AREA OF INFLUENCE - KNOWLEDGE

Recognized Partners provide programs that offer youth and young adults the opportunity to acquire hands-on, practical experience and gain knowledge. Partners are developing new degree programs, promoting STEM-based learning, distributing college scholarships, advancing literacy and supporting young students in need. The result is a trend towards higher high school graduation rates across the county region. Programs like these have the power to influence more than a resident’s education; they have the power to influence economic, social and psychological factors that over time can influence the health and wellbeing of a population.

PARTNERS BY THE NUMBERS

INCORPORATING STEM-BASED CURRICULUM

Businesses in San Diego County are creating new technological advancements and innovative products thanks to the help of a well-prepared workforce. School districts and colleges across the county are helping to build greater understanding and knowledge about the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as a foundation for future advancements and a thriving economy. Read their stories below:

 

"“At the core of all of our instruction, we create an environment of active learning. Rather than mildly presenting topics and expecting students to regurgitate materials, we give them a foundational understanding. From there we challenge them to think critically about how to apply this knowledge in beneficial situations. Situations, we might add, designed to mimic real-world applications.”

 

– Karl Mueller, Superintendent, Coronado Unified School District

In Focus: Building Bridges for Students

A feasibility study conducted on behalf of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) confirmed that a new Engineering degree program was a much-needed program in the region.

 

“It will increase the professional and education opportunities for the residents of North County and the broader area served by CSUSM,” said Gerardo Dominguez, a CSUSM associate professor of physics.

 

While there are other engineering programs in Southern California, the study highlighted how CSUSM is in a prime position to draw from existing curricula and faculty expertise while appealing to the hiring needs and goals of local industry.

 

“Engineering proliferates nearly every aspect of modern life and San Diego embodies how engineering is intertwined with daily life,” said Greg McKee, president and chief executive officer of CONNECT, a local organization that helps enable scientists and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products or services. “With so many brilliant minds gathered in one place, it’s essential to provide the means to nurture and excel each one, regardless of gender, ethnicity or income.”

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California State University San Marcos

MENTORSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT SUCCESS

Youth from across the county benefited from the generosity and commitment of Recognized Partners through local scholarship programs. These programs were designed to reward students who have given their time and talents to their community. Read their stories below:

 

“We represent San Diego around the world, making gospel music part of traditional holiday seasons. This promotes the message of diversity and unity, the importance of African American music as part of America's history and culture, and, of course, helps boost sales of our new CD. All of which allows us to award more grants.”

 

In Focus: Building Momentum to Improve Literacy

The Words Alive! Teen Services Program engages students from Momentum Learning (an educational program operated by the San Diego County Office of Education) in literacy, reading and education in a variety of ways: through a monthly book club, writing and career readiness workshops and a scholarship program.

 

Words Alive!’s Westreich Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Adolescent Book Group participants to support them in their pursuit of higher education at the college or vocational level. The program matches each recipient with a mentor and they meet regularly throughout the school year.

In June, two scholarship students, Cathy Campos and Brittany Jackson, graduated with bachelor’s degrees. Cathy Campos graduated from San Diego State University and benefited from the mentorship of Susannah Walker throughout her time with the Westreich Scholarship Program.

 

Brittany Jackson graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and benefited from a close relationship with her mentor, Sarah Archibald, which inspires her to pay it forward.

 

“I was first introduced to Sarah when she was a volunteer for Words Alive! at Monarch School,” said Jackson. “She is very supportive and understanding of all the obstacles I encountered while I was in school. I am so grateful for her.”

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Words Alive

“Words Alive! has demonstrated that there are people who care for others without expecting something in return,” further explained Jackson. “They have been so loving to me, and my experience at UCSC wouldn't have been the same without them. I plan to apply for my Masters in the fall to achieve my credentials to become a High School Counselor. I want to help other students understand the importance of education and everything that it has to offer.”

PREPARING CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS IN SCHOOL

Every year parents have the task of getting their children ready to return to school. In addition to providing the necessities of life here in San Diego, parents are responsible for providing school supplies, which can be an added financial burden. Partners are providing resources for parents and families to make going back to school, and thriving throughout the school year, easier. Read their stories below:

 

“We know that by increasing attendance and promoting learning, we are setting our youngest students on a path to success and establishing a foundation of stability for individuals, families and our community.”

 

In Focus: School Fair Provides Resources for the Whole Family

The San Ysidro School District partnered with the County to collect backpacks and school supplies for the annual Families First Resource Fair. The fair provided San Ysidro School District students, families and community members with resources such as job assistance programs, housing programs, food programs, public assistance and other valuable information.

 

San Ysidro School District knows the importance of helping families in need so children can succeed in educational environments. Over 800 people attended the event and a total of 600 children received backpacks filled with school supplies.

 

“Thank you for the valuable information I received as a grandparent raising my grandchildren. I didn't know there was so much support for us,” said a Families First Resource Fair Attendee.

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San Ysidro School District

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INCORPORATING STEM-BASED CURRICULUM

Businesses in San Diego County are creating new technological advancements and innovative products thanks to the help of a well-prepared workforce. School districts and colleges across the county are helping to build greater understanding and knowledge about the subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) as a foundation for future advancements and a thriving economy. Read their stories below:

 

“At the core of all of our instruction, we create an environment of active learning. Rather than mildly presenting topics and expecting students to regurgitate materials, we give them a foundational understanding. From there we challenge them to think critically about how to apply this knowledge in beneficial situations. Situations, we might add, designed to mimic real-world applications.”

 

In Focus: Building Bridges for Students

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A feasibility study conducted on behalf of California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) confirmed that a new Engineering degree program was a much-needed program in the region.

 

“It will increase the professional and education opportunities for the residents of North County and the broader area served by CSUSM,” said Gerardo Dominguez, a CSUSM associate professor of physics.

 

While there are other engineering programs in Southern California, the study highlighted how CSUSM is in a prime position to draw from existing curricula and faculty expertise while appealing to the hiring needs and goals of local industry.

 

“Engineering proliferates nearly every aspect of modern life and San Diego embodies how engineering is intertwined with daily life,” said Greg McKee, president and chief executive officer of CONNECT, a local organization that helps enable scientists and entrepreneurs to turn their ideas into products or services. “With so many brilliant minds gathered in one place, it’s essential to provide the means to nurture and excel each one, regardless of gender, ethnicity or income.”

MENTORSHIP AND SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT SUCCESS

Youth from across the county benefited from the generosity and commitment of Recognized Partners through local scholarship programs. These programs were designed to reward students who have given their time and talents to their community. Read their stories below:

 

“We represent San Diego around the world, making gospel music part of traditional holiday seasons. This promotes the message of diversity and unity, the importance of African American music as part of America's history and culture, and, of course, helps boost sales of our new CD. All of which allows us to award more grants.”

 

In Focus: Building Momentum to Improve Literacy

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

The Words Alive! Teen Services Program engages students from Momentum Learning (an educational program operated by the San Diego County Office of Education) in literacy, reading and education in a variety of ways: through a monthly book club, writing and career readiness workshops and a scholarship program.

 

Words Alive!’s Westreich Scholarship Program awards scholarships to Adolescent Book Group participants to support them in their pursuit of higher education at the college or vocational level. The program matches each recipient with a mentor and they meet regularly throughout the school year.

 

In June, two scholarship students, Cathy Campos and Brittany Jackson, graduated with bachelor’s degrees. Cathy Campos graduated from San Diego State University and benefited from the mentorship of Susannah Walker throughout her time with the Westreich Scholarship Program.

 

Brittany Jackson graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and benefited from a close relationship with her mentor, Sarah Archibald, which inspires her to pay it forward.

 

“I was first introduced to Sarah when she was a volunteer for Words Alive! at Monarch School,” said Jackson. “She is very supportive and understanding of all the obstacles I encountered while I was in school. I am so grateful for her.”

 

“Words Alive! has demonstrated that there are people who care for others without expecting something in return,” further explained Jackson. “They have been so loving to me, and my experience at UCSC wouldn't have been the same without them. I plan to apply for my Masters in the fall to achieve my credentials to become a High School Counselor. I want to help other students understand the importance of education and everything that it has to offer.”

PREPARING CHILDREN FOR SUCCESS IN SCHOOL

Every year parents have the task of getting their children ready to return to school. In addition to providing the necessities of life here in San Diego, parents are responsible for providing school supplies, which can be an added financial burden. Partners are providing resources for parents and families to make going back to school, and thriving throughout the school year, easier. Read their stories below:

 

“We know that by increasing attendance and promoting learning, we are setting our youngest students on a path to success and establishing a foundation of stability for individuals, families and our community.”

 

In Focus: School Fair Provides Resources for the Whole Family

Neighborhood House Association - Let's Move Olympics

The San Ysidro School District partnered with the County to collect backpacks and school supplies for the annual Families First Resource Fair. The fair provided San Ysidro School District students, families and community members with resources such as job assistance programs, housing programs, food programs, public assistance and other valuable information.

 

San Ysidro School District knows the importance of helping families in need so children can succeed in educational environments. Over 800 people attended the event and a total of 600 children received backpacks filled with school supplies.

 

“Thank you for the valuable information I received as a grandparent raising my grandchildren. I didn't know there was so much support for us,” said a Families First Resource Fair Attendee.