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‘Your community has your back:’ College, career support come to City Heights

San Diego organizations and leaders gathered Saturday to provide City Heights residents with the support they need at a college and career show.

Held at Herbert Hoover High School, The Village United showcased a variety of college and career workshops and essential resources for high school students as well as adults most affected by the pandemic.

“Although the pandemic has exacerbated many inequalities, I believe in collective strength when people come together,” said Rocío Zamora, college enrollment director at Avenues for Success, a college access and career program that serves Hoover High. “We are all together to invest in our future.”

The report’s culmination of efforts by a number of community supporters, including Avenues for Success, county chairman Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps fund community services and resources.

“To the students here today, I really hope you feel, in all the organizations you connect with today, a sense that your community has your back,” said Michelle Jaramillo, director of educational initiatives at the San Diego Foundation. presence.

Representatives from local colleges, including Grossmont College, San Diego State University, Southwestern College, and CSU San Marcos, spoke to participants about different paths to college as well as health care services and public assistance programs.

Vivian Guerrero, left, with the San Diego Jewish Family Service, gives program information to Grace Hernandez Center, and her son, Jonathan Hernandez, a ninth-grade student at Hoover High.

(Nancee E. Lewis / For The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Workshops ranged from high school to college, financial aid, college and career planning, stock market investments, vocational training programs, and low-cost computer programs.

There were also organizations that supported more basic needs, such as COVID-19 test kits at home, books and snacks, and the County Live Well on Wheels bus was on site to help participants access health and community services such as CalFresh. and MediCal.

“When we support students in planning for their future, it is important that we also address the basic needs that they and their families have at the moment,” Zamora added.

The Mid-City CAN, a community-based advocacy organization, spoke to attendees about the importance of COVID-19 vaccinations and voting, and highlighted some of its youth programs, such as a summer ».

“It’s an opportunity for young people to really dig deep into their communities, their identities and create beautiful art that reflects that,” said Yasmeen Obeid, a youth organizer.

The three-week program at Hoover High will focus on learning art and activism through the completion of works of art.

While many of the students who attended participated in the Avenues for Success program, others say the report provided them with invaluable information, such as mother Sara Ortiz, who had given birth to her 15-year-old daughter, Julianna.

Ortiz is currently working on two jobs to support her children and said she wants to learn how to better prepare for the workforce, such as learning resume creation tools and interviewing skills.

“I thought that would be more to learn about college,” Ortiz said after attending a job readiness lab, “but I actually heard some great advice for myself.”

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