Junior League of San Diego has been a longtime supporter of Promises2Kids and its Guardian Scholars program. In 2001, Promises2Kids launched its Guardian Scholars program to address the dismal educational statistics for foster youth and is proud of its over 85% college graduation rate, compared to the less than 10% nationally. With the support of the JLSD’s gift of $70,000 in honor of its 70th Anniversary, Promises2Kids established an endowed scholarship for a former foster youth in college who embodies that of the JLSD members themselves, leadership and giving back to the community. Takeyia, a sophomore at UCSD, is the current recipient. Not only is she pursuing a career in the STEM field, already becoming a role model for young ladies, but she is also passionate about community service, often giving back in her church community.
Today, Promises2Kids’ Guardian Scholars begins supporting foster youth in the 9th grade, exposing them to the vast educational and career opportunities available, and annually supports 175 foster youth pursuing higher education whether it be a certificate, community college, or 4-year university education.
Promises2Kids recognizes the need to not only support foster youth in high school and then into higher education, but also the importance of providing support as they transition into life after graduation. In August 2017, Promises2Kids launched the Women’s Leadership Network, building off the Men’s, in an effort to ensure these foster youth have a network of successful and supportive role models who help them achieve a successful and independent future – something JLSD understands all too well. A year later, we have had 18 young women, all former foster youth, engage in the program and better prepared for life after school.
Promises2Kids is grateful for the support from the Junior League of San Diego. Their leadership, volunteerism, and dedication to the San Diego community has been critical in our efforts to create a brighter future for foster children.
Promises2Kids was founded in 1981 and, since then, it has served over 250,000 current and former foster youth, and distributed more than $25 million for critical services and program. From the moment they come into foster care and through to adulthood, Promises2Kids provides the hope, support, and opportunities these special individuals need to change their lives for the better… now and for years to come. Our programs include the A.B. and Jessie Polinsky Children’s Center, Camp Connect, Foster Funds, and Guardian Scholars. These programs assist Promises2Kids in its mission to create a brighter future for foster youth®.
Stephanie Segal Ortega, MA
Chief Operating Officer
These are the 2018-2019 Guardian Scholars