FREE Health Care Career Fair – April 9

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Do you like helping people? Consider a career in the health care industry. Come to a FREE Health Care Career Fair and learn about all of the opportunities available to you.

April 9, 2015
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Health care employers will be available to share job information, meet job seekers and interview potential employees. The event is FREE and open to all job seekers inerested in a health care career.

Come prepared with printed copies of your résumé.

Employers include:

  • Casa Companion
  • Family Health Center of San Diego
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mission Home Health
  • San Ysidro Health Center
  • Sharp Healthcare

For more information, contact your career agent or visit

This event is organized by America’s Job Center of CaliforniaHealth Profession Opportunity Grants, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and the
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Chollas Creek Restoration Project Groundbreaking Ceremony – March 26



A groundbreaking ceremony will take place to celebrate the start of construction on the Chollas Creek Restoration Project.

Thursday, March 26 – 2 p.m.

Just north of Market Street on Euclid Avenue at the corner of
Guymon Street and Euclid Avenue

Parking is available at the event site. Please enter off of Euclid Avenue.

map-chollas-creek-groundbreakWhat does this mean for the Diamond Neighborhoods? The Chollas Creek Restoration Project will:

  • Restore the natural beauty of a portion of the creek by re-planting native plants, removing invasive plant species, and preventing erosion
  • Create places where residents can gather and enjoy the outdoors
  • Enliven the area with public art works
  • Provide a safer pathway for children attending Horton Elementary School

These enhancements help to beautify the area and encourage future investments in our community.

All are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP to Liz Faris at or 619.527.6161 ext. 376.

This project is funded in whole or part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of San Diego awarded these funds to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Additional funding is provided by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Prop 84).

The Jacobs Center Welcomes Gill Sotu as its Artist-in-Residence

As part of our continuing effort to support the arts in southeastern San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is delighted to announce multidisciplinary artist Gill Sotu as its artist-in-residence.

Gill Sotu performs an inspiring original spoke word piece at the Jacobs Center's Town Hall Series Launch on February 26.

Gill Sotu performs an inspiring original spoken word piece at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26.

Mr. Sotu is a prolific poet, musician, DJ, host, and writer. He uniquely weaves all elements of his artistry into impactful performances that inspire, provoke thought, and evoke soul and laughter. Originally from Oxnard, CA, Mr. Sotu moved to San Diego in 2007. He has since opened for Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E, performed with the San Diego Symphony and conducted workshops at local high-schools and the San Diego County Juvenile Detention Center.

Gill has big plans for his two year residency with us. During his time here, he will create original works, community based projects, and develop new platforms for community engagement. Upcoming projects you can look forward to from him include a spoken word opera, a talent show for Diamond residents, and a spoken word and graffiti art festival. He also plans to collaborate with our programs and other community-based organizations in the area. Gill will work in partnership with Writerz Blok, our urban art program, to develop curriculum and teach classes on poetry and spoken word, playwriting, recording, and DJ mixing and blending to local youth. He will also conduct student workshops at local high schools and work with recipients of the Jacobs Presents Cultural Celebrations and Performances Grants to incorporate participatory elements into their projects through technical training seminars.

Gill’s first residency performance was at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26. He performed an inspiring original spoken word piece that called on residents to be part of the positive change happening in their community.

City Council Unanimously Approves Remaining Funding for the Trolley Residential Project

This week the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve a final loan and take the initial steps towards issuing the bonds needed to fully fund our Trolley Residential Project. This project will construct 52 units of quality multi-family housing at the southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway. Adjacent to the Euclid Transit Center, the second busiest in the MTS system, this $23 million investment will set the stage for transit-oriented development in our community. It will also bring quality jobs to the Diamond Neighborhoods. Thank you Councilmember Cole for securing the City Council’s support for this important project.

To learn more about this vote and what else is happening in southeastern San Diego click here to view this week’s District 4 community newsletter.

Town Hall Series Launch Community Partners

Our Town Hall Series Launch on February 26 wasn’t your typical public meeting. This event offered guests a chance to meet many of the community-based organizations we work with. Guests were able to learn about the programs and resources available to them and find out how they can get involved. If you were unable to attend the Town Hall Series Launch or didn’t get a chance to speak with all of the community-based organizations in attendance check out the list below and visit them online to learn more about the wonderful work they do.


Community HousingWorks

Brownfields Assessment Project

Community Engagement

Platicando Con Mi Gente

The Urban Collaborative Project

Permaculture Academy

Diamond Neighborhood Collective Impact Data

Arts & Culture

The AjA Project

The Lao Community Cultural Center

The San Diego Art Institute

Media Arts Center San Diego


Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch

Elementary Institute of Science (EIS)

Writerz Blok

Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership

Workforce Development & Family Strengthening

South Metro Career Center

Second Chance

Home Start

Project A.W.A.R.E.

Leaders of Change

The Urban League of San Diego County

Newcomers Investment Club
(Contact for more information)

True Roots Hospitality Training Program

These are only some of the community-based organizations we work with. If you want to get involved in revitalizing and strengthening the Diamond Neighborhoods and don’t see what you are looking for here contact Liz Faris at or 619-527-6161 ext.376 and she’ll direct you to more information.


Cleanup Project – Request for Quotes

UPDATE – March 16, 2015

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has selected Second Chance for a short-term workforce cleanup contract for the Northwest Village Creek.

Second Chance will have a crew of six individuals who have graduated from either their young adult or adult Job Readiness Training program and who seek to build their work history through crew based team work. Second Chance clients are individuals who face multiple barriers to employment including a history of incarceration, substance abuse, and homelessness. One hundred percent of the crew members will be residents of the local target area and they will receive wages for approximately 60 hours of work on this project between March 19 and March 27.

UPDATE – March 9, 2015

The following questions were asked about the Northwest Village Creek Cleanup RFQ. Please see responses below.

  1. Q) What are the measurements of the project site?
    A) Approx. dimensions:Phase I: 880 LF 57,200 SF
    Phase II: 2,080 LF (this includes portions next to Festival Park and along Market Street east of Euclid) 215,955 SF
  2. Q) Is the cover letter included the count of the 4-page maximum?A) Cover letter is in ADDITION (not included) to the 4-page maximum as is the budget. The 4 pages should be reserved for submission questions 1-8 of Section 7 titled: Proposal Submission.
  3. Q) Concerning Eligibility: Is a business entity that provides the described services eligible to apply and not just non-profits. Specifically, a sole proprietorship or LLC.
    A) Yes, these entities are eligible to apply.

UPDATE – March 6, 2015

Today, the Jacobs Center held a Respondent Workshop and Creek Tour. Click here for a list of attendees. Insurance Requirements for the selected offeror can be found here.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is inviting proposals from community-based organizations or other entities who are able to perform a short-term trash and debris cleanup project on designated portions of JCNI owned property in and around Chollas Creek. 

The primary goal is to select a contractor to remove garbage and debris prior to the groundbreaking event for the Northwest Village Creek Restoration Project on March 26. The secondary goal of the project is to engage with entities who provide workforce opportunities or other educational supports to neighborhood residents and who can use this project to assist to carry out their work. The objectives are to connect the Northwest Village Creek Restoration Project to human development programs in order to support neighborhood residents with training and educational opportunities. This includes opportunities to increase soft-skills, build work history, and assist to create stewardship amongst neighborhood residents for the Chollas Creek Watershed. Download an application.

The following steps* will occur as part of this RFQ application process:

  • RFQ Released: Monday, March 2, 2015
  • Respondent Workshop and Creek Tour: JCNI 404 Euclid, 1st Floor Community Room – Friday March 6, 2015 at 1pm – RSVP
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5pm Pacific Time
  • Application Review: March 12, 2015 – March 13, 2015
  • Applicant Selected: March 16, 2015
  • Contract Executed: March 18, 2015
  • Work Completion Date: Phase I – March 25, 2015. Phase II – April 2015 -Start date is flexible.

*Note: subject to change per the discretion of JCNI

Celebrating Our Community and Moving Forward Together

Last Thursday, nearly 300 residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods, community leaders and members of our board and staff came together to celebrate our strategic plan for 2015-17 and the community input that created it at our Town Hall Series Launch.

This Town Hall event was the first in a series of meetings that will keep residents engaged in projects and programs aimed at revitalizing District 4. The next Town Hall will focus entirely on redevelopment projects planned for the area and will take place later this spring.

The evening began with an uplifting drumline performance from the Heartbeat Music Academy. Students of all ages brought guests to their feet and started the night off with a bang and a boom!

Members of the Heartbeat Music Academy perform for a packed room at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Members of the Heartbeat Music Academy perform for a packed room at the Town Hall Series Launch.

A program followed that included members of the community who had participated in the strategic planning process. They shared the four goals that guide our work. They include: “Personality,” “People,” “Place,” and “Programs.” Personality, relates to creating a sharpened brand identity for the Jacobs Center and improving communications and accountability. People, means increasing the number of engaged stakeholders. Place and Programs aim to improve the area’s quality of life through physical redevelopment and enhanced human development programs.

The program also included an update on redevelopment projects that are underway and planned to start construction this spring. Project’s like Rita’s Italian Ice (now open in Market Creek Plaza!) and the Walgreens being built near the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street are all part of our goal to develop our approximately 50 remaining acres in the next 10 years.

Among the upcoming projects is a facelift for Market Creek Plaza which will consist of a newly painted exterior, re-striped parking lot and landscaping. The Chollas Creek Restoration Project will break ground in April. This project will restore the natural beauty of a portion of Chollas Creek near Market Street and Guymon Street and will invite activity through the addition of art and a trail system. A Community Facilities District is being planned to fund infrastructure improvements in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. Improvements will include wider sidewalks, street lights and other infrastructure improvements. These features will help to attract developers, increase property values and establish Market Street as a vibrant activity corridor. We will issue tax exempt bonds to pay for these necessary upgrades. These bonds will only be applied to properties owned by the Jacobs Center and will be paid back through nominal property tax increases to their tenants.

The program ended with an inspiring spoken work performance by new Jacobs Center artist-in-residence Gill Sotu that captured the essence of community. Sotu called upon residents to work together to be part of the change in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Jacobs Center artist-in-residence gives an inspiring spoken word performance at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Jacobs Center artist-in-residence gives an inspiring spoken word performance at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Before and after the program residents learned about resources provided by community-based organizations related to workforce development and family strengthening, education, community engagement, arts and culture.

Community members learn about programs offered at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Community members learn about programs offered at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library at the Town Hall Series Launch.

More photos and video of the event will be posted soon. In the meantime you can see what people are saying about our Town Hall Series Launch by searching #JacobsTownHall on social media.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the collaborative vision and plan for the Diamond Neighborhoods. And a very special thank you to the community partners who staffed tables and brought a wealth of information. Your work to engage residents is what builds a stronger community. The Town Hall Series Launch was the first step in our shared journey to revitalize the Diamond and we are so happy we were able to take it together.

Jacobs Center Town Hall Series Launch

Town Hall Series Launch


Thursday, FEBRUARY 26, 2015  |  5:30 – 8 PM
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center  |  404 Euclid Avenue  |  San Diego CA 92114

Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Community and How it Will Affect You and Your Family?

Come Find Out!

MEET our staff, community partners and other Diamond Neighborhood residents.

LEARN about the strategic plan and how the community worked together to develop a shared vision to engage residents, create new places for goods and services, provide spaces for gathering, and develop programs and partnerships that will strengthen the Diamond Neighborhoods.

DISCOVER current and upcoming construction projects, educational programs for youth and adults, opportunities for skills building and employment and arts and culture activities.

ENJOY complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided by True Roots Catering, a social enterprise of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation as well as inspiring performance art from Gill Sotu.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Be part of the change! Join us to learn more and get connected to the neighborhood action.

RSVP to Liz Faris at or 619.527.6161 ext. 376.

For more information visit or connect with us on social media. Use #JacobsTownHall to join the conversation.

Creative Careers Expo

Creative Careers Expo

Join us for our inaugural Creative Career Expo helping San Diego’s diverse population of high school youth and young adults to build awareness, essential skills and opportunities for them within the many creative industries that are crucial to the 21st Century.


Saturday, March 14, 2015
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

For the Expo schedule click here.

For the schedule of workshops and descriptions click here.

Meet reps from the following industries:
• Advertising
• Architecture
• Crafts
• Design
• Fashion
• Film
• Video and Photography
• Software
• Computer Games & Electronic Publishing
• Music, Visual, Performing Arts
• Publishing & Television
• Radio

FREE for all ages.

at: Jacobs Center “Celebration Hall” (404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, California 92114)

Booth opportunities also available. Reserve your booth here:

INFO: / 619-230-1938 x 101 / Download Event Flyer here.

Presented by: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation & San Diego Latino Film Festival

Miniature African American History Awareness Museum

Saturday, February 7th • 1:00-6:00 pm

As we celebrate African American/Black History Month this year, there will be a display of a Miniature African American History Awareness Museum. It will include displays of famous African American photos, and documents of historical facts and events. The presentation is designed to help you to look back in history to discover the great accomplishments African Americans have made in America.

Please come join us for enlightenment and awareness. Learn about the history of a people that changed the world. A Miniature African American History Awareness Museum presentation by Carolyn Rossell, Founder.

For more information please (619) 527-3405 or e-mail

Valencia Park / Malcolm X Branch Library
5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-3405 •

Pat On The Back Foundation College Expo




Pat On The Back Foundation welcomes youth from youth nonprofit organizations to participate in its 2nd Annual ‘College Bound’ youth trip, to offer youth an opportunity to get more information on higher education institutions and scholarship information in preparation for life after high school. We will sponsor 10-19 youth to attend this event. Tickets to event, lunch, and transportation will be provided to all attendees.

For more information, please contact Dion Michelle Sayles, POTB Director ( or Patrick L. Turner, CEO/Founder (

P O Box 153593

Diamond Parent Leadership Learning Series (English & Spanish)


Do you have kids that attend our neighborhood schools in Southeastern San Diego? Want to learn how to further your child’s school success?

Engaged Parents = Successful Students.

Parents are invited to participate in the Diamond Parent Leadership Learning Series starting in February at the Jacobs Center.  It is a free 8-week course for parents of children in local schools to learn how to be an active partner for student and school success.

Each class will focus on a different topic or theme to help you become better equipped to participate fully in your child’s education. Learn from education experts, teachers, parent leaders, school advocates, and community leaders.
Course topics include:

  • Understanding the school system
  • Preparing your child for success
  • Critical milestones for success and overcoming barriers
  • Building a Parent Leaders Network
  • Connecting to community resources

Want to learn more? Join us for the Orientation!

Parents who complete the course will receive a Program Completion certificate endorsed by UCSD Extension. Limited capacity! Save your space today!

Tuesday, February 24
6 – 8pm

Tuesdays, 6 – 8 pm
March 3, 10, 17, 24  & April 7, 14, 21, 28
May 5 – Graduation

Emerald Hills Room
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave., San Diego CA 92114

To register or for more info, call Emilia at (619)527-6161 x165 or

The Diamond Parent Leadership Institute is presented by the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation in partnership with the Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) and UCSD Extension.


¿Tiene hijos en las escuelas en la comunidad del Sureste de San Diego? ¿Quiere aprender a fomentar el éxito académico de su hijo?

Padres Comprometidos = Estudiantes Exitoso

Padres del Sureste de San Diego están invitados a participar en el Curso de Liderazgo de Padres del Diamante comenzando en febrero en el Jacobs Center. El curso es gratuito y de 8 semanas. Es una oportunidad para que los padres de niños en las escuelas locales se enteren como ser un partidario activo y efectivo para el éxito de su estudiante y el éxito escolar.

Cada clase se centrará en un tema diferente para ayudarle a estar mejor equipados para participar plenamente en la educación de su hijo. Aprenderá de expertos en la educación, profesores, padres líderes, defensores de la escuela y líderes comunitarios.

Temas del curso incluyen:

  • Comprensión del sistema escolar
  • Preparar a su estudiante para el éxito
  • Puntos críticos para el éxito y la superación de barreras
  • Construyendo una red de padres líderes
  • Conectarse a recursos de la comunidad

¿Quiere más información? ¡Venga a nuestra orientación!

Padres que terminan el curso, recibirán certificado de reconocimiento de UCSD Extensión. ¡Cupo limitado! ¡Guarde su espacio hoy!

miércoles, 28 de enero de
8:30 – 10am

Curso comienza miércoles
11 de febrero

Curso de llevará a cabo los miércoles de 8:30 – 10:30am

Salón Comunitario
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave., San Diego CA 92114

Para registrarse o para obtener más información, háblele a Emilia Castillo al (619)527-6161 x165 o

El Curso de Liderazgo de Padres del Diamante es  presentado por el Jacobs Center en colaboración con DEEP y Platicando Con Mi Gente.

The University Club’s Charity & Wine Supporting Computers 2 SD Kids

On behalf of The University Club’s Giving Group,
please come and celebrate and support:

Computers 2 SD Kids has the challenging mission of bringing technology into the homes of thousands of San Diego low-income families. Each computer that we bring to a family provides resources and opportunities to a child for learning, growth and development. Winner of the 2014 County Tax PayersAssociation’s Golden Watchdog Award for outstanding fiscal responsibility by a nonprofit organization, strong fiscal responsibility remains the cornerstone of our foundation with 95% of every donation going directly into our work making technology accessible to San Diego families. Help C2SDK reduce the digital divide and level the playing field for low-income students and make a difference in their lives by supporting our cause.

When: January 28th at 5:30pm

Where: University Club atop Symphony Towers

Evening Includes: 1 Glass of Wine upon arrival and tray passed hors d’oeuvres. Wine tasting of selected Wines from our Sommelier

Dress Code: Business attire, dressy jeans and smart casual attire

Please RSVP to be Registered with the Club
619-234-5200 University Club
858-200-9787 C2SDK


Now Hiring! Walgreens is Coming to the Neighborhood!

Screen ShotJoin Walgreens and find yourself at a place where innovation thrives and incredible career and growth opportunities await. Walgreens offers a chance to work in a truly supportive environment and be part of a progressive organization dedicated to the well-being of our customers, employees, and the communities we all call home.

Walgreens’ new store is opening soon at the Northwest corner of Market St. & Euclid Ave. Qualified Diamond Neighborhood residents are highly encouraged to apply!

Interested applicants must complete the following steps:

STEP 1: Register for an online account on Walgreens’ Jobs website: (link is case sensitive). You can apply on your own computer or visit the employment kiosk at any store location. So that your application is forwarded to the appropriate hiring Manager, be sure to indicate the National City location at 885 Euclid Ave., National City, CA 91950

Available positions include:

  • Customer Service Associate
  • Photo Specialist
  • Cosmetics
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Shift Lead

A separate application is needed for each position.

STEP 2: Take an in-store assessment at any Walgreens location. Ask to use the employment kiosk. If selected, a Walgreens representative will contact you for an interview.

Please complete the first two steps of this process by January 23. For more information visit Walgreens’ career website:

Need Help Preparing for Your Interview?
The South Metro Career Center is hosting interviewing technique workshops!

Thurs., Jan. 22 & Fri., Jan 23
9:30 – 11:30 am
4389 Imperial Ave.,
San Diego, CA 92113

Walgreens is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate in their hiring or employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal law.

Community Workshops: Housing Discrimination In Our Community


How does housing discrimination happen in our communities? Who are the people frequently affected by housing discrimination? What can we do to reduce housing discrimination?

Join us at a Community Workshop to learn about fair housing laws, and to share your experiences with housing discrimination. The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing, is hosting a series of workshops throughout the San Diego region. Attend a workshop near your community:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Joe & Vi Jacobs Center Community Room, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 Google Map

Your input is important to understanding the community’s needs and potential solutions for reducing housing discrimination.

For more information, please contact SDRAFFH by email or visit

MLK Day of Service with Project New Village


Project New Village invites you to join us in A Day of Service at Mt. Hope Community Garden in Southeastern San Diego where we are working with and in community to address food injustice by transforming vacant lots and backyards into vibrant food growing spaces.

Saturday January 24, 2015
10am – 1pm
4261 Market St., San Diego, CA 92102


30th Annual YMCA of San Diego County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast

Presented by the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA


Waitlist spots may become available. Call 619.264.0144 for more information.

Town & Country Resort, Atlas Ballroom
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
6:00am Registration/Breakfast
7:00-9:00am Program/Award

Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy for the thirtieth year by honoring those striving to make a positive impact in our communities.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Human Dignity Award is given each year to a person who most exemplifies the work and character of its namesake Dr. King. Throughout history, we know that Dr. King will be forever attached to the civil rights movement, but those who study the life and legacy of this American icon know that he was much more.


On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. In January 1986, as our nation officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA hosted our first YMCA of San Diego County breakfast.

January 17, 2000 was the first time Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty US states. In 2011, a memorial honoring Dr. King was completed and dedicated in October at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

The YMCA celebrates a long connection with Dr. King’s life. During the civil rights movement, meetings were held at YMCA’s.

“Living the Dream” Pledge"Living the Dream" Pledge

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work, I pledge to do everything that I can to make America and the world a place where equality and justice, and freedom and peace, will grow and flourish.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I commit myself to Living the Dream by loving, not hating, showing understanding, not anger, making peace, not war, and helping freedom exist for all people everywhere in the world.

Volunteer at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA or learn more about how you can serve others where you live, work or pray.