Community Connections

San Diego Foster Youth Current Events

Oct 12, 2023

Youth Cheer On the Padres

Camp Connect visited Petco Park before the end of the MLB season to cheer on the @padres! Brothers and sisters shared an exciting and sunny afternoon taking in America’s favorite pastime.

There was plenty to cheer for as the Padres scored run after run to beat the St. Louis Cardinals. Siblings posed with inflatable baseball bats and gloves for photos that were used to make their very own baseball cards. Many youth exchanged cards with their siblings as a keepsake.

Brother and sister, Erin and Brock, were especially excited as they hadn’t been to a baseball game together in years. They stood and clapped as chants of “Let’s go PADRES!” rang throughout the stadium. They strolled out of the park hand in hand still talking about the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd.

Moments like these are truly priceless and thanks to our supporters, Camp Connect is able to continue providing these to youth like Erin and Brock. Thank you!

Guardian Scholars Invited to The Mission Bay Yacht Club

83 Guardian Scholars, their families, mentors, and Promises2Kids staff were at the Mission Bay Yacht Club to enjoy a fun and relaxing day on the water. The Yacht Club has hosted many foster youth and over the years this is their third year welcoming Guardian Scholars.

This event is one of the first recreational events for the ’23-’24 Guardian Scholars class and provides the perfect opportunity to make connections with their peers and Promises2Kids staff while having fun in the sun, enjoying boat rides on the bay, kayaking, paddleboarding, a barbecue lunch, and ice cream.

A special thanks to Chuck Weber for leading the team at the Mission Bay Yacht Club and for their team’s help in putting together a special day out!

Back-to-School Shopping for Students

A new school year is the time to look and feel your best!

631 foster youth shopped for clothes and essentials to get ready for the new school year. These shopping events were held at several Old Navy locations where youth went home with new clothes, shoes, and more.

This longstanding shopping event began years ago and has continued thanks to the generosity of David Dunn and his family. Sadly, Mr. Dunn is no longer with us, but his legacy and spirit continues to create brighter futures for San Diego’s foster youth and we are honored to be a part of it.

It’s often an underappreciated experience to be able to pick out your own wardrobe and youth were excited and grateful for this opportunity as they left the store with their bags full, ready to take on the year!

Randell Family Housing Scholarship Awarded to Guardian Scholar

Congratulations to Guardian Scholar, Gabriela! 🎉

Every year, thanks to the generosity of the Randell family, the Randell Housing Scholarship is awarded to a Guardian Scholar. The scholarship includes $1,000 per month for 12 months to be applied to housing expenses. Housing concerns, and financing them, can be some of the most pressing stressors in a young student’s life. This generous scholarship will give Gabriela the support she needs to continue pursuing her academic goals.

Gabriela is excelling in the program, studying social work at City College, and planning to transfer to SDSU for her bachelors and masters degrees. She is a mother, with a daughter of her own to care for. She also works part time as a Promises2Kids Youth2Youth mentor, providing guidance and support to foster youth living at the A. B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center.

Gabriela, we are proud of you and we can’t wait to see what you achieve this year!

World Mental Health Day

In honor of World Mental Health Day, Director of Programs, Rashida Elimu joined @tsardinatv on @KUSI yesterday to raise awareness about mental health struggles among foster youth and shared how the community can get involved. If you are interested in volunteer and mentorship opportunities, visit