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SOLE Effects

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Counseling, Education, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Higher Education, Literacy, Mental Health, Substance Abuse Dependency, Prevention & Treatment

Mission: Our mission is to grow confident and courageous leaders through influential role models. Our Purpose: 1. To develop personal leadership skills in college students who then instill these skills in 9th grade students, creating purpose-driven lives while maximizing their leadership potential in life. 2. To prevent depression/anxiety, self-harm, addiction, bullying, violence, and suicide. 3. To provide teachers and staff members necessary student social/emotional support, giving them more time to focus on core curriculum, while continuing to bring positive change to the school culture. 4. To provide parents and caretakers relevant resources, a strong support system, and effective communication tools to lead their teens during these critical years.

Results: *Impacted 2,200 students and caused a ripple effect throughout their schools *Best Defense Against Drug Abuse Article - http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/pomerado-news/our-columns/sdpn-wooton-best-defense-against-teen-drug-abuse-2016aug03-story.html *Impacted 235 teens and parents with our "Screenagers" event, providing guidance with social media *Received Palomar Council Award (highest award in PTSA's in PUSD) *Received highest honor for 2016's "Outstanding Service Learning Group" at CSUSM *CSUSM Senior Business Project - results showed there is no mentoring program locally or throughout the US like ours

Target demographics: college students develop strong leadership skills in 9th grade students

Direct beneficiaries per year: 260 students, and 3 educational organizations

Geographic areas served: The Poway Unified School District, Cal State San Marcos, and Palomar College

Programs: a social leadership program to guide our coaches and teens find their life's purpose, achieve balance, and prevent the emotional and social issues they're up against

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

My experience with Sole Effects was one of growth. Days spent talking about leadership manifested into self-actualization. Namely, teaching leadership made me realize my potential as a leader. Further, the short-time spent with this organization allowed me to truly understand my passions as an individual to help others. Because of this, subsequent to my time with Sole Effects, I began forming student-run organizations that focused on social issues, along with continuing my service with other non-profits. I would not have been able to find my passions to help others nor realize my potential as a leader without the help of this organization.

Highly recommended and a truly commendable nonprofit.


Client Served

Rating: 5

The team at Sole Effects brings together their decades of experience in teaching and working with youth and the high-energy, innovative spirit of college kids to create an impactful student mentoring program. The SWITCH program speaks to the heart of issues facing young people today and aims their work at middle and high school students. They have tailored lessons that feel like a fun day at camp but elicit honest conversations with kids who are struggling to navigate their teen years. From eating disorders to bullying to finding ways to connect with peers, to struggles with digital overload, they train their college mentor team to both share their own real-world experiences and to provide a safe space for teens to open up and receive guidance. Their adult leadership team is carefully selected to guarantee that the mentors are well trained and that the student participants will have the follow up they need. Our PTSA believes strongly in providing social-emotional support as a pillar of educating the whole child and Sole Effects makes it possible. Our minimal investment in financial support for this program was returned to us ten-fold by the changes we saw in our students. This organization is top notch. If you have a chance to bring this program to your school or youth program, it's a must!
Rachel Allums, Past President, Twin Peaks Middle School PTSA


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In my opinion, SWITCH is a revolutionary program addressing a variety of critical issues that our teenagers struggle with. Through the use of college students that serve as influential role models, they assist our teenagers in learning how to build strong and healthy relationships, how to positively deal with stress, body image issues and unhealthy relationships. Finding their passion/purpose in life, building their communication skills and learning how to work as a team are additional areas of focus that help equip our teens in how to navigate the real world and live their most authentic selfs. Every teenager should be given the opportunity to experience such a program. I hope SWITCH continues to expand to other schools and impact many more lives.