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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 […]
By |June 12th, 2013|Press Releases|Comments Off on A brighter future unfolds for Foster Children as Promises2Kids honors 50 Guardian Scholars students
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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 […]

By |May 22nd, 2013|Press Releases|Comments Off on Promises2Kids Fifth Annual Summer Concert Gala “Dream On” to Feature Rock Legends REO Speedwagon

Promises2Kids Names Tonya Torosian as New Chief Executive Officer

Promises2Kids, a 30-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of child abuse, announces Tonya Torosian as the organization’s new chief executive officer. Torosian previously spent three years as the executive director of the San Diego County Commission on Children, Youth and Families where she led the commission to advise the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors on policies affecting the welfare of children in foster care or children involved with the juvenile justice system.

Torosian’s work in child welfare and nonprofit management spans 20 years and three states. She developed programs and policies for child and youth-based organizations in Illinois, Arizona and California. A tireless advocate for children and youth throughout her entire career, Torosian began her career first as a social worker, then as an executive charged with developing strategic alliances and implementing processes, systems, and policies.

“We are thrilled Tonya is returning to the foundation as CEO. Her vast experience and knowledge of nonprofit management will help take our organization to the next level, allowing us to help even more children in need,” says Joan Waitt, board member, Promises2Kids.

Torosian has a strong background in fundraising, nonprofit administration and board development. She also has a history with Promises2Kids, serving as the organization’s director of development from 2005 to 2008 when the foundation was known as the Child Abuse Prevention Foundation.

Torosian is a certified fundraising executive and received her Master of Social Work degree from Arizona State University with an emphasis in Planning, Administration and Community Practice. She has served on the board of several nonprofit organizations and she currently sits on the board of the San Diego chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). She is a resident of North Park (92104).

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