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Aaron Price Fellows

The Aaron Price Fellows Program provides an “up close and personal,” behind-the-scenes look at government, business, non-profit and cultural institutions. The Aaron Price Fellows program aims to prepare a highly motivated and diverse group of San Diego public high school students to be responsible, engaged and caring members of their community. Ten students are selected from four San Diego Unified High Schools, those schools being Hoover High, Lincoln High, Point Loma High and University City High.


Target Students: 

·       Theresa Frazier, Director

·       Freshman

·       tfrazier@pricephilanthropies.org

·       Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0

·       www.aaronpricefellows.org

·       10 students from each of 4 schools

·       (619) 795-2000

·       Spring semester recruitment


Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County supports an on campus program, High School Bigs, that aims to connect elementary school aged children with high school volunteers in professionally supported, mentoring relationships. Our volunteers from Hoover make a commitment to spend one-on-one time, one hour a week, for at least one school year, with a Little Brother or Sister in need of an additional role model. (Program runs until January 2018)



Target Students: 

·       Sam Mandler, Match Support Specialist – High School Bigs & Bigs in School

·       9th grade students in their second semester, 10th grade students, and 11th grade students

·       samuelm@sdbigs.org

·       40 students per school year

·       www.bbbssandiego.org

·       3.0 to 4.0 GPA

·       (858) 746-9165

·       Year round recruitment


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

·       1/3 of students with a 3.0 to 4.0 GPA

·       pgutierrez@pricephilanthropies.org

·       1/3 of students with a 2.0 to 3.0 GPA

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

·       1/3 of students with a 2.0 to 1.0 GPA

·       (619) 795-2000

·       50 students per year


·       Sophomores


·       Fall semester recruitment


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


College Avenue Compact

College Avenue Compact is a partnership with the City Heights Educational Collaborative, Price Charities, SDUSD, and SDSU that offers Hoover students guaranteed admission to SDSU upon successful completion of the College Avenue Compact requirements. The program provides academic advising, college application workshops, SAT/ACT prep/college tours, financial aid and scholarship support, and individual and small group sessions.



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

·   collegeavenuecompact.com

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

·       (619) 344-4512

·       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 City Heights Educational Collaborative, reaches the members of the City Heights community by offering legal clinics and educational workshops at parent centers at Rosa Parks Elementary, Monroe Clark Middle School and Hoover High School. 



Target Students: 

·       Veronica G. Ayesta

·       cityheightsclp@gmail.com

·       Low income individuals in the City Heights community

·       www.cwclp.org


·       (619) 356-8994



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: 

·       Kirsten Moore, Program Coordinator

·       Juniors and seniors

·       Kirsten.moore@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 ext:  283

Chronic attendance problems resulting in disciplinary issues

Copley-Price YMCA – Y-TIP 

Y-TIP/Copley-Price YMCA provides academic support in the form of tutoring, college preparation, mentoring, study skill workshops, computer lab access, and much more. Also provides a job readiness component consisting of job shadowing, internships, and actual job 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: 

·       Corrie Daughter, Program Coordinator

·       Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors

·       cdaughters@rchsd.org

·       Four year program

·       www.facesforthefuture.org

·       Spring semester recruitment in 8th and 9th grade

·       (619) 550-6393




IMIN afterschool is brought to you by arc. It is a voluntary after-school program for high school students attending Hoover High School. The goal is to connect students to activities to enrich their educational experience. This program is designed to serve students in an array of safe, structured programs that provide students with a range of supervised activities that are designed to encourage learning and development outside the typical school day. All programs are free to Hoover students grades 9th -12th.
Program Hours: Last bell – 5:30pm daily
Supper Served: M, T, Th, & F: 3:30 | W: 2:30
Late Bus Pick Up: M-F @ 5:30pm (Students can pick up pass at 5:20 from V1)
Bus makes one stop at the following Elementary Schools: Adams, Edison, Hamilton, Rosa Parks, & Cherokee Point


Briana Desingano, IMIN Site Coordinator

                    Christina Morse, IMIN Assistant Site Coordinator

MIN Office Location: RM V1
619.344.4500 x 3201








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. Ocean Leaders is a series of interconnected after-school and summer programs and support services for middle school, high school and college age youth. This initiative offers a pathway 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   Spring semester recruitment


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)  

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. 



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


Price Community Scholars

The Price Community Scholars Grant 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 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, Director

·       waleman@mail.sdsu.edu

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

·       (619) 594-3685



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: 

·       Diana Fimbres, College Prep Coordinator

·       Freshman, sophomores, and juniors

·       dfimbres@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


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: 

·       Ashley Morgan, Vice President of Operations

·       Freshman sophomores and juniors

·       ashley@realitychangers.org

·       Freshman and sophomores with any GPA

·       www.realitychangers.org

·       Juniors with a 3.0 GPA or above

·       (619) 516-2222

·       Fall semester recruiting

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: 

·       Amber Sparks, Program Manager

·                Motivated students in their Junior year

·       amberdsparks@gmail.com

·                Fall semester recruitment

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

·                25 students per year 

·       (619) 594-3870

·                No GPA requirement


San Diego State University 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 the San Diego City Schools.


Target Students: 

·       Nada Stevens, Program Coordinator

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

·       nstevens@mail.sdsu.edu

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

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


·       (619) 824-0243


San Diego State University 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

·       (619) 594-6184

·                GPA varies


·                Spring semester recruiting


University of California, San Diego Upward Bound Math & Science 

UCSD Upward Bound assists students in increasing the rate at which participants complete secondary education while also enrolling in and graduating from institutions of postsecondary education. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance and opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits.



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

·       (619) 721-1754

·       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



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