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San Diego Foster Youth Current Events

June 7, 2023

Guardian Scholars Shadow Day

The @cityofsandiego welcomed a group of Guardian Scholars to City Hall for a “Shadow Day” full of career education and experience. Students spent the day in the offices of city elected officials and city departments, absorbing this unique insight into a professional environment of public service while learning about different roles and responsibilities.

Students were welcomed by @mayortoddgloria and @cmraulcampillo, who affirmed their commitment to providing opportunity to San Diego’s underserved populations, as they presented a proclamation declaring the month of May as Foster Care Awareness Month in San Diego.

Guardian Scholars then dispersed to various offices and departments. Some attended a community ribbon cutting, while others toured homeless emergency shelters and fire stations, or spent time in the council chambers.

Thank you to the City of San Diego, Mayor Todd Gloria, Councilmembers, and all staff members who made this day possible. Your valuable partnership is essential in helping to create brighter futures for foster youth as they begin the next chapter of their lives.

Camp Connect Siblings Build Lasting Memories!

Thanks to the community’s support, 44 brothers & sisters visited the world-famous LEGOLAND California for a day of fantasy and imagination, building lasting memories and LEGO figurines along the way.

Youth were presented with a special goodie bag including LEGO sunglasses, a LEGO lanyard, and even a LEGO set. Everyone started the day by building, of course! They all assembled 3 LEGO figurines to take home with them at the end of the day.

Those looking for adrenaline rode the Coastersaurus, thrill-seekers explored Pirate Falls, and others were visually dazzled by Emmet’s Flying Adventure Ride. The younger youth especially enjoyed logging some experience behind the wheel at the Driving School. Everyone enjoyed the exquisite detail of MiniFigure Land and pointed out familiar landmarks such as Petco Park and the SD County Fair.

It was a day of wonder and imagination, kids being kids, and siblings being siblings to each other, all made possible by supporters like you!

Advocates for Change Wraps Up the Year with an Awards Dinner

Advocates for Change brought its 2022-2023 year to a close with a celebratory dinner with Guardian Scholars and staff recognizing the efforts of our Advocates.

Advocates for Change is a monthly group that helps students find their voice, improve their public speaking skills while feeling more confident and prepared, and offers them resume-building public speaking opportunities.

We are proud of all our Advocates who showed bravery and honesty in telling their own stories. Many of them participated in public speaking opportunities in the engagements and in local media this year, and their authenticity as advocates makes a true impact on building awareness and support for foster youth.

To any Guardian Scholars who are interested in joining, please email

Camp Connect Volunteer Lee Otto on Fox 5 Discussing the Need for Summer Camp Volunteers

Camp Connect volunteer, Lee Otto, was recently featured on @fox5sandiego to talk about the importance of volunteers needed for this year’s Summer Camp event. From, August 1st-6th, Camp Connect will be bringing together separated siblings in a safe and fun traditional overnight camp adventure.

We are in need of 100 volunteers! Volunteers must be at least 21 years of age and available to volunteer for a minimum of 24 hours.

Giving back to our community is an adventure worth taking! If you are interested in volunteering, email

Congratulations to our Change4Change Drawing Winner!

Congratulations to Dion Long, who is the winner of our Change4Change drawing!

Dion and his wife are supporters of Promises2Kids and have attended our Dream On Concert Gala, where they first heard about our new round-up program, powered by ICW Group. They were looking for a quick and easy way to continue supporting foster youth and by signing up won a $50 gift card in the process!

We will be drawing a new winner at the end of July. So, sign up now for a chance to be our next winner!

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