Calendar of Youth Activities

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Listing of activities and services for/related to City Heights youth

Upcoming events:

June 19- Aug. 24 (Monday-Friday) times vary by  location – This summer students younger than18 can enjoy free lunches at neighborhood park and rec. centers. All students qualify, no paper work needed. There will also be weekly family barbecues and heath events. Info here.

Being a Big Brother or Big Sister is one of the most enjoyable things you’ll ever do. Not to mention, one of the most fulfilling. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future for the better by empowering them to achieve. And the best part is, it’s actually a lot of fun. So why not apply to be a Big today. There are kids out there ready to get started. Are you?  **Join us on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 from 6-7pm at 4305 University Avenue, Suite 640, San Diego CA 92105 for a brief yet informative look at Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County’s organization, programs, and volunteer opportunities.  Visit www.sdbigs.org to RSVP or call (619) 634-0570.  *Bilingual in Spanish Volunteers needed.**

City Heights Business Association, City Heights Foundation, City Heights Community Development Corporation, City Heights Community Development Corporation’s Metro Villas Learning Center and City Heights Recreation Council host free family-friendly movie nights in Teralta Neighborhood Park.  Bring a blanket, your family and snacks! July 27 at 8 pm we are showing We Bought A Zoo (movie subject to change)!

Summer 2012 Teen Nite Program- City Heights Recreation Center and Mid-City Gym 4380 and 4302 Landis St. Many free activities during extended Fridays 6 – 9 p.m. all summer long. Friday night activity calendars will be available at each site, examples of activities include movies, cooking classes, dance classes, creative art activities, basketball leagues, dances, video games, special events, defense classes, softball games, sports activities, computer labs, and a place for friends to hang out.

Ongoing services, classes, etc.:

YOUTH VOICE is a drop-in leadership opportunity for youth, ages 12 to 24, that meets Tues. and Thurs. from 3:30- 5:30 pm at the Mid-City Police Division located at 4310 Landis Street, SD, 92105.   Curriculum includes leadership skill set development, life skills, educational field trips, and think tanks with community based organizations.   The outcomes for the youth are connection to self, connection to others, connection to community, and connection to law enforcement. Contact Dana Brown, dana4hope@gmail.com.

City Heights Music School offers classes in violin, mariachi, guitar, voice, and percussion every Saturday at City Heights Rec Center. More info here.

The Youth Advisory Board (YAB) is educating young people about making positive choices during a crucial time in their lives by taking their message, “4 or 40: The Choice is Yours” to schools and youth groups throughout the community. To learn more about the YAB, please visit www.choose4or40.org. Contact: Seth Johnson, seth.johnson@sdcda.org, (619) 531-3532.

The Girls Only Toolkit is a prevention education curriculum designed for San Diego girls between 8 and 12. Provided in collaboration between the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office and the City of San Diego Commission on Gang Prevention and Education, Girls Only fills a need in San Diego by empowering girls before they enter their teenage years. Girls Only is currently being implemented at the Encanto Boys & Girls Club. For a full version of the toolkit, please visit www.girlsonlytoolkit.com. Contact: Taylor Schooley, taylor.schooley@sdcda.org, (619) 531-4355.

City Heights Wellness Center (CHWC) has a variety of youth activities including fitness, martial arts, healthy foods, and more. Zumba classes are every Mon. from 5-6 p.m. and Tues./Thurs. from 12-1. For more info please call Marilynn Hermosillo at (619) 321-2920.

transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project is calling all City Heights teens who love to dance & perform!  Join the transcenDANCE family! All the classes are free for CH residents and include:  Youth Hip Hop, Hip Hop for Teens, Ballet, Yoga, Cardio Conditioning and more!  4634 University Ave.

Reducing the Risk is a curriculum based research group that educates teens (ages 13-17) on how to prevent unwanted pregnancies, STD and HIV contraction by discussing abstinence, birth control, refusal skills and decision making. Incentives for students who participate- they gain knowledge, gift cards and community service. Groups in Clairemont and Mid-City. Contact Amber Swift at (858)974-3603 x 233 or Nicole Lewis-Loucks at (858)974-3603 x 244.

San Diego Asian Youth Organization is dedicated to helping, empowering and providing leadership skills to hundreds of our future young leaders throughout San Diego County. SDAYO is comprised of youth members ages 13-18 years old. These members are ethnically diverse and come from all parts of San Diego County. For info, contact Phet Guiney: Email – pguiney@pd.sandiego.gov or phone: 619-515-2729.

San Diego Youth Services STARS program helps teen girls between ages 13-17 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or prostitution. They meet once a week for 12 weeks. For info or to make a referral, contact 619-521-2250, x 555.

The Mid-City CAN Youth Council (MCCAN YC) develops and empowers City Heights youth through community organizing. Our goal is to organize City Heights in order to advocate for changes that improve the community. For more information, please contact: Mark Tran, Youth Community Organizer, at 619-283-9624 x249.

PCS Kickstart is a diverse clinical team specially trained to educate the community, treat youth and assist families in preventing psychosis. We serve young people ages 10-25, their families, and social networks to build support around the youth and promote success in relationships, education and employment. Kickstart is a recovery oriented program that strives to keep hope alive through education and early intervention. Contact Jamin Peck at 619.481.3790 ext. 115 or JPeck@provcorp.com.

Copley YMCA: First Friday Family Events:  Enjoy a family night the first Friday of every month!  Save money and pre-register!  Free for members, $2 for participants and $3 for everyone if registering the day of the event.  Contact Ken Sol at ksol@ymca.org.

Youth looking for employment can visit the San Diego Workforce Partnership’s Hire-A-Youth site. SDWP also has a youth advisory board for ages 16-24 called Helping Youth Pursue Excellence (HYPE) that meets the first Weds. of each month from 4-6 pm in the Youth Room at the South Metro Career Center, 4389 Imperial Avenue, SD, CA 92113. They identify youth employment barriers and create one project per year that addresses those barriers. Contact Danielle at 619-228-2969, or danielle@workforce.org

The Sudanese American Youth Center offers English classes, career training, tutoring, computer training and many other services. Call (619) 641-6125.

Somali Family Service of San Diego has a leadership program for East African refugee youth. Call 619-265-5821.

The Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program assists ages 12-14 to navigate through a crucial stage of their lives and to become empowered to direct their energies toward the advancement of civilization. The program establishes small groups of junior youth in neighborhood settings, who with trained youth mentors, plan and carry out service projects to improve the spiritual and material conditions of their community. To meet the needs of a steadily expanding number of junior youth eager to be part of a group in City Heights, the program needs enthusiastic youth 15 and older to serve as mentors. For more info:  socal@junioryouth.us.

Excel Youth Zone is San Diego’s service-learning provider. We are currently seeking youth that are interested in serving their communities and becoming empowered leaders. If you’re interested in county-wide and state-wide leadership opportunities, contact Bryan Banville at bbanville@excelyouthzone.org.

The Latino Youth Council, a project of SAY San Diego Inc., is a coalition of youth between the ages of 12 and 18 whose mission is to reduce the perception that using alcohol, tobacco and drugs are safe and a healthy lifestyle. For more info, please contact Claudia Baltazar, cbaltazar@saysandiego.org.

National Conflict Resolution Center has trainings for youth ages 16-22 (this can vary).  8 hour sessions in conflict management and improving communication skills. They can work across cultures. Contact mmeyer@ncrconline.com.

Making Changes brings youth and volunteer mentors together for a civic engagement based curriculum. By engaging teens in civic focused experiences, and by providing them the skill sets to be leaders, this program hopes to promote awareness about the importance of one’s actions and the ripple effect their actions may have.  Participants meet every Tues. (and occasionally on weekends) at the STAR/PAL Center to Serve Youth in Colina Del Sol Park.  For more information, please contact Portia Dawson at 619-515-2706 or pdawson@starpal.org.

Pro Kids is open 7 days a week and offer programming 6 of those days. For detailed information on our programs please visit our website and click on Kids Programs on the left hand column. Contact is Dana Nitti, dnitti@prokidsonline.org.

Alliance for Community Empowerment is a violence prevention program that serves City Heights and surrounding neighborhoods.  ACE works with and supports families effected by violence.  Services include connecting the family to community resources and grief and loss support.   Every Thursday, ACE runs a drop-in teen group from 6 to 7:30pm at 5348 University Ave. Suite 202.    In addition, we welcome families to attend our monthly Family Empowerment Nights from 5-7:30pm.  All services are free.  1(800)223-9458.

City Heights Youth and Family Outreach promotes self sufficiency for low income families in San Diego, with a focus on programs that support education, health, sustainability, and the well-being of families and youth. For info, call(619) 981-2456.

The Mid-City Skatepark Advocacy group is meeting regularly, and is planning advocacy efforts to support all potential skateparks in City Heights… so if you know of any or need support, contact us!

The IRC Youth Programs Department- contact is Carolyn Smyth at carolyn.smyth@theIRC.org:

  • Students Plus provides after school programs at Crawford High School.
  • The Youth Food Justice Program runs school gardens at Crawford and Hoover High Schools.
  • The Higher Learning Navigation Program is a college prep and success program that offers tutoring services for refugee students enrolled in higher education.

San Diego Futures Foundation has a program for recent high school graduates or equivalent, ages 18 to 24, looking for an alternative to college and have great interest in the IT field. Individuals will receive classroom and online instruction to gain the knowledge and hands-on skills necessary to become a successful IT Technician. Students will prepare for a CompTIA A+ certification, and shortly after will engage in internships and job placement assistance.


The next meeting of the Collaboration to Keep City Heights Youth Safe is July12 from 9-10:30 am at City Heights Foundation.

For more info, please contact enrique@cityheightsba.org