For students seeking opportunities to receive advice and guidance from a caring adult or older peer.

Aaron Price Fellows Program

Phone: 619-795-2005


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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Phone: 858-536-4900


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County provides one-to-one mentoring programs for children from 7 to 17 years old.

Cesar Chavez Service Clubs

Phone: 619-233-1331


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.


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. 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.

College Avenue Compact

Phone: 619-880-6845


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.

Description: College Avenue Compact is a partnership with Price Philanthropies, San Diego Unified School District, and San Diego State University (SDSU) that offers Hoover students guaranteed admission to SDSU upon successfully completing the College Avenue Compact requirements. Students selected for the College Avenue Scholars program receive individual college mentoring, access to test preparation, and leadership opportunities. Student and family services will continue in a virtual setting for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Copley-Price Family YMCA

Phone: 619-280-9622


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.

FACES for the Future

Phone: 619-980-0831


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

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.

IMIN/ Arc Experience

Phone: 619-344-4500 x2303


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.


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" 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.

Ocean Discovery Institute

Phone: 619-795-8365


Eligibility: Free and open to all Hoover students.

Description: Ocean Discovery Institute uses ocean science to empower young people to transform their lives, their community, and their world as science and conservation leaders. The Living Lab in City Heights provides continuous science opportunities paired with mentoring and the tools to overcome challenges so that young people can unlock their potential (currently only open for food distribution service as a response to COVID). Hoover students can volunteer, participate in a fellowship, and explore careers in science.

Reality Changers

Phone: 619-516-2222


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.


Phone: 619-594-4813


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: Contact to learn more

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.

Students Without Limits

Phone: 858-880-7094


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

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: Open to All

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 careers of the 21st century.

UCSD Upward Bound Math & Science

Phone: 858-534-4252


Eligibility: Contact to learn more

Description: The 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).

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.