Community Connections

San Diego Foster Youth Current Events

March 8, 2023

Students and CEO Discuss Organizational Goals over Lunch

We recently held another Lunch with the CEO event at Blanco Cocina & Cantina. Guardian Scholars and Promises2Kids CEO, Tonya Torosian, had a fruitful conversation. Students had a chance to share their experiences and challenges with Promises2Kids and what they would like to see added to our program. This was also an opportunity for them to learn more about Tonya and the organization’s vision.

The whole organization benefits from dialogs like these as we constantly evolve along with the goals and needs of our Guardian Scholars while being transparent about how we can accommodate them.

Events like this are special to Promises2Kids as we value the unique input and opinions of those we serve.

Advocates for Change Gets Theatrical

Last week, Advocates for Change was visited by @Playwrightsproject, a local nonprofit that empowers people to voice their stories, inspiring growth and creating connections. The class focused on storytelling and practicing presentation.

Students began by warming up with a series of physical improv exercises to bring the energy up and spark creative juices. They then practiced storytelling with both acting and writing activities. Students tapped into their stories by writing a letter to their future selves and sharing with the class. The class concluded with a series of mock media interviews that gave the students a chance to see how they would respond to real questions while on the spot.

As always, our Advocates rose to the challenge, bringing both vulnerability and strength to the class while supporting each other.

Camp Connect Volunteers Celebrated with a Special Event

Recently, Promises2Kids held a mixer for Camp Connect Volunteers at @BallastPointSanDiego to celebrate their efforts this past year! They enjoyed the evening with food and drinks and shared their favorite Camp Connect memory with the group. This was a great bonding opportunity for volunteers to get to know each other outside of events.

We are so grateful to be supported by them, and without their willingness to give their time, we truly wouldn’t be able to accomplish all that we do. They make it possible for brothers and sisters to reunite every month.

San Diego Foster Care Education Summit is a Big Success

Last week, social workers, school administration, advocates, attorneys, CASA’s, and educators of foster children K-12 came together for our San Diego Foster Care Education Summit.

This year’s theme was “You Are Not Alone in Helping our Most Vulnerable Population. Leverage Community Resources”. The goal was to learn how we, as a community, can ensure that foster youth are not only reaching educational milestones, but also thriving with the support of educators, community members, and mentors.

Attendees heard an opening address by Promises2Kids CEO, Tonya Torosian followed by Mercedes Tiggs, a culinary therapist and former foster youth who was our keynote speaker. Workshops were also available and featured topics ranging from legislation to trauma-informed care.