The San Diego Promise Zone, on June 6, 2016, became one of 22 federally designated Promise Zones in the United States and one of only four in California. The San Diego Promise Zone (SDPZ) covers a 6.4-square-mile targeted area that spans East Village and Barrio Logan east to Encanto and is home to the City’s most disadvantaged and underserved communities.
More than 80,000 San Diegans live in SDPZ. Unemployment is high (15.61 percent), and poverty is concentrated (39.06 percent). The area struggles with low educational attainment, insufficient access to healthcare and healthy foods, rising crime rates and the least affordable housing in the country.
Through the Promise Zone initiative, federal government partners work with local leaders to streamline resources across agencies and deliver comprehensive support. Leading the effort, the City has partnered with numerous local organizations and agencies to develop programs and initiatives in six Working Group goal areas to improve quality of life and accelerate revitalization in the SDPZ.
The Promise Zone designation lasts for 10 years. The goals can be reviewed in the SDPZ Ten Year Strategic Plan
For more information about the SDPZ, contact us:
AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) members bring passion and perseverance where the need is greatest: to organizations that help eradicate poverty. AmeriCorps VISTA members serve as a catalyst for change, living and working alongside community members to meet our nation’s most pressing challenges and advance local solutions. The AmeriCorps VISTA assignments are for a term of one year beginning in June 2020. Participants must be at least 18 years of age, eligible to work in the U.S., and will receive a bi-weekly living allowance of $829.36, relocation allowance, end-of-service stipend or education award, health coverage, training, and childcare assistance if eligible. More information about AmeriCorps VISTA service is available at https://my.americorps.gov/mp/login.do
We are seeking VISTA members to fill the role of:
Applications must be received through the AmeriCorps portal.
Have questions? Email Alex Southard, SDPZ Coordinator at [email protected].
To measure and track progress, Working Groups have developed a series of San Diego Promise Zone Data Indicators available here.
Review last year's achievements in the 2018 SDPZ Annual Report.