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Our Beginnings

In 1997, San Diego County sent a delegation to Philadelphia to attend the "President's Summit on Youth, America's Promise," Chaired by Colin Powell. One of the major goals identified by participants to that Summit was to "support America's youth by providing each child with a caring and stable adult." Inspired and wanting to make a difference, the San Diego delegation returned home to organize a youth mentoring collaborative where knowledge and other resources could be shared.

A local organization called the Children's Initiative spearheaded an effort which resulted in a core group coming together to develop The Mentoring Coalition of San Diego County. Since 1998, area program managers and administrators have met monthly to network with each other for the purposes of education, training, and to share leads on volunteers, as well as the financial resources needed to sustain individual programs.


Accomplishments

Brimming with an inclusive and collaborative spirit, the members of the Coalition are proud that among the nearly 30 youth mentoring coalitions in the state, ours is one of the best attended. Coalition staff has also worked to improve California's mentoring efforts by helping state agencies to revise the Quality Assurance Standards approval process for individual mentoring programs.

In addition, over the past few years the Coalition has promoted best practices by implementing approximately 20 workshops for program managers, plus a great number of "mini-workshops" during our monthly meetings. A non-profit charitable organization, the aim of Mentoring Coalition of San Diego County is to continue support individual programs by encouraging them to work together for the good of the young people in our region.




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