In addition to being the only all-girls school in San Diego County, the Academy of Our Lady of Peace (OLP) also serves a large binational population. With its proximity to the US/Mexico border, about 13 percent of the school’s population crosses the border every day to attend classes. This bi-national relationship has been a constant in the long legacy and tradition of OLP.
This summer, Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School is offering a variety of summer camps and programs for children in elementary through high school. Program sessions run from mid-June until mid-August, and are open to the community. Offerings include enriched day camps, academic classes and sports camps.
For over 50 years, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) has helped people with developmental disabilities, their families and communities, discover, explore and nurture potential - giving thousands a chance to live life to the fullest. The Center truly provides a “Life Program” that allows students to learn, grow and enjoy friendships and social activities throughout their lives. Students come to SMSC’s five-acre campus in the foothills of El Cajon daily to learn or upgrade marketable skills, develop creative outlets, earn a paycheck, make new friends and gain self-esteem and a sense of independence.
Toward Maximum Independence (TMI) Executive Director Rachel Harris has dedicated the past 27 years to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. Harris first joined TMI in 2004 and went on to become the ED in 2013. Under her leadership, TMI has quickly become one of the most innovative, cutting-edge, and progressive organizations providing assistance to people with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy or Down syndrome. Harris is a passionate leader who helps to ensure that TMI staff provide their clients with meaningful employment, community living supports and loving foster families or in-home supports to children.
Volunteers of America Southwest would like to recognize some of the great corporations who partner with them on their mission to inspire hope through their ministry of service by providing individuals and families with tools to improve their quality of life. In short, at Volunteers of America Southwest, they transform lives from vulnerable to vibrant.
Children are ever-observant and eager to learn. They understand that money is important for buying food, clothes and other essential items. But, when and how do they begin to understand that you have to earn the money, and you need to budget and save for other wants and needs?
Everyone asks me how I got so skinny after I retired from the tennis tour. Specifically, I dropped around 20 pounds. How is this possible if I was training seven hours a day to get ready for a competition, compared to the one to two hour workouts I get in during my day now? Well first, I was in better shape back then, even though I am thinner now. My workout regime during my tennis days consisted of intense hours of cardio, heavy weight lifting, drilling on the tennis court and explosive track workouts.
Erika Funcke Martinez and Isabella Martinez-Funcke are a mother and daughter duo from Tijuana, México. Both Erika and then Isabella studied at the Academy of Our Lady of Peace which fittingly has a reputation of remarkable alumni. Not only are they successful entrepreneurs, they are exceptionally beautiful inside and out. Their business is a combination of photography, event decor and handmade personalized touches that showcase the art of México. We were inspired by how successful businesswomen like Erika and Isabella have been able show the world the beauty of Mexico and share the heritage through their creative ideas. This is evident in their passion and the details featured in their décor. Erika and Isabella were kind enough to share with us how they found success as well as how they are able to manage working together and staying healthy with their busy lives. Their story is a wonderful example of a truly unique mother-daughter relationship.
A 50,000 square foot, state-of-the-art, modern structure sits at the corner of Front and Island in downtown San Diego. Designed by renowned local architect, Rob Quigley, The New Children’s Museum often has a line of parents and children around the block. The daily visitors are what CEO/Executive Director Judy Forrester sees as the “bright future of our community.” In a world where turmoil, divisiveness and struggles are featured more than a future alive with hope and promise, Forrester invites the community to visit and be inspired.