMBRACES VISION

When it comes to healthy, safe and thriving communities, most agree that schools are vital partners in supporting and educating children, but they can’t do it alone. The Vista Unified School District participates with a diverse group of cross-sector agencies and organizations committed to working together on a common agenda to help the school district’s children succeed from cradle to career. The district works in collaboration with numerous partners, including these Live Well San Diego Recognized Partners: United Way of San Diego

County, American Academy of Pediatrics, Boys & Girls Club of Vista, North County Lifeline, The Children’s Initiative, Vista Community Clinic, and YMCA – Childcare Resource Services. Review of district-wide data and educational outcomes, as well as focus groups with community agencies, residents, teachers, school staff, students and parents, helped to identify key topics including kindergarten readiness and college and career preparedness.

LEARNING FOR ALL AGES

Intergenerational events, activities and programs offer people of different ages the opportunity to come together and share their talents, experiences, knowledge and skills to foster life-enhancing growth and friendship between youth and older adults.  Through innovative projects, partners continue to play unique roles in helping to make the community healthy, safe

and thriving for all ages. San Diego OASIS’ Intergenerational Tutoring & Mentoring program helped students in grades K-4 at 101 schools around San Diego County build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning, while opening the doors for seniors to put their life skills to work for a younger generation.

ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING HELPS STUDENTS THRIVE

San Diego OASIS Tutors

she felt. In just a few months, Samantha was making progress. She proved to be bright and sociable.  Now she has her hand up eager to answer questions.  She even pulled her hair back.  In MAP testing (Measures of Academic Success) administered by the school, she achieved an increase in test scores of twenty points!  Typical student progress throughout the year is eight points for the same grade and age group.  The teacher was stunned, and grateful to the OASIS tutor for helping Samantha thrive.

SUPPORTING ACTIVE MINDS WITH HEALTHY BODIES

Research shows a strong correlation between physical activity and healthy eating programming and students’ ability to pay attention longer in school. San Ysidro School District Nutrition Services joined a growing number of school districts throughout the state of California in a farm-to-school program called California Thursdays, which provides students with healthier school food made from locally sourced ingredients. The program has resulted in healthier, fresher meals serving more than 300,000 (about 60% of all public K-12) students.

 

Escondido Education COMPACT helped youth lead the way in bringing healthier food to the Escondido community. As part of the North Inland Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) project, local youth started the Mission Middle School Garden. They also advocated for better access to healthy foods so the Mission Park neighborhood can become a healthier place to live, work and play.

 

The San Diego Chargers awarded the Chula Vista Elementary School District with a $10,000 Hometown Grant to fund transportation for students at district schools on the west side of Chula Vista to attend the “Exercise the Dream” program at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, located on the east side of Chula Vista. The “Exercise the Dream” Program brings together students and athletes who serve as healthy role models, providing instruction and education on how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

 

Adults also benefit from nutrition education programs, both for themselves and their families. Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center hosted the Cooking for Salud program, a 7-week program to teach women how to choose healthier options

Escondido Education COMPACT

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

for themselves and their families, and conducted healthy cooking demonstrations at local senior centers. Together, these programs provide a healthy foundation for bright futures for children, youth, adults and families throughout the San Diego region.

“The California Thursdays initiative helps us create a solid educational foundation for our students that acknowledges the vital role nutrition plays in supporting their learning.  There are so many things interconnected to being successful.”

- Julio Fonesca, Superindendent

San Ysidro School District

San Ysidro School District

Chula Vista Unified School District

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HEALTH

Click on the tabs below to learn more about partner success stories under each topic.

STD OF LIVING

SUPPORTING

FAMILIES

LEARNING

FOR

ALL AGES

SUPPORTING ACTIVE

MINDS WITH

HEALTHY BODIES

SUPPORTING FAMILIES

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

American Academy of Pediatrics

As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  In San Diego County, the village includes many partners who have the resources to provide support and skill-building activities for families to help their students achieve success in school.

 

Through the support of Reach Out and Read San Diego, a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics, more than 250 doctors and nurses helped prepare San Diego County’s youngest children to succeed in school by prescribing books and demonstrating to parents how to read to their young children. In San Diego County alone, 84 pediatric medical offices provided early literacy advice and over 100,000 books last year.

 

The Escondido Union School District's (EUSD) Parent University Program is one of a number of innovative family support programs offered through Family Engagement Centers at each district school. Facilitated by a bilingual Family Liaison, Parent University offered parents and guardians ongoing opportunities to develop practical skills to help their students experience academic and personal success. During the 2015-2016 school year, EUSD Family Liaisons coordinated 582 Parent University classes with just over 9,700 parents, guardians, and community members in attendance.

“We know that if kids are not in school, then they can’t learn. If you are not reading at grade level by third grade then you are four times less likely to graduate high school. That told us we really need to start in these early grades.”

 

- Shaina Gross, Sr. Vice President,

United Way of San Diego

Every Student, Every Day is an attendance intervention program facilitated by United Way of San Diego in partnership with San Diego Unified School District targeting elementary schools near the neighborhood of City Heights. Interns worked with the families of chronically absent students to identify needs and provide resources and support to increase student attendance. In the past year, Every Student, Every Day served over 250 students and families with over 1,200 engagements at five schools. These efforts yielded a 5% average increase in attendance, equating to nearly 2 more weeks of learning for each student.

United Way of San Diego

Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego supported youth in the region by awarding educational grants to college bound high school students who will pursue a degree in the visual and performing arts.

Martin Luther King Community Choir San Diego

VISTA’S PARTNERSHIP FOR CHILDREN EMBRACES VISION

When it comes to healthy, safe and thriving communities, most agree that schools are vital partners in supporting and educating children, but they can’t do it alone. The Vista Unified School District participates with a diverse group of cross-sector agencies and organizations committed to working together on a common agenda to help the school district’s children succeed from cradle to career.

 

The district works in collaboration with numerous partners, including these Live Well San Diego Recognized Partners: United Way of San Diego County, American Academy of Pediatrics, Boys & Girls Club of Vista, North County Lifeline, The Children’s Initiative, Vista Community Clinic, and YMCA – Childcare Resource Services. Review of district-wide data and educational outcomes, as well as focus groups with community agencies, residents, teachers, school staff, students and parents, helped to identify key topics including kindergarten readiness and college and career preparedness.

LEARNING FOR ALL AGES

Intergenerational events, activities and programs offer people of different ages the opportunity to come together and share their talents, experiences, knowledge and skills to foster life-enhancing growth and friendship between youth and older adults.  Through innovative projects, partners continue to play unique roles in helping to make the community healthy, safe and thriving for all ages. San Diego OASIS’ Intergenerational Tutoring & Mentoring program helped students in grades K-4 at 101 schools around San Diego County build reading skills, self-esteem and positive attitudes toward learning, while opening the doors for seniors to put their life skills to work for a younger generation.

ONE-ON-ONE TUTORING

HELPS STUDENTS THRIVE

San Diego OASIS Tutors

 

In just a few months, Samantha was making progress.  She proved to be bright and sociable.  Now she has her hand up eager to answer questions.  She even pulled her hair back.  In MAP testing (Measures of Academic Success) administered by the school, she achieved an increase in test scores of twenty points!  Typical student progress throughout the year is eight points for the same grade and age group.  The teacher was stunned, and grateful to the OASIS tutor for helping Samantha thrive.

SUPPORTING ACTIVE MINDS WITH HEALTHY BODIES

Escondido Education COMPACT

Research shows a strong correlation between physical activity and healthy eating programming and students’ ability to pay attention longer in school. San Ysidro School District Nutrition Services joined a growing number of school districts throughout the state of California in a farm-to-school program called California Thursdays, which provides students with healthier school food made from locally sourced ingredients. The program has resulted in healthier, fresher meals serving more than 300,000 (about 60% of all public K-12) students.

 

Escondido Education COMPACT helped youth lead the way in bringing healthier food to the Escondido community. As part of the North Inland Communities of Excellence in Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Prevention (CX3) project, local youth started the Mission Middle School Garden. They also advocated for better access to healthy foods so the Mission Park neighborhood can become a healthier place to live, work and play.

 

Adults also benefit from nutrition education programs, both for themselves and their families. Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center hosted the Cooking for Salud program, a 7-week program to teach women how to choose healthier options for themselves and their families, and conducted healthy cooking demonstrations at local senior centers. Together, these programs provide a healthy foundation for bright futures for children, youth, adults and families throughout the San Diego region.

Olivewood Gardens & Learning Center

“The California Thursdays initiative helps us create a solid educational foundation for our students that acknowledges the vital role nutrition plays in supporting their learning.  There are so many things interconnected to being successful.”

 

- Julio Fonesca, Superindendent

San Ysidro School District

The San Diego Chargers awarded the Chula Vista Elementary School District with a $10,000 Hometown Grant to fund transportation for students at district schools on the west side of Chula Vista to attend the “Exercise the Dream” program at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center, located on the east side of Chula Vista. The “Exercise the Dream” Program brings together students and athletes who serve as healthy role models, providing instruction and education on how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Chula Vista Unified School District

San Ysidro School District