Recap: Full STE[+a]M Ahead Week 1

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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.

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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?

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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!

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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.

 

 

 

Trolley Residential Groundbreaking Coming July 15

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New Places to Call Home Are Coming to the
Diamond Neighborhoods!

Join us and our development partner Chelsea Investment Corporation to celebrate the start of construction on 52-units of new affordable multi-family apartment homes.

Trolley Residential Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wednesday, July 15
3:30 pm

Southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway

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

Located adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Center, this project will help create a more walkable community and is one part of transforming the Diamond Neighborhoods into a place where residents can live, work, play, and create. Come be part of the revitalization!

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Please contact Liz Faris at LFaris@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376 with questions.

Jacobs Center Town Hall Series Launch

Town Hall Series Launch

JOIN US!

Thursday, FEBRUARY 26, 2015  |  5:30 – 8 PM
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center  |  404 Euclid Avenue  |  San Diego CA 92114

Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Community and How it Will Affect You and Your Family?

Come Find Out!

MEET our staff, community partners and other Diamond Neighborhood residents.

LEARN about the strategic plan and how the community worked together to develop a shared vision to engage residents, create new places for goods and services, provide spaces for gathering, and develop programs and partnerships that will strengthen the Diamond Neighborhoods.

DISCOVER current and upcoming construction projects, educational programs for youth and adults, opportunities for skills building and employment and arts and culture activities.

ENJOY complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided by True Roots Catering, a social enterprise of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation as well as inspiring performance art from Gill Sotu.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Be part of the change! Join us to learn more and get connected to the neighborhood action.

RSVP to Liz Faris at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or 619.527.6161 ext. 376.

For more information visit www.JacobsCenter.org or connect with us on social media. Use #JacobsTownHall to join the conversation.

Movie Night at the Market Creek Amphitheater

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Market Creek Summer Film Series Returns Featuring Five FREE Family Films Throughout August

Live entertainment, concessions and other fun activities promise to make the Market Creek Summer Series a celebration. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early for pre-show entertainment that begins at 7 p.m. Movies begin promptly at dusk.

The Market Creek Summer Series begins on Friday, August 1 with a screening of The Lego Movie, the box office sensation based on the popular toy brand. The fun continues Friday, August 8 with Instructions Not Included, the highest grossing Spanish-language film in the United States.

Pulling Strings, starring Mexican actor, singer and host Jaime Camil, will delight audiences on Friday, August 15. A special matinee screening of Coach Zoran and His African Tigers will be presented on Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m. Finally, the series ends on a high note with Disney’s Frozen, screening on Friday, August 22.

Market Creek Film Series Schedule
Jacobs Center, Market Creek Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114

  • The Lego Movie, Friday, August 1, 7 pm (2014, 100 mins) An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
  • Instructions Not Included, Friday, August 8, 7 pm (2013, 122 mins) A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.
  • Pulling Strings, Friday, August 15, 7 pm (2013, 111 mins)  After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before – by Rachel. Featuring Jaime Camil.
  • Coach Zoran and His African Tigers, Sunday, August 17, 2 pm (Special Matinee in Celebration Hall) (2013, 75 mins) South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011, following almost 50 years of civil war. Although still steeped in the memories of countless victims of violence, the new nation is seeking to make a place on the international soccer stage by forming its first national team. The man called in for this task is the Serbian Zoran Djordjevic, a dynamic and hugely ambitious veteran coach. The film follows the team over its first year.
  • Frozen, Friday, August 22, 7 pm (2013, 102 mins) A Disney favorite! Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Featuring the Award-winning song, “Let it Go.”

Admission: Free. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.sdlatinofilm.com or www.jacobscenter.org

For additional information & volunteering opportunities at Movie Night Series Contact Bevelynn- bbravo@jacobscenter.org

Movie Night In the Market Creek Amphitheater

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Market Creek Summer Film Series Returns Featuring Five FREE Family Films Throughout August

Live entertainment, concessions and other fun activities promise to make the Market Creek Summer Series a celebration. Audiences are encouraged to arrive early for pre-show entertainment that begins at 7 p.m. Movies begin promptly at dusk.

The Market Creek Summer Series begins on Friday, August 1 with a screening of The Lego Movie, the box office sensation based on the popular toy brand. The fun continues Friday, August 8 with Instructions Not Included, the highest grossing Spanish-language film in the United States.

Pulling Strings, starring Mexican actor, singer and host Jaime Camil, will delight audiences on Friday, August 15. A special matinee screening of Coach Zoran and His African Tigers will be presented on Sunday, August 17 at 2 p.m. Finally, the series ends on a high note with Disney’s Frozen, screening on Friday, August 22.

Market Creek Film Series Schedule
Jacobs Center, Market Creek Amphitheater, 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego 92114

  • The Lego Movie, Friday, August 1, 7 pm (2014, 100 mins) An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied ‘Special’, is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.
  • Instructions Not Included, Friday, August 8, 7 pm (2013, 122 mins) A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces.
  • Pulling Strings, Friday, August 15, 7 pm (2013, 111 mins)  After a night of drinking, Rachel, a diplomat working in Mexico City finds her world turned upside down after she’s saved by Alejandro, a Mariachi singer whose visa was rejected the day before – by Rachel. Featuring Jaime Camil.
  • Coach Zoran and His African Tigers, Friday, August 17, 2 pm (Special Matinee in Celebration Hall) (2013, 75 mins) South Sudan became an independent state in July 2011, following almost 50 years of civil war. Although still steeped in the memories of countless victims of violence, the new nation is seeking to make a place on the international soccer stage by forming its first national team. The man called in for this task is the Serbian Zoran Djordjevic, a dynamic and hugely ambitious veteran coach. The film follows the team over its first year.
  • Frozen, Friday, August 22, 7 pm (2013, 102 mins) A Disney favorite! Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Featuring the Award-winning song, “Let it Go.”

Admission: Free. Concessions will be available for purchase. For more information, please visit www.sdlatinofilm.com or www.jacobscenter.org

VOCAL Call for Participation

We are seeking a diverse group of individuals representative of the Southeastern San Diego neighborhoods with community based or regional experience with volunteer and/or professional knowledge in the fields listed below to participate in Voices of Community at All Levels (VOCAL) working group. This group will provide insight and ideas on a broad range of issues relating to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation’s initiatives and projects.

If you have experience in any of these areas and are interested in volunteering with VOCAL, we invite you to complete the form and get involved:

  • youth development
  • business ownership
  • arts and culture
  • real estate
  • faith-based communities
  • health and wellness
  • communications and marketing
  • finance
  • technology
  • education
  • leadership
  • civic engagement.

If you have any questions, please contact Venus Molina at 619-527-6161 or VMolina@jacobscenter.org.

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Interested in Serving on the Diamond Management Inc. Advisory Board?

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We are seeking individuals with expertise in the fields listed below to serve on our advisory board for Diamond Management Inc. (DMI), providing insight and ideas regarding a broad range of issues relative to the future of the Diamond Community.

If you have expertise in these areas and are interested in serving, we invite you to apply.

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  • commercial property development/management
  • affordable housing development/management
  • city planning or architectural expertise
  • experience with social enterprise development
  • experience with local politics
  • non-profit organization/management
  • regional (e.g., LA area) or national experience with area revitalization
  • connections with local, regional, or national philanthropic sources

Esta interesado en servir en nuestro Consejo Asesor del Diamond Management Inc?

Estamos buscando personas con experiencia en los campos que figuran a continuación para servir en nuestro consejo asesor de Diamond Management Inc. Con conocimiento e ideas con respecto a cuestiones relativas al futuro de la Comunidad Diamond.

Si usted tiene experiencia en las áreas y está interesado en servir, le invitamos a llenar una solicitud. Nuestro proceso de solicitud en línea se abrirá en las próximas semanas. Haga clic aquí para llenar nuestra solicitud en línea.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, located in southeastern San Diego, continues to move the “Revitalizing Together” initiative forward with the launch of JACOBS PRESENTS, a first-class concert series designed to present artists and programs that appeal to audiences throughout the region. The concert series kicks off on January 22 with award-winning R&B band Mint Condition, who will take the stage in the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall. The Hall, completed in 2008, features concert-quality acoustics, lighting, and an intimate 760 seats, producers hope to establish this as San Diego’s newest quality venue for live music.

“Revitalizing a community requires multiple partners and innovative initiatives to succeed. We believe strongly in the power of the arts as a community building vehicle and economic engine,” explained JCNI President and CEO Reginald Jones. “JACOBS PRESENTS is one part of our increased focus on social enterprise. The effort will bring high level performing arts to our events center and stimulate the local economy.”

Area Councilmember Myrtle Cole is enthusiastic about this venture. Cole states, “JACOBS PRESENTS has potential to ignite the local economy by bringing ticket buying concert-goers from around San Diego to our community. This can stimulate support of our local businesses, including eateries in Market Creek Plaza adjacent to the Jacobs Center.” Further, says Cole, “more San Diegans can discover the diversity and cultural richness of the community.”

In addition to Mint Condition, the complete 2014 concert series includes jazz vocalist Michelle Coltrane featuring Shea Welch and Ensemble in an April 25th Benefit Concert. Coltrane is the daughter of the legendary saxophonist John Coltrane. Poncho Sanchez and his Latin Jazz Band take the stage on June 20th. Te Vaka, the Oceanic music group that performs original contemporary Pacific music or “South Pacific Fusion”, rounds out the currently announced series with a September 2014 date to be announced.

For more information on Jacobs Presents, visit www.jacobscenter.org

Visit www.jacobs-presents.ticketleap.com/mint-condition/ to purchase tickets. Call 619.450.4080 for more information

Village Center Meeting at the Jacobs Center

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Village Center Meeting
Junta para la Comunidad

Join us for this special Village Center Meeting and our 1st Live Stream broadcast as JCNI’s President Reginald Jones hosts a discussion regarding the Jacobs organization and exciting upcoming community initiatives. Be part of this interactive neighborhood conversation as we look forward to entering a new phase of our community work.

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

The event will be our first ever live-stream broadcast and we are expecting great community participation for the evening. Connect to the webcast from our website at JacobsCenter.org or follow us on Twitter @JacobsCenter

Please confirm your attendance with Bevelynn Bravo at (619) 527-6161 ext. 188
or email Bbravo@JacobsCenter.org

Dinner will be served — Childcare provided

For more information about about our framework for supporting community development, please visit JacobsCenter.org. For information on The Village at Market Creek, please visit TheVillageAtMarketCreek.com

Jacobs Center Appoints New Director of Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships

Nelli-Head-shotThe Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Elenore Garton as Director of Strategy and Philanthropic Partnerships. Garton brings a background in philanthropy-focused strategy development and evaluation to the organization and joins the team as it moves into an exciting phase of aligning resident leadership and sustainability development.

“I have long admired the work of the Jacobs Center for its authentic resident-led efforts to create lasting community change,” said Garton. “I am honored to be able to help further the truly innovative and critical work being done here.”

In her role, Garton will focus on devising multi-year strategic plans to advance programs and sustain and grow philanthropic partnerships. She will also coordinate with the Jacobs Center’s shared learning staff to develop protocols for measuring and evaluating impact and design learning materials to share best practices with the field.

“We are excited that Garton has joined the Jacobs Center,” said Reginald Jones, President & CEO. “She brings tremendous skills that will strengthen our efforts to further define our continuing work and advance philanthropic relations.”

Garton most recently worked as a strategy consultant to nonprofits and philanthropic organizations, providing assistance in organizational capacity analysis, strategic planning, and fundraising strategy development. Previously, she was a Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy at Brandeis University, where she oversaw its research and education work. A trustee of the Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson Foundation for 18 years, she is the foundation’s current vice-chair and leads its strategic initiative on family and child homelessness. She also co-chairs the Juvenile Justice Work Group of the Youth Transitions Funders Group and serves on the Council on Foundations’ Committee on Family Philanthropy, where she is chair of its 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference.

Garton has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Cornell University. She replaces Kristine Breese, who is pursuing other opportunities after leading the Jacobs Center’s resource development work for nearly three years.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) and Jacobs Family Foundation (JFF) are partnering with resident teams in southeastern San Diego to transform 60 acres of blight into The Village at Market Creek, a LEED-certified neighborhood and vibrant cultural destination. Through a network of nonprofit and for-profit partners, locally-owned businesses and national tenants, a community and conference center, and a portfolio of social enterprise projects, JCNI and JFF are creating assets that will be transferred to community ownership when the foundation sunsets in 2030. Under the banner of “Resident Ownership of Neighborhood Change,” the people who live and work in the community create the vision, lead the implementation, and will own the assets related to this work.

Meet JCNI’s New President Next Village Center Meeting

VILLAGE CENTER MEETING

Meet JCNI’s New President!

Also, presentations from:

  • City Council President Tony YoungGet an update on decisions and issues that impact
    our community
  • SDPD Chief LongWork together to strengthen relationships and address issues concerning crime
  • Up 4 EdLearn about your rights as a parent of a student
  • The Village Art + Design PlanHear about the recently completed plan for arts in The Village

Meet the new businesses in The Village!

Tuesday, December 4 – 5:30 – 7:30pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center • 404 Euclid Avenue • San Diego, CA 92114

Please confirm your attendance with Bevelynn Bravo at
(619) 527-6161 ext. 188 or email BBravo@JacobsCenter.org

Dinner will be served • Childcare provided

Jacobs Welcomes Reginald Jones

The Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation today announced the appointment of Reginald Jones as their new President and CEO. After a nationwide search, a team of staff, local residents, and Jacobs board members selected Jones, who comes to San Diego from the Steans Family Foundation, a place-based community development foundation in Chicago.

Jones spent 10 years at the Steans Family Foundation where he served as President and Executive Director, overseeing an array of resident-led projects, including plans for a multi-million dollar school and family services campus.

Valerie Jacobs, Chair of the Board of the Jacobs Family Foundation said Jones was a rare find for this unique type of philanthropy. “Reginald brings a unique and hard-to-find combination  of resident-led development experience and a solid background in nonprofit management. Place-based philanthropy requires a huge network of partners to get work done. Reginald has a long history of building the type of alliances we need to move into our next phase of work and ensure its sustainability.” Jones is a leader in fields of community development and family philanthropy, having served on the Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations and Grassroots Grantmakers, an affinity group supporting resident-led philanthropy.

Jones replaces Interim President Roque Barros, who will return to his position as Director of Community Building, leading the Foundation’s ground-breaking resident engagement work. “It was an honor to serve as Interim President, and it is time for me to get back to the work I love most – problem-solving with residents to bring about the change they want to see in our community.”

For more information about Reginald Jones and Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, please visit www.JacobsCenter.org.

A Showing of “Miss Representation”

The documentary Miss Representation, by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women have led to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Visit www.missrepresentation.org for more information about the film.

OCTOBER 20, 11am – 2pm
Malcom X Library, 5148 Market St., San Diego, CA 92114

Women’s Expo and Fashion Show

Eleanor’s Place for Women is presenting a women’s expo and fashion show on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Ave. There will be guest speakers on health, finances, spirituality and encouragement as well as a fashion show called “A Walk in Her Shoes.” The nonprofit organization serves women in the San Diego community dealing with incarceration, domestic violence, emotional abuse and other distresses by assisting with housing, clothing, support groups and other vital outreach efforts. For more information about the event or Eleanor’s Place for Women, please call: (619) 546-7137 / 772-5318 or online: eleanorsplace.org.

Free Event: VOTING MATTERS Community Connect Fair (All ages welcome!)

Leaders of Change and Junior Leaders of Change Present

VOTING MATTERS
Community Connect Fair

Saturday, Sept 1st 10am-2pm

Free Event All Ages Welcome!!

Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego CA, 92114

The first 500 attendees will be entered to win amazing prizes:
XBOX • PLAYSTATION Gift Cards & More!

Keynote speaker: Pastor Terrell Fletcher City of Hope International Church

Featuring:

  • Rights Information
  • Guest Speakers
  • Community Resources
  • Music
  • Entertainment
  • Prizes and more!!

For more information, call (619) 752-2251
or Email votingmatterssd@gmail.com

Village Center Meeting – Wednesday, August 22

VILLAGE CENTEMEETING
Get Involved! • Stay Informed!
Wednesday, August 22
5:30 – 7:30 pm

Hear presentations from:

Representative from City Council President Tony Young’s Office
Update on physical development in the Diamond Neighborhoods
and what lies ahead

Home StartUpdate on the different programs that can benefit
our community

YMCA Executive Director Michael BrunkerUpdate on the
YMCA expansion and opportunities to care for our neighborhoods 

Jacobs CenterUpdate on physical development in The Village
and presentation about the Rites of Passage exhibition opening
in August 

Networking Opportunities & Info Booths

Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Please confirm your attendance with Lefaua Leilua at
(619) 527-6161 ext. 183 or email LLeilua@JacobsCenter.org
Dinner will be served • Childcare provided
www.TheVillageAtMarketCreek.com