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Imagine!

A beautiful young girl who has suffered years of abuse from her parents, the very people who should be protecting her. This is Carmynn’s Guardian Scholars story.

LEAD LAT Young Girl

Carmynn’s own mother blamed her for the abuse she endured from her stepfather. She was removed from her home and put in foster care from her last black eye.

When people find out she is a foster kid, she says they assume she is on a path to failure. Carmynn knows her circumstances growing up do not dictate her future.

With the support of Guardian Scholars, Carmynn is on track to graduate from UCSD and hopes to teach so that she can impact student’s lives.

Guardian Scholars provided her support when she needed it most. The program has helped her to understand that her abusive background is NOT who she is, and has helped her realize that there is a bright future on the horizon.

85% of Guardian Scholars participants complete higher education compared to 3% of foster youth nationally. Your support could mean the difference between homelessness and college graduation for a foster youth like Carmynn.

Do you think there should be more Guardian Scholars like Carmynn?

IMAGINE! You can make a difference by doing any of the following:

-Share Carmynn’s amazing story on social media.

-Follow us to hear more amazing stories like Carmynn’s. Choose one of the platforms below.

-Give of your time or talent to support Guardian Scholars. 

-Give of your treasure to support Guardian Scholars. 

By |May 14th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Imagine!

Imagine!

You are 5 years old, living in fear, having been severely neglected by the people who you should trust to protect you…. your parents. How would you cope?. This is the true story of Jennica and you won’t believe how she responded.

LEAD LAT Young Woman Brown Hair

Jennica’s parents were in and out of jail and were constantly using and selling drugs. One of Jennica’s earliest memories involves being pulled from her bedroom in her apartment as she held on to the bedpost. She was only five years old.

Doesn’t sound like a child who would ever become a college graduate?

Thankfully, Jennica knows that her past doesn’t determine her future. With the support of Guardian Scholars, Jennica was able to graduate with an undergraduate degree in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara. Jennica has continued her studies and has one year left for her doctorate degree in Educational Psychology. She envisions working with other foster youth who struggle like she did in her formative years.

Guardian Scholars enables Jennica to continue her education without worrying about homelessness. Guardian Scholars has helped her find an internship, provided support and guidance when she struggled with health issues and stresses of watching younger siblings take different paths. It provided her with someone to turn to when no one else was there.

85% of Guardian Scholars participants complete higher education compared to 3% of foster youth nationally. Your support could mean the difference between homelessness and college graduation for a foster youth like Jennica.

 Do you think there should be more Guardian Scholars like Jennica?

IMAGINE! You can make a […]

By |April 23rd, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Imagine!

Thursday Club Juniors Gala 2014

Friday April 25th

Check out the amazing on-line auction items available for the upcoming Thursday Club Gala benefiting Promises2Kids’ Camp Connect.

The Thursday Club was founded in 1921 to promote social, educational, cultural and civic activities throughout San Diego County. Each year, the Thursday Club Juniors proudly support their heritage of philanthropy by planning a gala event. By supporting the Thursday Club Juniors Gala, you will support Camp Connect and ensure that brothers and sisters living apart in foster care have the opportunity to reunite with their sibling(s) in a fun and safe environment that facilitates familial bonding. Since their founding, the Thursday Club has raised nearly 2 million dollars to support local charities. Funds raised by the Thursday Club Juniors have helped to transform local charities, enabling them to better serve our community and help where it is needed most.

By |April 16th, 2014|Blog, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Thursday Club Juniors Gala 2014

Thursday Club Juniors Gala 2014

Promises2Kids is happy to announce our Camp Connect program has been selected as the beneficiary of the Thursday Club Juniors Annual Gala. Slated for Friday, April 25th, 2014 from 5:00-10:00pm, this fun event will take place at the Thursday Club club house in Point Loma and will feature dinner, music and live and silent auctions.

The Thursday Club was founded in 1921 to promote social, educational, cultural and civic activities throughout San Diego County. Each year, the Thursday Club Juniors proudly support their heritage of philanthropy by planning a gala event. Since their founding, the Thursday Club has raised nearly 2 million dollars to support local charities. Funds raised by the Thursday Club Juniors have helped to transform local charities, enabling them to better serve our community and help where it is needed most. By supporting the Thursday Club Juniors Gala, you will support Camp Connect and ensure that brothers and sisters living apart in foster care have the opportunity to reunite with their sibling(s) in a fun and safe environment that facilitates familial bonding.

Click here to learn more!

By |January 16th, 2014|Blog|Comments Off on Thursday Club Juniors Gala 2014

BOMA Hosts 20th Annual “Give From Your Heart” Gift Drive

The San Diego Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA) is hosting its 20th annual “Give From Your Heart” gift drive. The drive will benefit Promises2Kids, a nonprofit organization that has worked to create a brighter future for foster children for more than 32 years in San Diego County.

BOMA delivered more than 300 wrapped collection bins to more than 150 major business and office buildings throughout San Diego County. San Diego residents are encouraged to drop off new and unwrapped gifts to the bins through Dec. 12, when the bins will be collected and delivered to the sorting facility where Promises2Kids will allocate the gifts to foster children within San Diego County. A list of participating building drop off locations throughout San Diego county is available at www.bomasd.org. The Promises2Kids gift wish list and Amazon wish list are available at www.promises2kids.org.

“This is an incredible way for our organization to give back to the community and bring joy into the lives of hundreds of children during the tough holiday season,” said BOMA President Mike Hansen. “Over the years we’ve brought together dozens of volunteers eager to brighten the lives of children by decorating and distributing hundreds of collection bins and encouraging tenants in office buildings to donate toys. It’s truly amazing.”

BOMA’s goal this year is to collect 20,000 gift items and gift cards. This is a community-wide effort with corporate leaders volunteering hundreds of hours to brighten the holidays for under served children of San Diego. For more information, visit www.bomasd.org or contact the BOMA Office.

CLICK HERE to learn about the many ways you can help brighten the lives of foster children this holiday season and beyond.

By |November 30th, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on BOMA Hosts 20th Annual “Give From Your Heart” Gift Drive

Promises2Kids’ Back To School Shopping Days

Foster Youth Prepare To Go Back To School

It’s that time of year again!  Summer is coming to a close and children are preparing themselves to go back to school. This typically involves new clothes and school supplies to start the year off right. Thanks to the generosity of a donor in our community, Promises2Kids is pleased to help San Diego’s foster youth return to school prepared and in style.

Promises2Kids will be hosting Back-To-School Shopping Days for all San Diego foster youth ages 10 years and older this August.

No reservations are required to participate, if you meet the eligibility criteria below, please arrive at any of the following shopping days and locations: 

Thursday August 8th 3:00-7pm – Target Escondido (new location: Auto Parkway)

Saturday August 10th 8:00-11am – Target Chula Vista (Plaza Bonita)

Tuesday August 13th 3:00-7pm – Target La Mesa (Grossmont Center)

Saturday August 24th 8:00-10am – Target Sports Arena Blvd

  • Youth will check in by providing their last name and date of birth.
  • No pre-registration is required.
  • Youth not on the list must provide placement documentation or they will not be permitted to participate (sorry no exceptions will be made).
  • Youth MUST be present in order to participate.
  • Volunteers will assist youth with shopping; Caregivers, CASA’s, mentors and social workers are welcome to accompany the volunteers and youth.
  • This opportunity is for youth to purchase an outfit and items for back to school. Therefore, youth WILL NOT be permitted to purchase the following items: food, gift cards, phones, phone cards, gaming cards, bath items, basic need items or groceries/laundry/cleaning items.

Promises2Kids will have volunteers on site to assist as personal shoppers, helping the teens as they shop and to collect their receipts at the end of their shopping spree.

Eligibility:  All foster youth who are dependents with […]

By |August 1st, 2013|Blog|Comments Off on Promises2Kids’ Back To School Shopping Days