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‘Super Tasty’ 5K benefit walk returns to Solana Beach

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‘Super Tasty’ 5K walk on Sept. 6 to benefit Promises2Kids

Del Mar Times / Solana Beach Sun   August 18, 2014

At least 20 restaurants are expected to join the third annual Super Tasty 5K, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 6 in Solana Beach. Once again, the event is a fundraiser for Promises2Kids, a San Diego nonprofit working for the benefit of children in foster care.

Nichole Peterson, executive Director of the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, helps plan the event with organizers of the Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo, a two-day celebration of cycling, held on Sept. 6 and 7 at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach. Participating restaurants include Carruth Cellars, Crush, Juicer’s, The Curious Fork, Wild Note Café, and others.

“We’re always trying to help bring business to Solana Beach,” she explains. “Through the Super Tasty 5K, we get to showcase the unique restaurants here by providing a sampling of what each has to offer.”

Giro organizer Carrie Panek, looking to enhance the fun of the “world’s toughest gourmet walk,” conducts a raffle for all participants and awards prizes to individuals and teams in two categories. “It’s a non-competitive 5K, but we like to keep it interesting,” says Panek. “There are awards for the top fundraising team, best individual costume, and best team theme costume.

“Fundraising is important to us, so we encourage people to register today, form a fundraising team, and start soliciting donations.”

The Giro di San Diego Gran Fondo San Diego is a two-day event celebrating cycling, food and San Diego’s North Coast. It features three mass-start road cycling routes, two mountain bike routes, a two-day Bike & Fitness Expo, and the Solana Beach Super Tasty 5K […]

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Foster kids reunite with siblings at camp

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About 85 foster kids separated from their siblings had the opportunity to reconnect at a four day camp where they were able to participate in activities together. Sisters Rachel and Rosa scurry through an inflatable obstacle course together enjoying their time together. Christian Rodas

By J. Harry Jones5:56 p.m.Aug. 8, 2014  UT San Diego

JULIAN — Siblings separated by the county’s foster care system are being reunited this weekend at a four-day summer camp in the mountains near Julian.

About 85 kids are participating in Camp Connect, a joint venture between the county’s Child Welfare Services office and the nonprofit Promises2Kids, which raises the funds, organizes the events and provides the volunteers who make it all happen.

Like most summer camps, kids spend the day rock climbing, playing volleyball, horseback riding or goofing around in the swimming pool. But the experiences mean so much more, campers and officials said.

“I’m with somebody that I really love and … with people who love me,” said Stephany, a 14-year-old camper catching up with older sister Ruth on Friday. (Organizers said last names of campers couldn’t be released, by court order.)

County officials say they try hard to keep siblings in the foster system together, but for various reasons it’s sometimes not possible. Of the 3,100 foster children in the system about 500 don’t live together.

“For a lot of our kids they’ve already lost parents, neighbors, their school, and to then be separated from their siblings is devastating to them,” said Margo Fudge, the program director and adoptions manager for Child Welfare Services.

“There is research that shows that […]

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Fashion show benefits Promises2Kids

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View the photos from the event at Rancho Santa Fe Review

 

Locals feasted on food and fashion for a good cause April 17 at CUCINA enoteca in Del Mar.

The charitable luncheon and fashion show featured food and drinks from the California-inspired Italian restaurant and wine shop, as well as clothing and accessories from Maggie B and TRE Boutique, which are also located in Del Mar’s Flower Hill Promenade.

A portion of the event ticket sales, as well as funds from opportunity drawings, benefited Promises2Kids, a nonprofit organization that supports foster children and fights against child abuse and neglect in San Diego County.

Promises2Kids CEO Tonya Torosian said community support is “critical” for the organization.

“Not only does it help us with funding, but it helps us spread awareness about foster care,” Torosian said. “That’s the biggest advantage of things like today.”

More than 3,300 children are in the foster care system in San Diego County.

Promises2Kids supports these children through its four core programs: Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Guardian Scholars and Foster Funds.

More than 2,000 children are cared for each year at Polinsky Children’s Center, an emergency shelter in San Diego for abused and neglected children. Promises2Kids, then known as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation, raised $12 million to build the six-acre facility, which opened in 1994.

Camp Connect reunites siblings that have been separated in foster care. The four-day summer camp is held each year in the mountains of Julian. Following summer camp, Camp Connect hosts a variety of monthly day camps.

Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program encourages foster youth to pursue higher education. The program provides participating students with academic scholarships, financial aid workshops, and college planning […]

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Guardian Scholars Mentors

Guardian Scholars mentor Valerie Wentworth, left, with Cal State San Marcos senior Sandra Ramirez at Valerie's Scripps Ranch home in February. They made homemade pizza that afternoon to celebrate Ramirez's 24th birthday.
Guardian Scholars mentor Valerie Wentworth, left, with Cal State San Marcos senior Sandra Ramirez at Valerie’s Scripps Ranch home in February. They made homemade pizza that afternoon to celebrate Ramirez’s 24th birthday. — Bill Wechter/U-T San Diego

Guardians help foster youth achieve college dreams

Mentors offer guidance, friendship to former foster children in college

By Pam Kragen.       March 10, 2014

SAN MARCOS — Sandra Ramirez knows all too well that the deck is stacked against former foster children who dream of going to college.

The 24-year-old senior at Cal State San Marcos is a rare success story in the foster care community, where less than 10 percent of former foster youth enroll in college and just 3 percent graduate.

Her brains and determination can be credited for her achievements, but she has another ace in the hole — Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars program, which provides scholarships, one-on-one mentoring and networking opportunities for young adults after they leave the safety net of the foster care system.

Ramirez is the oldest of six siblings who entered the foster care system 14 years ago. So far, she’s the only one to go to college.

She lived happily with a foster family in Ramona from ages 12 to 17, but when foster children turn 18, the monthly stipend provided by the county for their care ends. Ramirez didn’t want to be a burden to her foster parents, so when she graduated from high school, she moved out.

“It was very hard when […]

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Separated siblings reconnect at camp

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SAN DIEGO — About 100 foster children went to camp in Julian Thursday morning to reconnect with their siblings, according to the county of San Diego.

The campers for one reason or another were unable to be placed in the same foster home as their brothers or sisters. The county, which runs the foster system, says it tries to keep siblings together, but can’t always do so.

“I’m personally the father of five adopted foster kids, and to see the smiles on these kids faces and the excitement that they’re going through, to really spend time at summer camp — I remember when I used to get to go to summer camp when I was a lot younger and all the great activities,” said Supervisor Dave Roberts at a send-off event in Kearny Mesa.

Greg Cox, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, also attended the send-off.

The county said the campers will strengthen family bonds over four days by rock wall climbing, swimming, hiking, archery, scrapbooking, horseback riding, a talent show and dancing.

Camp Connect is funded by a partnership of the county Health and Human Services Agency, the nonprofit Promises2Kids and the Rivers of Hope Foundation – – the charity of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife, Tiffany.

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Foster siblings reconnect for camping retreat

San Diego, California News Station – KFMB Channel 8 – cbs8.com

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – About 100 foster youth went to camp in Julian Thursday morning to reconnect with their siblings, according to the county of San Diego.

The campers for one reason or another were unable to be placed in the same foster home as their brothers or sisters. The county, which runs the foster system, says it tries to keep siblings together, but can’t always do so.

“I’m personally the father of five adopted foster kids, and to see the smiles on these kids faces and the excitement that they’re going through, to really spend time at summer camp — I remember when I used to get to go to summer camp when I was a lot younger and all the great activities,” said Supervisor Dave Roberts at a send-off event in Kearny Mesa.

Greg Cox, the chairman of the Board of Supervisors, also attended the send-off.

The county said the campers will strengthen family bonds over four days by rock wall climbing, swimming, hiking, archery, scrapbooking, horseback riding, a talent show and dancing.

Camp Connect is funded by a partnership of the county Health and Human Services Agency, the nonprofit Promises2Kids and the Rivers of Hope Foundation — the charity of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers and his wife, Tiffany.

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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

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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…