San Diego Civic Leadership Forum

Join the National Federation of Filipino American Associations (NaFFAA) and Civic Leadership USA at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center on Saturday, March 30 for the San Diego Civic Leadership Forum.

The forum will feature prominent leaders and elected officials who will discuss civic leadership and empowerment of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The goal of the partnership between the NaFFAA and Civic Leadership USA is to close the gap in representation by 2024.

Whether you’re looking to network, get more involved in the community or even run for office, please join us!

RSVP on Eventbrite.


Celebrate Spring at the People’s Produce Market!

On Tuesday, March 26 from 5-8 p.m., Project New Village is hosting a special event during the People’s Produce Night Market at the Jacobs Center’s Arts Park @ Chollas Creek. 

The People’s Produce Project is Project New Village’s signature initiative. It is a grassroots neighborhood-based initiative which began in October 2008. This initiative aims to use food to re-energize and re-connect people to their neighborhoods, and explore opportunities to address food security in Southeastern San Diego.

The event will feature an official opening ceremony with community and civic leaders, seasonal produce, vendors, entertainment and more!

Learn more about the People’s Produce Market.


Construction Update at Jacobs Center’s Campus

As you may have noticed, we are starting construction on a new project right on the Jacobs Center campus! This is an exciting project for us and the community, and we look forward to sharing details with you soon. All events at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center will continue as scheduled.

Please pardon our construction!


“The Power of Community Voices: Reflections of a People” Playwriting Program

“The Power of Community Voices: Reflections of a People” is an innovative playwriting program for the residents of Southeastern San Diego, created and produced by Jacobs Center Artist-In-Residence Gina M. Jackson. The new program, for ages 16 and older, will teach playwriting, along with various elements of theatre/stage production.

Classes will be held one Saturday a month from 12 p.m., beginning on March 9. Other class sessions will be held on Saturday, April 27, May 12 and June 1. Additional classes may be added. The program is free – space is limited.

The Cultural Performance and Celebration to culminate the program will be held in Summer 2019 at The Arts Park @ Chollas Creek.

Jackson is the founder/executive artistic director of Cultural Noire Performing Arts Company and the program is in partnership with San Diego Public Library/Mountain View-Beckwourth Branch.

Please contact culturalnoirepac@gmail.com for further information.

Sign up today!


Registration Open for TEDxYouth@SanDiego

Our friends at TEDxSanDiego have been working on something new – a special TEDx event that is focused on today’s youth. TEDxYouth@SanDiego will feature Ideas Worth Spreading from San Diego high school students, with all of the speakers and performers selected from local high schools. The event will take place inside our community’s beautiful Lincoln High School auditorium on Friday, March 22.

The theme Trajectory explores how the decisions we make as individuals may determine the path our life will take, and how our collective decisions similarly determine the path that our global society may follow.

From the perspective of today’s teenagers, what are the most pressing problems that we face and what are the best solutions? How can we create a better future, a future of hope and promise, of diversity and inclusion, of prosperity and sustainability?

This event will also include exciting performances by some of San Diego’s most talented teenagers, celebrating their creativity and passion.

Click here to register, only 100 seats will be sold to the public!

(The audience will be primarily high school students, with the public welcome to attend.)


Opinion: Diversity Is Good for San Diego Business—Especially Startups

By Reginald Jones and Greg McKee

Diversity, it turns out, is good for business — especially at innovative startups.

A 2018 McKinsey report found public companies in the top 25 percent for ethnic and gender diversity are more likely to outperform their peers.

Another study by the Boston Consulting Group also found that diversity increases the bottom line for companies. That 2018 report showed that companies with more diverse management teams have 19 percent higher revenue due to innovation.

Read more via Times of San Diego.

And a reminder: Applications for CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center are open through Thursday, Feb. 1. Read more here


CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center Applications Now Open!

Do you or someone you know have a startup business in San Diego that has had a successful beginning and is ready for rapid growth?

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center, the San Diego region’s first accelerator program established specifically to support diverse or financially disadvantaged founders, is officially accepting applications!

Businesses selected for the inaugural group will begin in Spring 2019 and receive all support and services free of charge, including co-working space, community resources and networks, mentors, training sessions, investors and much more.

Apply today or learn more at connectallsd.org. Applications have now been extended through Feb. 1, 2019. Read more in our application press release.

And, don’t worry. If your business isn’t ready for the program yet, a free Business Resource Center will also be opening to support you in Spring 2019!

Learn more from KPBS and KUSI News below.

Funding for CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is provided by the City of San Diego Economic Development Department, and private funding from partners such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks. This program is funded in whole or in part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego.



The San Diego Union-Tribune: Calling all minority and low-income entrepreneurs: this startup accelerator needs you

Rendering of the co-working space of CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center. Design services and furniture donated by bkm OfficeWorks. Courtesy bkm OfficeWorks.

By The San Diego Union-Tribune Reporter Brittany Meiling

All the money and tech talent in San Diego tends to collect north of Interstate 8 – and with them, startups proliferate. But a new effort in Chollas Creek intends to route some of that entrepreneurial support down south, and organizers are looking to a diverse group of founders to make that happen.

This spring, a startup accelerator will open to house 10 tech companies in a modern co-working space called CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center. Entrepreneurs who are admitted to the accelerator will get free office space for six months along with access to workshops, a network of mentors and help finding investment capital.

Read more, including “Who can apply and what do they get?” on The San Diego Union-Tribune.


Community Business Survey for 92102, 92113 or 92114

Hey 92102, 92113, 92114! Do you have a business or are you planning to start one soon? Maybe you have a side-gig that you’d like to turn into a full-time business? If you do or are thinking about it, help us understand your needs and challenges. Business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs who live or do business in one of these zip codes can choose to enter a drawing to win a 10.5” iPad Pro or one of ten $100 gift cards.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this quick survey! This survey is being conducted in your neighborhood on behalf of the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative, a partnership between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Accion Serving Southern California, CDC Small Business Finance, Logan Heights CDC and the San Diego SBDC.

Support for the San Diego Small Business Lending Collaborative is provided by JPMorgan Chase, through its Partnerships for Raising Opportunity in Neighborhoods (PRO Neighborhoods) initiative.



People’s Produce Night Market Comes to Arts Park @ Chollas Creek

Tuesdays, 5-8 p.m., starting Nov. 20 through Jan. 31
5010 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102

November 20, 2018 is the date for the re-opening of the People’s Produce Night Market at a new location and a new day of the week! In partnership with the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Project New Village is moving the community farmers market to Arts Park @ Chollas Creek, located at 5010 Market Street, just across the street from the Euclid Ave. Trolley Station.

People’s Produce Night Market is a certified farmers market and open-air market, committed to providing access to good food in the neighborhoods of Southeastern San Diego. Established in 2010, People’s Produce Night Market is a year-round marketplace featuring a wealth of farm fresh goods such as fruit, vegetables, herbs, honey and more. Local artisans sell everything from handmade soaps, jewelry, and art to textiles, pottery, and other crafted treasures. Additionally, you will find tasty prepared foods such as homemade tortillas, tamales, vegan options, desserts and more.

We invite shoppers to mix and mingle with the locals and the farmers while listening to live music, dancing and strolling through colorful booths and experiencing the culture and delicious lifestyles of Southeastern San Diego. Once a major farming district, Southeastern San Diego is now revisiting growing our own food and many of the farmers live nearby.

People’s Produce Night Market is truly a family friendly venue where there are always activities for children and our elders. At this marketplace, you’ll find face-painting, children’s books and reading tents, game playing, information booths and health screenings. Each week there will be a different variety of things to do.

To further increase access to good food, we anticipate that we will again establish the ability to accept food subsidies, e.g. SNAP/EBT and WIC, for eligible purchases in early 2019.

Please note the market will not be held on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1 in observance of the holidays.

For more information about People’s Produce Night Market, contact Project New Village at 619-262-2022 or visit projectnewvillage.org.

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