staying home doesn’t have to be boring

While we’re all staying home, here are some great resources to help keep your child(ren) engaged, learning, and having fun. 

Full List of San Diego Resources: There are so many resources for whatever needs you may have. To see a full list of organizations, businesses and contacts that you can contact directly click here.

Pandemic-EBT: While schools are closed due to COVID-19, families with students who were receiving free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch at school can get up to $365 per child for groceries during the summer. This is a federal nutrition benefit and is in addition to continued grab-and-go meal service through San Diego Country. Apply now.

Media Arts Center San Diego – Teen Producers Project: Teens will learn the principals of community reporting, the principles of filmmaking, or create their own narrative films. The classes are designed to accommodate teens of all experience levels and will be online via Zoom this year. Scholarships are also available, specifically for the Speak City Heights initiative. More information can be found here.

LADF College and Career Accelerator – The HBCU Experience: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) have played a critical role in ensuring that African Americans—and students of all races—receive quality higher education. This CCA panel will feature alumni of HBCUs who will share their experience and the opportunities their HBCU provided. The CCA is an initiative designed to expose high school students to college and career opportunities. The panel is May 21st at 3:30PM. Register here.

Girls, Inc. Virtual Programs: Girls, Inc. is going virtual! During this time, Girls, Inc. is offering weekly webinars for middle school and high school girls covering subjects like self-care, exercise, college readiness, resume building, academic support, and more! For a detailed schedule and a full list of programs, click here

San Diego Zoo Global Academy: Access world class training for FREE! The San Diego Zoo is offering some of their courses and animal learning modules online, free of charge. Whether you want a fun break to learn about animals or want to dive in deeper and explore a potential career path, it’s all there for you to see! Check it out here. 

Outdoor Outreach Virtual Sessions: Open for ages 11-18, join Outdoor Outreach instructors every Thursday from 4:00-5:00PM on Zoom to participate in games, activities and more! Contact Laura Guerrero to enroll.

Youth FarmWorks PAID Internship: FarmWorks is looking for interns ages 16-20 to work on their online newsletter. This internship is remote — stay safe, work from home, and gain experience for your resume! No experience necessary, this internship will start May 1. Contact Robbie Wilcox to apply!

SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund: The San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium (SDIRC), a project of Alliance San Diego, has launched the SDIRC Immigrant Relief Fund to provide grants of up to $500 to immigrants in San Diego County who have lost all or part of their income due to the coronavirus pandemic, along with other emergencies that may arise in the future. Click here for more information.

Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code have provided at home curriculum for those who want to keep coding from home. They have also announced a web series called Girls Who Code Talks. These talks are a free virtual video series to support women and girls navigating changes to their college and career plans during this pandemic. The series is open to anyone and will feature experts in career counseling, college admissions, wellness, and more. Register here.

Natural History at Home: Continue exploring natural history with online resources and at-home activities for all ages, provided by the San Diego Natural History Museum. Start exploring here. 

Coping with COVID-19: Free virtual Community Conversations to help San Diegans meet the many challenges of coping with the coronavirus pandemic. From maintaining your mental health, to caring for a parent with dementia, to supporting kids while schools are closed, these conversations will use our collective knowledge to learn techniques and tips to survive these challenging times. Learn more here.