Monday, November 30, 2020

Our Safe Place

We are happy to announce some exciting and fun activities for our Our Safe Place youth in December. 

Here is the calendar with both virtual and drop in center activities. 

Youth under 21 are welcome to come join in online to one of our groups. 

Additionally, the drop in center (located at 746 Ada St. Chula Vista, CA 91911) is open daily from 12PM to 8PM on a limited basis. We are right off the Palomar Trolley Station! 

Youth choosing to come to the drop in center must wear a face mask, which we can provide, while accessing the center and must also have their temperature checked. We are also limiting the amount of youth in the space at a time as to promote the safety and health of our clients and staff.

OSP can meet with youth on a one on one basis to check in virtually too. Feel free to reach out to us at to get in contact about ZOOM groups, general questions or one on one appointments. 

Warm Regards,
Isaiah LeDonne
[Pronouns: He/Him/His]
Connections Coach– Our Safe Place
South Bay Community Services |

Career Videos and Live Chats with Industry Representatives

Hello Red Devils!

This month, we share these career videos for any and all students and parents to enjoy!

These videos from Verizon and WSU Tech include over 25 live, virtual sessions spanning topics like STEM pathways, careers in the trades, and more.









Wednesday, November 25, 2020

December Scholarship Bulletin - Now Available

 Click here for the December Scholarship Bulletin


Contact Mrs. Garcia, Scholarship Counselor

The SUHi Foundation Scholarship Prep Workshop Series

Wellness Wednesday: Smile with Gratitude

Happy Wellness Wednesday!

The SUHi Counseling team would like to wish you and your families a very happy Thanksgiving. Although this year has had it's challenges, we find ourselves very thankful to be able to serve the community of Sweetwater High School, especially through these tough times. Thank you for your patience and grace as we have tried to navigate our new "normal". 

This Thanksgiving, we challenge everyone to SMILE. Smile big, smile often. A strong link has been found between good health, longevity, and smiling. Most importantly, studies have shown​ that just the act of smiling (making the physical facial shapes and movements), whether the result of real joy or an act, can have both short- and long-term benefits on people's health and wellbeing.

Read more here:

Self-Care Tip:
Smile more. Research shows that if you smile, your mood improves.

Kindness Challenge:
Send a smiling selfie to someone with a message of gratitude for their presence in your life.

Virtual Wellness Room

Please visit our Virtual Wellness Room to take a break from your online classes. Do some breathing exercises, stretch, or play a game. It's OK to take a time out in the middle of the day for a "brain break".

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Get the latest information on specific SBCS programs and services as well as efforts to support the wider community and additional resources as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts.

Happy Thanksgiving Red Devils! #BeWellRedDevils presence in your life.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Invites Female Students to Register for Envision 2021

The UC San Diego Student Section of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) would like to encourage your female students to register for Envision 2021

Envision is UC San Diego’s Society of Women Engineers’ annual, free month-long virtual program that educates high school girls about the endless career possibilities in engineering and computer science. The program will include guest speakers from academia and current college students, hands-on computer science and engineering activities, and virtual lab tours from researchers at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering. There will also be a short, free program for parents to help prepare their child for college and their pursuit in engineering. We encourage all families to attend! 

Envision will be held on Every Saturday from February 6th to February 27th at 10AM-12:30PM (PST). 

The Envision Parent Program will be held Saturday, February 27th from 9 AM-10AM (PST).

Sign-ups are open now! All accepted applicants will be notified by the end of December. 

If your students are interested, please have them fill out this form below:  

If you or your students’ parents are interested in the parent program, please have them fill out this form below:  

There is no admission fee for Envision and all necessary materials will be provided. There are explicit directions on the website to help guide students through the registration process. 

For more information, see our website at:

Admissions Presentation from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandizing (FIDM)

Time: Dec 3, 2020 03:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 913 2574 4914

Young Women’s Leadership Summit

 Stanford Women in Business (SWIB)'s annual free Young Women’s Leadership Summit (YWLS) which will be held virtually on Saturday and Sunday, January 23-24, 2021 from 10am-2pm (PDT). This year, YWLS will be focused on providing underserved, minority women-aligning high school students with a broader sense of the business world. 

Students will hear from inspiring female industry leaders, connect with Stanford students, and interact with other students from California. In the past, SWIB has hosted distinguished leaders such as Elizabeth Douglas (CEO of WikiHow) and Debbie Sterling (founder of GoldieBlox). In addition, students will engage in workshops to build professional development skills. 
We would love to have students from Sweetwater High School attend the event. The YWLS Application closes on Friday, December 12th, at 11:59 PM (PST).

Do You Dream of Becoming a Doctor?


Schedule Change Requests for Second Semester

The counselors are now accepting student requests for class changes for Spring Semester. 

Second semester classes are now available to be viewed on Infinite Campus. 

Students who are interested in changing their classes for next year are encouraged to complete this form:

The deadline for this form is December 4th. 

IMPORTANT: We will not grant requests for teacher changes or period changes.

Counselors will do their best to accommodate student requests based on class availability.  We will email students with the outcome of your request. Please be sure that you are checking your school email daily. 

Please be advised that period or teacher changes may happen to student schedules for second semester because of enrollment and teacher capacities.

Friday, November 20, 2020

CSU Application Video Tutorial

COVID-19 Updates and Resources

Get the latest information on specific South Bay Community Services programs and services as well as efforts to support the wider community and additional resources as we monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts:

Thursday, November 19, 2020

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Welcome to Verizon Career Exploration 2020!


Welcome to Verizon Career Exploration 2020, where Verizon employees share their STEM careers, insights, and experience with students! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

2020-2021 Parent Workshop #1 - Tips for a Successful High School Experience

Thank you to all of our parents and staff who attended our first parent workshop for this school year. 

For those who were not able to attend, you can find the video recording and the slides presentation below.

Please reach our to your counselor if you have any questions. 

Thank you.

National City Families Impacted by COVID-19 - Rent Assistance

Qualifying low-income National City families impacted by COVID-19 can still receive financial assistance to help pay past due rent on a first come, first saved basis until funds are exhausted. Households are no longer required to have paid half of past due rent in order to qualify. Learn more and applyNational City families can also apply to receive assistance paying past due utility bills. Learn more and apply.

Wellness Wednesday: Abundance of Gratitude

Happy Wellness Wednesday Red Devils!

November is the month of Thanksgiving. Yet in 2020, it might be difficult for some of us to find something to be thankful for. What should you do when gratitude is in short supply?

Instead of trying to talk yourself into big gratitude, try to think small. Here are some examples of what we mean:

Self-Care: Write down three nice things about yourself and post them somewhere you can see often


Kindness Challenge: Reach out to an educator (current or former) and send them a message of gratitude.

 Virtual Wellness Room

Please visit our Virtual Wellness Room to take a break from your online classes. Do some breathing exercises, stretch, or play a game. It's OK to take a time out in the middle of the day for a "brain break".

Have a great day! #BeWellRedDevils

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

San Diego Job Corp

My name is Tommy Thompson; I am an admissions counselor at San Diego Job Corps. I am contacting you because I believe many of the students you serve could benefit from our program. 

Essentially, it’s a no cost voluntary post-secondary education program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and is WASC accredited. Job Corps provides eligible low income youth (16 - 24 ) with an opportunity to receive career technical training and -- if needed,  obtain a High School Diploma or equivalent. We offer training in a variety of major occupations and service over 500 students at our 27 acre urban campus in Imperial Beach. Some of what we offer, all provided at no cost, includes: housing, gym and recreational facilities, cafeteria, health & wellness services, and much more. I have attached flyers and a video about our program which I hope you find to be informational and useful.

I would love the opportunity to speak with you and discuss more about your needs and how we could play a role in addressing them. Should you have any questions or need additional information, please call or email me.
Tommy Thompson
Outreach & Admissions Counselor
San Diego Job Corps Center
1325 Iris Ave
Imperial Beach CA 91932
Office: 619-429-2377
Cell: 619-419-5004
Fax: 619-575-8242

Monday, November 16, 2020

Cash For College 2020 – 2021

Please join us virtually and get FREE assistance with the following:

*Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

*California Dream Act Application (CADA)

*FSA ID:  Student & Parent must complete an FSA ID to start the FAFSA





Click on the date below to register

November 18, 2020

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Montgomery High School


January 23, 2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Eastlake High School

February 20, 2021

9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Castle Park High School

Counselors from those schools, district counselors, and Cal Soap staff will be available to provide one-on-one assistance!

For the FAFSA, plan to join the Zoom meeting with a parent/guardian and bring:

• Student’s Social Security Number and Driver’s License

• Parent’s Social Security Number (if applicable)

• Parent’s Federal tax return from 2019

• Bank account records, investments

• Student’s W-2 forms, income records from 2019 and business records

• If NOT a US Citizen, bring alien registration card(s)

• List of colleges of interest

• Your FSA ID for FAFSA—Apply for FSA ID at FSA ID

Please have your FAFSA already started (name, address, etc.) as time is limited; thank you.


For the Dream Act (CADAA), plan to join the Zoom meeting with a parent/guardian and bring:

• Parent and student federal tax return and wage information for 2019

• Bank account records, investments and business records

• List of colleges of interest

For additional Cash For College Dates visit: