The CCC is a state department that puts young people and the environment together for the benefit of both. Corpsmembers are young men and women between the ages of 18-25 (and veterans to age 29) who sign up for a challenging year of service to California, working to improve the state’s natural resources and communities. Young people join from counties statewide. As of 2015, the top five counties from which young people have joined: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Diego, Sacramento, & Fresno # of corpsmember positions in 2015- 16: 1587 serving more than 3,000 young people annually.
Urban Beats is an innovative artistic expression program for Transitional Age Youth (TAY). Through
creating and delivering artistic productions and TAY-focused social media messaging, Urban Beats aims to enhance self-sufficiency and increase TAY engagement in behavioral health treatment. Urban Beats utilizes strengths identification and artistic self-expression to fight the stigma related to mental illness and promote youth self-empowerment and improve wellness.
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Since 1978, Cuyamaca College has provided a solid education to students, whether they’re beginning their university degree at Cuyamaca, returning to school to launch a career or to acquire new skills or enrolling in an innovative occupational program. With its vision of “Learning for the Future,” Cuyamaca College offers a wide scope of challenging courses, from drafting technology and child development to paralegal training, from computer and information science or ornamental horticulture to automotive technology. With 81 degree programs and 66 certificates offered at Cuyamaca College, learning opportunities abound under the tutelage of highly-qualified, dynamic instructors imbued with a love of teaching.
College to Career (C2C) at San Diego Community College District is a three-year program for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) to obtain academic and vocational training at the City College, Mesa, Miramar College and the Continuing Education campuses. It serves three cohorts of twenty students annually and is one of five cooperative C2C programs with the California Department of Rehabilitation. The goal of the program is to provide students with tools needed to complete college coursework and prepare for competitive, integrated employment. Areas of focus include college success, life management and employment related strategies.
Monarch has served San Diego for more than 25 years, beginning as a one-room education center and growing into a K-12 school offering a comprehensive program designed to help students impacted by homelessness.
Urban Skills Center serves up to 50 young adults with mild to moderate learning disabilities, ages 18 – 22. Some of our students are studying to complete a high school education and obtain a diploma from their school district. All of our students are acquiring important social, vocational, and independent living skills that are designed to optimize their post-school employment and living options.
The Sunflower Scholarship Fund’s purpose is simple: to find resilient and bright students who tower over others in uniqueness and splendor, who stand out from a crowd, just as a sunflower does. The Fund helps support students in two ways: Academic and “Joie de Vivre” extracurricular scholarships. The Academic scholarships will provide financial support for college enrollment, and the Joie de Vivre or “joy of life” scholarships are designed to enable children with financial need to experience the joy of extracurricular activities that they otherwise couldn’t afford.
The Junior League of San Diego (JLSD) is dedicated to serving the greater San Diego area. JLSD is currently focused on supporting San Diego County transition-age foster youth (TAY) as they make the critical transition into independent adult life. Since 2012, JLSD has dedicated member volunteer efforts and financial resources to this area. Current programs include college textbook scholarship opportunities, Tools for Success life skills workshops, Community Partner engagement, the Solutions Summit, a groundbreaking, multi-day conference designed to facilitate collaboration among existing TAY service providers to improve large-scale issues and the mentoring program which provide TAY with a stable adult relationship to assist with their transition to independent life.
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states. The application is available on the website listed.