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President & CEO Reginald Jones Recognized as One of San Diego Metro’s Men of Influence

Congratulations to Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s President & CEO Reginald Jones for being named one of San Diego Metro’s 2019 Men of Influence! Since 2012, Jones has overseen the organization’s missions and goals. Currently, he leads efforts to develop enduring partnerships that create equitable, community-driven change in Southeastern San Diego, focusing on physical development and economic opportunity.

Jones works daily with culturally diverse residents, organizations, political leaders and private entities to foster understanding of the organization’s intent, seek input and build collaboration for ambitious neighborhood revitalization efforts. The Jacobs Center is grateful for his hard work and history of excellent leadership.

Learn more by visiting sdmetro.com.

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Diamond Snapshot: Jacobs Center’s November Newsletter

Don’t miss out on the latest community updates and events in the neighborhood! Sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of our homepage.

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Southeastern and Encanto Communities: Development Opportunities on the Rise

Join us at Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and a discussion on the current development of Southeastern San Diego – including community revitalization initiatives spearheaded by Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation – and potential future opportunities and challenges.

Hosted by Urban Land Institute San Diego, the panel discussion features experts in urban design and real estate development, including CityMark Development Vice President Russ Haley, Silvergate Development Principal Ian Gill and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation President Reginald Jones.

Learn about future of Southeastern San Diego! Register today.

 

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‘Kitchens For Good’ Gives Those in Need a Second-Chance With Culinary Careers

Kitchens for Good, located in the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center, has transformed the lives of hundreds of individuals by providing tuition-free culinary job training to formerly incarcerated adults, survivors of domestic violence and more.

“I was going down the wrong path, living a life of crime, living a dangerous lifestyle. Four months ago, I was sitting in a cold prison cell. Today, I’m a chef”, said Tee Smith, a recent Kitchens for Good program graduate .

Kitchens for Good also works directly with farmers and wholesale companies to rescue surplus or cosmetically imperfect produce that might otherwise go to waste. These food donations are then used to make healthy meals for those in need.

Learn more about Kitchens for Good, via KUSI News.

To make a donation or volunteer, please visit kitchensforgood.org.

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Kitchens for Good Changes Lives Through Culinary Career Paths

Kitchens for Good at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center continues to benefit people through the passion of cooking. Since its founding in 2014, the nonprofit that tackles issues of food waste, poverty and hunger, has helped more than 300 individuals transition from incarceration, homelessness and foster care to careers in the culinary industry.

Learn more via The San Diego Business Journal.

 

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Access Trax Wins $10,000 at Connect All @ the Jacobs Center Entrepreneur Pitch Day

On Wednesday, October 9, CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center celebrated the graduation of its first cohort with the first-ever Entrepreneur Pitch Day, presented by Union Bank. Nine startups from the business accelerator program pitched their company to a distinguished judging panel for the chance to win a $10,000 award from Union Bank.

Access Trax Founder and CEO Kelly Twichel won the prize of $10,000 for her company, which makes portable surfaces that allow wheelchair users to navigate sandy beaches and other bumpy terrain.

Read more via San Diego Business Journal.

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Jacobs Presents: Hispanic Heritage Festival in the News

On Saturday, October 12th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jacobs Center hosted a FREE, all-day tribute to Hispanic heritage! Hispanic Heritage Festival at the Joe and Vi Jacob Center’s Market Creek Amphitheater had music, live entertainment, a low rider car show, crafts, Latin dance workshops, a fashion show and more!

Check out some of the event’s news coverage from KUSI News and CBS 8. Plus, check out two articles from The San Diego Union-Tribune here and here.

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Jacobs Presents: Charmaine Clamor LIVE in Concert!

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation presents Charmaine Clamor live in concert for one night only at Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall on Saturday, November 2 at 8 p.m. This is the final concert in the Jacobs Center’s “Fall into Arts” event series.

Clamor began her singing career at age three, entertaining passengers in buses traveling to Manila, Philippines. Now, she is a world-renowned singer, celebrated by The New York Times as “a gifted vocalist” and by The Los Angeles Times as “one of the important and original new jazz singers of the decade.”

Regarded as a cultural trailblazer, Clamor has earned her Queen of “Jazzipino” crown. Jazzipino is the musical genre that results from melding traditional Filipino melodies, languages and instruments with the soul and swing of American jazz.

Tickets for this special night of music and culture can be purchase at $30 for general admission or $50 for a VIP experience that includes stage front table seating, post-concert meet and greet with Charmaine Clamor and a full-length CD. The evening is sponsored by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (or should we say Jacobs Presents), Filipino Press and The Lumpia Club.

Proceeds benefit Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s art initiatives including free events, performances and more for the community to enjoy.

To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite.

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Learn About The Making of Visualize Biodiversity

 

Artist Deedee Morisson’s “Visualize Biodiversity” is a 10-foot LED light sculpture inspired by the shape of a barrel cactus that features laser cut-out patterns of San Diego’s pollinators, including bees, beetles, wasps, moths and butterflies. The artwork is a collaboration between the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thanks to the collaboration, residents of Southeastern San Diego are able to enjoy this beautiful piece of art at Jacobs Center’s Chollas Creek Park. Watch the video on how Visualize Biodiversity was made here.

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Hispanic Heritage Festival

Join us for a Fantastic day of great Entertainment, Food, Vendors and a Classic Car Show. Bring your family, an appetite and your dancing shoes.

Popular local salsa band Rumba Y Soul will perform a lively line-up of hip swaying tropical and salsa tunes as the headliner at the Jacobs Presents: Hispanic Heritage Month Festival.

The free, all-day tribute to Hispanic heritage will include music, live entertainment, a low rider car show, crafts, Latin dance workshops, a fashion show and more on Saturday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Joe and Vi Jacob Center’s Market Creek Amphitheater.

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