GTK-ONE-SDA laptop in the hands of an eager young student is more than a computer – it represents an opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.

Just ask Jose, a third grader who goes to the Logan Heights Branch Library and uses one of the laptops One San Diego donated last year. Jose has been diligently working on his English skills using one of the tutorial programs on the computer and proudly placed second in his school’s spelling bee.

Jose is just one of the many success stories from the work One San Diego is doing in our communities. The nonprofit organization works to promote educational and economic opportunities to all residents in all neighborhoods of San Diego.

Their efforts to date include donating 60 laptops to the “Do Your Homework @ the Library” program, hosting community forums that bring civic leaders to underserved communities and updating SAT test preparation resources at their 11 partner libraries.

They are proud of the work they have done so far but recognize there is still more to accomplish. They continue to seek volunteers and donations to ensure that every San Diegan has the opportunity to succeed. Their goal is to enrich the lives of all residents through inclusive community engagement, empowering local small businesses and building a workforce that has the skills to compete in our innovation economy.

They have already received some incredible support from community leaders from across the city. San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer has been a strong supporter of the organization and his wife, First Lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer has been instrumental in her role as Honorary Chair of One San Diego. They joined the rest of the board to headline our first major fundraiser in March.

The One San Diego “Neighborhood Experience” event on March 3 brought together more than 1,000 civic leaders and community members to celebrate the very best of what San Diego has to offer. It featured restaurants from each of the City’s nine council districts who allowed guests to sample unique foods from across San Diego. Representatives from more than a dozen cultural groups and organizations throughout the city performed or spoke at the event. The fundraiser was opportunity to taste, see and be a part of what makes San Diego America’s Finest City.

The fundraiser was just the beginning of even bigger things to come as they find new ways to bring educational opportunities to our youth. One San Diego will bring neighbors together to discuss how we can all promote economic prosperity for their communities. We must all realize the dream of creating One San Diego where every resident thrives.

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