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NAVSUP Rejuvenates The Bridge
SDYS is proud of its long time partnership with the U.S.
Navy, and on March 9, 2013 a contingent of 12 very enthusiastic Navy volunteers
came to our Bridge Group Home painting and also clearing vines & branches
from property fencing. Expert leadership from Marlon Andaya and Shoshana Carter
made this challenging project a great success.
SAGE Hospitality Adds New Life to Spring Valley Campus
San Diego Youth Services welcomed SAGE Corp on
March 13, 2013 to our Spring Valley Campus, where 22 volunteers scraped, primed
and paint buildings, walls, and window frames. SAGE employees were attending
their annual conference in San Diego at the Del Mar Hilton, which SAGE
operates. SAGE and local Hilton employees wanted to give back to the community,
and partnered with SDYS in this endeavor. This very generous donation of labor
contributed greatly to our capital improvement efforts at our Spring Valley
Campus. Thank you SAGE!
IFMA Brings New Life to Teen Options!
March 15, 2013, International Facility Management Association (IFMA) a
long-time supporter of San Diego Youth Services, donated much needed labor and
landscaping to upgrade our Teen Options facility, which serves pregnant and
parenting teens who have a history of substance abuse. Thank you Brad Stoner
Painting, Sherwin-Williams, Dunn-Edwards Paints, Evergreen Interiors, Ahern
Rental, Four Seasons and IFMA volunteers for donating their resources, products
and labor to complete the project.
Sunday, July 29th, 2012, Conner Khodabandes, age 16, and his father, Jeff, arrived in Annapolis after biking 3,000 miles across the United States to raise awareness of youth homeless in America. Team Khodabandes joined local San Diego nonprofit San Diego Youth Services in this endeavor, and raised over $6,000 locally for homeless youth – this is a very proud moment for the Khodabandes family. Conner and his father averaged just over 80 miles per day on this journey that is 50 percent longer in mileage than the Tour de France and made it to the Washington D.C. area a day earlier than planned! When asked about this adventure and how it felt at the end of his cross country trip, Conner responded that “this was the best feeling I have ever had!” For more information on this incredible journey including pictures and their online blog visit www.journeyforthehomeless.com
Thank You Alliance Healthcare Foundation!
San Diego Youth Services would like to thank Alliance Healthcare Foundation for awarding SDYS with the Mission Support Grant of $63,158!
IFMA Scores a Hole in One for SDYS!
This past June, International Facility Management
Association (IFMA) hosted their 16th Annual Charity Golf Tournament!
SDYS is proud of our long partnership with IFMA and values the continued
year-round support received by the many members volunteering to fundraise for
San Diego’s most vulnerable youth. This year’s efforts raised $7,825 – THANK
Soroptimist International of La Jolla Helps Teen Moms!
San Diego Youth Services would like to thank Soroptimist International of La Jolla for generously donating much needed diapers and wipes for the teen mothers at Teen Options.
Kaiser Permanente Brings New Life to Spring Valley Campus
Saturday July 14th and July 21st, thirty-five skilled
carpenters, painters, laborers and other Kaiser Permanente volunteers worked
from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM at our East County Communities Center. These incredible
volunteers restored and replaced the window trim at five large exterior window
areas, primed and painted the entire mid campus walkway and walls and built
the interior window framing in a public bathroom. Thank you Kaiser Permanente!
project required highly skilled labor and that’s what Kaiser provided. The
Kaiser volunteers were clearly experts. They were hard working, accomplished an
incredible amount of work and were great to work with. Their donation of
volunteer labor was invaluable, and provided much needed improvements to our
East County Communities Center.” Photos
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Gives Spring Valley Campus a Makeover!
Saturday July 28th, thirteen NAIOP volunteers donated their time to paint the
archways at the SDYS East County Communities Center, and they greatly exceeded
the scope of work that was initially planned. Thank you NAIOP! Photos
NAIOP volunteers were the most enthusiastic, energetic group of young people
I’ve seen in years. Their detailed, competent work contributed greatly to SDYS
making our East County Communities Center a more welcoming place for the
at-risk youth and families we serve.”
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QCares Experience 2012
QCares Experience is a companywide month of volunteerism, and SDYS is so
thankful for the support from Qualcomm and its employees! Throughout the month
of May, Qualcomm employees came out to The Bridge, Spring Valley Elementary and
our new TAY Academy and truly made a difference – helping out with a number of
jobs including painting, building furniture and transplanting plants. Thank you
to all the Qualcomm employees who donated their time and effort to make this
QCares Experience a great success! Pictures
San Diego Youth Services would like to thank all the employees at Cox Communications who donated their time during Cox Communications’ Volunteer Week. 50 Employees helped to assemble over 650 snack packs and hygiene kits for SDYS Storefront’s outreach team.
Thank You Camp Grandma!
Every summer, Patti Secor and her husband Harold host their
grandkids Ashlynn, Austin, Dustin, and Autumn for several weeks of “Camp
Grama”, and in addition to travel, swimming, and camping, they always complete
a service project – this year choosing to make an amazing donation of art
supplies to Teen Options! On June 12th, the kids and their
grandparents showed up at Teen Options with a huge, beautiful array of supplies
– everything someone could want for scrapbooking, making picture frames, art
therapy, journaling, and crochet. They also installed decorated drawers
into one of our storage units, to keep everything neat and organized. When the
girls came in to program the next day, they were absolutely thrilled. THANK YOU
Thankful for Food
Members of the National
Association of Industrial and Office Properties, San Diego combined holiday
efforts providing much needed food and Thanksgiving meals to youth and families
at SDYS. The NAIOP 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive brought boxes of food,
grocery gift cards and $1300 giving holiday smiles to 25 families and to our
youth group home, the Bridge. Thank you NAIOP!
Great Solar Efforts Upgrade Spring Valley Campus
Solar Turbines joined SDYS on Saturday, September 24th at our Spring Valley Campus for a day of service. Over 35 volunteers painted buildings and the community pergola; built compost bins and garden beds for the Community Teaching Garden. The Solar Turbines volunteers worked all day, and contributed significantly to SDYS's efforts to upgrade our Spring Valley campus and make it a more welcoming facility for our community partners.
Thank you Solar Turbines and to United Way who helped facilitate the project.
Each year, New Image Dental participates in Smiles for Life teeth whitening campaign raising funds for local children's charities. This year New Image Dental presented SDYS with a check for $1,760. Over the past 10 years, New Image Dental has raised over $40,000 helping youth.
New Image Dental is the office of Dr. Scott and Leslie Strommer. This husband and wife dental team have been practicing in Mission Valley for over 17 years. New Image Dental is a unique dental office committed to the health and wellness of their patients. With modern technology and exceptional personal attention, Drs.Strommer and team deliver high quality dental care in a relaxed setting.
On Saturday, June 25th NAVSUP joined SDYS volunteers in painting the Transitional-Aged Youth Center in Golden Hill. Thank you for all your hard work.
Years of Continued Support!
San Diego Youth Services thanks Soroptimist International of San Diego (SISD) for the years of ongoing support and generosity! SISD’s alliance began in the early 1990s with the support of a safe place and meals for homeless teens at our Storefront Homeless Youth Shelter. The collaboration continues today with SISD’s most recent donation of $50,000 towards the purchase of a new Transitional Living Community, which will provide transition age youth with low-income housing, independent living skills, the support of weekly case management and opportunities to achieve set goals.
Thank You Photocharity!
September 12th, Jeffrey Sitcov, founder of Photocharity, presented a $70,000 check to
San Diego Youth Service’s homeless youth shelter. San Diego Youth Services
greatly values our partnership with Photocharity who over the last 10 years,
raised $1.6 million in support of homeless youth. SDYS thanks Jeffrey Sitcov
and Photocharity for continued dedication to supporting the more than 2,000
homeless youth in San Diego.
Thank You Akira Youngblood
Fourteen-year-old Akira Youngblood chose San Diego Youth Services for her Take
Action Project to obtain her Girl Scout Silver Award. Akira collected items from
list including blankets, craft supplies, gift cards, baby clothes and toys
totaling nearly $700. “I chose this project to give kids my age hope and so they
know someone does care about them and wants to help better their life.” Thank
you Akira for your leadership and generosity!
Thank You San Diego Sigma Gamma Rho! The San Diego Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho donated over 50 pairs of new shoes to children in SDYS Adoption and Foster Care programs. Sigma Gamma Rho is a national organization, with the San Diego chapter having 12 members. Thank you ladies for all your hard work!
Spring Valley and East Communities Center Renovations!
The most recent project occurred on June 25th when a team carried out the demolition of handball walls which were covered with graffiti. Through its charitable Build & Serve Committee, the Associated General Contractors of San Diego assembled a team including Casper Company, TC Construction, J. Cloud Inc., Soltek Pacific and PRAVA Construction. By the end of the day, the walls were demolished, all the debris was hauled away and the site was left looking clean and safe for the youth and families in Spring Valley. San Diego Youth Services is truly grateful for the outpour of support from our local community. Full Story
Discount Tire employees and their families from 34 stores throughout San Diego County continuously open their hearts to various charities and once again are supporting San Diego Youth Services. For the second consecutive year, Discount Tire Driven to Care program hosted a flip-flop drive at their annual summer picnic. The employees and families of Discount Tire-San Diego collected over 402 pairs of new flip flops for the homeless youth we serve. Thank You for your support and generosity Discount Tire!
Thank You Rachel Sebastian! Rachel Sebastian, a Girl Scout from Troop 8150 of Scripps Ranch donated over 331 items to help San Diego’s at-risk youth. Rachel organized a drive to collect donations and collected recyclables in order to get money to buy additional donations. Among her donations were backpacks, school supplies, soaps, tooth brushes and clothing. By doing this drive Rachel was able to receive the Silver Award from the Girl Scouts. Thank you for your support and hard work!
QCares Experience 2011
Thousands of Qualcomm employees are taking part in 85 volunteer projects in 20 cities worldwide as part of the QCares Experience.
Qualcomm is mobilizing employees to give back to our communities with projects including feeding the hungry and cleaning up the coastline. At San Diego Youth Services, hundreds of volunteers are painting, priming and rejuvenating our Spring Valley and East Communities Center. QCares Experience shares the rewards of volunteerism, fosters leadership, teambuilding and morale. A special acknowledgement to Frazee Paint and their generous support! Frazee donated all paint, supplies and materials to make this project possible. Thanks to our partners Qualcomm and Frazee Paint, we are providing a beautiful, clean and safe environment for the youth and families in Spring Valley and East County! Pictures
Another Successful Discount Tire Drive! Through their community giving program, “Driven to Care”, Discount Tire employees and their families collected hundreds of diapers for the pregnant and parenting teens we serve. San Diego Youth Services is truly grateful for Driven to Care’s ongoing support and generosity. Over the past year the group has provided flip-flops for our homeless youth, funding for vital services and supported agency events. Thank you Discount Tire & Driven to Care!
Thank You Anthony Robbins Foundation! San Diego Youth Services received a $15,000 donation in support of our Expressive Arts Program from the Anthony Robbins Foundation. The Anthony Robbins Foundation was created in 1991, with the belief system that regardless of stature, only those who have learned the power of sincere and selfless contribution experience life’s deepest joy; true fulfillment. The Foundation’s global impact is provided through an international coalition of caring donors and volunteers who are connecting, inspiring, and providing true leadership throughout the world!
Thank You AAOS & KaBOOM for building Spring Valley & East Communities Center a new Playground and Fitness Park!
San Diego Futures Foundation and San Diego Youth Services partner to build futures for at-risk youth For nearly 10 years, San Diego Futures has partnered with SDYS providing computers for staff and incentives for youth in our programs. Through this partnership, SDYS has been able to significantly reduce administrative costs and maximize the use of agency dollars to serve more youth and families. Thanks to San Diego Futures, hundreds of at-risk youth have received computers to assist them with their education, career planning and life development.
New Image Dental in partnership with Smiles for Life presented a check to San Diego Youth Services Each year, New Image Dental participates in a special offer called Smiles for Life. Clients can take advantage of teeth whitening at a discounted rate and all the funds go to local children's charities. This year New Image Dental selected San Diego Youth Services as a recipient and presented a check for $2100.00. New Image Dental has raised over $40,000 in the past 10 years!
Jeffrey Sitcov, Photocharity President and Founder, along with the Board of Directors, presented two $140,000 checks to the Storefront homeless youth shelter on Monday, June 15, 2009. Photocharity’s contribution funds operations over the next two years providing a safe environment for our at-risk and homeless youth.
Photocharity Generously Supports the Storefront
Photocharity’s Mission: To raise funds and create awareness to save and empower homeless youth in San Diego County & beyond.
A Special Gift Brings Hope to Homeless Youth in San Diego
A $400,000 bequest is left to San Diego Youth Services’ Take Wing Transitional Housing Program in loving memory of long-time committed philanthropist, Jean D. Tucker (December 31, 1924 to April 26, 2008).Plans are underway to purchase an affordable housing facility for transitional age youth (16 to 24 yr olds); out on their own and homeless.
Jean supported many charities throughout her life and her generosity should be a beacon for us all. Jean’s family members recall "Her gifts to charity were constant and frequently meant she had to do without something for herself. In Jean's mind charitable giving was not enough, she was deeply committed to the idea of personal action and found innumerable ways to help those around her. Mentoring younger people was her special gift and she was always interested and ready to provide thoughtful support."
Through this bequest, her legacy will continue to bring hope and support to homeless young adults giving them a chance to transition to independence! Check back for updates on the Jean D. Tucker project.
The Cox Kids Foundation Celebrates their 10th Anniversary by Granting SDYS $10,000!
The Cox Kids Foundation awarded SDYS $10,000 to support our transitional housing programs.This gift will provide mental health services for youth to transition successfully to independence. Thanks to The Cox Kids foundation, our youth will have a safe environment to address the issues in their lives that often prevent them from moving forward and focusing on the steps to self-sufficiency. In celebration of The Cox Kids Foundation 10th anniversary, San Diego Youth Services was one of 10 San Diego nonprofits that received a grant through the Open Grant program. Through the Cox Kids Foundation, more than 1,000 Cox Communications employees donate funds from their paychecks. The funds are matched 100 % by the company to support local children and families in need in the areas of health, education and social services. Over the past 10 years nearly $3 million has been raised to support San Diegans in need. For more information, visit http://www.coxkidsfoundation.org/. From all of us at SDYS, Thank you Cox Kids Foundation for the continued support!
Thanks to the generous support of Staples and Boma International, in collaboration with Bartocci Development; Equity Office Properties & American Technologies, Inc, SDYS youth will be going back to school with the necessary supplies to succeed this school year. Forty back packs and various school supplies were donated to the Golden Hill Youth Center. The Youth Center staff and generous donors helped get the youth excited for the school year with a "Back to School Party". The youth enjoyed food and drinks, played fun games and were given a variety of school supplies and backpacks. The youth selected from an array of multi-colored and character backpacks including High School Musical, Dora the Explorer and Hannah Montana.
Sleep Train has been committed to giving back to the communities where they do business for over 20 years. Striving to make a difference in the lives of foster children, Sleep Train has been an ongoing partner of SDYS through their in-kind donation programs, including the recently launchedSleep Train Foster Kids. ThroughSleep Train Foster Kids, Sleep Train reaches out to the local community for their support and holds collection drives at their retail locations. Essentials such as new shoes, clothes, coats and school supplies are collected and given to foster children at SDYS and other agency partners. To learn more and find out how you can join forces with Sleep Train, please visit http://www.sleeptrain.com/
Infuse Technologies, Erich Loechner and George Maddox give $8,000 to Angie Tran, SDYS. Infuse Technologies San Diego based, designs, installs and repairs computer network systems. “We believe the future is in our youth; they are our up-coming leadership; we need to give any and all help they need to succeed.” Erich Loechner. Thank you Erich and George!
Welcome Year-round Sponsor We rely on the partnership with our valued corporate supporters to achieve our mission and vision for healthy communities in San Diego. This year, we acknowledge our year-round sponsor, Jones Lang LaSalle. Jones Lang LaSalle is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate services and investment management. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. Investors, owners and occupiers are provided with a comprehensive range of integrated real estate services, including strategic consulting, agency leasing, corporate solutions, facility management, government services, project management, tenant representation, real estate investment banking and property management. Their $75,000 gift over three years will go towards funding SDYS’s innovative programs guiding at-risk youth to self-sufficiency and promise. We acknowledge Jones Lang LaSalle’s extension of their commitment to leadership in business to their investment in youth of our community. Their generous contribution will make a lasting impact to those whom we serve. Thank you, Jones Lang LaSalle! “Jones Lang LaSalle is proud to partner with SDYS in contributing to the enhancement of our youth in San Diego. SDYS’s programs and support play a significant role in preparing these important members of our community for imminent challenges and opportunities they will face in the future.” William Fleck Senior Managing Director Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.