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Causes: Children & Youth, Homeless & Housing, Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Housing Support, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Mental Health, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Our mission is to provide children, youth and families in San Diego’s South Bay with services which reinforce the family’s role in our community and assist individuals to aspire realistically to lives of self-fulfillment. SBCS is committed to providing respectful services based on community strengths, needs and goals.

Geographic areas served: South San Diego County (National City, Chula Vista, Bonita, Imperial Beach, San Ysidro, Nester, South San Diego)

Programs: Youth and family support services:youth and family support services provides an array of services and activities to assist youth and their families in all aspects of life including: health, education, work recreation, after-school program, family, and social, as well as enhancing adult-youth partnerships. Programs include counseling, juvenile diversion, pregnancy prevention, after school programming, gang alternatives, gender specific programming, youth entrepreneurial activities, and other supportive and youth development services for at-risk youth and their families. The youth and family support services also focuses on recognizing the strengths, assets, and resiliency of youth in particular, and maximizing the potential for their long-term development by encouraging their creative abilities within a family and community context. Programs include trolley trestle transitional living program for former foster youth, casa nuestra shelter for runaway and homeless youth, independent living program for current and former foster youth, mental health services for children and youth in the community, and the community assessment team, whose purpose is to avoid at-risk youth's penetration into the justice system or social service system by providing early crisis intervention and appropriate follow-up services. Chula vista promise neighborhood (cvpromise) is an initiative coordinated by south bay community services and brings together a collaboration of partners focused on family, education, health and community to provide children in castle park neighborhood with the kind of opportunities they need to excel in school, get into college, find good jobs and lead healthy lives. Services and programs are offered on five school campuses in the castle park community and includes early learning network of programs for families with children birth to five years of age; escuelita del futuro preschool; support services and programs during and after school for elementary, middle and high school students; academic advocate program; promotora program; food distribution, universidad de padres; parenting workshops; parent centers; literacy cafes and more.

children services:the organization's children's services provide children with the therapeutic, developmental, and educational support they need, in safe, healthy environments. Children's programs include mental health services, early periodic screening diagnosis and treatment, and community services for families. Services may include therapeutic playgroups or other settings which held children to develop the physical, mental, social, emotional, and creative skills needed for life. Children learn new ways of interacting in group settings and practice life skills and socialization skills. They discover mechanisms by which they can identify anger and impulsive behaviors within themselves, and techniques to change negative behaviors and attitudes into positive ones.

family wellness and self sufficiency:family wellness and self-sufficiency programs strengthen at-risk families and the connection with their communities through a comprehensive continuum of activities, opportunities, and services. Services include a continuum of shelters, counseling and supportive services, community advocacy, and self-sufficiency skills programs. Family wellness and self-sufficiency also includes community development which promotes economic development and neighborhood revitalization, the core of which are the development of affordable housing options, social enterprise development, and community youth development projects and economic advancement for low income south bay families. The organization has developed extensive housing opportunities.

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