Thursday, February 28, 2019

FREE Immigration Consultations at SDSU

Join Alliance San Diego on March 20th for a FREE immigration consultations event. 

Please share with friends, colleagues, and family! 

When: March 20th, 2019 By Appointment  
Where:  San Diego State University - EOP Office in Student Services East (SSE) 
Room 2109 (5500 Campanile Dr, San Diego, CA 92182) 

What: Understanding your immigration options and rights is the first step in becoming civically engaged, regardless of your status. Come to our immigration consultation event to empower yourself with facts, learn about your rights, and how you can get involved in making sure your community is represented in the lead up to the 2020 election and beyond! For more information, call: (619) 629-0348 or email Nora at   

The Princess Project San Diego: Get a Prom Dress Event

Visit for more information. 

Free Summer SAT Preparation Opportunity

SWAG applications are now open! 

Priority consideration is given to those who are low-income and/or first-generation. I’ve attached a postcard and I have some hard copies as well. Thank you for your helping us promote.

SWAG (Students With Academic Goals) SAT Prep Academy

SWAG is an intensive, 3-week SAT Prep Academy located at Bayview Baptist Church, weekdays June 13-28. 

Students must currently be in Grade 9, 10 or 11 (in Grade 10, 11 or 12 in Fall 2019.) 

The program includes SAT Instruction, Tutoring, Lunch, Team-Building and Field Trips to three local universities. 

Priority Deadline: March 22. It is a competitive process and acceptance is not guaranteed. 

Families must attend an Orientation in May and students must take a pre-test in June. 


Online Application:   

Friday, February 22, 2019

Adelante Latino Conference 2019

We look forward to your presence at our 23rd Annual Adelante Latino Conference 2019 on Saturday, April 20, 2019 at UC San Diego.  

Here is the link to the flier:

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Associated Builders and Contractors Open House for Juniors and Seniors

ABC San Diego is proud to announce that we will be hosting our Spring Career Day & Open House on Saturday, March 9th from 10am-2pm. This event is open to the public but highly encourage high school juniors & seniors to attend! 

Parents and school representatives are also encouraged to attend. We will be having a short presentation about ABCSD, a facilities tour, and a meet and greet with a few of our Instructors. There we be mini labs conducted for student’s to participate in along with food and drinks.

See flyer below. Please feel free to share with any students/parents or teachers that may be interested in attending. RSVP is required so they can either email me or call me and I will add them to the event registration. My contact information is on the flyer.

Applicants Needed: FBI Teen Academy Due: starting March 1, 2019

The FBI San Diego Teen Academy takes place in the summer for 10th and 11th grade high school students (San Diego & Imperial Counties).

The Teen Academy allows high school students an opportunity to get a comprehensive look into today’s FBI during a six-to-eight-hour block of instruction and demonstrations at the FBI field office in Sorrento Valley. Students will also gain hands-on experience in areas such as crime scene and forensic techniques as well as tactical operations. Students will also engage in candid conversations with FBI staff about online communication and its risks, as well as lifestyle choices required to be eligible for careers at the FBI.

GPA & Essay: The primary objective is to identify students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in what the FBI does. It is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, well-written essay, school activities, and community involvement. 

Learn More: FBI San Diego Community Outreach Page for Teen Academy

To Apply: The next San Diego Division Teen Academy will be in the Summer of 2019. This academy is open to high school students currently in 10th or 11th grade who live in San Diego and Imperial Counties. San Diego Division will begin accepting applications on March 1, 2019. No cost to attend.

Evidence Response Team (ERT) hosts a session during the 1-day Teen Academy. Other presentations may include terrorism, cyber, public corruption, polygraph exams, evidence response, SWAT, and the day-to-day operations of a typical FBI office.

“The FBI Teen Academy helps youth better understand how we protect the American people and uphold the constitution. We also share how the decisions they make today may impact education and career options in the future," said Special Agent in Charge John A. Brown of the FBI San Diego Field Office. "Our goal is to provide students with useful information and valuable experiences they can share with others upon returning to their home and school."

Point of Contact (POC): Charmin Lindholm, Community Outreach Chair, FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBISDCAAA),
Disclaimer: POC read 100+ Teen Academy applicant essays in 2018. The reader doesn’t see specific information about names, schools, etc. Essays are read by a panel of people who score each essay individually.

Tips for Writing the Applicant Essay
  1. Read the directions. Follow the directions. Turn in essay BEFORE the deadline.
  2. Double check to make sure you FULLY answer all of the question prompts. Proofread!
  3. If you aren’t specifically interested in a FBI career, tell us why you are so passionate about this learning opportunity. If you haven’t held leadership positions in clubs/teams, tell us how you are involved in the community in other ways.
  4. Really focus on what your “information sharing plans” are for AFTER you complete the Teen Academy. The more details you provide, the more credible is sounds (e.g. have a strategic plan).
    1. This 1-day event is a big investment of the many FBI personnel who participate. There are limited spots and many qualified applicants to choose from.
    2. What are YOU going to do to share what you learned with your COMMUNITY or SCHOOL (beyond just “talking to my friends and family”).
  5. Tip: Do research on the type of work the FBI does in San Diego. The FBI needs help raising awareness in the community about their safety initiatives. Focus on areas that are connected to your specific community need or your specific age group.
  6. The FBI needs committed Teen Ambassadors who will contribute to community outreach programs after the academy is over. “Public support and understanding are essential to the FBI’s success.” By increasing public awareness about the FBI’s safety programs, we are all helping to keep our communities safer. How will you help the FBI in their mission?

During Lunch: Teens are paired up with FBI Agents and personnel to eat together over lunch. This small group of 2-3 people are able to have more focused conversations and get their specific questions answered. 
*Lunch is generously sponsored by the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBISDCAAA).

After the Teen Academy: Graduates of the Teen Academy become "Teen Ambassadors" who are invited to help bring public awareness at information booths through community outreach projects like the annual National Night Out event in August. 

Teen Ambassadors are invited to collaborate with the alums of the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy to work on Community Outreach projects together. 

The FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBISDCAAA) organized a tour of the Monarch School in November 2018. Teen Ambassadors who expressed interest in helping with the annual Holiday Project supply-drive were invited to join them. Together with the two FBI Community Outreach Specialists, they learned more about how the Monarch School serves kids impacted by homelessness. The Monarch School was selected as FBI San Diego’s “Adopt-A-School”, part of the Community Outreach Program.

Cyrus Parson is an active Teen Ambassador in the 11th grade. He is quiet and reserved. Cyrus says "yes" to all the opportunities that are offered to him by the FBI Community Outreach Specialist.

Cyrus & fellow Teen Ambassador Cristal Silva went on a tour of the Monarch School to learn more. Both committed teens received a special invitation to attend the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy Alumni Association’s quarterly intelligence briefing at the holiday party. The presentation was given by a veteran FBI agent who shared his behind-the-scenes story of the work he did on the 2010 Escondido Bomb House case.

In December 2018, Cyrus completed a supply-drive for the Monarch School. His little sister’s Girl Scout Daisy Troop wanted to help too. The results were amazing!

Spring 2019 Credit Recovery

Did you earn an F or D is a required class for graduation and/or A-G college admission? 

 Credit Recovery Applications are now available. See your counselor to pick up a Credit Recovery Application as soon as possible.

Priority will go to seniors, but to ensure a space ALL Students must return their credit recovery application ASAP, but no later than February 25th, to the counseling center. 

 If a student shows up the first day, they will be placed on a wait list and run the risk of not getting a class they may need for graduation.

Credit Recovery Application Deadline is, February 25th

Credit Recovery Starts:

Tuesday, February 26, 2019, After School

Subjects offered: English 12-A, Integrated Math II A/B, Chemistry A/B,World History A/B and US History A/B

Zumba Every Thursday

February 21st, is the first Thursday of Free ZUMBA Fitness Class! Staff, parents & students are welcome to join in the fun and get a great workout to help relieve stress and improve overall health.

ZUMBA Fitness Class
Every Thursday- Starting February 21st
In the Theater, from 3-4pm
Donations are welcome
Students and parents encouraged to come for a family friendly event.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Finish the FAFSA

Counselors are available afterschool 
Tuesday through Friday to help seniors 
with their 
FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) 
California Dream Act application. 

Here is another excellent opportunity to complete the FAFSA/CADA:

RISE Celebrating Excellence: African American Scholars Conference

Friday, February 8, 2019

Would you like a bicycle?

Would you like a bicycle?

Submit a 1-page essay answering the following questions:

What are the benefits of riding a bike? Why do you want a bicycle?

Essay entries may be written in English or Spanish and must be submitted to Ms. Gavin by Friday, March 1, 12:00 p.m.

Eight students will be selected and awarded a bike and helmet.

Please include the following at the top of your essay: Name, Grade, Height

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019

Hispanic Scholarship Fund


The HSF Scholarship is designed to assist students of Hispanic heritage obtain a university degree. Scholarships are available, on a competitive basis, to:
  • High school seniors
  • Undergraduate students (all years)
  • Community college students transferring to four year universities
  • Graduate Students


Awards are based on merit; amounts range from $500 to $5,000, based on relative need, among the Scholars selected.


  • Must be of Hispanic heritage
  • Minimum of 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for high school students
  • Minimum of 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or equivalent) for undergraduate and graduate students
  • Plan to enroll full-time in an accredited, not-for-profit, four-year university, or graduate school, during the fall of a scholarship cycle (year)
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Complete FAFSA or state based financial aid application (if applicable)


  • All majors and graduate fields accepted
  • Emphasis on STEM majors

New York University - Summer Program from High School Students

With NYU Precollege, rising juniors and seniors can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need.
Precollege hosts social events and activities to create a sense of community and help students get to know one another while exploring the city around them.

Want to learn more?

February Scholarship Bulletin

Let's make it RAIN $$$