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March 2021

City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program

The City of San Diego COVID-19 Housing Stability Assistance Program helps to pay past-due, unpaid rent and utilities for individuals and families with low income in the City of San Diego who experience financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Households with income at or below 80 percent of San Diego’s Area Median Income ($92,400 per year for a family of four) may qualify if they are obligated to pay rent, have experienced a reduction in income or other financial hardship due to...

Game Night Youth Coalition (SAY SD)

SAY San Diego invites you to join us for a virtual escape room game night! Unwind and have fun while you learn more about how you can get involved, have your voice heard, and be around other rising leaders in Southeastern SD. The first 100 youth to RSVP before March 31st get a large pizza delivered to their house for FREE! YOUTH COALITION April 5th, 2021 @ 5:30 PM via Zoom Scan or click the QR Code & RSVP by March 31st Open tinyurl.com/SESDGameNight This project is partially funded by...

Life Expectancy: Could where you live influence how long you live? (rwjf.org)

People living just a few blocks apart may have vastly different opportunities to live a long life in part because of their neighborhood. Unfortunately, significant gaps in life expectancy persist across many United States cities, towns, ZIP codes and neighborhoods. The latest estimates of life expectancy reveal differences down to the census tract level. Use the interactive map , to explore how life expectancy in America compares with life expectancy in your area, and resources to help...

The Atlanta Shootings Fit Into a Long Legacy of Anti-Asian Violence in America (time.com)

From the time the first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived as laborers in the U.S. in the 1850s, Asian Americans have always been subject to racist violence . As a source of cheap labor to build railroads, Asian immigrants came to be seen as threats to white jobs and scapegoated as dirty and disease-ridden. The “yellow peril” ultimately led to the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the first time the U.S. had ever barred a specific ethnic group from the country. The brutality runs through more...

Burnout Isn't Just Exhaustion. Here's How To Deal With It (npr.org)

Whether working from home or not, many people are feeling burned out during the coronavirus pandemic. A new survey found that nearly 90% of respondents in more than 40 countries felt that their work lives were getting worse during the pandemic. And more than 60% felt that they were experiencing burnout often or very often. In 2019, the World Health Organization brought some attention to the issue by defining burnout as a syndrome associated with chronic stress at work that goes unmanaged.

New KidsData.org Release: Positive Childhood Experiences During COVID-19 [positiveexperience.org/blog]

By Loren McCullough and Dr. Bob Sege, 3/11/21, positiveexperience.org/blog What’s going on with families during the COVID pandemic? In partnership with the American Academy of Pediatrics , Prevent Child Abuse America , and with assistance and financial support from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) , The Lucile Packard Foundation , the California Department of Public Health , and KidsData.org , we surveyed California parents, to find out how they are doing during the...

San Diego Unified changes name of Junipero Serra High School, removes conquistador mascot (sandiegouniontribune.com)

San Diego Unified’s Junipero Serra High School will now be called Canyon Hills High School after students successfully petitioned for the name change, saying that the name of the founder of California’s mission system is offensive to indigenous peoples whose ancestors were subjected to its doctrine. On Tuesday night, the San Diego Unified School Board unanimously voted for the name change and to change the school’s mascot from a conquistador to a rattlesnake, or a “Rattler.” Students who...

Measuring Equity Through City Trees (yesmagazine.org)

The term “urban forest” may sound like an oxymoron. When most of us think about forests, we may picture vast expanses of tall trunks and dappled sunlight filtering through the leaves, far from the busyness of the city. But the trees that line city streets and surround apartment complexes across the U.S. hold great value, in part because of their proximity to people. “Per tree, you’re getting way more value for an urban tree than a tree out in the wild,” says Mark McPherson, founder and...

Keeping San Diego’s Urban Indigenous Community Healthy In Mind, Body And Spirit Amid COVID-19 (kpbs.org)

Body, Mind, and Spirit. An indivisible combination that is the cornerstone for holistic wellness for Native Americans. It is also the slogan that appears beneath the medicine wheel on the sign for the San Diego American Indian Health Center . “Da'anzho,” said Ruben Leyva, standing at the corner in Bankers Hill where the clinic is located. “That means ‘hello’ in the Apache language. I am a Chiricahua Chíhénde Apache. I stand here honored and humbled to speak to you on Kumeyaay land.” In order...

"Who is your Hero and Why?” (essay contest) University of San Diego - Character Education Resource Center

The Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation is now accepting online entries from all San Diego County students in grades 6-8 and 9-12 for its Annual Essay Contest. There are cash awards for both the winning students and their teachers. The prompt for the contest this year is "Who is Your Hero and Why?" WHO IS YOUR HERO? WHY? Tips for Teachers (and Students) We suggest you guide your students in finding their voice and the purpose of the essay; along with writing an effective introduction,...

4 Ways The Pandemic Can Grow Your Character And Career (thriveglobal.com)

The pandemic has created a lot of heartbreak, fear and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among the workforce. On top of our personal woes, many employees have grappled with fears of loved ones and themselves contracting Covid-19, not to mention the isolation and burnout of remote working and helping children with schoolwork. Although many of us have endured a lot of stress and mental health challenges, there’s good news on the horizon, known as post-traumatic growth (PTG)—the benefits...

Pediatricians: schools must reopen now to relieve children's suffering [sandiegouniontribune.com]

By Kristen Taketa, The San Diego Union-Tribune, February 7, 2021 Pediatricians across San Diego County say they are deeply troubled by what they see school closures doing to children. Dr. Janet Crow, a pediatrician at UC San Diego, talks every day with middle and high school kids who are heading toward depression or are flat-out depressed, she said. One of her high school patients can’t bring himself to do Zoom school, she said. His mom isn’t there to help him because she is an essential...

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