Jacobs Center Community Career Fair – September 16


Join Us for the Jacobs Center
Community Career Fair

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, the San Diego Workforce PartnershipAmerica’s Job Center of California, and regional workforce partners invite you to a Community Career Fair.

Wednesday, September 16

10 am – 2 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Bring your resume and come dressed for success to meet with regional employers with immediate job opportunities.

For more information contact Katrina Meredith at the
San Diego Workforce Partnership at KatrinaMeredith@workforce.org.


Grow Your Career by Going Green! Apply for our Green Assistance Program


Did you know that some of the fastest growing jobs are Green? Now is the time to enhance your skills and gain valuable hands-on experience by applying for our Green Assistance Program.

The San Diego Green Building Council and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation are teaming up to offer an 80-hour hands-on training for anyone working or interested in careers related to urban planning, facilities management, hospitality, building trades, or sustainability and clean energy. Classes will be offered monthly starting in mid-October.


The deadline to apply is October 7

What you will gain:

  • Skills in sustainability management, green building practices, and general project management
  • Leadership skills
  • Certificate of Completion from the San Diego Green Building Council
  • San Diego Green Building Council membership benefits for one year
  • Preparation for the LEED Green Associate Credential exam

The cost of the program is $75 for the general public and $35 for students. Scholarships are available for residents in the Diamond Neighborhoods! 

For more information send an email to DiamondJobs@JacobsCenter.org or call (619) 527-6161. 

Full STE[+A]M Ahead Celebration Dinner Recap and New Public Art Concepts Unveiled

_MG_6614This summer’s Full STE[+a]M Ahead youth program drew to a close last week with a celebratory dinner. At the event, the #fullsteam15 Track 1 students presented their final projects to the hundreds of family members, friends and community members that came out to support these incredible students.

The five student groups worked for three weeks on projects that incorporated the lessons they learned throughout the program. Attendees were then able to vote on their favorite project, with the team that earned the most votes winning $100 Best Buy gift cards for each member. Here’s each project from the Full STE[+a]M teams.

Team 1: Composting

The Composting team’s project created a sustainable composting center that provides healthy soil for growing fruits, herbs, and vegetables. It is their overall mission to have community members take part in the running of the compost center by treating it similar to a recycling center. Their compostable materials could be converted into rich soil, enabling healthier growing in their home and community gardens.


Team 2: Water Conservation

The Water Conservation team created a project that could be very helpful to the community and city as a whole considering California’s current drought. They created plans for an aquaponics vertical garden waterfall, where they could keep fish for sale and consumption. Proceeds would help maintain the waterfall.


Team 3: Water Conservation 2

The second team to work on a water conservation project created a rooftop garden at a local school. With this project, they felt they could provide the school’s cafeteria with organic fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the grounds.

Team 4: Food Production

This team focused their project on creating a garden that grows organic food crops, which is much-needed in food swamps. Their garden would be located in the Diamond Neighborhoods and use no pesticides. The team designed their large community garden, incorporating trees and planting beds into their garden. With this garden, the team felt they could help the community and challenge obesity in America.


 Team 5: Permaculture

The team designed a backyard permaculture system that reintroduced healthy nutrients and ecological harmony into a localized area. They had various elements, including a tree guild with fig trees and rosemary shrubs, a portable chicken coop to distribute waste, graywater for which to recycle sink and bath tub water, and shaded benches containing a compost worm bin underneath.

IMG_5731Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 4.35.14 PMWhile all the teams did an amazing job on their project, the team that received the most votes was the Composting team that created a recycling center for compost soil. Their happiness and excitement was evident when their name was announced. We were very happy for all of the students and applaud their hard work.


As Track 1 presented their projects, Track 2 shared the work they did during their two-week program. As we mentioned in a previous post, Track 2 of Full STE[+a]M Ahead added the arts component to the curriculum. The AjA Project came in to teach students about storytelling through film and digital photography, creative placemaking, and ways they can help positively change their community through the power of the arts. Throughout this process, students used their images to create a dialogue around their community, past and present, and the role that creative placemaking plays. The process of using the visual arts and STEAM principles to research, document, and discuss creative place-making in a digital world made a lasting impact on the students, who learned to see their neighborhood in a whole new way.



Unknown-4Through these lessons, students created public art concepts that may replace the Community Faces murals located on the outside walls of Food 4 Less in Market Creek Plaza. The pieces they created are beautiful and would be seen by thousands for years to come.

IMG_5774We thank all the students who participated in this year’s Full STE[+a]M Ahead summer youth program. Not only did the number of participants double from last year, we are absolutely thrilled to report that the program had a 100% retention rate. Not a single student dropped out of the program. Some even walked an hour to make it to their classes. We are so very proud of their commitment to their education.

IMG_5742We also have a special thanks to the educational partners who created an enriching experiencing for the student: Elementary Institute of Science (EIS), Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego Extension. Next year, EIS will take over Full STE[+a]M Ahead and continue to have UC San Diego’s continued support in this fantastic program. We are confident that they will take Full STE[+a]M  to even greater heights.

An Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane – October 2


The daughter of jazz legend, John Coltrane makes a special visit to the Jacobs Center with acclaimed jazz guitarist
Shea Walsh, and dynamic opening act Besos de Coco.

Friday, October 2
6:30 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Free parking available on-site


Hailed as transcendent by the Los Angeles Times, Michelle Coltrane is quickly becoming a stand out on the jazz scene.

Enjoy signature cocktails and tapas as the sultry sounds of jazz fill the air in our beautiful venue only minutes from
Downtown San Diego.

2015 Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) Summer Reading Programs

The Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership (DEEP) is a collaborative of community leaders and organizations committed to improving educational outcomes for children living in the Diamond Neighborhoods. All of DEEP’s work is focused on the long-term goal of ensuring that students in its partner schools can read proficiently by the end of the third grade. This work includes multiple initiatives that address barriers to success, including reducing summer learning loss and providing enriching learning experiences for the youngest children in our community.

It has been a busy summer for DEEP. Here is a recap of what the young bright minds in the Diamond have been up to:

Summer Readers-Future Leaders Extended Learning Programs


With the support of the San Diego Unified School District, DEEP helped to implement summer learning programs at three Diamond school sites this summer. These Summer Readers-Future Leaders programs, which served more than 250 students from Chollas-Mead, Horton, and Johnson Elementary Schools, helped rising second and third graders reduce the learning loss that often occurs during school breaks. Students participated in small-group literacy instruction with their classroom teachers, art-linked-to-literacy dance and visual arts classes with Young Audiences San Diego, outdoor hands-on science activities connected to their classroom reading at the Earth Lab with Groundwork San Diego, visits to the Malcolm X Library to check out books, and afternoon swimming lessons at the local Jackie Robinson Family YMCA. As the school district transitions all of its schools to a traditional calendar in the next few years, DEEP’s Summer Readers-Future Leaders programs will serve as a model for district-wide replication in other communities.

Summer Book Clubs


In collaboration with Teach for America (TFA) and the Malcolm X Library, DEEP offered for a second summer weekly summer book clubs for students attending its partner elementary schools. Research shows that giving children books to read over the summer is not as powerful as providing them with structure and ongoing support as they read. Each week, students were assigned a new chapter to read in a book they were given to keep. Students then participated in book clubs with peers reading at their level. Volunteer TFA teachers led book clubs, which combined reading skills support with lots of fun. Many children took advantage of the library’s free-lunch program before each book club.


Fun learning experiences aren’t just for the summer. As the new school year gets underway, DEEP is providing new ways to keep our community’s youngest students learning and engaged throughout the year. Coming up, DEEP’s 0-5 Working Group partners are planning the launch of three free workshops for childcare providers in the Lincoln High School feeder pattern. This Childcare Provider Workshop Series aims to enrich the learning experiences of young children in childcare so they are ready to fully participate when it is time to start school.

If you are a licensed childcare provider serving families in the Diamond Neighborhoods, please keep an eye out for an e-mail invitation from the YMCA Childcare Resource Service to register for a free workshop on Saturday, September 19, about the “Power of Play in Children’s Early Literacy.” At this full-day workshop, you’ll learn ways to enrich the learning experiences of the children in your care and receive valuable free resources, like goody bags and books. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. You’ll also have the chance to win great door prizes from Lakeshore. Program partners include READ-San Diego, Words Alive, Reach Out and Read, San Diego County Family Child Care Association, the San Diego Public Library, San Diego State University, and the YMCA Childcare Resource Service.

Please contact DEEP Director, Gina Gianzero at ggianzer@pacbell.net for more information

Full STE[+a]M Ahead: Track 2 Recap and Plans for the Future of Market Creek Plaza


Full STE[+a]M Ahead Track 2 students. Photo credit: AjA Project

Over the last few weeks, we have been telling you all about the incredible work being done by the high school students enrolled in the Full STE[+A]M Ahead summer youth program.

The summer youth program aims to equip high school students with vital career skills and develop them as community leaders. We partnered with the Elementary Institute of Science, Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego to develop a curriculum, provide resources and guide students in activities related to STEAM subjects that directly contribute to their surrounding community.

You can read about all the interesting lessons Track 1 took part in during their first week, second week and final week. This track focused their lessons on STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, incorporating the principles of those subjects through lessons on food justice, permaculture, water conservation, urban agriculture and photography.

Track 2 of Full STE[+a]M Ahead added the arts component to the curriculum. This is where the AjA Project came in to teach students about storytelling through film and digital photography, creative placemaking, and ways they can help positively change their community through the power of the arts. Throughout this process, students used their images to create a dialogue around their community, past and present, and the role that creative placemaking plays. The process of using the visual arts and STEAM principles to research, document, and discuss creative place-making in a digital world made a lasting impact on the students, who learned to see their neighborhood in a whole new way.


Photo credit: AjA Project

Students worked with artist and muralist Victor Ochoa and AjA educators to create a special project that will beautify an important part of our community. Over the two week program, they used their creative juices to develop concepts that will eventually be turned into art that will replace the Community Faces murals in Market Creek Plaza, on the outside walls of Food 4 Less. Having Ochoa, who helped create the Community Faces project years ago, mentor the Track 2 students was a nice full circle for us at the Jacobs Center and for students.


Victor Ochoa photographed by the Community Faces murals. Photo credit: AjA Project

The Community Faces murals celebrate community leaders in the Diamond Neighborhoods who have worked to make this community a better place. Now the next generation of aspiring community leaders will be featured along these walls through art they helped create. STE[+a]M students had the opportunity to make photographic art that celebrates the spirit of the Diamond Neighborhoods and features their faces.

On August 19, Track 2 students unveiled their art concepts at the 2nd Annual Full STE[+a]M Ahead Celebration Dinner. The concepts will be finalized and produced later this year and will be seen by thousands for years to come.

“We are so proud to see this program continue to grow and evolve,” said Reginald Jones, President and CEO of the Jacobs Center, “these students are the next generation of leaders who will advocate for Southeastern San Diego. With the skills they developed during the Full STE[+a]M Ahead program I know the future of our community is in good hands.”

The Jacobs Center serves as an incubator for ideas that help revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. It works with community-based organizations to build their capacity and facilitate programs that improve the quality of life for local residents. The Full STE[+a]M Ahead program is one example of this work. Next year, the program will transition to EIS to with support from UCSD Extension. We look forward to seeing all the amazing things these students bring to the community in the future.

Full STE[+a]M Ahead – Final Week Recap


Another summer of Full STE[+a]M Ahead came to a close. The Track 1 students were sad to see the end of the youth education program, which lasts for three weeks during their summer break. The program is aimed at giving high school students the skills needed to compete in today’s in-demand career fields and develop them as community leaders. We partnered with the Elementary Institute of Science, Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego to develop a curriculum, provide resources and guide students in activities related to STEAM subjects that directly contribute to their surrounding community.


In their final week of Full STE[+a]M Ahead, the students spent a lot of time in the kitchen with Chef Darren Street. Chef Darren is the head chef at True Roots Catering, the Jacobs Center’s catering company which serves as a social enterprise that is all about “catering with a cause.” Through True Roots, we provide career training, paying jobs and hands-on education in the field of culinary arts. It was the perfect opportunity for Full STE[+a]M kids to learn those very important lessons as well as some others.


Students prepared lunch every day for themselves and fellow participants. Chef Darren prepared a menu and the students worked together to prepare it. Among the items on the menu were enchiladas, chicken and vegetarian stir-fry and vegetarian and non-dairy pizza.

As they worked in the kitchen, students re-learned some of the major lessons they were taught throughout the program. That consists of the 7 C’s of the Social Change Model of Leadership. Those 7 C’s are:


Consciousness of self



Common Purpose

Controversy with Civility


In the kitchen, they were able to hit upon each of these C’s, including a bonus one – cooking! Working together towards a common goal daily showed then that the 7 C’s are all around them and must be implemented for greater leadership success.


Students also spent time this week at the Elementary Institute of Science working on their raised garden beds, tending to the plants, fruits and vegetables they’re growing and even gave them some aesthetic love by painting the beds with fun designs.


Another exciting thing the Full ST[+a]M students were able to do was live Skype with a member of the Peace Corps currently working in Singapore. Christine Bora Lee answered their questions and told the kids how everything they have been learning during the Full STE[+a]M summer program could be applied to a large variety of careers and in different countries.


As the program comes to a close, students spent time in the computer lab working on their final projects. Those projects, which revolve around designing sustainable gardens. Each team will be presenting their final project at the Full STE[+a]M Ahead Celebration Dinner happening on August 19 from 6-8 pm at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center (404 Euclid Ave. San Diego, Ca 92102). You can reserve your free tickets to this exciting and enriching event here. There, attendees will vote on their favorite projects, hear from students about their experience and see a new art concept created by students that will replace the Community Faces murals in Market Creek Plaza. You don’t want to miss out on this great event.

Without a doubt, this year’s STE[+a]M program has been one of the most successful we have ever had. We are proud to report that the program had 100% retention. Not one student left the program early, a few of them walking more than an hour from their home to get to their classes. Their dedication to their education was a beautiful sight to see and we couldn’t be prouder. As it all came to a close, students read the letters that they wrote to their future selves at the start of the program and reflected on how much their perception has changed. In such a short time, they truly transformed into leaders of our community.

US Green Building Council Visits the Jacobs Center


Members of the U.S. Green Building Council tour Market Creek Plaza with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation staff.

Early in July, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation invited the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to visit our building and community. The USGBC works to change the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, ensuring all aspects implement the highest level of building and environmental efficiency.

We invited the USGBC and their San Diego chapter to come in and help us incorporate more elements of sustainability into all our development practices. Recently, the Jacobs Center celebrated the grand opening of a new Walgreens, started construction on all-new multi-family apartment homes, and held hiring events to employ neighborhood residents with construction positions to bolster the local economy. These projects are part of an overall plan to develop the approximately 50 acres of land that the Jacobs Center owns in the Diamond Neighborhoods of San Diego. We looked to the USGBC to give us suggestions on ways to improve our current buildings, those that are in the process of being built, and all other neighborhood redevelopment projects planned for the future.


Those bright minds in sustainability and green building provided information on improvements that can be made on three different levels:

  • Building Level – Ways that the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center building can reduce its energy and water use.
  • Neighborhood Level – Ways to increase connectivity and sustainability on the 60 acres of land owned by the Jacobs Center.
  • Human Experience Level – Ways to improve access to community assets, food security and workforce opportunities as well as better community engagement.

Members of the USGBC broke off into groups according to each of these levels and toured the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Market Creek Plaza, and redevelopment projects and parts of the neighborhood. They provided insights and advice in group sessions following their tour and presented to the group as a whole for discussion. Many of their recommendations are already elements we are looking to implement while others were great food for thought for our future plans.


Here are some of their recommendations:

Building level

The group identified building inefficiencies that can be improved upon, offering ways of retro commissioning (which is a process for identifying less-than-optimal performance in your facility’s equipment, lighting and control systems and making the necessary adjustments) parts of the existing building system and finding where energy is being lost. For example, one way we can improve our building’s energy efficiency is by upgrading to Energy Star appliances in our kitchens. Bringing in energy efficient dishwashers and ice machines would help cut down our energy usage.

Neighborhood Level

USBGC members recommended putting in bus shelters and trash receptacles at bus stops throughout the neighborhood, which is something we are already working on incorporating into the area as part of our plans for a Community Facilities District. They also gave great insights into finding ways for the roads and streets in the area to benefit multiple types of commuters and pedestrians. Complete streets that joggers, pedestrians, strollers, skaters, cyclists and others can feel safe using as they get from point A to point B is a big step in improving the neighborhood.


The USGBC and members of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation staff going over the goals of every input level.

Human Experience Level

We heard about an interesting project in Charlotte, NC, from the USBGC Human Experience team. The McCall Center in Charlotte enlisted local artist Aurora Robson to work with residents on a creek clean up. The discarded trash and other found items they discovered during the clean up event were used for a public art piece. Since the Jacobs Center is located right along Chollas Creek, and we regularly work with community organizations and residents to hold clean up events, this was offered as a great opportunity to turn trash into treasure. The team also recommended utilizing a temporary space for a community garden that could provide produce for our catering kitchen and social enterprise, True Roots Catering.

We look forward to incorporating their ideas into our practices and projects as we continue to work with the San Diego Chapter of the Green Building Council.

Susan G. Komen San Diego & San Diego Black Health Associates Host Circle of Promise Day Walk and Program – August 1

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Did you know, African-American women are 41% more likely to die from breast cancer?

On Saturday, August 1st from 7am-11am Susan G. Komen San Diego is hosting ‘Circle of Promise’ Day to address the disparities among African-American women with breast cancer. This event will feature two community walks around Chollas Lake Park in San Diego to encourage being proactive with our health and wellness. The lake is approximately 0.8 miles and a great way to learn about this important cause while exercising. African-American breast cancer survivors and Councilmember Cole Myrtle will speak at the event. More information can be found on the Circle of Promise event page here

Recap: Full STE[+a]M Ahead Week 2

Full Steam Ahead

The Full STE[+a]M Ahead students enjoyed another week of fun, interactive learning during Week 2 of the summer program.

The summer youth program is aimed at equipping high school students with the skills needed to compete in today’s in-demand career fields and develop them as community leaders. We partnered with the Elementary Institute of Science, Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego to develop a curriculum, provide resources and guide students in activities related to STEAM subjects that directly contribute to their surrounding community.



During Week 2, the students headed out to Wild Willows Farm, a six-acre farm and sustainable food project located along the Tijuana River. There they learned the difference between organic food and conventional food, meaning any food products they buy at restaurants, fast food places, grocery stores, or shops. By weighing out the pros and cons of both types of food they were able to understand how both types of food sources and products affect their health, the environment, and food systems as a whole.

The #FullSteam15 kids didn’t just talk about food at Wild Willows. They got their hands dirty by doing a bit of gardening as well! By planting fruits, herbs, and vegetables they got to learn first-hand how the food we eat daily comes to be. Students tasted the plants, fruits, and veggies as well to get familiar with their flavors and identify them. While most they enjoyed, it’s fair to say that they weren’t too fond of the fresh sour grapes they tried. Lots of puckered faces after sampling those! They also fed chickens and pulled tumbleweed for the goats that live on the farm.


Back at the Elementary Institute of Science, the students took the lessons they learned about planting and gardening at Wild Willows Farm and built their own raised bed for planting. They worked the soil and plated numerous fruits and vegetables in their very own garden, using recycled containers and other materials. We can’t wait to see all the tasty fresh food that blossoms from these gardens!


A big part of this Week 2 was planning for their final projects. At the end of the Full STE[+a]M Ahead summer youth program, students will present projects that they’ve bee working on throughout the entire program. The students got into teams and started designing their own sustainable gardens. Together they will plan a budget, research alternative energy sources, choose plant life, and build a garden, implementing all they have been learning into their gardens. Each team will be presenting their final project at the Full STE[+a]M Ahead Celebration Dinner happening on August 19 at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center.

CA Coastal Cleanup Day – September 19


I Love A Clean San Diego invites you to be part of Costal Cleanup Day, their largest volunteer effort where they plan to engage 8,000 volunteers at nearly 100 cleanup sites throughout the county. Registration opens August 1 at the cleanup site of your choice.

Saturday, September 19
9 am – 12 pm

There will be a cleanup site at the Jackie Robinson YMCA for Chollas Creek. More information about Coastal Cleanup Day can be found at www.cleanupday.org More information about I Love A Clean San Diego can be found at www.cleansd.org.

Jacobs Presents: An Evening of Tango – August 22


Jacobs Presents and San Diego’s Tango community invite you to an Evening of Tango with TintoTango! Experience Tango music, dance, art, and culture at this 21+ event. Whether you are a beginner or a Tango enthusiast this event has something for everyone. You’ll have a chance to see a cultural performance and learn Tango moves at 6 pm. Then at 9 pm, the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall transforms into Club Milonga, for an extraordinary cultural Tango experience!

Tickets are only $29.00! You don’t want to miss this extraordinary experience.


Cultural Performance and Tango Lessons

  • 6 pm – 7:15 pm check-in
  • 7:15 pm – LA’s amazing Argentinean Tango ensemble TintoTango performs with professional dancers
  • 8 pm – History & Culture of Tango facilitated by The Art of the Dance Tango with instructor Florentino Guizar and other exceptional San Diego dancers
  • 8:15 pm – Tango lessons

Club Milonga!

  • 9 pm – 12:30 am – Milonga – Tango dance experience, with TintoTango performing

Happening at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Celebration Hall
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

This is a 21+ event. For more information contact Liz Faris, Communications Manager at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376. 

Learn more at www.JacobsPresents.com.

FREE Community Learning Series: Introduction to Video Storytelling – August 13


Do you like movies? Would you like to learn how to make one?

Join us for a FREE Introduction to Video Storytelling information session. The class will be taught by local filmmakers David Jester and Matt Helbig, co-founders of Fifty Square Feet Productions

Learn how to write, shoot, and edit documentaries, films, webisodes, and more! The course will cover the art of storytelling, basic video, audio, and lighting.

Thursday, August 13
5:30 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs, Community Room (First Floor)
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
Free parking is available on-site.


If you have access to a cell phone that takes video and an interest in learning film, you have everything you need to attend!

Contact Beatriz Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at BGarcia@jacobscenter.org or
(619) 527-6161 ext. 371 for more information. 

Job Seekers Come Out to the Construction Hiring Event


Last Thursday, the Jacobs Center hosted the Construction Careers Hiring Event, an event aimed at assisting our Local Hire efforts for construction jobs as outlined in the Community Economic Opportunity Plan (CEOP).  The hiring event would help us, Chelsea Investment Corporation and their general contractor Emmerson Construction, our partner in the building of the Trolley Park Terrace affordable housing complex, hire local construction workers to build the 52-unit apartment homes. We had a fantastic turnout of men and women looking for job opportunities with the Trolley Park Terrace project as well as jobs and apprenticeships available from the 23 exhibitors that were hiring at the event.

Among those exhibitors were:


  • 8 Trolley Park Terrace focused contractors and 3 “Other” contractors/employers.
  • 6 paid Apprenticeship programs – both union and non-union.
  • 2 construction staffing companies.
  • 3 local workforce programs that focus on construction training opportunities.


We were ecstatic to see nearly 100 job seekers attend the event, which is double the number of people that came out to our previous hiring event. Many of those who came out in search of a job opportunity were residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods. People waited in line and filled out applications on site, proving that there is a demand for good paying construction careers to be found not only with locals but with those who came from outside the Diamond.


Steven Steppe of the Electrical Workers Minority Caucus of San Diego and Imperial Counties reported that as a result of the last two construction hiring events held by the Jacobs Center in June and July more than 76 people have been invited to a special walk-through to learn more about the IBEW Local 569 Apprenticeship Programs. This is always great news to hear! Through our hiring events, we hope to bring about more career opportunities to people in the Diamond Neighborhoods and help build a thriving economy.  

This event was truly a collaborative effort. We thank all our partners, exhibitors and job seekers who came out to help build a better, stronger Diamond!

Recap: Full STE[+a]M Ahead Week 1


The students of Full STE[+a]M Ahead at EarthLab

 It’s summertime, but that doesn’t mean vital education is taking a back seat for Diamond Neighborhood kids. With the Full STE[+a]M Ahead program kicking off last week, students from local schools have been engaged in interactive learning courses focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

The summer youth program is aimed at equipping high school students with the skills needed to compete in today’s in-demand career fields and develop them as community leaders. The Jacobs Center partners annually with the Elementary Institute of Science, Project New Village, the AJA Project, the San Diego Futures Foundation, Groundwork, and UC San Diego for this program. Together, we develop the curriculum, provide resources and guide students in activities related to science, urban gardening, food justice, and photography that directly contribute to their surrounding community.




Week 1 is always filled with excitement as the young participants get to know one other and start getting their hands dirty – literally! To start them off, STEAM students visited Mt. Hope Garden, where they learned incredible lessons in food security, growing organic produce, and seeing how the food system works at the ground level. A few of the kids even made friends with some of the creatures that help make this garden a furtive agricultural environment.

The students also visited EarthLab at Groundwork, a UC San Diego community station where students in the San Diego Unified School District can learn about science and technology in an outdoor, interactive space. There, STEAM kids learned about the cycle of life of the earth’s pollutants. Have you ever wondered where your trash ends up and how it affects the globe as a whole?



During this field trip, the kids learned first-hand the dire effects of pollution and now understand the impact made when human beings aren’t careful about how they treat waste. The environment needs protection, and we feel good knowing that these students will be the champions of the earth from here on out.

At EarthLab, students built a shelter using recycled materials, including discarded yogurt containers, PVC pipes, and pieces of plastic. Building these shelters with materials often thrown in the garbage gave the students an idea of how materials can be used in a responsible way. They also began work on a beautiful mural on a watershed located on the property. We look forward to seeing how that turns out!




Students also worked on creating biomes, which are contained environments that have similar climate, plant life, and animals. The world is made up of various biomes. For this lesson, the students created small ones in old jelly and soy sauce jars. They were each given a live shrimp for their biomes, working to create an environment that can sustain the small creature and allow it to live. While not everyone’s biomes enabled a lasting life for the poor shrimps, the students were taught an important lesson in sustainability and environmental balance.

Week 1 was a great start! We can’t wait to see what comes in the next weeks! To follow along, make sure to follow @jacobscenter on Instagram or search #fullsteam15 for photos from our educators.




Jazz at the Creek Concludes with Nick Colionne, Reggie Codrington, and Daneen Wilburn – August 15


The Jazz at the Creek series finale, presented by M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc. concludes with red-hot guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne joined by vocalist Daneen Wilburn and saxophonist Reggie Codrington.

Saturday, August 15
3 p.m.
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
(located behind Food 4 Less)

FREE parking is available at the 
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114


A portion of the proceeds goes to the San Diego Food Bank’s
Food for Kids Backpack Program

Don’t worry this isn’t your last chance to experience Jazz in the Diamond. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming Evening of Jazz with Michelle Coltrane on
October 2!

The Community Celebrates the Start of Construction on 52-units of Affordable Apartment Homes

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Revitalization is on a roll in Southeastern San Diego! Yesterday, residents, community leaders, and other design and construction professionals gathered to celebrate the start of construction on 52-units of affordable multi-family apartment homes coming to Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and their development partner Chelsea Investment Corporation held a groundbreaking ceremony at the future site of the new apartments at the southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Station. This was the third ceremony in six months held to celebrate milestones in the Jacobs Center’s redevelopment projects.

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The Jacobs Center’s Stephen Maduli-Williams addresses the crowd.

More quality housing is vital to the revitalization of the Diamond Neighborhoods and to encouraging more investments in the community. This residential project will help to create a more walkable community and better connect residents to public transportation. It is also a part of the Jacobs Center’s plan to develop the approximately 50 remaining acres of land they own over the next 15 years. The ultimate vision is to transform the area into a Neighborhood Innovation District. This new district will be supported by physical assets like redevelopment projects, networking assets that create spaces for residents to interact and be inspired in order to spur economic growth, and economic assets that support community programs that hire locally and provide opportunities to cultivate higher wage jobs.

The Jacobs Center finds ways to involve residents and incorporate their input in its projects whenever possible. At our most recent Town Hall meeting we asked residents to help us decide on the name for this residential project. The name selected by the community is Trolley Park Terrace!

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Councilmember Myrtle Cole

A Construction Careers Recruitment event is being held today from 3-5 p.m. at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center Community Room located at 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114. Trained and untrained construction workers interested in building these new apartment should come by to meet with the general contractor Emmerson Construction. Additional recruitments will occur onsite including construction staffing companies, subcontractors, “Earn and Learn” apprenticeships, and training providers. More information on the event can be found here.

We look forward to welcoming many new families to their new homes when construction is complete.

FREE Community Learning Series, Entrepreneurship: Food 101 – August 1


Are you a local artisan or food supplier? Are you looking for more information on how to get your product
onto the shelves of local markets?

Join us for Entrepreneurship: Food 101 and talk with local food expert and forager Dwight Detter on standards, labeling, procedures and everything in between!

Saturday, August 1
9 am – 1 pm
The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
FREE parking is available on-site.

This is a FREE event. Space is limited.


For more information contact Beatriz Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at BGarcia@JacobsCenter.org or
(619) 527-6161 ext. 371.