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

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.

Market Creek Summer Series Friday Movies at the Amp

FridayMovies-FlyerOur Friday Night Summer Series begins on July 26 with the showing of “42: The True Story of an American Legend”. The Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is partnering with JCNI for an evening of fun for the whole family in the Amphitheater. Entertainment includes the JRYMCA Drum Line, sports demonstrations, and the Tech Bus, plus special guests The Buffalo Soldiers. Join us as the JRYMCA celebrates its 70th anniversary with cupcakes and free one-week family memberships. The fun starts at 7pm and the movie begins at approximately 8:15pm.

Our Friday Night Summer Series will be showing the following PG-rated movies this summer:
August 2 – Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3
August 9 – The Rise of the Guardians
August 16 – The Odd Life of Timothy Green
August 23 – Hotel Transylvania
August 30 – The Lorax

Visit our website for movie & venue information: www.ShopMCP.com

Market Creek Plaza
310 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114

Additional series partners are Project New Village, the Samoan Community Council of San Diego, Pazzaz, and UPforEd. For info, contact Bevelynn Bravo at (619) 527-6161 X188.

YMCA-Flyer-Social-Etiquette-ClassThe Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is holding free Social Etiquette Trainings with Lorraine Collins for six weeks… Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this interactive social etiquette training… The classes began on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and will continue for another five weeks.

For additional information and to sign up, contact Sasha Knox at (619) 264-0144 x110 or sknox@ymca.org.