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 Aaron Price Fellows

The Aaron Price Fellows Program is an incredible three year experience that prepares a highly motivated and diverse group of San Diego public high school students to be responsible, engaged and caring members of their community. 



Target Students: 

·       Alejandra Cordova, Administrative Coordinator

·       Freshman

·       alejandra@aaronpricefellows.org

·       Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.8

·       www.aaronpricefellows.org

·       8-10 students from each of 5 schools

·       (619) 795-2005

·       Spring semester recruitment



The Academy of Health and Healthier Communities (AHHC)


The Academy of Health and Healthier Communities (AHHC) provides students with STEM coursework and workplace experience that allows them to explore a wide variety of careers in the healthcare and biotechnology industries. AHHC partners with Rady Children’s Hospital FACES for the Future Program (FACES), a health professions internship program. All students in AHHC are FACES students. AHHC/FACES students take specialized college preparatory courses and complete internships in various healthcare settings including community health agencies and Rady Children’s Hospital. AHHC/FACES inspires youth by creating innovative approaches to youth development, health careers preparation, and wellness. AHHC/FACES is working to address health equity for all communities through the education and empowerment of youth.



Target Students: 

·       Ellen Hohenstein, Director

·       Open to all interested students, 9

·       ehohenstein@sandi.net


·       www.sandiegounified.org/schools/hoover/overview-5


·       (619) 344-4640




The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT)


The Academy of Information Technology is one of the three major programs sponsored by the National Academy Foundation which provides students with knowledge of information technology and its ever expanding universe. The Academy of Information Technology gives students the opportunity to earn college credits through technology coursework and AP course offerings while still in secondary education. Our vision is to prepare students of today for higher education and careers of tomorrow and our mission is to develop a community of learners dedicated to relevant and challenging educational experiences through internship, mentorship, and academics. The AOIT will promote teamwork, character, and self-confidence, build research, organizational, and communication skills, and provide a sound foundation of Information Technology skills through AP Computer Science, Game Design, Foundations of Information Technology, and Geospatial Information Systems



Target Students: 

·       Ellen Towers, Director

·       Open to all 9th grade students

·       etowers@sandi.net


·       www.sandiegounified.org/schools/hoover/overview-5


·       (619) 795-2000




Academy of Literature, Media, and Arts (ALMA)


The Academy of Literature, Media, & Arts (ALMA) is to provide artistic and creative education for students interested in journalism, music, theater, or visual art.  The teachers of ALMA provide students with academic rigor through their college preparatory classes and nurtures artistic and personal growth in their arts discipline.  Through collaboration with arts organizations such as The Old Globe, The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Outside the Lens, and the Rob Thorsen Quartet, ALMA students learn through arts integration within their core classes. Students are encouraged to be lifelong learners and advocates for the arts in society.  It is our intent to prepare students for institutions of higher education in whatever career path they decide to choose, and to be responsive to the changing climate of the world beyond high school.  ALMA is committed to the diversity of the community of City Heights and fosters an environment that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all.




Target Students: 

·       Michael Heu, ALMA Director & Publications Advisor

·       Open to all students

·       mheu@sandi.net


·       www.sandiegounified.org/schools/hoover/overview-5


·       (619) 344-4500 x3202




Arc – After School Programming



Arc is an award-winning after school and experiential education provider. We bridge the opportunity gap by creating transformational learning opportunities that empower youth to realize their full potential. After school programs for high school students are critical to their growth and ultimately their success as scholars as well as leaders in their communities. Through our model, students are free to participate in, shape, and drive programming on their campuses.



Target Students: 

·       Christina Morse, Program Director

·       cmorse2@sandi.net & christina@arc-experince.com

·       Open to all students

·       www.arc-experience.com

·       (619) 632-3337





Bridge to Employment


Johnson & Johnson’s Bridge to Employment (BTE) program, with more than 65 sites world-wide, is designed to increase the number of students who enroll in higher education; and increase the number of students interested in pursuing a career in the health and science sector. Strategies to meet these goals include academic enrichment; career readiness and exploration; and higher education exploration and preparation. The Bridge to Employment program at Hoover will be partnering with Janssen Pharmaceuticals in La Jolla, a Johnson & Johnson local operating company.



Target Students: 

·       Kristina Quezada, Program Coordinator

·       kquezada@rchad.org

·       Recruitment began April 2015 and will close September 2015

·       bridge2employment.org

·       Class of 2018

·       (909) 938-1982




Cal-SOAP/California Student Opportunity and Access Program


Cal-SOAP/California Student Opportunity and Access Program is instrumental in improving the flow of information about postsecondary education and financial aid while raising the achievement levels of low-income, elementary and secondary school students or geographic regions with documented low-eligibility or college participation rates, and who are first in their families to attend college.



Target Students:

·       Evelyn Kheo, Associate Director

·       10th and 11th graders with a 2.0 -2.75 GPA

·       pkheo@sandi.net

·       All 9th graders that attended Cardinal Camp

·       www.csac.ca.gov/doc.asp?id=77

·       Work with 60 students per grade level

·       (858) 569-1866




Cardinals Interact


Cardinals Interact is a partnership between the San Diego Rotary Club 33, Hoover High School, and Price Philanthropies.  The program provides positive and supportive activities for Hoover students over a three year period. The Cardinals Interact Program offers participants mentoring, tutoring, college prep, and scholarship services. It also provides students the opportunity to become part of a positive community outside of school and family.


Target Students: 

·       Pamela Gutierrez, Assistant Director

·       50 students per year from 1.0-4.0 GPA

·       pgutierrez@pricephilanthropies.org

·       Freshman

·       www.cityheightsinitiative.org/education/cardinals-interact-club

·       Fall semester recruitment

·       (619) 795-2000






Cesar Chavez Service Clubs


The Cesar Chavez Service Clubs seek to engage young people in community service that characterized the life of Cesar Chavez. Thirty-eight clubs representing over 1,000 Chavistas (club members) meet weekly at seventeen different schools in San Diego with the goal to inspire students to believe in themselves by teaching their members the ten values Cesar Chavez embodied and carrying out service projects for the benefit of their community. 



Target Students: 

·       Natalie LeGerrette, Club Manager

·       No minimum GPA requirement

·       natalie@chavezclubs.org

·       Lunch time availability (once a week)

·       www.chavezclubs.org

·       Consistent attendance

·       (619) 278-9121

·       All grades (Freshman - Seniors)


·       Constant recruitment


·       Partial weekend availability (once a month)





·       Motivated to help their community


City Heights Runners


City Heights Runners is a running club that serves all middle and high schools in both the Hoover and Crawford Clusters. We have supported the Hoover Cross Country and Track and Field programs for the last five years. We use running as a means to promote overall emotional and physical health and well-being, and as a critical means of teaching non-cognitive skills such as grit, healthy relationships, mentorship, communication, and life planning. We offer ESL students an extra level of support through a meekly tutoring/reading and writing remediation space, as well as through our summer reading program. Currently, we have trained and developed 0 high school students and college alumni to lead our 3 middle school programs (2 seasons per year) in the Hoover and Crawford Clusters.



Target Students: 

·       Chris Brewster, Director of City Heights Area

·       Welcome to all students throughout the year.

·       chris@urbanlifesd.org


·       www.urbanlifesdorg


·       (619) 495-8153








College Avenue Compact


College Avenue Compact is a partnership with Price Philanthropies, SDUSD, and SDSU that offers Hoover High School students guaranteed admission to SDSU upon successful completion of the College Avenue Compact requirements. The program promotes a college-going culture at Hoover High through college and career presentations, one-on-one and group academic advising, college application workshops, SAT/ACT prep/college tours, financial aid and scholarship support to name a few.



Target Students: 

·       Melissa Naranjo, Director & Laura Angel-Zavala, CAC Family Director

·       Students are selected based on their grades; there is no application required

·       mnaranjo@sandi.net     

·       All students with a 3.0 GPA and above

·       www.arweb.sdsu.edu/es/compact/

·       9-11th grade students (for 2015-16 school year)

·       (619) 344-4512 & (619) 344-4515

·       Fall semester recruitment



Community Law Project


The California Western Community Law Project  (CLP) provides pro bono legal services, including legal advice, consultations, and referral services, to low income people in the City Heights community as well as other locations in San Diego. CLP through close partnership with the organizations working in the area, reaches the members of the City Heights community by offering legal clinics and educational workshops at parent centers at Rosa Parks Elementary and Hoover High School, as well as other key locations in the neighborhood.



Target Students: 

·       Veronica G. Ayesta & Ted Janowsky

·       vayesta@cwsl.edu & Tjanowsky@cwsl.edu

·       www.cwclp.org

·       (619) 239-0391

·       City Heights’ community members seeking legal assistance.

·       Hoover Clinic Hours: Tuesdays, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Wellness Center office.



Connect2Work – International Rescue Committee


Connect2Workprovides low-income youth with a pathway to post-secondary education and employment.  This is achieved through free incentivized work readiness training classes and an additional $400 in incentives for attending after school tutoring, field trips and community service programs.  Once students complete training, they participate in paid internships and are supported with transportation, professional attire and other education and work-related expenses. 


Target Students: 

·       Corina Robles, Program Coordinator

·       Juniors and seniors

·       corina.robles@rescue.org

·       D or F list

·       www.rescue.org/us-program/us-san-diego-ca/connect-2-work

·       GPA of 2.0 and below

·       Two grades below their age group

·       (619) 641-7510

Chronic attendance problems resulting in disciplinary issues


Copley-Price YMCA – Teen Achievers & Y Strong Girls


Copley-Price YMCA – Teen Achievers & Y Strong Girls provides post-high school readiness programs for teens with an additional opportunity to earn a free membership to the YMCA by committing to academic excellence. The Y provides academic support in the form of tutoring, college preparation, mentoring, study skill workshops, computer lab access, and much more. In addition, the Y provides job readiness opportunities consisting of volunteering and internships to gain work experience.



Target Students: 

·       Hector Borja, Program Director

·       Students ages 13-18

·       hborja@ymca.org

·       www.copleyprice.ymca.org

·       Must meet monthly academic and civic requirements

·       (619) 280-9622



FACES for the Future


The FACES for the Future program addresses their goals by connecting schools, health professionals and community benefit organizations. Together they provide a cohesive system of support for youth that includes internships in hospitals and community clinics, academic support, wellness training, psychosocial intervention, and youth leadership development. 



Target Students: 

·       Alexandrea Ayala, Program Coordinator

·       Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

·       aayala@rchsd.org

·       Four year program

·       www.sdhealthscholars.org

·       Spring semester recruitment in 8th and 9th grade

·       (619) 540-4233

·       Interested in the medical field







Hoover Innovation Center – Online & Independent Study


Hoover High School (Hoover Innovation Center) is pleased to partner with the department of Online Learning and Reconnection to offer online and independent study at Hoover High’s Innovation Center. The program is a joint effort by the district and Hoover High School to enhance course offerings at Hoover as well as provide students with services to help them be successful. The Innovation Center options for online and independent study as well as student centered services support student success at Hoover High School.

·       Students can...

o   Earn extra credits to finish high school early.

o   Supplement schedules with courses that do not fit into the regular school day.

o   Enrich their high school experiences with advanced coursework.

o   Make up credits to graduate on time through credit recovery.

o   Earn a high school diploma through online coursework.

o   Receive specialized services including tutoring, nursing and wellness and bus passes.




Target Students: 

·       Andrea McCullough, iHigh Project Resource Teacher

·       Open to all students

·       amccullough@sandi.net


·       www.sandiegounified.org/schools/hoover

·       (619) 540-4233





























Ocean Discovery Institute


Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to empower urban underserved young people to transform their lives and make a difference in the world as scientific and environmental leaders.  Ocean Discovery offers opportunities for ongoing participation through leadership, school-based, and community programming.

The Leaders Initiative is a series of interconnected after-school and summer programs and support services for all students in the Hoover cluster. In high school, students in the Leaders Initiative are offered the opportunity to gain career experience and skills through our fellowship program, offered every semester. Over the summer, we offer the BAHIA program which is an intensive residential research experience that takes place in Bahía de los Angeles, Baja California, Mexico. This program begins in March with heavy preparation in San Diego, and lasts into August where students present their research to an audience of over 200 people. This initiative offers a pipeline for underrepresented students to progress from secondary school through university to science and conservation careers.

Watershed Avengers offers opportunities for Hoover students to participate in education and restoration events to transform City Heights’ canyons into safe and vibrant environments.



Target Students: 

·       Christina Contreras, College and Career Coordinator

·       Ocean Leaders

o   Freshman, sophomores, and juniors

·       ccontreras@oceandi.org

·       www.oceandiscoveryinstitute.org

o   Freshman and sophomores with a 2.0 to 3.0 GPA

·       (858) 488-3849

o   Juniors with a 3.0 to 4.0 GPA


o   Rolling Application – Year-round

§  Annual Review in the Spring Semester


o   25 students per year


       ·         Watershed Avengers


o   No restriction on numbers, grade level, or GPA requirements


o   Single day events throughout the year





Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE)



Target Audience:

·       Carmen Russian, Executive Director

·       crussian@piqe.org

  • Parents, guardians and families of low income and ethnically diverse students

·       www.piqe.org

·       (619) 420-4730,

  • Parents, guardians and families of potential first generation college students

Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) is an award-winning, national 501c3 community-based nonprofit organization, dedicated to innovative educational programming by informing and motivating low-income and immigrant parents to become knowledgeable about how to navigate school systems and seek the educational opportunities available for their children. PIQE's mission is to provide families with knowledge and skills to partner with schools and communities to ensure their children achieve their full potential.  Since its inception in 1987, PIQE has graduated more than 605,000 parents and impacted the social and educational development of over 1.8 million children. 




Pro Kids Golf – The First Tee of San Diego


Pro Kids |The First Tee of San Diego provides on-course golf instruction that seamlessly integrates instruction in life skills (effective communication, managing negative emotions, setting goals, etc.) and core values (honesty, confidence, sportsmanship). Programming is offered after school as well as during the school day through an alternative physical education program. Academic tutoring, mentoring, and career exploration workshops and field trips are also provided for all Pro Kids members through Pro Kids’ Learning Center. Pro Kids’ College Prep program offers SAT prep, financial aid counseling, college visits, and an opportunity to receive a Pro Kids college scholarship (up to $5,000 per year).



Target Students: 

·       Kathy Wilder, Chief Operating Officer

·       Freshman, sophomores, and juniors

·       kwilder@prokidsonline.org

·       www.prokidsonline.org

·       Low-income and/or potential first generation college students

·       (619) 582-7884

·       No GPA requirement


·       Students interested in learning how to play golf



Reading Legacies


Reading Legacies partners with high schools, child care centers and adult volunteers in underserved communities to help facilitate our after school program where high school students walk to a pre-selected child care center on a weekly basis and read to a group of 3 to 5 children. This is a semester-long commitment and the high school students receive a certificate from the Mayor’s Office and from Reading Legacies at the end of the semester.



Target Students: 

·       Main Office

·       info@readinglegacies.org

·       www.readinglegacies.org

·       (619) 269-2743

·       Hoover High Students interested in reading to young children at a local child care center.

·       Students seeking community service.

·       One hour per week on Wednesday afternoon.



Reality Changers


Reality Changers believes that college changes everything.  That's why we prepare high-potential and high-performing students for college through tutoring, leadership training, and community service. 8th-11th graders have weekly meetings consisting of SAT prep, motivational lessons, and small-group tutoring. 12th graders, meanwhile, focus on the college application process, including college search, financial aid, and scholarships.



Target Students: 

·       Mariel Mauricio, Operations Associate

·       Freshman, sophomores, and juniors

·       mariel@realitychangers.org

·       Freshman and sophomores with any GPA

·       www.realitychangers.org

·       Juniors with a 3.0 GPA or above

·       (619) 516-2222

·       Fall Semester Recruitment

o   Incoming 12th graders:  June 1st

o   9th – 11th graders:  July 15th




San Diego State University -Pre-College Institute, Pathways Service-Learning Tutoring


SDSU Pre-College Institute, Pathways Office provides service-learning tutors in-class and after school to provide additional academic support in math, science, English and history. Service-learning tutors are current SDSU students who are enrolled in or completed coursework in Community Fieldwork. Tutors provide individual and small group tutoring in-class.  Tutors are role models and serve as near-peer mentors.  We also have tutors at Wilson MS, Monroe Clark MS and Rosa Parks Elementary School to support the Hoover Community.  In addition, we have tutors at Crawford HS, Horace Mann MS, Marshall ES, Morse HS, O’Farrell, Bell MS, and Lincoln HS.



Target Students: 

·       Nadia Rohlinger, Service-Learning Coordinator

·       nrohlinger@mail.sdsu.edu

·       All Hoover HS Students.


·       www.go.sdsu.edu/education/pci/pathways.aspx

·       (619) 594-1683



San Diego State University - Pre-College Institute, Talent Search


SDSU Talent Search identifies qualified youth to guide them in the process of enrolling in an institution of post-secondary education and provide information on the availability of financial aid. The program provides academic, career, and financial counseling to students in selected schools in San Diego per our US Department of Education grant.  TS Advisor is on campus each week to meet with students and host monthly meetings.



Target Students: 

·       Nada Stevens, Program Coordinator

·       nstevens@mail.sdsu.edu

·       2/3 of students have to be low-income and first generation college students.

·       www.go.sdsu.edu/education/pci/talentsearch.aspx

·       (619) 824-0243

·       1/3 of students can be either low-income, first generation, or neither.


San Diego State University - Pre-College Institute, Upward Bound STAR Program


The SDSU Upward Bound STAR Program guides students through the college application, admissions and financial aid process. The program has an academic year component that provides weekly academic advising and tutoring sessions as well as one monthly Saturday session per month.  The program also offers a six-week summer residential program in which students take classes and participate in educational, recreational, leadership and cultural activities.



Target Students: 

·       Tomasa Mauricio, Director, Summer Residential Programs

·       Primarily Freshmen (other classes as needed to fill open slots)

·       tmauricio@mail.sdsu.edu

·       http://go.sdsu.edu/education/pci/ubhcop

·       Low-income and/or first-generation college students

·       GPA varies

·       (619) 594-6184

·       Spring semester recruiting





San Diego State University, Price Community Scholars

The Price Community Scholars program assists in the recruitment and support of high-achieving San Diego State University (SDSU) students from City Heights.  Selected SDSU students from City Heights serve as mentors to three City Heights middle school students for a period of four years (7th grade to 10th grade).  Mentees selected for program are top performing students originating from Monroe Clark or Wilson middle schools.  This SDSU initiative provides programs for both mentor and mentee that assists in building a community that enhances the path to higher education through academic success, self-awareness, cross-cultural exchange, and civic participation. Mentors meet with their mentees each week after school in one-on-one meetings and provide supplemental instruction and information to support their pathway to college.


Target Students: 

·       Wendy Aleman, San Diego State University, Director

·       waleman@mail.sdsu.edu

·       (619) 594-3685

·       High achieving students enrolled in City Heights Schools (Monroe Clark, Wilson, or Hoover)

·       Previously enrolled in Price Community Scholars during middle school.



San Diego State University Step-Up


Step-Up is a program provided by the Consensus Organizing Center, a nonprofit organization and project of the School of Social Work at San Diego State University (SDSU). Step Up is an opportunity for motivated high school juniors to take a college course on the SDSU campus that counts for both college and high school credit. The course that students will participate in is Social Work 120: Introduction to Social Work, which explores a range of social issues such as, access to health care, public education, governmental aid programs, cycle of poverty, unemployment and others. The course curriculum also includes 40 hours of community service that must be completed in a community based agency in City Heights such as medical clinics and various non-profit organizations. After students have successfully completed the course at SDSU Step-Up staff will continue to assist and support students in applying for college, housing, scholarships and financial aid throughout their senior year.



Target Students: 

·       Jasmine Jackson, Program Manager

·                Motivated students in their Junior year

·       stepupsdsu@gmail.com

·                Fall semester recruitment

·       www.consensus.sdsu.edu/step-up.html

·                25 students per year 

·       (619) 594-3870

·                No GPA requirement












Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering (SABE)


The demand for highly skilled engineers and construction specialists is growing world- wide. Global warming, climate change, fossil fuel depletion and energy shortages are creating a new generation of sustainable construction and engineering careers. The Sustainable Academy of Building and Engineering (SABE) prepares students for college and career in such fields. Through project-based learning, students work across content areas to connect their core classes (English, history, math, science) to real world issues. The elective courses include: Intro to Green Technology, Construction Technology, Fine Woodworking, and General Construction. Through these courses, SABE students engage in authentic workplace experiences such as job shadows, guest speaking events, and hands-on learning experiences.  Additionally, during the 12th grade capstone course General Construction, seniors are ready to build an energy efficient "tiny house" structure.  SABE Juniors and Seniors are also provided with internship opportunities and OSHA training, ensuring students are ready to enter the workforce with highly developed skills



Target Students: 

·       Angie Hummel, Director

·       ahummel@sandi.net

·                Freshman students

·                10th grade transfer students

·       www.sandiegounified.org/schools/hoover/overview-5

·                Spring semester recruitment

·       (619) 594-3870

·                No GPA requirement





University of California, San Diego Upward Bound Math & Science


The Upward Bound Math and Science program is designed to strengthen the math and science skills of participating students. The goal of the program is to help students recognize and develop their potential to excel in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in math and science, and ultimately careers in the math and science profession. UC San Diego's Upward Bound Math Science (Central) serves Hoover, Mission Bay and Clairemont high schools.  Upward Bound Math Science (East County) serves Mount Miguel and Monte Vista.  Students are selected based on interest in higher education and need for program services.  All services are offered for free to all eligible and enrolled students. 


·       Year-round counseling and academic advisement, especially towards completion of A-G course requirements

·       Summer Instruction, residential activities, field trips

  • Tutorial services, offered weekly at the school sites
  • Exposure to academic programs and cultural events
  • Information on postsecondary education opportunities
  • Assistance in completing college entrance and financial aid applications
  • Assistance in preparing for college entrance exams (SAT and ACT test prep and waivers)
  • Information on the full range of Federal Student Financial Aid programs and benefits
  • Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students
  • Academic, financial, or personal counseling



Target Students: 

·       Marcus Thompson, Program Coordinator

·       mwthompson@ucsd.edu

·       Must be potential first generation college student and/or from a low-income family

·       www.trio.ucsd.edu

·       (858) 242-7941

·       Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States


·       Plan to attend a college or university


Wahupa Educational Talent Search


Wahupa Educational Talent Search Our mission is to assist low-income and first generation college students in successfully completing a high school education and obtaining a college degree with financial aid.  Program services include:  Academic and A-G course advising; college information/application assistance; tutoring connection; SAT/ACT preparation and information; financial aid information/application assistance; financial and economic literacy connection; career exploration and resources; and parent and student workshops. 



Target Students: 

·       Jesus Ortiz, College and Financial Aid Advisor

·       Freshman, sophomores, and juniors

·       jgortiz@wahupa.org

·       GPA 2.5 and above

·       www.wahupa.org

·       Recruiting through April

·       (619) 297-4471 x15