Helping Young Adults Improve Their Lives

Connections 2020 is a 5-year federally funded program that assists underserved young adults throughout San Diego County by enhancing their relational and emotional skills and improving their economic stability. We assist participants in building interpersonal skills and increasing their work readiness skills to achieve a greater sense of well-being.

Program Eligibility

We provide services to underserved youth between the ages of 18-24 throughout San Diego County who are facing life challenges. Our participants include: current and former foster youth, pregnant and/or parenting youth, alumni of the juvenile justice system, youth experiencing barriers to education, youth experiencing instability with basic needs and/or housing and youth who are unemployed or underemployed.

Services Provided

Program services are based on the idea that identifying and maintaining authentic, healthful relationships will increase overall well-being and boost a young person’s employability and financial stability. We help our participants learn how to develop healthy relationships, how to handle conflict and regulate emotions, how to effectively communicate with others, and ultimately, how to expand employability and increase income. Our services include the following:

  • One-on-one individualized coaching and case management
  • Relational wellness classes
  • Employment classes
  • Peer advising
  • Parenting support
  • Financial literacy
  • Work and leadership opportunities
  • Paid internships to those who qualify
  • Supportive services

To learn more, contact Nick DeVico at (760) 994-6900 or via email at [email protected].

“Every employee here is so incredibly kind and caring. The staff has been helping me get a job, and putting so much of her personal time in to teach me how to be successful. I am so incredible grateful! She has also put the time in to listen to me when I need someone to talk to. All in all I am very happy I am here and able to reach my goals with the help I've always needed.  Thank you Connections 2020.”
-Connections 2020 Participant

Funding for this project was provided by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Grant #90FM0075. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.