San Diego Center for Children Annual Report 2017-2018

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Annual Report 2017–2018

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Through your shared commitment to our mission and vision, we were able to empower the lives of 8,174 youth and family members through our nationally accredited mental health and educational services. Thank you for helping us continue our legacy as San Diego’s oldest children’s nonprofit.



Protect the joy of childhood.

Inspire a world where

Prevent emotional suffering.

all children and families

Incite change.

live joyful and healthy lives.

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It has been another year of success and growth for the San Diego Center for Children. Through your continued partnership, coupled with the expertise from our over 360 culturally and trauma-informed team members, we were able to once again make a difference in the lives of many children, teens and families in our community. This past fiscal year, we empowered 8,174 youth and family members struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges. Individualized therapeutic plans were created by our trained experts to effectively meet the important needs of each child and their family. Additionally, these families were equipped with the resources necessary to continue their success independently after treatment was completed. Building on our tradition of excellence in superior care, the Center is one of few mental health programs in San Diego to be nationally accredited by The Joint Commission for our effective and holistic range of services. Today, we operate 8 programs sites across the county and provide individualized therapeutic, educational, foster care and transition age services to over 1,000 people every day.


Dear Friends and Supporters,

As you read this year’s report, the stories and highlights speak to our tradition of proven impact and innovation. This will continue to grow in the years ahead to make even more lasting change in our community, including the expansion of our now 12-acre main campus in Linda Vista. Thank you for your generosity and commitment toward helping our community’s most vulnerable children, teens and families lead joyful, healthy lives. We look forward to your continued support. With Gratitude,

Moisés Barón, Ph.D. president & ceo

Gwynn Thomas chairman of the board of trustees

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Our Impact

“I have learned not to give up on myself.

There is always someone there to care for me. It takes one person to change who I am, and it is me.” — C EN T ER YO U T H

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Youth Served by Race/Ethnicity Ages 0-21

8,174 youth

and family members were empowered

90% of youth

served improved after discharge


89% of youth

Youth Served by Gender Ages 0-21

discharged to a lower level of care or continued with care after treatment

95% family

involvement during youth treatment

47% Female 52% Male 1% Other Over 50 college, graduate and post-graduate students from 16 programs participated in our professional training programs in the areas of psychology, counseling, special education and social work

Our 8 Program Sites


of youth avoided psychiatric hospitalization


San Marcos Escondido

24% of the

1,532 youth we served were in foster care

Serra Mesa Linda Vista Main Campus

La Mesa Spring Valley

South Bay

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The Importance of


Academy Student and Mr. Shawn Styer, Math Lab Instructor

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ntreated mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges can significantly affect the academic success of students, which in turn may cause further harm to their self-esteem and overall well-being.

The earlier we can identify, intervene and treat the mental health struggles of youth, the more likely they will be able to thrive toward a more promising future.

Our Academy, a WASC accredited K-12 nonpublic

school on our main campus in Linda Vista, supports the mental health and academic well-being of up to 100 students at any given time from over 20 school districts in San Diego County. In addition to our small classroom sizes led by a certified special education teacher and trained instructional staff, we offer two academic programs that promote students’ success in-and-out of their classroom setting – Intensive Reading Improvement and Math Improvement. The Center realized several years ago that a child’s ability to read, comprehend or understand basic mathematics, is essential to their growth, self-esteem and well-being. All students enrolled at our Academy are assessed at enrollment to determine their reading and math needs, and program eligibility. Students who may need further support outside of their classroom are then paired with our expert math and reading lab teachers to receive one-on-one instruction to help get them back on track developmentally and academically. Due to our comprehensive outcome data and proven impact, we have gained unyielding and continued support from community funders. We thank our partners for their support and belief in our students: Union Bank, ResMed Foundation, San Diego Gas & Electric, and the Farrell Family Foundation.

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Intensive Reading Improvement Program Since 2009, we have provided individualized reading

“I like being in the reading program because it’s fun. I play games to help my reading, and I really like the spider book.” — CENTER YOU TH

support to 145 students from diverse backgrounds. Students range from 5 to 18-years-old, with 43% attending our Residential Treatment Program. Our findings indicate that students significantly improve in many important areas of reading ability. This includes improvement in the time it takes to read the content of a story, and their pronunciation, fluency, comprehension, and overall reading ability.

Overall Student Reading Ability After participating in our Intensive Reading Program, students’ overall reading ability improved by 8%

67% Pre-test



36 students were served in 2017-2018

78% Boys

22% Girls

20% increase

This is a from the previous year

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Math Improvement Program Over the past two academic years, we have served a total of 35 students through personalized math instruction. In addition to helping students get back on track with their math studies, our Math Lab also provides services to students with advanced math skills in order to challenge them and help avoid boredom, which may potentially reduce behavioral challenges.

An Example of Why our Math Program Exists… In 8th grade, Billy was found to be functioning at a 2nd grade math level. During the post-test at the end of the academic year, Billy improved his math proficiency scores from 60% to 83%. Our math program not only significantly enhanced Billy’s scores, but also his tenacity and desire to improve.

“In our class we have different levels, so it’s hard for a teacher to teach everyone what they need. I like the Math Lab because it’s one-on-one and Mr. Shawn helps you personally. Mr. Shawn is really, really nice and if we’re doing well, he’ll give us rewards and we get to pick our own reward like a gift card or something else, but we need to continue to work hard.” – C ENTER YOU TH

“I took trigonometry that wasn’t offered at the Academy. The course wasn’t required, but I took it in the Math Lab because I wanted to further my education for my future. I like the Math Lab because it's individualized and I could have one-on-one help.” – C ENTER YOU TH

Academy student engages in a fun, interactive math activity

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A Family’s

Success Story

Center Music Director, Sundiata Kata, with Bronson and Shaw’Marie in the Sundiata Kata Music Center

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Shaw’Marie, a devoted mother, shares her family’s story and how her son, Bronson, was able to find hope and healing through our services.

“Bronson had always been a very active and inquisitive child. As he

got older, he found it hard to concentrate in large, noisy classrooms. He also would act out when overwhelmed by either being destructive or just leaving the classroom in conjunction with work avoidance. When Bronson turned 15, he started

having more anger issues and turned to using recreational drugs to combat the negative, strong emotions he was dealing with due to his Bipolar diagnosis. The drug use and failure to participate in any school work prompted us to send Bronson to live at San Diego Center for Children for 24-hour residential support. It was hard not to have Bronson living at home with us. But quickly, Bronson adapted to his new living arrangements. He was able to have a structured environment which decreased his anxieties. With the family therapy provided, it helped all of us have a ‘re-set’ on our family relationships and communications. The most important positive change as a family was how we learned to improve our communications skills to rebuild relationships. Prior to Bronson being admitted, there was a lot of communication issues that ended in arguments and overall frustrations leading to strained relationships. Bronson participated in group therapy too and was able to relate with other teens experiencing the same issues he faced. Bronson also participated in sports and learned how to work as a team. Typically, before, Bronson only did more solo sports with less peer interaction. The staff at the Center, both in Residential and the Academy, were so good at helping him develop this skill. We soon discovered positive changes in Bronson’s behavior. He was able to show more appreciation and verbalize a more positive outlook. He began thinking about his future and goals to explore the classes and experiences at the Center.

Bronson has always enjoyed more tactile activities, such as woodworking and building projects. Initially, Bronson began in the Center’s Culinary program. He participated in a cooking competition and did well. He then gravitated to the Music Department under the direction of Sundiata Kata and began learning the African Djembe drum. Bronson stated, “Drumming was helpful to me because I was able to make beats. Hitting the drum was therapeutic and fun. It was also nice to meet Mr. Sundiata and he was very helpful through my stay. Drumming helped me make friends who also played drums. Drumming was a very good coping skill because I used my hands. I thank the music program for letting me participate in the activity offered.” Once Bronson was discharged after a six month stay, he was more goal oriented for the future. He discovered how he wanted to work as an auto mechanic and started setting goals for this. With a positive vision for his future, Bronson was able to become self-confident. As a family, we all realized how much our interactions mattered. We learned how to support one another again and not regress to negative communications patterns. The staff at San Diego Center for Children are amazing. They really cared about Bronson and truly wanted him to succeed. Sometimes the only way to repair the damage in family relations is to take a step back and learn new skills to succeed. We are a stronger family now and are so grateful for this experience and to have Bronson moving towards a brighter future. S A N D I E G O C E N T E R F O R C H I L D R E N   11

Your Impact

“I have learned that I know how to persevere.

When I am determined to do something, I will not stop until I complete it. This determination will help me succeed in my future.” — C EN T ER YO U T H

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Through your support and the support of our community, we were able to raise much needed funds and awareness to create significant change in the lives of youth and families.

We are thankful to the over 500 community members who volunteered more than 3,000 hours through a variety of projects such as campus beautification, day-of event support, and working directly with our youth.

Caring organizations, community and civic groups, school clubs and local businesses provided generous underwriting and volunteer resources. Through their support, they create JOY for the many children and families we serve.

Completed Revitalization Projects

Family room, game room, art room, and recreational space Cost savings to the Center: $65,000 including in-kind labor “For almost 40 years, the Iris Auxiliary’s mission has been to provide the ‘extras’ that help the Center’s children and teens have the same experiences that other children enjoy. Through our fundraising and volunteer efforts, Iris members have come together to make possible many wonderful opportunities for the youth at the Center. We are grateful for our members and to the Center for the incredible impact that our partnership continues to have on the community.” — Kay Certain, Iris Auxiliary President

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Thank you to the Ascension Leadership Academy, Graduating Classes 12 and 13, and Children’s Primary Care Medical Group, for each revitalizing rooms on our main campus. Children and families in our care now have more nurturing environments to heal and bond with one another.


In-Kind Donations

300 backpacks filled with school

Pizza party and over 100 personalized

25 Christmas trees with decorations

Over 80 bikes donated by Bikes for

supplies and inspiring quotes donated by Sunrun to help our students start the school year on a high note

donated by Mission Federal Credit Union to create holiday cheer for children and families in our care, in addition to radio and TV advertisements throughout the year highlighting our mission

Sit-down dinner for over 200 foster

youth and their families donated by Royal India Miramar to create a special holiday memory

Over 300 haircuts provided by Bellus Academy to help our children and teens feel confident about themselves

20 Executive Chefs from well-

known San Diego restaurants provided mentorship and ingredients in leading private chef demos to youth in our Clark Kitchen as part of our comprehensive Successful Transitions Program

gifts donated by Takeda California in celebration of their 14th Annual Holiday Party for teens in our residential care

Kids to spread the joy of childhood to children and teens

Radio advertisements highlighting

the Center’s holiday efforts donated by American Assets Trust

10 Family Day Luncheon meals

and 2 holiday meals generously prepared and served by Just Call Us Volunteers, which fed close to 60 youth and families each month on our main campus

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Wacky It was a wacky, Wonky Wonderland

fun time at our 2nd annual holiday festival and donation drive that brought over 200 community members together in the spirit of giving. Through the power of collaboration, the community raised $45,000 and donated over 3,000 toys, games and gift cards for the youth and families we serve. Our family-friendly event kicked off with the 10th Annual Vespa Motorsport Scooter Toy Run led by Santa Claus to await the grand entrance of his friend, Wacky Willy. Both cheerfully joined to open the holiday festival for a fun-filled afternoon. Guests and Center youth enjoyed festive food, jumpers, trackless train rides, and pictures with Santa and Wacky Willy.

December 10, 2017

“Vespa Motorsport is proud to support the San Diego Center for Children with our annual Toy Run. Our customers love using their scooters to deliver a mountain of toys (and joy) to the kids at the Center. It feels good to be a part of raising awareness for the needs of our fellow San Diegans’ children, and we look forward to serving the Center for years to come.” — A LE X COHN, V ES PA MOTORS P ORT CEO

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131st Anniversary Celebration June 9, 2018 Grammy nominated artist, Andra Day, delivered an electric performance at Humphreys by the Bay in support of our annual celebration, “Rise Up! in the Name of Children”. Over 300 corporate and community supporters enjoyed Andra’s musical hits, in addition to a special performance of “Rise Up!” with our Children’s Choir. SDG&E was honored as the recipient of the Center’s 2018 PATH Award - a distinguished and annual acknowledgment of Partners in Achieving Transformation and Hope. Mike Schneider, SDG&E Vice President, Operations Support Sustainability and Chief

Environmental Officer shared, “We’re proud of our ability to help inspire and help build confidence in these kids, and these programs really put us in a great position where we can focus on the future and help the Center be successful with its mission.”     The special night under the stars was cochaired by Joyce Glazer, Vince Heald and Clinton Walters, and included silent and live auctions, cocktails and dinner.

Thank You to our generous event sponsors who helped us raise funds and awareness for our life-changing services: Alliant Insurance Services Bank of America BB&T - John Burnham Insurance Services Calpine Corporation City National Bank Dowling & Yahnke Frank Motors HUB International JET Wealth Advisors Kaiser Permanente KPBS King Group Events LANtelligence Inc.

Manpower MEPCor Inc. Mission Federal Credit Union Moss Adams Orness Design Group RPS Monument San Diego Foundation SDG&E Southwest Airlines Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Umpqua Bank Vespa Motorsport

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A Promising Future for San Diego’s Children, Teens and Families

Center youth with Dr. Moisés Barón, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, Sundiata Kata, and Gwynn Thomas (left to right)

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ince our founding in 1887, we remain committed to ensuring that our facilities and therapeutic environments match the superior quality of services that we provide to youth and families.

Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber shares remarks about the Center’s important efforts in caring for children and families

This year, we acquired from the state of California 3-acres adjacent to our main campus in Linda Vista to total 12-acres of land. Thanks to the efforts of Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, District 79, Assembly Bill 1057 directed the state to sell this property at market value directly to the Center and was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. By completing the purchase of this property, we are charting our future to serve more children, teens and families struggling with mental, emotional and behavioral health challenges.

Capital projects have been on the

forefront of our strategic vision in order to help more youth and families in our community who are in dire need of mental health and educational services. In San Diego, 1 in 5 children struggles with a mental, emotional or behavioral health challenge. This results in more than 105,000 children and teens, of which 80% are likely to not receive the help they need and deserve. We have plans in the near future to initiate the revitalization of our aging residential treatment cottages, which serves at any given time over 55 children and teens from across

the state of California and beyond in need of intensive 24/7 therapeutic treatment. Our Residential Treatment Program was the first in our county to be certified by the state as a Short-Term Residential Treatment Program to provide intensive mental health services to foster youth. In the years to come, we look forward to working in partnership with community leaders and our supporters to build a state-of-the-art facility on our expanded property in Linda Vista so that more youth in our community can have a greater sense of safety, belonging, and healing.

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Financials Expenses

Statement of Financial Position 6/30/2018



Total Net Assets

$ 10,096,969

$ 10,357,483

Total Liabilities & Net Assets

$ 16,223,480

$ 14,683,942



Statement of Activities for June 30, 2018

2% Fundraising

Total Liabilities


$ 14,683,942

10% Overhead

$ 16,223,480

88% Services

Total Assets

Revenue and Support Fees for services - county & school districts $


Fees for services - non-government






Other income



Total revenue and support

$ 22,785,439

Revenue & Support


Expenses Services









Total expenses

$ 23,045,953

Change in net assets



Net assets beginning of year



Net assets end of year



Fees for services county and school districts

1% Other income



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Fees for services non-government

Leadership Team Board of Trustees Gwynn Thomas, Chairman Vice President Hub International

Paul Davis, Vice-Chairperson Davis Leadership Consulting

Frank Fornaca, Treasurer President The ReadiGroup, Inc.

Jackie Greulich, Secretary Student and Career Services Manager University of San Diego School of Business

Ann Garland, Ph.D. Professor and Chair, Department of Counseling & MFT University of San Diego

Joseph Binning President MEPCor Inc.

Candace Kasperick Program Nurse, Children & Youth in Transition San Diego Unified School District

Mindy Mattison Speech and Language Pathologist, Retired

Jean Pohl Special Education Resource Specialist, Retired San Diego Unified School District

Patricia Riley

Attorney at Law Marriage and Family Therapist

Veronica Rubio Umpqua Bank Senior Vice President, Senior Private Wealth Advisor

Meg Schneider

Technical/Proposal Writer, Retired

Doreen Schonbrun Commissioner Arts and Culture Commission San Diego

DeAnne Steele

Lidia S. Martinez

U.S. Trust Managing Director Investment Executive – Western United States

Community Affairs & Grassroots Manager Southwest Airlines

Moisés Barón, Ph.D.

Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member Former Kids Aid Auxiliary Member

President & CEO San Diego Center for Children

Lynne Newman

Susie Sides

Advisory Council Jodie Brokowski, Esq. General Counsel Children’s Specialists of San Diego

Tim Carter Director, Alternative Funding Solutions Employee Benefits Division Barney & Barney, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member

Phyllis Snyder Active Community Leader Rest Haven Children’s Health Fund Rady Children’s Hospital

Pam Werner Associate Vice President, National Philanthropy Program City of Hope (retired)

Paula A. Cordeiro, Ph.D. Dammeyer Distinguished Professor of Global Leadership and Education University of San Diego Department of Leadership Studies

Douglas Gundermann

Senior Leadership Moisés Barón, Ph.D. President & CEO

Cheryl Rode, Ph.D.

Vice President | Private Wealth Advisor U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management

Alison Beck

Peter Kane

Senior Director of Philanthropy and Community Engagement

Former San Diego Center for Children Board of Trustee Member Principal and Owner Kane HR Consulting

Linda L. Katz Community Leader & Civic Activist

Richard Kintz, Esq. Partner Corporate Practice Group Sheppard Mullin (of counsel)

Angie Lasagna

Vice President, Community Relations & Media Affairs Mission Federal Credit Union

James Lauer Attorney at Law Referee Juvenile Court (retired)

Vice President of Clinical Operations

Don Blake Director of IT

Pam Hansen, LCSW Senior Director of Specialty Clinical Programs

Misty Howard Director of Quality Assurance

Diana Landis Director of Finance

James McElroy, M.Ed. Principal of San Diego Center for Children Academy

Pamela Ross Director of Human Resources

Ervey Salinas Senior Director of Residential Programs

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3002 Armstrong Street San Diego, CA 92111

Phone: (858) 277-9550


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Funding for a portion of our programs provided by the County of San Diego

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