<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego - Local Events, Community Events, and Volunteer Opportunities]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcsandiego.com/on-air/community http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/KNSD+RSS+Feed+logo+blue.png NBC 7 San Diego https://www.nbcsandiego.comen-usMon, 11 Dec 2017 15:18:12 -0800Mon, 11 Dec 2017 15:18:12 -0800NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Hispanic Heritage Month Kicks Off]]> Mon, 19 Sep 2016 16:36:13 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CLIP-Hispanic_Heritage_Month_1_Hope_REV2_1200x675_768958019751.jpg NBC7 is honored to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating Latino history and culture from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. ]]> <![CDATA[NBC 7 Celebrates Black History Month With Team USA]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:48:27 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Team+USA+black+history+month.PNG NBC 7 celebrates Black History Month with Team USA ]]> <![CDATA[NBC 7 Holiday’s at Liberty Station]]> Mon, 14 Dec 2015 15:37:13 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/FOIDisney_1200x675_585858627550.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Kids' NewsDay Sweepstakes 2015]]> Mon, 19 Oct 2015 14:04:16 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KND+Contest.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Black History Month: February 2016]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:35:26 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Black-History.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[21st Century Solutions Grant - NBCUniversal Corporate Initiative]]> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:25:53 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/21st-Century-Solutions-for-.jpg


 21st Century Solutions,  NBCUniversal Corporate initiative to build stronger communities, we need organizations with innovative ideas. That’s why the NBCUniversal Foundation launched its new signature grant program, 21st Century Solutions, which enables local non-profits implementing new and progressive programs to compete for $1.2 million in nationwide funding in the ten communities served by the NBC Owned Television Stations.

21st Century Solutions supports high-impact emerging programs in the categories of Arts and Media, Civic Engagement, Community Development, Education, Environment, Jobs and Economic Empowerment, and Technology and Innovation. Together we can give good ideas in our community a chance to be great.

2012 San Diego Grant Winners:

Wildcoast: Tijuana River Youth Project                                              $50,000
The project focuses on engaging high school students from underserved areas in San Diego in a technology driven conservation and stewardship program for the Tijuana River Valley.  The Tijuana River Valley (TRV) is one of the largest open space areas in San Diego County, where uncollected trash and waste pose a huge threat to this new marine sanctuary and coastal ecosystems. Through this program San Diego high school students will have educational opportunities that enhance environmental literacy, and media-technology education with use of the environment as a context for learning. Students will produce a short video documentary, serving as a public service announcement for the general San Diego population.

Chicano Federation: Family Child Care Training Program          $25,000
The FCCT program works to reduce unemployment among low-income women, by offering an eight week course that teaches participants a wide range of skills to enter the childcare field, operate a small business, manage a budget, and hire staff.   The program focuses on building the knowledge, skills, and competencies of participants and helps them prepare for the state licensure exam so that they can operate a fully-compliant, high-quality in-home childcare program. At the community level, these new childcare businesses provide much-needed childcare options in low-income communities.

Vista Community Clinic: Step-Up Gang Mentoring Program       $25,000

The STEP UP Mentoring Program is using an innovative three-tiered mentoring approach to prevent youth from dropping out of high school and/or becoming involved with gangs in the gang-impacted cities of Vista and Oceanside. Collaborating with local school districts to identify and enroll middle and high school students with poor grades, who live in the local gang injunction areas, and who lack positive role models.  STEP UP's unique three-tiered approach: adults mentor high school students who in turn each mentor a middle school student. 


<![CDATA[Inspirational Student of the Month]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:24:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/ISOM+logo.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Inspirational Teacher of the Month]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:26:35 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ISOMPIC2012.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Voices for Children - Learn More About How You Can Support San Diego's Foster Youth]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 11:04:33 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/VOICES-FOR-CHILDREN-FOR-WEB.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Home Is Where the Art Is]]> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 11:39:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/HWAI_BIO-WALL-2.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[5th Annual Breath of Hope Walk]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 14:57:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/breath-logo-for-web1.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Weekend Events: Comcast Cares Cleanup, MS Walk]]> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:10:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ComcastCaresPickup.jpg Thousands of people also showed up in Point Loma to show support for those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. Meanwhile, organizers say about 6,000 volunteers took part in the "Creek to Bay Cleanup" and picked up more than 100,000 pounds of trash.]]> <![CDATA[2016 AMERICAN FREEDOM FESTIVAL SAN DIEGO]]> Wed, 27 Apr 2016 11:48:38 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/AFF-LOGO.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Find Your Love this February!]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/SDHS-THUMBNAIL.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[21st Century Solutions San Diego]]> Fri, 05 Aug 2016 11:55:14 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/21st-Century-Solutions-for-1.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[2013 Wishes in Flight Mile-A-Thon - January 25th]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:02 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/240*120/WIF-logo.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[NBC 7 Reporters Skate for Make-a-Wish]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:03 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Haas-Sutton-Ice-Skating.jpg NBC 7's Christine Haas and Lea Sutton put together a routine that took the trophy at a special event to help children in need. NBC 7's Danya Bacchus reports.

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SAN DIEGO – November 27, 2012 – NBC 7 San Diego today announced it is awarding $100,000 to three non-profit organizations in San Diego County, helping them implement innovative community programs as part of a newly launched initiative called 21st Century Solutions.  In partnership with the NBCUniversal Foundation, this new grant program was designed to support high-impact, progressive programs in the categories of Arts and Media; Civic Engagement; Community Development; Education; Environment; Jobs and Economic Empowerment; and Technology.

“This partnership with NBCUniversal Foundation has been an exciting and unprecedented opportunity for our station to support organizations doing innovative work in San Diego,” said Richard Kelley, NBC 7 San Diego President and General Manager.  “We are most excited to see how the programs grow and produce results over the next year and follow their stories and share them with the community.”

Launched in June, the 21st Century Solutions program aims to help communities in San Diego and in the nine other markets where NBCUniversal owns television stations identify opportunities for positive change and support nonprofits that are putting new ideas into action.  In total, the program awarded 30 non-profit organizations $1.2 million this year alone.

Locally, the competitive grant program accepted applications throughout the summer from the areas served by NBC 7 San Diego.  The grant program was promoted locally on NBC 7 and the station created two review panels, an internal and external committee to review and select the final grant recipients. One winning organization and two runners-up were awarded grants.

San Diego recipients include:

Wildcoast: Tijuana River Youth Project                                       $50,000
The project focuses on engaging high school students from underserved areas in San Diego in a technology driven conservation and stewardship program for the Tijuana River Valley.  The Tijuana River Valley (TRV) is one of the largest open space areas in San Diego County, where uncollected trash and waste pose a huge threat to this new marine sanctuary and coastal ecosystems. Through this program San Diego high school students will have educational opportunities that enhance environmental literacy, and media-technology education with use of the environment as a context for learning. Students will produce a short video documentary, serving as a public service announcement for the general San Diego population.

Chicano Federation: Family Child Care Training Program      $25,000

The FCCT program works to reduce unemployment among low-income women, by offering an eight week course that teaches participants a wide range of skills to enter the childcare field, operate a small business, manage a budget, and hire staff.   The program focuses on building the knowledge, skills, and competencies of participants and helps them prepare for the state licensure exam so that they can operate a fully-compliant, high-quality in-home childcare program. At the community level, these new childcare businesses provide much-needed childcare options in low-income communities.

Vista Community Clinic: Step-Up Gang Mentoring Program   $25,000

The STEP UP Mentoring Program is using an innovative three-tiered mentoring approach to prevent youth from dropping out of high school and/or becoming involved with gangs in the gang-impacted cities of Vista and Oceanside. Collaborating with local school districts to identify and enroll middle and high school students with poor grades, who live in the local gang injunction areas, and who lack positive role models.  STEP UP's unique three-tiered approach: adults mentor high school students who in turn each mentor a middle school student. 

About NBC Owned Television Stations:
NBC Owned Television Stations is the division of NBCUniversal that includes 10 local television stations and their digital channels and websites, as well as a group of out-of-home properties and a production company. The 10 stations produce and deliver compelling and unique local news, information and entertainment programming to viewers in the communities they serve, which include New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Dallas-Fort Worth, Washington, D.C., Miami, San Diego and Connecticut, with a goal of connecting to their audiences anytime and anywhere.


Samantha Dorman
NBC 7 San Diego

<![CDATA[NBC 7 San Diego in the Community!]]> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 10:29:20 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/LN-Team.jpg Check it out! NBC San Diego out and about in the community....]]> <![CDATA[Union Tribune's Kids' NewsDay 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:04 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KND_logo_2012_for-web.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Operation Caregiver Drive 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:04 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/operationcaregiverthumbnail.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[San Diego Stair Climb]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:05 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/911-MEmorial-Stairclimb-0961.jpg


San Diego 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb
On Saturday September 8, 2012 to commemorate the 11th anniversary of 9/11, the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association and Firefighter Aid will put on the annual memorial stair climb event at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. In honor of the 403 Emergency responders who made the ultimate sacrifice performing their sworn duty to protect life; firefighters, law enforcement, military and civilians will climb the same number of floors as in the twin towers. Each 110 story climb will be in the name of an Emergency responder whose life was lost on 9/11.
Approximately 100 firefighters die serving their communities each year and even more die from illnesses suffered as a result of their service. Registration to participate in the climb is $60 and the funds raised from this event will be donated to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and FirefighterAid; which cares for Firefighters and families through sickness, distress, and death. The event will also include Fire Apparatus displays, a presentation of 9-11 steel recovered from Tower 1 at Ground Zero, a Food & Beer Garden featuring brews from Stone Brewery & Lost Abbey, a Jr. Firefighter challenge, a San Diego Harley Raffle and live entertainment.  
For more information about the 911 Memorial Stair Climb please visit: http://www.sdfra.org/stairclimb2.html

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<![CDATA[Voices for Children]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/V4C_logo_web%5B1%5D.jpg

 San Diego's foster youth is in desperate need of help. It is estimated that approximately half of the 6,000 children in San Diego’s foster care system each year have no one—no parent, no relatives, no family friends—to look out for the child's best interests. They are alone in a complicated system that can rob much of the joy out of childhood.

In response to this crisis, Voices for Children Board of Directors met in September 2011 and dedicated themselves to Serve Every Child. Some of the Serve Every Child goals for the next five years include:
  • Provide CASAs to 3,200 foster children by 2015, tripling the number of children served with CASAs; 
  • Increase the number of trained volunteer advocates to 1,400 advocates (almost three times the current group of CASAs);
  • Increase the effectiveness of the CASA Program by developing programs to serve infants and toddlers, and teens preparing to exit the system;
  • Be a leader in the community in terms of advocating for improvements in the foster care system and raising awareness of the plight of foster children in San Diego County.
Although the foster care system is filled with talented, committed and passionate professionals, it is also a system that is overwhelmed and overburdened. You can help make sure no child is forgotten and that every child receives the services and advocacy that he/she deserves.

<![CDATA[Jamie's Way Mural Project]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/jamies+way6.jpg+for+articles.jpg

<![CDATA[Over the Edge - August, 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:06 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/196*120/Color+KIT+Logo+-++Transparent.png ]]> <![CDATA[Stand Down 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/stand+down.jpg

“You don’t leave anybody outside the wire. If you’ve got wounded outside the wire, you go get them, regardless of the cost.” –Stand Down Founders, Robert Van Keuren and Dr. Jon Nachison

Stand Down is a community-based intervention that was started in 1988 by VVSD in response to the overwhelming number of homeless veterans on the streets of America. Since then, the program has been widely replicated nationwide. Today, more than 200 Stand Downs take place across the country every year.
Started for veterans, by veterans, Stand Down is a three-day event designed to help the nation's estimated 200,000 homeless veterans "combat" life on the streets. Specifically, Stand Down aims to transform the despair and immobility of homelessness into the momentum necessary to get into recovery, to resolve legal issues, to seek employment, to access health services and benefits, to reconnect with the community and to get off the streets.
This year, Stand Down will take place starting July 13th through July 15th, where hundreds of homeless veterans will be provided a wide range of necessities including: clothing, food, picture IDs, medical and dental care, showers, employment counseling, and many other services. But perhaps most importantly, veterans will be provided with the feeling of safety and care in the community.
To volunteer, please visit http://www.vvsd.net/sd_volunteers_2012.htm  to register.

<![CDATA[The San Diego Foundation: Our Greater San Diego Vision campaign ]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/our-greater-san-diego-vision.gif


You may have seen reports on NBC 7 about this civic engagement campaign, an initiative focused on creating a shared vision of the future based on the input of tens of thousands of residents. The Greater Vision survey named, ShowYourLoveSD.org, has generated over 30,000 responses, representing diverse demographics including age, ethnicity, religion and geography. The survey offered over 71,000 individual modules regarding issues ranging from education, community and cultural amenities, jobs and economic growth, to future land use and planning scenarios for San Diego.
The San Diego Foundation predicts that in the next 4o years, the San Diego area will have an estimated 1.3 million new residents, many of whom will be the children and grandchildren of today’s young people. Almost 12% of the people who responded to the survey are under the age of 17, and an additional 34% from 18 to 34, showing the Foundation that today’s young people are starting to take an active interest in planning the future. Early results from the survey indicate that water conservation, accessible transportation, and affordable housing are top-of-mind for San Diegans. Education is also a major priority by those surveyed. Many want opportunities to develop workplace success skills, including critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and communication, as well as more pre-kindergarten and kindergarten educational programs. The San Diego Foundation hopes to use this information to engage the here and now generation to help shape San Diego for the next generation and the many generations that will follow. The completed Our Greater San Diego Vision document will be presented in early summer 2012.

<![CDATA[United Way Day of Action 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/unitedwayaction+copy.jpg

Substantial reading time is lost during the summer months for low-income children who do not own books to read at home. Each year, across the country on Day of Action,  United Way invites people to get involved in causes they care about. This year, United Way of San Diego will help families in the community who cannot afford summer reading books for their kids. UWSD purchased 21,500 bilingual books for low-income children. Children up to age five will receive “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”/”La Oruga Muy Hambrienta” and children ages five to nine will receive “Farmer’s Market”/ “Dia de Mercado".  San Diego County's Day of Action will take place on Thursday, June 21st from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. UWSD President and CEO Doug Sawyer, along with 30 San Diego business leaders will assemble 5,000 colorful book kits to be distributed to 35 organizations throughout San Diego County. The book kits will also include a personalized note written to inspire each of the kids, and to encourage the love of reading.

To learn more about United Way's Day of Action visit: http://liveunitedsd.org/content/united-way-day-action-2012

<![CDATA[College Area Taste Preview]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNSD_College_Area_Taste_Preview_041312_59_mezzn_722x406_2222472549.jpg This Sunday in the College Area, they will be having the 2nd annual College Area Taste. The event features over 20 restaurants. Jennifer R. Finnegan, Executive Director of the College Area Business District and Jeff Rossman, executive chef and owner of Terra American Bistro explain. Go to http://www.collegeareabid.com for more info.]]> <![CDATA[Titanic Centennial First Class Dinner]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:07 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNSD_Titanic_Centennial_First_Class_041212_19_mezzn_722x406_2222170536.jpg This weekend marks the 100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic and to salute the ship The Prado is putting on the Titanic Centennial First Class Dinner. This exclusive 10-course meal was meticulously planned to replicate the final dinner served to Titanic's First Class passengers on April 14th 1912 aboard the legendary ship.]]> <![CDATA[Green Week 2012]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Green+is+Universal+logo.jpg


Celebrate Green Week! See how you can get green around the county this week. NBC 7 San Diego will be pitching in this weekend in honor of Green Week and Comcast Cares Day, and NBC 7 will volunteer at the Ocean Discovery’s Watershed Avenger Swan Canyon Cleanup event; a beautification project in City Heights to help transform urban canyons into safe and healthy environments for children in the community.For more on the Ocean Discovery Institute, visit their website: www.oceandiscoveryinstitute.org
Also this Saturday, San Diego’s Botanic Garden will be holding the Lost Lady Bug Project, sponsored by Cornell University. The project hopes to have volunteers search the garden for ladybugs and report the information back to Cornell University. In addition, there will be a lot of craft activities located in the Eucalyptus Grove by Seeds of Wonder and all the ladybugs found will be released at noon to benefit the garden. For more information on San Diego’s Botanic Garden visit their website: http://www.sdbgarden.org/ladybug.htm
Balboa Park will be throwing their annual Earth Day Fair on Sunday, the world’s largest free environmental fair with more than 350 exhibitors, featuring sustainable living options, children's Earth Parade & Activities, and Energy Efficient Vehicles. For more on the Earth Day Fair, visit their website: http://www.earthdayweb.org/
This year will also mark the 10th Annual Creek to Bay cleanup, a county-wide community effort, where thousands will come work to remove trash from local beaches, bays, parks, creek and canyons, as well as participate in a variety of projects to beautify and restore our shared environment. Last year, more than 5,300 San Diegans joined together for the event, among them were station employees volunteering to pitch in for the clean-up effort helping to remove more than 80 tons of debris. I Love A Clean San Diego, the host organization is an established environmental nonprofit, started back in 2003. Their concept is about taking personal responsibility for the state of our local environment and the health of our communities. To learn how you can help, visit http://www.creektobay.org/.

<![CDATA[Salute - USS San Diego]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/KNSD_Salute_USS_San_Diego_040912_19_mezzn_722x406_2220841521.jpg USS San Diego, which will be commissioned on May 19th, the subject of today's morning salute.]]> <![CDATA[The Princess Project]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/the-princess_project_logo.jpg


What will become of that gorgeous prom dress that you know won’t see the light of day again if it stays in your closet?  Donate your dress to The Princess Project!  Thanks to this local non-profit, now in its 11th year, gowns of yester year can have a second chance at making a young woman feel, well, like a princess!  The Princess Project collects new and gently used prom dresses and accessories, providing them free to high school girls who could otherwise not afford them.  Just in the last year, The Princess Project was able to provide 850 girls with dresses in just the San Diego area alone and this year the goal is to reach over a 1000 girls. The Princess Project is teaming up with Westfield Horton Plaza to host the 4th Annual Princess Project Runway event, March 18th which will feature students from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise (FIDM) demonstrating a live interactive draping and the production of a final prom dress. Collection will begin on March 18th and last until March 31st.  Giveaway events will take place April 18th till the 26th at Westfield Horton Plaza.  Help to make this year the year every girl gets to go to prom.  For more information on how to receive a prom dress or how you can help The Princess Project please check out the link below.  

<![CDATA[Wishes in Flight - Friday March 16th on NBC 7 San Diego]]> Wed, 18 Mar 2015 12:53:09 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/MAWF-Primary-PMS-293_EPS-co.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Scholarships Open to Journalism Students]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:08 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/219*120/PHI+graduation+horiz.jpg

Every year the San Diego Association of Black journalists gather to celebrate aspiring journalists in San Diego and this year is no different.

Whether you're a high school student, at a community college or four-year university, or just getting back to school, SDABJ welcomes journalists of all backgrounds to apply for their 2012 scholarships.

The organization offers four types of scholarships once a year.  These include a $1,500 Ozzie Roberts scholarship for a college journalism student at a four-year institution; $1,000 scholarship for a high school student planning to pursue a journalism or related career at a four-year institution; and a $300 scholarship to a journalism student at a community college.

The final scholarship is a full ride, all tuition paid spot at National University’s School of Media and Communication, which totals between $40,000 and $50,000.

DOWNLOAD: Apply for the 2012 scholarships here

As in the past, NBC 7, among others, has partnered with SDABJ in order to put on the annual Scholarship Reception which will be held this year on Friday, April 13 starting at 6 p.m.

This year's reception will play host to ESPN's Jemele Hill who will provide real-world advice and tips to the winners of the SDABJ scholarships. 

Along with the awards, April's reception will also feature food, music and a raffle giveaways. Tickets for the reception can be purchased online.

For more information on the San Diego Association of Black Journalists scholarships and reception, visit their website.

Photo Credit: Dennis Hallinan/Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NBC Celebrates Black History Month]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:09 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/black-history-education-2012.jpg


To celebrate Black History Month, NBC 7 San Diego has teamed up with TheGrio.com, creating a list of History Makers in the Making, the Grio’s 100 featuring 100 future African-American industry leaders. Two industry leaders who made the list are from our own local San Diego community, Jeff Henderson and Dhani Jones. 
Chef Jeff Henderson, award-winning chef and best-selling author is listed in The Grio’s 100 industry leaders for his inspirational story of having been incarcerated for almost a decade on drug charges to becoming anExecutive Chef at the renowned Café Bellagio at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Jeff's remarkable story of finding his passion for cooking while incarcerated and turning his life around was captured in his New York Times Bestseller COOKED. He has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America, The Montel Williams Show, CNBC and NPR.
Dhani Jones, former NFL linebacker and host of Travel Channel’s Tackle the Globe, is another industry leader nominated by The Grio for his philanthropic support for organizations such as The Ronald McDonald House, Leukemia Lymphoma Society, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation among organizations. Additionally, he is the President and Founder of Five Start Ties, a company that brings a new style to traditional men‘s bowties.
NBC 7 San Diego has created our own campaign to celebrate Black History Month by capturing comments from African-American employees here at the station, that describe what BHM means to them. To view our featured employees, click on the links below.

<![CDATA[The Peachjar Project; Helping our schools while saving the environment]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:09 -0800


While most schools have the ability to print important flyers that are then given to students, due to recent budget cuts, some schools are faced with finding new ways to inform parents of important information. The Peachjar Project, an organization dedicated to saving the environment, has created an efficient, long term and sustainable way to help schools in their precarious financial situations.  The Project is able to create new streams of revenue by saving money, time, and increasing their exposure and advertising; 20% of their cost going directly back to the school advertised, thus creating revenue for that school. Peachjar takes the flyers children bring home and puts them online, not only saving huge amounts of money, but also saving up to 2 to 3 tons of paper, per school, per year. Through this project, schools are able to raise money and reduce the number of hours of labor and cut down on wasted paper.
Del Sur Elementary, a local, progressive and green certified school, recently lost their Title One funding for next year’s school year. The Peachjar Project stepped in to give a helping hand and save the school money by reducing paper usage and putting information online. Peachjar’s main commitment is to help school enrichment programs, save money, time, and help parents stay organized through use of alerts that parents can register for and receive to their computer or smart phone at their convenience. The school hopes that The Peachjar Project will teach children how to save our limited natural resources.  Peachjar Project hopes that the example of Del Sur is just the beginning of making a substantial impact on San Diego schools.

<![CDATA[Freese Elementary Awarded $100k grant from Target]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:09 -0800


On January 25th 2012, Target Corporation announced the 50 nationwide recipients who would be receiving $100,000 grants in order to improve their learning environments and to purchase much needed resources to keep their programs continuing. Since 1946, Target Corporation has given 5 percent of all its income to communities around the nation in need of a helping hand to insure various scholastic programs continue. From November 25th 2011 through January 4th 2012, viewers of The Ellen DeGeneresShow were invited to submit the name of a school in need along with a compelling story explaining why they felt the designated school should receive a grant from Target.

Local San Diego school, Freese Elementary Arts and Magnet School, was fortunate enough to be one of the chosen schools for this generous grant. Nominated by current faculty teacher, Mary Pat Hutt, Freese Elementary, specializing in arts education, was granted $100,000 from the Target grant to aide in providing its diverse, gifted, and bright student body with the opportunity to continue in its Art and Culture Program and Scholastic Reading Counts independent reading program. The grant will allow the school to purchase new books for their independent reading program, as well as keeping its rich music, dance, theater and visual arts programs alive, which previously had been in danger of being eliminated due to recent budget cuts. Thanks to the Target grant these programs will be sustained and enhanced.

<![CDATA[Greater Vision San Diego]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:09 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Greater-Vision-SD.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Operation Caregiver Gives Back to U.S. Troops]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/090811-care-packages.jpg

NBCSanDiego is teaming up with Operation Caregiver to provide needed materials to U.S. troops.

Operation Caregiver, a San Diego-based organization, is asking for donations to include in Caregiver Kits™ that will be sent to U.S. troops residing “off-base.”

Preferred items include 10 oz Gold Bond Medicated Body Powder, 8 oz SPF 50 sunscreen, and 6 oz OFF! Insect Repellent. Monetary donations are accepted and will be used to buy goods for kits.

To donate, stop by NBCSanDiego Studios in Horton Square on September 23.

Donations will be accepted from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photo Credit: NBCDFW.com]]>
<![CDATA[NBC 7 Teams Up With OPERATION CAREGIVER- Join us, 9/23/11!]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/OpCaregiver_rocker.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[San Diego Remembers]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/american-flag_24+Aug.jpg

Approaching the ten-year anniversary of September 11th, we remember the lives lost on that tragic day and embrace our pride as Americans and love for our country. While most of us in San Diego are unable to attend the opening of the 9-11 Memorial in New York City, there are several opportunities to attend dedicated events taking place in our community.

September 3, 2011, the San Diego Fireman’s Relief Association will host the 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb and Community Festival at the San Diego Bayfront Hilton. The commemorative stair climb is intended to honor the firefighters who sacrificed their lives on 9-11. NBC 7’s Artie Ojeda and Whitney Southwick will take on the climb alongside firefighters, military, law enforcement officers, and civilians. The 110 floor climb, designed to honor the 343 FDNY, 23 NYPD, and 37 Port Authority members lost on 9-11. During the climb and throughout the day, there will be a community festival going, with food, entertainment, beer garden and kids activities. All proceeds will benefit the FirefighterAid and National Firefighters Foundation. For more information about this event visit the 9-11 Memorial Stairclimb website.

Sunday, September 11, 2011, NBC 7’s Monica Dean will emcee the Freedom Walk 2011.  Organized by Operation Homefront, the walk symbolizes our dedication to remembering the lives of those individuals lost on 9-11 and the ability to carry on from such tragedy through the strength and unity of our nation. The 5k walk, being held at De Anza Cove in Mission Bay begins at 730am registration, with ceremony at 9am and walk begins at 10am. The event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register for the event visit the Operation Homefront website.

For its 10th year, the USS Midway Museum will hold its Annual Memorial Service remembering the fallen heroes of 9-11. The memorial service hosted by the FDNY Retirees of California will include an array of events such as an 11-star wreath laying ceremony, US Navy flyover, a twenty one gun salute and so much more. Boarding for the event will begin at 1:30pm and is open to the public. For more information visit the USS Midway Museum website.

First Presbyterian Church San Diego is set to hold a memorial concert to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of 9-11. Artists Rene Clausen and Ralph Vaughan Williams will have their musical compositions performed by the combined choirs of the First Presbyterian Church, La Jolla Presbyterian Church, the San Diego Symphony. Special guests will include Chaplain of the United States Senate Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie and San Diego Fire Chief Javier Mainar. The concert in free and open to the public. For more information on this event visit the First Presbyterian Church San Diego website.

Know of a local 9-11 commemorative event we didn't mention? Let us know what you think. Comment below, send us your thoughts via Twitter @nbcsdcommunity or add your comment to our Facebook page.

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<![CDATA[MANA - San Diego]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:10 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/web-logo.jpg ]]> <![CDATA[Kids for Peace Cultivates Kindness, Respect and Unity - Grows to 100+ Chapters Worldwide]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/Kids-for-Peace.jpg

This past year has been one of extraordinary growth and achievement for Kids for Peace.

We more than doubled our chapters, from 50 to more than 100.  We also inspired youth in 50 countries to participate in our 3rd Annual Great Kindness Challenge. Honored Jane Goodall as our Peace Hero. Published our second book: WISH BIG: Children’s Wishes for the World. And we made 650+ Peace Packs for children in Haiti, India, Kenya, Laos, Mongolia, Tanzania and more. 

Kids for Peace is a global, chapter-based nonprofit that provides a platform for youth to actively engage in socially conscious leadership, community service, arts, environmental stewardship and global friendship. From our humble beginnings in the backyard of a Carlsbad mom, Kids for Peace has grown to 100+ chapters, spanning six continents, in less than five years. We welcomed 50+ new chapters in the past year, including several in Africa.

To strengthen ties with our new African friends, last summer a California Kids for Peace group went on a multi-country tour. Adult leaders provided training for new chapters and inaugurated our first international Kids for Peace school. And the California kids personally delivered “Peace Packs” to African children.

Peace Packs are hand-painted knapsacks filled with school supplies, toiletries, a toy and a personal note of friendship. In the past year, our members made 650+ Peace Packs, sending them to countries as diverse as Haiti, India, Kenya, Laos and Mongolia.

Each August we present The Great Kindness Challenge, one day where kids around the world perform acts of kindness, choosing from a checklist of 50 suggestions. Our 2010 Challenge, the 3rd annual event, reached 50 countries, spanning six continents. For August 2011 our goal is 1+ million youth in 100+ countries.

Every year our members vote for a Peace Hero. In September our kids proudly presented the award to Jane Goodall. We will announce our 2011 Peace Hero this summer. Another recent achievement was the launch of our second book, “WISH BIG: Children’s Wishes for the World,“ a collection of vibrant and inspiring artwork. The first copy was just handed to the Dalai Lama.

We look forward to building on these achievements in the coming year. In 2011 we aim to double in size, with a special focus on adding school-based chapters, school programs, and Kids for Peace schools. Moreover, we are creating a worldwide movement, one based on the practice of kindness, unity and respect.

To watch a video on this story click here.

This story was nominated for the CLASSY Awards, recognizing the top philanthropic achievements across the country. To view other achievements, visit the CLASSY Awards Achievements Page.

<![CDATA[Summer Savings- fun ideas and deals for San Diego families!]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:11 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/160*160/sandiego-bikes-m-m.jpg

Looking for inexpensive summer activities for your family to enjoy during these tough economic times?

All About BP
Visit Balboa Park and spend the day in the park or walk around and see the beautiful architecture. Come by on Tuesdays when locals receive free admission into the museums or stop by on Sundays and enjoy free public organ concerts.

While in Balboa Park take advantage of discounts at the San Diego Zoo offers. Military members receive a free one-day pass and discounted pricing for their families. If you shop at Costco you can buy passes there for 1/3 off the price. Or if you’re a AAA member you receive 10% off admission tickets.
Balboa Park offers their Twilight in the Park Summer Concerts! This free event is at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion where they host different bands every night. For more information on times and dates visit http://www.balboapark.org/visit/summer-events
Even on the tightest budget your family can experience a San Diego Padres game! Tickets start at 10 dollars apiece, and with a military ID you receive a 6-dollar discount per ticket.
Spend a day in Tijuana. It’s free to cross the boarder and your family can experience a different culture, authentic food, Mexican history, and shopping.
When going out to dinner look for the kids eat free option. On Tuesdays restaurants like Islands, Marie Calendar’s, Pat & Oscars, Roadhouse, and Anthony’s Fish Grotto let kids eat free.
If you are looking for outdoor activities walk the shoreline trails, visit the Children’s Pool in La Jolla and witness the sunbathing sea lions or take advantage of your local beaches.
Get your kids off the couch and outside this summer!

Sign them up for surf lessons, where they can learn the fundamentals of surfing while enjoying a couple hours in the water!  There are many schools to choose from around the county:  http://www.sandiegosurfingschool.com/ , http://www.pacificbeachsurfshop.com/SurfSchool.aspx, http://www.pacificsurf.org/camp/index.html
Take the family to Mission Bay, relax on the beach or race through the waves on rented Jet Skis find more information at: http://www.sdjetski.com/jetskis.htm, https://www.seaforthboatrental.com/index.php/boat-rentals/waverunners.html Bring your bikes and ride along the shore trails along the Bay.
More water fun at La Jolla Shores, try kayaking the 7 Sea Caves or snorkel and watch for Sea lions, Leopard Sharks and other marine life.
The San Diego Museum of art offers a unique summer art camp. Spend the mornings involved in art activities, exploring art media, and visiting the exhibits in the museum. For more information on dates and how to register visit http://www.sdmart.org/education/summer-camps


<![CDATA[2013 Finish Chelsea's Run]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:12 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/ChelseasRunR2640x3601_722x406_18148419714.jpg 2013 Finish Chelsea's Run is on March 2, 2013 in Balboa Park. Search "Chelsea" to register.]]> <![CDATA[Monarch School Students to Paint Mural]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:00 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap2013031920h28m28s8.png Students at Monarch School, where many of San Diego's displaced children get their education, will paint a mural at Horton Plaza along a wall blocking construction.]]> <![CDATA[Stay Healthy, Stay Social, Stay Connected]]> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 22:18:12 -0800 https://media.nbcsandiego.com/images/213*120/CMXXHEALTHYWEEK_sd_30_spon_crystalgeyserh264_722x406_1939839456.jpg

Healthy Week has arrived! From May 21st – 27th, NBC San Diego is kicking off a summer of health by encouraging locals to stay active and involved. By finding the best places in the city to participate in social sports, NBC San Diego hopes to inspire locals to try new things, improve their fitness and meet new people along the way. NBC San Diego’s Social Sports campaign is part of a broader initiative to connect locals with their community and improve San Diego’s quality of life. Check out our list below to find quality venues in your neighborhood for Biking, Yoga, Soccer, Softball, Basketball, Swimming, and Running.

General Biking in SD info:

SD Bicycle Club
Email: president@sdbc.org
Email: pr@sdbc.org

Women Cycling group


SD Oceanfront yoga class

Yoga One Studios
1150 7th Avenue
(between B Street & C Street)
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 619.294.7461
Email: info@yogaonesandiego.com

Bodacious Living Yoga
1106 Second Street, #309
Encinitas, CA 92024
Phone: 760-720-YOGA
Email: info@bodaciouslivingyoga.com

Haute Yoga
437 South Highway 101
Suite #401
Solana Beach, Ca 92075
Phone: 858-345-1810
Email: info@hauteyoga.com

Bikram Yoga
2110 Hancock St # 301
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 220-6811
Email: bikramyoga_sd@sbcglobal.net

San Diego Sockers
3250 Grey Hawk Court
Carlsbad, CA 92010
Phone: (866) 799-GOAL
Email: Joe Tutino -joe@sdsockers.com

Peninsula Women's Soccer League
Email: pwslpr@pwsl.org

COED Soccer- VAVI's San Diego soccer league
1940 Garnet Ave. Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 273-3485
Email: tmorin@govavi.com

Softball San Diego League
Email: johng@softballsd.com

VAVI's Softball coed
1940 Garnet Ave. Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 273-3485
Email: tmorin@govavi.com

San Diego Senior Women's Softball (Women 50+)
Presidio Recreation Center
2811 Jackson St
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: 858-273-5346
Email: Judy Bezverkov: rjb2@san.rr.com

San Diego Basketball
Phone: (858) 829-8007
Email: Rob Powell rob@sandiegobasketball.com

La Jolla Cove Swim Club
Email: webmaster@lajollacoveswimclub.org

The Triathlon Club of San Diego
Email: bsotak@triclubsandiego.org

Imperial Masters Swimming

VAVI- San Diego Social Running Club
1940 Garnet Ave. Suite 110
San Diego, CA 92109
Phone: (858) 273-3485
Email: tmorin@govavi.com

San Diego Running Club
1430 Industrial Park Ave.
Redlands, CA 92374
Phone: (909) 335-2226
Fax: (909) 335-8456
Email: info@runningcenters.org
2584-B El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone: (760) 720-7475
Fax: (760) 720-7270
Email: info@runningcenters.org
27548 Ynez Road, #I-3
Temecula, CA 92591
Phone (951) 587-8450
FAX (951) 587-8451
Email: info@runningcenters.org

San Diego Track Club
Phone: (619) 823-2949
Email: karnat2@cox.net

West Coast Road Runners
Phone: 858.492.8455
Email: info@wcroadrunners.com.