Transforming lives in City Heights

Members of Youth Empowerment playing football at Teralta Park on a recent Sunday afternoon. CREDIT LINE: Youth Empowerment

Instead of dodging bullets on the street, they’re dodging paintball pellets in a park. Instead of marking their turf with graffiti on public property, they’re cleaning up taggers’ work from swing sets and basketball courts. Instead of focusing on all…

Transformando vidas en City Heights

Gabby y Arturo Soriano cuentan cómo Youth Empowerment evolucionó de un juego de baloncesto a un movimiento que está transformando vidas en City Heights. CREDIT LINE: David Ogul

En lugar de esquivar balas en la calles, esquivan bolitas de paintball en un parque. En lugar de marcar con grafiti la propiedad pública, están limpiando grafiti de los columpios y canchas de baloncesto. En lugar de concentrarse en todo…

A thriving underground economy in City Heights

Some 87 percent of those surveyed use the cash-based informal economy in City Heights to buy food, researchers found. PHOTO CREDIT: Jim Bliesner, UC San Diego Urban Studies and Planning Program

City Heights has become a critical cog in a wide-ranging, UC San Diego-led study because of what researchers call its “informal economy” that encompasses street vendors, yard sales and other under-the-radar ways of earning or supplementing a living. Some 87…

Empower women through health, education

PCI provides computer training through its Life Skills training program.

City Heights women seeking a better life through improved health and education are the target of two programs offered by Project Concern International, a nonprofit founded 54 years ago in San Diego to provide health, opportunity, and support to those…