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San Diego Foster Youth Current Events

Aug 1, 2022

2022 Guardian Scholars Awards Reception

Our Annual Guardian Scholars Award Reception, presented by ESET, honored 54 graduates and welcomed 60 new Guardian Scholars and all returning students. Nearly 300 students are currently in the Guardian Scholars program, making it the largest number to date. Attendees enjoyed dinner, table games and photobooths stocked with fun props.

Guardian Scholar graduate, Jasmine delivered an inspirational speech on the drive and support she has received from Promises2Kids to help to achieve her goals. We also heard from another graduate, Tatiana, and her mentor, Kelly. Both spoke movingly about the impact they have had on each other’s lives and an uplifting message for those just beginning in the program. Lastly, COO, Stephanie Ortega, shared the history of the program and our continued commitment to being there for our youth every step of the way.

A special thank you to our supportive community that helps us create a brighter future for foster children!

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 The A. B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center Provides a Fresh Start for Children like Martha

Martha and her two siblings arrived at the A. B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center when she was 3 years old. They were removed from their biological parents due to physical abuse and domestic violence. After an initial screening indicated some developmental delays, she was enrolled in the KidStart Program, which provides specialized services for children with developmental and behavioral needs.

She was placed with a foster family and her new caregivers were inexperienced with children with developmental needs. With the help of Martha’s KidStart care coordinator, she received the evaluations, referrals, and immunizations she needed to enroll in daycare and school to continue her development. Due to Martha’s delayed speech and motor skills, her care coordinator also connected her caregivers to special educational resources.

Through the A. B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center and KidStart, Martha continues to have access to the resources and services she needs to grow healthy and happy.

Success stories like this are made possible by supporters like you.

Men’s Leadership Network Dinner at Pamplemousse Grille

Guardian Scholars from our Men’s Leadership Network attended a dinner at Pamplemousse Grille for a delicious meal this week. Executive Chef and owner, Jeffrey Strauss, prepared a custom meal and let each student and mentor select a starter, entrée, and a dessert.

This gave attendees the chance to try something new they had never tried before. Some weren’t sure about branching out, but the chef made sure they didn’t regret their decision

Mentor, Chuck, shared his personal story of hard work and perseverance. He was open and honest about making mistakes and taking responsibility, as these are the lessons we learn most from. The group was fully engaged in the discussion after the wonderful meal!