NOVEMBER 19th EVENT: Mental Health First-Aid Workshop

The Mental Health First Aid Training Program is an 8-hour certification course designed to give participants the tools to respond to psychiatric emergencies until professional help arrives and to improve people’s mental health literacy.

WHAT: Mental Health First-Aid Workshop

HOSTED BY: Mental Health America of San Diego

WHERE: 4069 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

WHEN: Saturday, November 19th; 8:30 am – 5:30 pm

AS ALWAYS: Food will be provided

OUR WHY: As a chapter, we hope to raise awareness about mental illness and give our members the tools to effectively support and respond to those in our community who are experiencing a mental health emergency. Also, in the wake of various police-involved shootings impacting those who are diagnosed with mental illness, this is an opportune time for all of us to educate ourselves and serve as a resource for those in our community who are directly impacted.

 IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a members-only training. Please RSVP through our Facebook Event page. 

Becoming a member is easy, Join Today!

Mental Health America of San Diego County is dedicated to promoting mental health, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illnesses through advocacy, education, research and service.

We hope you can join us for this very important and timely workshop.

Community Event: SDAYO Fundraiser


Where: Ly’s Garden Restaurant | 4350 54th Street Suite B., San Diego, CA 92115

When: Friday, May 30, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

Cost: $35.00 per person/ $350 for a table of 10

Includes: 6 course meal and a drink

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Phet Guiney at (619) 515-2729 or email at

ABOUT SDAYO (San Diego Asian Youth Organization):


The San Diego Asian Youth Organization (SDAYO), was founded by the San Diego Police Department in 1995. It is a non-profit organization located inside the San Diego Police Department’s Multi-cultural Community Relations Office next to Colina Del Sol Park.

SDAYO brings together a diverse group of teenagers and provides them with the resources necessary to give back to their community. The members participate in cultural and civic activities as well as community service events all around San Diego. The youth also learn more about issues in their world through the many guest speakers and educational workshops offered through SDAYO. During summer, they are then rewarded for their hard work and dedication by being able to go on field trips to places like Disneyland, Six Flags, and Universal Studios (for free!). SDAYO not only teaches leadership and communication skills but also motivates teens to do things that benefit their future instead of turning to drugs and gangs.

Teenagers who participate on a regular basis receive recognition from police officers as well as various other community leaders. They are also given the opportunity to partake in a variety of internships and programs that will help them gain work experience, build their resume, and get into the college of their dreams.

DISCUSS | Human Trafficking in San Diego


ICWJ Interfaith Summit on Ending
Human Trafficking in San Diego
Faith Makes A Difference!
Thursday, May 8
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Expert Panel followed by Roundtable Discussion
We will have a panel of expert speakers including Clergy, Law Enforcement, Service Providers, Educators and Survivors, followed by Q&A
Questions & RSVP:
Michelle Shoemaker
Congregational Liaison
Call us at (619) 584-5740
San Diego First Church of the Nazarene
Point Loma Nazarene University campus
3901 Lomaland Drive, San Diego, CA 92106
Human Trafficking …
Human Trafficking is a hot topic today in our communities and congregations; especially among our youth. Hundreds of minors are trafficked every night in San Diego County, most likely within a short distance from your doorstep. It has been suggested that for each sex trafficking victim, there are eight labor trafficking victims. As people of faith, how do we educate ourselves and our congregations, to respond and work to abolish trafficking in our County? Join us for this important discussion.

Community Event: Khmer New Year Festival, the Year of the Horse

DATE: Saturday, April 12, 2014 and Sunday, April 13, 2014

LOCATION: Colina Del Sol Park

Hosted by San Diego’s Cambodian American community. There will be Pageant competition to select the New Year’s Angel, cooking demo, eating contest, traditional games and dances, classical and modern music, pony ride, spicy food, and more. Come and join for 2 days of family fun under the warm sun with fresh spring air. For more info, please contact

Community Event: Lao New Year Festival 2014

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 and Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

LOCATION: Market Creek Plaza / Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

Hosted by Lao Community Cultural Center of San Diego.  There will be Angel of Mercy Parade, Beauty Pageant Competition, Classical dance and music; Lao Food Booths, Retails, kid zones; Sports competition (Ping Pong, Basketball & Kataw) and Lao Idol competition.  For more info, please contact:

Community Event: The Inaugural Filipino Sun Festival

DATE: Saturday, April 5, 2014 – 11am – 6pm

LOCATION: Mira Mesa Park, across from Mira Mesa High School

(map 8575 New Salem St, San Diego, California 92126).

Presented and hosted by Operation Samahan. First Filipino Sun Festival, featuring a community produced event to celebrate Filipino and Filipino American culture in Mira Mesa!  Traditional and contemporary performances, art, food, educational and cultural fun for the whole family. Cultural exhibits, children’s activity, history of tattoo pavilion, health and wellness pavilion, and more! FREE!


JOB OPENING | LISC Program Officer

LISC is a very important national organization in San Diego that works on affordable housing and community development. 
The job is posted and linked below.

Program Officer
Local Initiatives Support Corporation ¡V San Diego
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a community development intermediary, has a history of providing financial and technical assistance to community-based organizations and public entities focused on the redevelopment of urban neighborhoods and rural communities. The organization works in communities throughout the nation to assist in the development of affordable multi-family and senior housing, homeownership opportunities, commercial enterprises, education, childcare, community facilities and various community-building programs. LISC works with its partners to make communities good places to work, do business and raise children. For more information about LISC visit
LISC San Diego has been active in the region since 1991 and seeks an individual, with a passion for strengthening communities through effective and thoughtful investment, grant making and related activities. It invites people to apply who have experience working with diverse populations and who possess general expertise in community development, including human capital development, economic development, real estate development and community programming. LISC San Diego is engaged in LISC¡¦s Building Sustainable Communities (BSC) Initiative, through our Neighborhoods First program, which implements a comprehensive, intensive, community development investment strategy in two neighborhoods focused on improving the quality of life of residents. The Program Officer will help in successfully executing a holistic, neighborhood-driven approach to community transformation that ensures both people and places prosper. The position reports to the LISC San Diego Executive Director. For more information about LISC San Diego visit
LISC San Diego seeks a Program Officer to provide strategic and implementation support for its BSC Initiative, managing and expanding its Family Income and Wealth Building program, support the advancement of our Economic Development/Commercial Corridor Revitalization program, and provide strategic support to our local office Lending Program priorities. The individual hired to fill this position will be expected to provide financial and technical assistance to neighborhood partner organizations; strengthen partnerships among community-based organizations, anchor institutions, and other corporate, civic and public sector organizations; build and maintain consensus among different constituencies; and advocate for policy and system innovations. 
. Coordinate and oversee performance of the Financial Opportunities Centers (FOC) network, including developing and maintaining detailed knowledge of the various organizations and stakeholders involved in the FOC network, providing programmatic design and management of build-out programs that include an Occupational Skills Initiatives and Financial Products Program, technical assistance related to the utilization of program tracking software (Efforts to Outcome), and the identification of best practices related to FOCs.
. Implement and expand commercial corridor revitalization efforts in key neighborhood districts. Work with community organizations to connect businesses to technical assistance and financing, share best practices and facilitate business owners¡¦ participation.
. Provide additional support to activities related to real estate lending as needed.
. Provide oversight and management with various federal and private funding sources ¡V responsibilities will include but not limited to grants and contract management, such as financial audits and reviews, preparing, monitoring, and tracking contractual outcome obligations, and submission of grantee reports to multiple funding partners in a timely manner. 
. Identify prospective funding opportunities and prepare funding proposals, applications, reports, presentations, and tours as required by funders, investors, LISC National and others.
. Develop a solid and respectful working relationship with the neighborhood partner organizations and grantees. Maintain an in-depth knowledge of their organizational conditions, programs and projects. 
. Identify and sustain good working relationships with local governmental agencies that are positioned to assist and support LISC¡¦s work.
. Provide technical assistance to neighborhood partner organizations and other program participants to ensure effective implementation of programs, as well as work closely with LISC National programs and departments to provide additional technical assistance and resources to local partners as necessary.
. Prepare and manage program budgets, in consultation with the Executive Director and staff. Assume responsibility for special projects and other assignments, as needed.