Community Connections

May 16, 2022

Guardian Scholars Cap Off School Year at Mission Bay

It was sunglasses and beach towels as Guardian Scholars recently celebrated the end of the traditional school year with an event at Mission Bay. Sixty-four Guardian Scholar students and their guests were in attendance for a fun and breezy day along the Ski Beach Park water.

Guests were treated to a buffet-style meal, photo opportunities, and a traditional Polynesian dance performance and lesson. Many simply enjoyed the sun and fresh air.

We recognize all the months of hard work that go into completing the school year, and we were happy to enjoy an afternoon for some fun in the sun!

Camp Connect Featured in Giving Back Magazine

Sisters Anna and Isla grew up in an unstable home where they were exposed to severe substance abuse and neglect. This led them to foster care, where they were unfortunately separated, and now live in two different homes.

Read our article in Giving Back Magazine about Camp Connect, which unites siblings separated in foster and helps them create special memories, like on our recent trip to Disneyland.

Guardian Scholar Talks Motherhood on KUSI

Guardian Scholar and mother, Vanessa Villarreal spoke to KUSI News this Mother’s Day about motherhood, the impact it has had on her approach to being a mom, and how it shapes her relationship with her daughter. In addition to being a student and Guardian Scholar, Vanessa works as a Youth2Youth peer mentor, providing guidance and support to foster youth.

Guardian Scholars Visit Rock Climbing Gym in Self-Care Retreat

A group of Guardian Scholars had the opportunity to explore rock climbing at Vertical Hold Rock Climbing Gym This activity presented the space for youth to push themselves outside of their comfort zones, both physically and mentally – some of the many ways we can practice self-care.

Aside from rock climbing being a physical challenge, it stimulates the mind as well, requiring confidence, determination, and trust in yourself. Many of the youth began with a fear of heights. So, seeing them push to overcome their fear was a special sight to see.

The group was very supportive, cheering each other on, and even racing to see who could climb the fastest. At the end of the day, all walked away exhausted, and with a newfound joy for rock climbing!