A Local Youth Advocacy Organization

We believe that leaving your mark means making a positive impact on the community. Our mission is to give the youth of San Diego county a voice and support their efforts to achieve a better, more equitable society.

We empower young leaders to work with adult allies in San Diego county as the only local advocacy organization operated by our next generation of leaders.

Community Organizing

With your support, we organized the Youth Recreation Environment Corps and coordinated the county’s dedication of $1 million toward youth employment opportunities in community food gardens, wildlife protection efforts, urban biodiversity initiatives, and other green efforts.

We worked with the city to put another $250,000 into youth employment at recreational centers, with your support. And we worked with the county too, employing youth to distribute COVID sanitation supplies and economic advocacy to underserved communities.

Our Wins As a Local Advocacy Organization

$1,000,000 – In March of 2021, we created opportunities for youth employment from the county’s dedication of funds to the Youth Environmental Recreation Corps. This positive impact in the community provided initiatives for work in wildlife protection efforts, food gardens, biodiversity incentives, and additional green efforts.

$350,000 – We created the Office of Child & Youth Success in June of 2021. Businesses, schools, healthcare providers, non-profits, and other outside entities have one place to address all the needs of San Diego’s youth, through this centralized office.

$250,000 – The city’s “Summer for All of Us” program creates employment opportunities for the city’s youth at rec centers through the City Youth Environment Corp, in June, 2021.

$90,000 – We created the #Free4Me pilot program, in May of 2021. This provides free menstrual products in public facing facilities, with funds provided by the county.

$30,000 – With a grant from the Emergency Resource Ambassadors County of SD in May of 2020, Youth Will employed young people to assist with the COVID-19 health and economic crisis. They were able to initiate community impact providing emergency resources to low-income youth, as well as make those resources readily available. Also collecting youth’s needs and the advocacy of those necessities.

Our Impact

Youth Will creates access to youth  programs in accordance with our Youth Bill of Rights. Learn more about our Bill of Rights, priorities, and wins at Community Impact.

Over the last year, San Diego Youth Will has coordinated 5 programs, totaling $1.72 million for San Diego youth programs:

  • June 2021: Created the first and only central office in San Diego for youth advocate programs.
  • March 2021: Created youth employment opportunities in community green spaces, through the Youth Environmental/Recreation Corps.
  • June 2021: Supported youth employment at rec centers with the City Youth Environment Corp.
  • May 2021: Helped young girls feel more free to visit public spaces through the #Free4Me program, funded by San Diego county.
  • May 2020: Our Emergency Resource Ambassadors spread emergency COVID-19 resources and supplies for low-income youth.

Policy Priorities 

Create the TAY (Transitional Age Youth) Unit, within the County probations department, that will recognize the unique developmental needs of 18-25 year olds and address the high rates of recidivism within the justice system for transitional age youth.

We will build a centralized, local office for our youth within the city, called the Office of Child & Youth Success. It will provide an avenue for non-profits, businesses, schools, healthcare providers, and other external entities to ensure our community impact is making a difference.

To prioritize interconnectedness for San Diego’s children, youth, and families through the creation of the Youth Environmental/Recreation Corps. This program will provide funding for organizations within the community that support youth employment and scholarships, prioritizing low-income youth.

Within ALL county public facilities, we shall implement menstrual equity, giving young women long term access to menstrual health products. We, along with the county, understand that allowing access to these products will provide relief to low-income individuals, especially people of color, leaving more for rent, food, and other basic needs.

We believe that youth should have a say in decisions that affect their lives. Together, we will strive to have 2 youth seats required on the local boards and commissions, so that their voices and insights on issues can provide solutions and have a positive impact on the community and future generations. 

Our education team is working to create an inclusive ethnic studies curriculum that is representative and inclusive of our communities. Our aim is to have this become a requirement for students throughout the county. 

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