By Moisés Barón, Ph.D.
June has been a remarkable month for the Center. On Thursday, June 2, more than 300 guests joined us for our 129th Anniversary Gala Celebration – it was a great success! As a community, we all had the opportunity to partake in one of the cornerstone components of the Center’s music program, “Blues Thursday”. For the first time, “Blues Thursday” went “on the road” and the youth we serve lifted the audience with meaningful and courageous performances (view pictures).
That night we also had an opportunity to get a closer look at the skill, the passion and the commitment it takes to truly help children with mental, emotional and behavioral challenges (watch Karalina’s Story), and to honor Susie Sides and Jim Avery with the 2016 PATH Award as Partners in Achieving Transformation and Hope.
On June 6, a surprising and wonderful partnership was announced. Locally headquartered Sullivan Solar Power selected the Center as its charitable partner for 2016! The company will not only be donating a solar power installation on our main campus in Kearny Mesa, but will also be contributing $500 for every installation they complete between now and the end of the year. The savings from solar and the donations will help the Center further its mission and support a brighter future for San Diego (View commercial currently airing on NBC 7 San Diego).
And on June 13, close to 200 students and guests participated in our Academy school’s 19th Annual Student Promotion Graduation & Award Ceremony (view pictures). As is now a tradition, all of our high school graduates earned a diploma and are now starting new chapters in their young lives with hope in their future… a future that, at one time, may have looked frightening, if not bleak. This is the reason why we exist, whether it is a foster child impacted by trauma, an adolescent struggling with anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts, a young man on the autism spectrum, a family dealing with divorce and loss, or a child with a behavior problem, we are here to help create brighter futures.
June was indeed a good month. With support and celebrations like these, we are inspired to continue our efforts to build for our community, throughout the County, a cohesive continuum of therapeutic and educational services to appropriately respond to the diverse needs of the more than 1,500 children and families seeking our help every year.