Summer is Full STE[+a]M Ahead Program – APPLY TODAY!


Summer is Full STE[+a]M Ahead! Are you Ready? 

Spend your summer doing fun hands-on activities that help better your community. Apply TODAY for the Full STE[+a]M Ahead Program! This annual summer program builds off of the national STE[+a]M education movement that combines the arts with science, technology, engineering, and math. The program offers activities related to science, food justice, urban gardening, and photography providing a comprehensive curriculum that will prepare students in southeastern San Diego for competitive careers in the 21st century. Students in grades 9 – 12 who live or go to high school in southeastern San Diego are eligible for this FREE program. 

Two Tracks Offered: 

TRACK 1 July 13 – 31 – From Food Swamps to Green Communities: Leading the Good Food Revolution 
Monday – Friday 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science (608 51st Street)

TRACK 2 July 27 – August 7
 – Placemaking in a Digital World, Storytelling through Photography
Monday – Thursday 1 – 5 pm at Project New Village (5106 Federal Boulevard, Suite 103)
Fridays 9:30 am – 3:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science (608 51st Street)

Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible to receive college credit!

Applications are available at www.jacobscenter.org/impact_steam.htm 

Completed applications can be emailed, faxed, or dropped off to:

Joseph French, Program Coordinator
Phone: 619-527-6161 ext. 365 • Fax: 619-527-6162
Email: JFrench@JacobsCenter.org
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114

Applications due by 5 pm, Friday, June 12.

There will be a mandatory orientation for students and their parents/guardians on
Monday, June 22 from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Elementary Institute of Science located at
608 51st Street, San Diego, CA 92114



Trolley Residential Project – BID OPPORTUNITY


Trolley Residential

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and Chelsea Investments Corporation

Construction of a (52) multi-family apartment units in a 3-story structure over podium with subterranean garage including common facilities.

The plan room with the project details, project plans and RFP can be accessed via the link below. In the “View Specs” tab is where you will find the bid package, prevailing wage determination, section 3 documents, soils report, acoustical report, etc.


San Diego County Juvenile Hall Open House 2015, Behind the Scenes Tour – Saturday, May 16

Rev_Open_House 2015 Flyer


Culinary Fusion Festival – FREE May 16


Join us  for a celebration of healthy living and cultural entertainment – Striving to be COCONUTS about Health!  All are welcome to attend this FREE event.

Saturday, May 16
10 am – 3 pm
Market Creek Amphitheater
Parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue

Our theme is coconuts, a healthy and delicious treat with many beneficial characteristics. Enjoy delicious food, healthy cooking demonstrations, live music and dance, and awesome resources shared by the various cultures that make up STRIVE San Diego!

STRIVE San Diego is the work of community partners that make up the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Health Network, a project of Operation Samahan, Inc.

For more information visit www.OperationSamahan.org 


Northwest Village Creek Phase 2 – Notice to Qualified General Contractors


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation,
Northwest Village Creek Phase 2

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) (Owner), invites sealed bids from qualified General Contractors for providing the materials & installation of the Northwest Village Creek Phase 2 project at 4970 and 5050 Market Street and 504 and 602 Euclid Avenue between Market Street and Guymon Street, San Diego, CA 92114.

Sealed bid packages will be returned to Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at 404 Euclid Ave (third floor), San Diego, CA 92114 no later than 2:00 pm PST on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015. A mandatory pre-bid job walk with the owner representative’s will be held on Tuesday, May 26th, 2015 at 10:00 am PST, to review construction administration procedures, existing site conditions, construction access, staging areas, safety and protection. Each contractor shall RSVP their attendance at the mandatory site visit/job walk to the Construction Manager, Mitch Whitson: mitch@whitsoncm.com via email: with cc: to Ryan Melow, Project Manager; rmelow@whitsoncm.com

This project is partially funded by the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and as such the entire project is subject to Davis-Bacon Wage Determination (PREVAILING WAGE and CERTIFIED PAYROLL); and Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act [12 U.S.C. 1701u and 24 CFR Part 135]. Section 3 is HUD’s legislative directive for providing preference to low- and very low-income residents of the local community (regardless of race or gender), and the businesses that substantially employ these persons, for new employment, training, and contracting opportunities resulting from HUD-funded projects. Additional funding is provided by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Prop 84).

Please note that all RFP and bid documents will be available on multiple construction bidding sites (TheBlueBook.com; SDDT.com; BidClerk.com).  Whitson CM can also provide a link to the documents via their sharefile site.  Please contract Whitson CM for link to documents.

Every effort will be made to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin have equal access to contracts and other business opportunities with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. JCNI reserves the right to reject any and all bids.


Jacobs Center to Receive National Endowment for the Arts Grant. Award is Among 1,023 Made Nationally.

15-007_ChollasGroundBreaking_100Through its grant-making to thousands of nonprofits each year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) promotes opportunities for people in communities across America to experience the arts and exercise their creativity.

In the second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015, the NEA will make a $30,000 award to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to support its Chollas Creek Gateways project. The grant will allow the Jacobs Center to work with artists and design teams to develop design concepts for artistic gateways as a complement to the Chollas Creek Restoration Project. The NEA will make 1,023 awards totaling $74.3 million nationwide in this funding round.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, “The NEA is committed to advancing learning, fueling creativity, and celebrating the arts in cities and towns across the United States. Funding these new projects like the one from the Jacobs Center represents an investment in both local communities and our nation’s creative vitality.”

“Projects like the Chollas Creek Gateways help enhance the natural beauty of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods and provide residents and visitors with attractive places to gather and enjoy the outdoors. We are grateful for the support we have received from the National Endowment for the Arts in the past and for this new opportunity to advance our work to revitalize our community” said Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones.

Over a two-year period, the Jacobs Center will undertake an open competitive process to commission artists/design teams to develop concepts for Chollas Creek Gateways. The project will result in the design of prominent, art interventions announcing a 2.6 acre linear urban park that follows a newly restored section of Chollas Creek. The project supports City of San Diego and community planning efforts to revitalize the creek, which runs through southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods to the San Diego Bay.

For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to arts.gov.


Join us to Celebrate the Grand Opening of Walgreens! May 16 at 10 a.m.


Market Street and Euclid Avenue is your corner for happy and healthy! The Walgreens near there is NOW OPEN, providing you with easy access to a pharmacy and much more right in your neighborhood!

Join us to celebrate this milestone in the revitalization of southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods.

Bring the family and enjoy a jumping castle, face-painting, and DJ. Walgreens will have a raffle for great prizes and offer giveaways and special promotions at this location only.

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Please contact Liz Faris at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or 619.527.6161 ext. 376 with any questions.

For more information visit JacobsCenter.org or connect with us on social media.


Grow Fresh Opportunities for Your Business. Join Our Preferred Caterers List!


Are you a local caterer with a unique style? Are you the go to caterer for certain celebrations? Then Jacobs Meetings and Events wants you on our preferred caterers list!

Our 40,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor venue hosts:

  • Community meetings
  • Conferences
  • Quinceañeras
  • Concerts
  • Cultural Festivals
  • Weddings

Increase your business’ exposure while helping us better serve our community’s diverse cultural needs.

Click here for the selection criteria.

Applications are due by May 22.  

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