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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.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

Need to take care of their employees. Not the directors the actual people that do ALL the hard work that are told there are freezes on raises yet directors get raises (One director even boasted about getting a raise when employees were informed months earlier of the freeze). Employees are expendable, very sad. No room for career growth. The people in the trenches are great and are dedicated to the clients, management is another story.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

I would never recommend anyone to work there. I was hired part time and was doing full time work in my department (of course volunteer) while supervisors were trying to find someone with a Masters Degree to do the same thing that I was doing. Their reason for not hiring me, "I haven’t been with the company long enough to apply for the position" BUT I WAS DOING THAT JOB! It was also an extremely hostile environment, I never felt comfortable and my bosses would go to me and openly admit that she was gossiping about me to staff. All because I asked someone what would happen if my company phone breaks?


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have over 18 years in working with at-risk in education (teacher, coordinattor and Assistant Principal). In my opinion, this is one of the top social service organization in country and led is by a group of people that are true visionaries in the field. They are smart, dedicated, have high integrity and very hard working. They deliver on their promises and produce outstanding results. They care about people and care about getting results. I highly recommend them without reservation.

My direct involvement with SBCS goes back a few year to 2006. At the time I was working as the After School Program Coordinator and a short time later as the Assistant Principal at Granger Jr. High School. Back then, Granger was a typical low performing inner city school: low test scores, apathetic/unmotivated students, unsafe campus (gangs, drugs, bullying, fights) and high absenteeism (lowest student attendance rate in the district). Many teachers were unhappy with the school and some had lost hope in our students.

From 2003-2006 we designed and continued to develop and implement the framework of a new type of academic program that was based on making homework and tutoring mandatory. Our test scores increased all three years so we knew we were on to something good but also understood we had a long way to.

Despite the progress, we were dissatisfied with the level of service we were receiving from our community partner (well known non profit in the area). After many meetings over two years trying to hash out the issues we had with them, we finally concluded that this agency was just not motivated and too set in their ways to improve their level of service. Our goal was to turn our school around and had lost patience working with an organization that was used to getting district contracts due to their political connections instead of the quality of service.

We looked round for an agency to partner with a good reputation in our area. We interviewed several but came away most impresses after meeting with Mauricio Torre and Xavier Martinez from SBCS. They listened to our frustrations and seemed to really understand our needs. We were cautiously optimistic as we entered into a trial MOU agreement to have them coordinate our after school program. From the very beginning both of these gentlemen produced on all their promises and went beyond the call of duty to make the partnership succeed.

Under this partnership with SBCS, Granger's academic scores soared (API score increased from 604 to 698). GJH was transformed from a dysfunctional/low performing school to one of the top schools in the state (2010 recognized the highly coveted Schools To Watch designation). A couple of years later SBCS was hired to implement the same program at National City Middle School (NCM). Test scores improved immdeiatley.

Many other schools in the district took notice and have since entered into contracts with SBCS to provide similar academic intervention programs for them. I now work at a high school in the district and one of the first things I did was to consult with SBCS to hire staff and implement a similar academic support and intervention program.


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Leaf & Cole LLP is the independent CPA firm that conducted South Bay Community Services’ (SBCS) audit and 990 returns as of and for the year ended June 30, 2009. As the managing partner of Leaf & Cole, I regret to share that we inadvertently marked the box on Schedule J stating SBCS paid for the use of a private residence, which is not the case. We have made the appropriate correction and have submitted an amended 990 with the IRS. We regret any inconvenience. Steven W. Northcote Managing Partner Leaf & Cole, LLP

Review from Guidestar