Community Advocacy

For students aiming to influence change in their community.

aaron price fellows program

Phone: 619-795-2005

Website: https://aaronpricefellows.org/

Eligibility: Must be admitted in the 9th grade, 3.0+ GPA

Description: The mission of the Aaron Price Fellows Program is to prepare a highly motivated and diverse group of San Diego public high school students to be responsible, engaged, and caring members of their community. Our goals are to teach Fellows about government, cultural, business, and non-profit institutions to illustrate their significance and relevance in their lives, expose Fellows to exciting career opportunities, and foster friendships between Fellows from diverse ethnic, religious and economic backgrounds.

center for community solutions

Phone: 858-693-2381 (text ok)

Website: https://www.ccssd.org/ | Instagram: @ccs_prevents

Eligibility: Open to any City Heights resident over the age of 13. To learn more, please contact Sarah at sdiamond@ccssd.org or directly apply here.

Description: Center for Community Solutions (CCS) is looking for youth interested in creating change in their communities! Through CCS' Close to Home program, youth will learn about healthy relationships, consent, bystander intervention, and advocate for safer and healthy relationships for all. Youth will also develop leadership skills that will help them engage with their community to take action to end sexual and intimate partner violence. We encourage youth who are passionate about social justice and their community to apply!

Cesar Chavez Service Clubs

Phone: 619-233-1331

Website: http://www.chavezclubs.org/

Eligibility: Open to students grades 3 through 12.

Description: Cesar Chavez Service Clubs are built on the ten values of Cesar Chavez designed to engage students in community service and advocacy. Students are provided with individual college mentoring and college preparation while building confidence within themselves to make lasting differences.

City Heights Weingart Library

Phone: 619-641-6100

Website: https://www.sandiego.gov/public-library

Eligibility: Free library services for all California residents.

Description: The San Diego Public Library (SDPL) is the place for opportunity, discovery, and inspiration. Regularly, SDPL offers: safe and inclusive spaces for studying and networking, relevant collections, dynamic programs and services, including a teen IDEA Labs, and internship opportunities. Due to COVID-19, the library is now closed but offers many free virtual services. A digital library card opens up access to our vast online library, research databases, tutoring, test prep, and more. The library now offers contactless pickup service, Monday through Friday from 10:30 am – 5:30 pm. And join the City Heights Library’s Facebook and Teen Instagram (@SDPLTeens), for book recs, virtual workshops, and more.

imin/ arc experience

Phone: 619-344-4500 x2303

Website: https://hoover.sandiegounified.org/student_life/asb_student_life/imin

Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students.

Description: A youth development program offering daily tutoring, enrichment, and physical activities. IMIN also hosts tailgates and works with the Associated Student Body (ASB) to put on school events. Open daily, Room 304.

International Rescue Committee

Phone: 619-641-7510 x258

Website: https://www.rescue.org/united-states/san-diego-ca

Eligibility: Open to all Hoover students, focused on refugee, immigrant, English language learners.

Description: International Rescue Committee offers the REACH (Refugee, Education, Acculturation, Civic Engagement, and Health) program with a comprehensive, collaborative initiative designed to serve youth at Hoover High School to address the academic needs and align their education with relevant, real-world exposure. E-tutoring offered four days per week on Zoom. Community advocacy, social support programs, and job training scheduled weekly on Zoom. Sign up with this link!

Media Arts Center San Diego

Phone: 619-230-1938

Website: https://mediaartscenter.org/youth-media-education

Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students who can commit to completing the program. Students will need an internet connection to participate. Video equipment and editing software are available for loan on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Description: Media Arts Center San Diego provides digital media tools and channels to create equitable and engaged communities. Students can intern and enroll in online video production training programs. "Hoover Voices" train students in video production, focused on creating short documentaries and video journalism pieces reporting on Hoover clubs and activities. Teen Producers Project + Speak City Heights train students in video production focused on creating short documentaries and video journalism pieces reporting on community events in City Heights. Internships provide training and job readiness in the field of media, graphic design, and video production.

Mid-City CAN

Phone: 619-272-7582 x126

Website: https://www.midcitycan.org/

Eligibility: Free and open to all; contact us to meet with one of our community organizers.

Description: Mid-City CAN is comprised of Black, Indigenous, and Communities of Color who care about making a lasting impact in this community. We gather around the top issues residents care about, forming teams of volunteers. Mid-City CAN helps organize these teams to accomplish their goals. Our mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing. Our current campaigns include fighting for youth opportunity passes, police accountability, restorative justice, and food justice. Mid-City CAN also offers opportunities for community members to be part of the transformative change we want to see in this world.

SAY San Diego, Advocates for Change Today (ACT)

Phone: 619-519-1036 (text ok)

Website: https://www.facebook.com/AdvocatesForChangeToday/

Eligibility: Open to students ages 12 to 17 living in City Heights, no GPA requirement. Must be drug and alcohol-free and willing to commit to being an ACT member for at least a year. To learn more, please contact Rocio at rocio.hernandez@saysandiego.org.

Description: Advocates for Change Today (ACT) is a youth leadership group dedicated to reducing the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs by youth in the Mid-City area of San Diego. As a member of ACT, you will have the opportunity to experience fun ways to make a positive change in your community, strengthen your college application, complete community service hours, and develop leadership skills. ACT provides opportunities for members to attend statewide conferences and receive training on addressing public health issues. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, ACT continues to meet weekly via ZOOM.

SDSU CONSENSUS ORGANIZING CENTER, STEP-UP PROGRAM

Phone: 619-594-4813

Website: https://consensus.sdsu.edu/programs-step-up/

Eligibility: Juniors, no GPA requirement

Description: Step-Up seeks to engage, educate, and empower high school juniors to achieve a post-secondary education and develop the practical skills needed to solve social problems in their neighborhoods. Students enroll in Introduction to Social Work at SDSU and complete 40 hours of community service in their neighborhoods, designed to allow students to practice the skills learned in the classroom and learn to see themselves as leaders of their communities.