HCC: A to Z

An alphabetized list of all HCC programs and resources

Phone: 619-795-2005

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

Recruitment Period: January to March

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.

Phone: 619-344-4500 x3147

Eligibility: Must have a cumulative 3.0+ GPA in 9th-10th grade and/or an A-G GPA 3.0+ in 11th-12th grades and not be currently enrolled in any other college access program at Hoover.

Recruitment Period: September

Description: Avenues for Success is a college and career access program that works with first-generation, low-income students from Monroe Clark Middle, Wilson Middle, and Hoover High School. College and career advising is provided to help students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to successfully transition from school to work. Avenues for Success also provides support to recent high school graduates.

Phone: 858-536-4900

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County provides children from the ages of 7 to 17 with one-to-one mentoring programs.

Phone: 619-795-2008

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

Recruitment Period: January to March

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 three and a half year period, offering mentoring, college prep, career exposure, and scholarship services.

Center for Community Solutions

Phone: 619-768-9016

Eligibility: Open to any City Heights resident over the age of 13.

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

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

Eligibility: Open to students grades 3 through 12.

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

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.

Phone: 619-641-6100

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. A digital library card opens up access to our vast online library, research databases, tutoring, test prep, and more. Join the City Heights Library's Facebook and Teen Instagram (@SDPLTeens), for book recommendations, virtual workshops, and more.

Phone: (619) 780-7498

Description: The Community Law Project is a program of the California Western School of Law that provides pro-bono (free) legal services, including legal advice, consultations, and referral services. The City Heights clinics are typically located at Hoover High School (Tuesdays) and Rosa Parks Elementary School (Fridays) campuses. Prior to attending in-person clinics, clients are encouraged to check the website for updates, schedule changes, and closures.

Phone: 619-280-9622

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: The Copley-Price Family YMCA has created two teen programs that support academic achievement. Their Y-Strong Girls program focuses on issues that pertain to young women but also teaches them entrepreneurial skills.

Phone: 619-980-0831

Eligibility: Only open to students in the Academy for Health and Healthier Communities. Students must begin with the new cohort.

Recruitment Period: May

Description: Rady Children's Hospital - FACES for the Future (FACES) prepares students for careers in health care through academic enhancement, professional/leadership development, wellness support, and career experience. Students' activities include guest speakers, workshops, hands-on skills clinics, college field trips, hospital, and community rotations, one-on-one mentoring, and leadership opportunities.

Phone: 619-339-3308

Eligibility: Applications are available in the Spring before senior year. Students must have a 10-12 College GPA of 3.0 or above.

Recruitment Period: May to June

Description: First Gen Scholars provide superior support to underserved first-generation high school students in San Diego by navigating them through the college application process and mentoring them throughout college towards a prosperous career.

Phone: 619-344-4500 x2303

Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students.

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: IMIN after school is brought to you by Arc. It is a voluntary after-school program for Hoover students. The goal is to connect students to activities to enrich their educational experience. This program is designed to serve students in an array of safe, structured programs that provide students with a range of supervised activities that are designed to encourage learning and development outside the typical school day.

Phone: 619-641-7510 x258

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

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

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 their academic needs and align their education with relevant, real world exposure.

Phone: 619-230-1938

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" trains students in video production, focused on creating short documentaries and video journalism pieces reporting on Hoover clubs and activities. Teen Producers Project and 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.

Phone: 619-940-5165

Eligibility: All Hoover students can access Mending Matters support at no cost. Please contact your school counselor for more information.

Description: Mending Matters is a non-profit organization that provides free mental health services to middle and high school students throughout San Diego County. Mending Matters challenges the status quo by providing easy and equitable access to youth-centered mental health care in schools.

Phone: 619-272-7582 x126

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

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: Mid-City CAN's Youth Council is comprised of youth in the Mid-City neighborhood between the ages of 13-18 who care about making a lasting impact in their community. Mid-City CAN's mission is to create a safe, productive, and healthy community through collaboration, advocacy, and organizing.

Phone: 619-795-8365

Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students.

Recruitment Period: March to June

Description: Ocean Discovery Institute serves K-12 students in the Hoover Cluster through hands-on science programming, mentoring, and tools for success. Their intensive high school program is scaling towards a cohort model for 8-12th grade students with a 12-day summer program, a college access mentorship program, and year-round academic support.

planned parenthood

Phone: 1-888-743-7526

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: Planned Parenthood provides a wide range of sexual and reproductive health services for all people: birth control, emergency contraception, cervical cancer screening, pregnancy testing and options counseling, STD testing and treatment, nPEP and PrEP, LGBT services, men’s health, UTI testing and treatment, breast exams, intimate partner violence screening and information, abortion care and complex gynecology services. Planned Parenthood has a health center in City Heights located on University Avenue!

Phone: 619-582-7884

Eligibility: Free programming for all Hoover students.

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

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

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Recruitment Period: January to May

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.

Phone: 619-519-1036 (text ok)

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 Hernandez at rocio.hernandez@saysandiego.org.

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: SAY San Diego's 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, students will have the opportunity to experience fun ways to make a positive change in their community, strengthen their 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.

Phone: 619-594-4813

Eligibility: Juniors, no GPA requirement

Recruitment Period: September to November

Description: SDSU Consensus Organizing Center's Step-Up Program 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.

Phone: 619-594-2349

Eligibility: Upward Bound & Talent Search: Students must be a U.S. Citizen, legal resident, or on a pathway to citizenship. Contact to learn more.

Recruitment Period: Talent Search: Year-Round, Upward Bound: Fall and Spring

Description: The SDSU Pre-College Institute is a partnership between federally funded TRIO programs, public schools, and SDSU academic departments. The Institute has integrated three programs (Talent Search, Upward Bound Classic, and Upward Bound STAR/Classic) to assist youth by providing a range of services including academic, college, career, and financial advising. We assist students with career exposure, college access, community service, mentoring, tutoring, and community resources.

Phone: 619-485-3028

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Recruitment Period: May to July

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.

Phone: 858-880-7094

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: Students Without Limits supports the endeavors of first-generation and immigrant students who want to attend college by providing them with in-school support and opportunities.

the league of amazing programmers

Phone: 858-284-0481

Eligibility: Must be enrolled in the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT).

Recruitment Period: August-September

Description: The League of Amazing Programmers teaches computer programming to students in the 5th-12th grade. Classes are offered after school or on weekends at Hoover High School or local libraries. Students meet year-round to prepare themselves for the careers of the 21st century.

ucsd Upward bound

Phone: 858-534-4252

Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: UCSD Upward Bound Math & Science program is designed to strengthen students' math and science skills and encourage them to pursue post-secondary degrees in math and science with the ultimate goal of pursuing careers in these professions.

wahupa educational talent search

Phone: 619-663-8184

Eligibility: U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident, not enrolled in another TRIO program (Talent Search, Upward Bound).

Recruitment Period: Year-Round

Description: Wahupa Educational Talent Search assists first-generation college students in successfully completing a high school education and obtaining a college degree with financial aid. Program services include: academic and A-G course advising; college information/application assistance; tutoring connection; SAT/ACT information; and financial aid information/application assistance.