Category: Personal Interest

Weaving together a history

Ekyoci

English as a Second Language (ESL) students at Hoover High celebrated their cultural heritage by creating quilt squares representing their past, present, and future. Forty three students in ESL 5-6 delivered speeches on what their square represented. The 295 squares…

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…

Una próspera economía subterránea en City Heights

“La gente está buscando diferentes avenidas para generar ingresos y sobrevivir”, dijo Paul Watson, Jr., director ejecutivo del Centro de Investigación Global Action. CRÉDITO DE LA FOTO: Jim Bliesner, Programa de Estudios Urbanos y Planificación de UC San Diego

City Heights se ha convertido en importante engranaje de un amplio estudio que lleva a cabo UC San Diego debido a lo que los investigadores se refieren como su “economía informal”, la que incluye vendedores callejeros, ventas de patio y…

In My Words: Summit shows youths how to effect change

Mid-City CAN Youth Council Member Leslie Renteria, a 17-year-old Hoover High School student, was one of the planners of the #YouthPower Summit on April 4 at San Diego State University. The event was designed to create a network for young people between schools and communities. Photo Credit: Adam Ward

On April 4, more than 150 young people from San Diego County and beyond came together at the #YouthPower Summit at San Diego State University. Participants included the Mid-City CAN Youth Council, which worked with partners such as Maximizing Access…

Saving the oceans in City Heights

Shara Fisler, the executive director of the Ocean Discovery Institute, was honored as a Women’s History Month Local Hero by KPBS.

Shara Fisler thrives at her job. The executive director of the Ocean Discovery Institute, an educational program she founded 15 years ago, Fisler helps young people explore San Diego’s coastal habitats while training them to become scientific and environmental leaders.…

Salvando los océanos desde City Heights

Shara Fisler sigue prosperando en su trabajo. La directora ejecutiva del Instituto Ocean Discovery, un programa educativo fundado por ella hace 15 años, ayuda a los jóvenes a explorar los hábitats costeros de San Diego y los entrena para que…

Illustrating pollution

Several Hoover High School students worked with Ocean Discovery Institute to create a piece of art illustrating the dangers of pollution on the local watershed. The artwork was displayed at City Hall for much of March.

A group of Hoover High School students have left their mark on City Hall. Under the mentorship of artist Sue Britt, the students created a work of art using paper and discarded bottle caps to illustrate the types of debris…