Paid Youth Volunteer Opportunity for High Performing Students in Southeastern San Diego


The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is launching a new youth driven community engagement program. Youth Engaging Southeast (YES) aims to engage local high achieving high-school students ages 16-18 in planning the future of their community. YES will offer students leadership development, hands-on civic engagement experience, public speaking experience, as well as direct access to Jacobs Center leadership to ensure the youth voice is heard when it comes to the revitalization of Southeastern San Diego.

YES’ first initiative is related to gathering input on the Jacobs Center’s Town Center Master Plan and will be used to inform future development opportunities that will bring housing, services, and amenities that increase the quality of life to the community.  

YES is currently seeking to recruit 25 high performing high-school students who live in Southeastern San Diego ages 16-18 to volunteer to engage with their neighbors, peers, co-workers, and others in their networks to collect surveys on what type of developments they would like to see more of in their community. For this initial initiative monetary stipends will be provided to students based on the number of completed surveys they collect. Students will have from June 24 – July 22 to collect 50 completed surveys or more. Students have the opportunity to earn up to $1,000.


Students must be ages 16-18, have a 2.5 GPA or higher, live in Southeastern San Diego (City Council District 4), and be civically minded.



A mandatory orientation will be held Wednesday, June 22 from 6 – 7:30 pm at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114). Dinner will be provided. 

Students must bring proof of their GPA to the orientation. Proof can be in the form of any official school document (report card, transcript, letter from a teacher on school letterhead, etc.) Parents and guardians do not need to attend the orientation but are welcome to if they like. Students must attend the orientation in order to participate.

If you know of students who are invested in their community or looking to get more involved, have the student or their parents/guardian contact Alex Zaragoza at azaragoza@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 297 to register them for the orientation. 

There will be additional opportunities (paid and unpaid) in the future for these students to serve as advocates for their community as a part of the YES program.


Experience the Improved Chollas Creek & New Linear Park – June 25

Chollas Creek Grand Opening invitation




The 2nd Annual 79th District Apprenticeship Informational Career Fair – June 11

Career Day 2016 AFL-CIO Revised 3


Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Choir San Diego Presents the 18th Annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony – June 12






Presented by Culture Shock Dance Troupe

Now in its fourth year, this FREE vivacious hip-hop dance event is designed to provide a hands-on experience that engages, educates, and inspires.

Sunday, June 5
12 – 4 pm
Market Creek Amphitheater
Free parking available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114

Shock’n the Park kicks off with its second annual Battle’n the Park from 12-2 pm, followed by a 90-minute production utilizing more than 150 Culture Shock Dancers.

You’ll be amazed by the performances and be inspired to join in during two open-dance community participation opportunities.

Learn more at www.CultureShockDance.org/SanDiego.



Poets & Painters FREE Spoken Word & Graffiti Art Festival – June 25



ON SALE NOW! Jazz at the Creek 2016 – June 11, July 12, and August 13



Spirit of the Heart 2016 – Saturday May 14



Starting June 1 Learn About the Jacobs Center’s Town Center Master Plan & Provide Your Input / A Partir del 1 de Junio, el Plan Maestro del Centro Urbano Estará Disponible para Comentarios Públicos


Town Center Master Plan

Starting June 1 the Jacobs Center’s Town Center Master Plan will be available for a 30-day public comment period. The Master Plan is a framework for best uses and proposed phasing for developments in the Diamond Neighborhoods. It will help create a strong sense of place and reinforce community identity while conforming to the updated Encanto Community Plan and the City of San Diego’s existing zoning, height, and parking requirements.

Other Ways to Provide Your Input on the Town Center Master Plan

Also on June 1, you can view the Master Plan at JacobsCenter.org/redevelopment. Submit your comments online or by emailing MasterPlanInfo@jacobscenter.org or by calling (619) 527-6161.

Asamblea Informativa Del Town Center Master Plan

A partir del 1 de Junio, el Plan Maestro del Centro Urbano estará disponible para comentarios públicos durante un periodo de 30 días. Este plan es una estrategia de mejores usos y etapas propuestas para los desarrollos físicos en los Diamond Neighborhoods. Esto ayudará a crear un fuerte sentido de pertenencia y reforzará la identidad de la comunidad tomando en cuenta al Plan Comunitario de Encanto actualizado y a los requisitos existentes de altura y zonificación de la Ciudad de San Diego.

Otras Formas de Proporcionar Su Opinión Acera del Town Center Master Plan

A partir del 1 de Junio, para ver el Plan Maestro por internet y enviar sus comentarios, visite JacobsCenter.org/redevelopment. Tambien puede llamar at (619) 527-6161 o envíe un correro electrónico a MasterPlanInfo@jacobscenter.org.


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