The San Diego County Office of Education recently awarded its first-ever Community-Based Organization of the Year award to the San Marcos Promise. This was one of four awards in school counseling leadership given out this year across the county. The recipients were evaluated based on their impact in improving the health, well-being, and success of elementary, middle, and high school students.
“We chose TSMP for several reasons, but a main contributor was the fact that their leadership team is made up of former district school counselors who have great relationships and partnerships with school site employees. Because of their counseling background, they are acutely aware of the academic, social, college, and career needs of students,” said Tanya Bulette, K-12 School Counseling Services Coordinator for the San Diego County Office of Education.
The recently launched Future Centers located onsite at all three San Marcos district high schools are a key accomplishment recognized by the Office of Education. The Future Centers assist with college and career readiness support, empowering students to graduate college and be career-ready with foundational job skills, self-confidence, and a clearer idea about their career path.
“We are humbled to be their first-ever recipient of this award. The collaborative efforts we have with school employees and external resources like local businesses and post-high school educational programs have been key to providing students with the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential after high school. This school year alone, our Career and Financial Aid Coaches have been able to help over 2,000 students via Future Center services,” said Lisa Stout, Executive Director of The San Marcos Promise.
"What we learn in the Future Center is very helpful. These things just aren't taught in school. You learn about how to get a job, how to budget. It gives you a lot of experience and knowledge you need to become an adult. Otherwise, you wouldn't know until you had to figure it out all alone," said Ren, Twin Oaks High School student.
Lisa Stout continued,“Thank you to our partner district, San Marcos Unified School District, whom we have the privilege of working alongside, and to the San Diego County Office of Education for recognizing us with this honor.”
About San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)
The San Diego County Office of Education (sdcoe.net) serves the region's most vulnerable students and supports school leaders, teachers, and students across the county. They support about 780 schools and nearly 500,000 students, including the children educated each year through our Juvenile Court and Community Schools. SDCOE provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts, 129 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county.
About The San Marcos Promise (TSMP)
The San Marcos Promise (thesanmarcospromise.org) is a nonprofit foundation that provides students with tools and resources to plan and prepare for their future beyond high school. Their programs have proven to help students build confidence, open doors to meaningful careers, and achieve a self-sufficient future. They are best known for their Future Centers which are located onsite at each SMUSD high school. Via Career Coaches and partnerships with universities and local businesses, the Future Centers offer free programming and resources to help students discover interests and strengths, develop financial literacy skills, and prepare for college and/or career.