Helping Kids… Promises2Kids Gala

6/28/2013 – UT SAN DIEGO – Appearing on the rock music scene in 1971, REO Speedwagon rapidly rose in popularity. The band, which has sold more than 40 million albums to date, performed a private concert recently in La Jolla.

It was a fundraiser for Promises2Kids (formerly the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation). P2K serves over 5,000 San Diego County children each year through such inspiring programs as Guardian Scholars, Camp Connect and the Polinsky Children’s Center. They let foster children know that somebody cares for them, believes in them, and will help them overcome any obstacle.

Titled “Dream On,” this was P2K’s fifth annual Summer Concert Gala hosted by honorary chair Joan Waitt at her gorgeous estate atop Mount Soledad. Sold out at 580 guests, it was also the biggest, netting $500,000 for the cause. It began with a sunset VIP reception overlooking the ocean, offering guests a meet-and-greet and photo opportunity with the band. The main party continued with cocktails and canapes on the expansive lawn, where tables were set for dinner. Read More…

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Foster youth share inspirational stories of support provided by Promises2Kids


50 students in Guardian Scholars program honored

6/26/13 – RANCHO SANTA FE REVIEWBy Kristina HouckHaving missed more than a year of elementary school between foster homes, Jennica Rebelez struggled academically as a child. With the help of Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program, the 25-year-old is now pursuing her doctorate degree at UC Santa Barbara and training to be a school psychologist.

Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program encourages former foster youth like Rebelez to pursue higher education. The program provides participating students with academic scholarships, financial aid workshops, and college planning and mentoring support. Read more…

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“Good News” about San Diego non-profits and businesses doing good for your community

Promises2Kids benefit with REO Speedwagon.

6/24/13 – SAN DIEGO MAGAZINE : Monday Morning Good News – DREAM ON presented by Kevin Prior and ICW Group employees 2013 Summer Concert Gala was held on June 10 at the estate of Joan Waitt in La Jolla. Promises2Kids was the beneficiary of the $500,000 net proceeds from the evening. REO SPEEDWAGON performed a private benefit concert.  Promises2Kids conducts programs and services for San Diego’s foster youth at Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect and Guardian Scholars. Some of the sponsors were Jeannie & Arthur Rivkin, Marc-Aaron Realtors, Gatto Pope & Walwick and SDG&E. Joan Waitt said, “It was an honor to be involved with this event and what it accomplished for our foster youth.” Read more…

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Group helps foster youth consider STEM

6/19/2013 – UT SanDiego – A nonprofit group that works with foster youth has created a program to help high school students learn more about the fields of science, technology, engineering and math and consider future career opportunities. Developed under a partnership with Ashford University, which provided a $30,000 grant, the Promises2Kids organization developed the Junior Guardian Scholar program, which was kicked off in January.  Read more…

Promises2Kids event features REO Speedwagon


6/19/2013 – Rancho Santa Fe Review – Rock legends REO Speedwagon performed at the fifth annual Promises2Kids gala on June 10 at the home of Joan Waitt in La Jolla. View photos

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A brighter future unfolds for Foster Children as Promises2Kids honors 50 Guardian Scholars students

Promises2Kids Guardian Scholar’s expands educational opportunities for foster youth by providing the financial support and encouragement a family would typically provide.

Promises2Kids will celebrate the graduation of 9 foster children from the Guardian Scholars next Tuesday, June 18. The private event will feature a reception, short program and welcomes the new class of Guardian Scholars.

As part of their mission to create a brighter future for foster youth in San Diego, Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars provides a network of resources that encourages foster youth to pursue higher education through community college, trade school or a university degree. The highly successful program provides former foster youth with a partial financial scholarship along with critical multifaceted support through mentoring, SAT prep, college planning and financial aid workshops to assist them in adapting to and excelling in a higher education setting.  Guardian Scholars exposes these college bound foster youth to higher education and career opportunities they might not otherwise explore.

  • More than 200 youth have been provided scholarships.
  • Over 90% of guardian scholars will be first-generation graduates.
  • Promises2Kids has an 85% success rate with our Guardian Scholars.
  • According to national data, less than 3% of foster youth acquire a college education.
    • In the 2012-2013 academic year, Promises2Kids increased the student scholarships
      from 36 to 50.
    • It costs $5,000 to support one student in the Guardian Scholars program.

By giving college preparatory support, academic scholarships, mentoring, and individual support, foster youth gain the necessary tools to support themselves and become self-sufficient adults.

Why Guardian Scholars is Important/Impact on San Diego

  • More than 50% of youth in Foster Care do not graduate high school and only 3% obtain a college education
  • Upon aging out of the foster care system, 51% of foster youth are unemployed and 33% receive public assistance
  • 80% of foster youth only go into the careers they are exposed to […]
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    Promises2Kids Fifth Annual Summer Concert Gala “Dream On” to Feature Rock Legends REO Speedwagon

Promises2Kids Fifth Annual Summer Concert Gala “Dream On” to Feature Rock Legends REO Speedwagon

June 10th gala proceeds to benefit foster children in San Diego County.

Promises2Kids, San Diego’s leading non-profit dedicated to creating a brighter future for foster children, has announced their “Dream On” Summer Concert Gala is set for Monday, June 10, 2013. The 5th annual event will once again be hosted at the exquisite private La Jolla estate residence of Honorary Chair, Joan Waitt and is highlighted by a private concert under the stars by rock legends REO Speedwagon.

Presented by Kevin Prior, President and CEO of ICW Group and its employees, Dream On is the signature fundraiser benefiting the thousands of foster children living in San Diego County and has raised over $1.2 million to date.

“Here in San Diego, Promises2Kids is a wonderful organization that assists foster children work through the impact of abuse while providing them opportunities for a brighter future.  The employees of ICW Group and I are very excited to sponsor their annual summer event, “Dream On”, which each year raises critical funds for San Diego’s foster youth,” said Kevin Prior, President and CEO of San Diego based ICW Group.

“Having the support of the community is the only way we can meet the needs of these children. They have no one else, and I am proud to have the support from such caring partners like Kevin Prior and the ICW Group as our Presenting Sponsor along with Mark Aaron Realtors, Jeannie and Arthur Rivkin, Gatto, Pope, Walwick LLP, SDG&E and other major sponsors joining our efforts to support foster children in San Diego,” shared Tonya Torosian, CEO of Promises2Kids. “It means so much to me that they have given their time and resources to support this event that […]

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Nearly 90 Foster Siblings Reunited At Camp Connect

8/2/12 – KPBS.org – Imagine a weekend filled with swimming, rock climbing and horseback riding. Sounds like any kid’s dream vacation. However, this camp trip is even more special for foster children because they are reuniting with their brothers and sisters who are in different foster homes. Read more…