Over the years, the San Diego community has made incredible strides in supporting foster youth in their pursuit of educational goals. Promises2Kids recently gathered with our partners and supporters in that cause to celebrate the progress we have made together.
Hosted by the Department of Education and Community Outreach at the Division of Extended Studies at UC San Diego in the Park & Market space, we were joined by representatives from local universities and community colleges, government officials, advocates, and former foster youth alumni to celebrate that progress.
Promises2Kids CEO & COO, Tonya Torosian & Stephanie Ortega, expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the tireless collaborative efforts of those gathered that evening. Including:
California State Senator and President Pro Tempore, Toni Atkins, a champion who was instrumental in securing $48M of the ’22-’23 California budget for higher ed programs for foster youth. Senator Atkins reaffirmed her commitment at the governmental level to advocate for opportunities for foster youth.
Guardian Scholar and UCSD alumni, Raul Enciso, who now works at Cuyamaca College, shared his personal journey, the support he received, and how he dedicates himself to providing those same opportunities to students today.
UCSD Vice Chancellor, Dr. Becky Petitt, & Associate Dean for Education and Community Outreach, Dr. Edward Abeyta, both of whom shared the progress they have made in creating opportunities for underserved populations.
It was an afternoon to celebrate, and as always, we were humbled and inspired to have such advocates on our side as together, we continue to create brighter futures for San Diego’s foster youth.