Community Service

For students who want to improve the quality of life in their communities.

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.

cardinals interact program

Phone: 619-795-2008

Website: http://cardinalsinteract.org/

Eligibility: Must be admitted in the 9th grade, 1.0+ GPA

Description: The Cardinals Interact Program is a partnership between Price Philanthropies, San Diego Rotary Club 33, and Hoover High School. The program provides positive and supportive activities for Hoover students over a three and a half year period, offering mentoring, college prep, career exposure, and scholarship services.

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 recommendations, virtual workshops, and more.

Copley-Price Family YMCA

Phone: 619-280-9622

Website: https://www.ymca.org/locations/copley-price-family-ymca

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: The YMCA provides programs for teens with an opportunity to earn a free membership to the YMCA by committing to academic excellence, community service, wellness, and self-improvement. Programs include academic support such as tutoring, college preparation, mentoring, study skill workshops, and computer lab access. Also, the YMCA provides job readiness opportunities consisting of volunteering and internships to gain work experience. Under COVID, the YMCA will run enrichment programs for school-age children coming this fall, with scholarships available. Outdoor wellness and group exercise classes, including outdoor pools, are open for members.

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.

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 is 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.

pro kids

Phone: 619-582-7884

Website: https://www.thefirstteesandiego.org/

Eligibility: Free programming for all Hoover students.

Description: Pro Kids promotes character development, life skills, and values through education and the game of golf. Through a unique set of programs that combine sport, study, and service, Pro Kids provides youth in grades 2-12 with equitable access to opportunities that will set them on the path to success in adulthood, with support and scholarship service for program alumni. Hoover students can get academic help, learn the sport of golf, participate in college visits and career workshops, complete community service, and receive assistance in applying for and paying for college and technical training.

reality changers

Phone: 619-516-2222

Website: https://realitychangers.org/

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: Reality Changers transforms students into college graduates, serving youth in grades 8-12 through two programs, College Town and College Apps Academy. College Town assists students in grades 8-11th in the following areas: leadership development, academic preparation, and college readiness. College Apps Academy guides and supports 12th-grade students through the entire admissions process, financial aid, and college survival skills.

SAY San Diego, Advocates for Change Today

Phone: 619-519-1036 (okay to text)

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 a member of ACT 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.

SDSU PRICE COMMUNITY SCHOLARS

Phone: 619-485-3028

Eligibility: Juniors, no GPA requirement

Description: The Price Community Scholars program pairs SDSU students from City Heights with three 7th graders in the Hoover Cluster. The college students provide weekly tutoring and mentorship with the students from 7th through 10th grade in exchange for a four-year college scholarship. The program assists in building a community that enhances the path to higher education for both mentors and mentees through academic success, college awareness, cultural enrichment, and community service.