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We are dedicated to assisting children, youth and families reach their full potential by working for integrated service delivery systems that promote the values of collaboration and prevention, and for measurable outcomes in the fields of health, education, safety and economic security.
The Children's Initiative was established in 1992, by five local San Diego foundations and more than 40 community and public leaders, to serve as an advocate and custodian for effective policies, programs and services that support the health and well-being of children, youth and families in San Diego County. Over the past decade the Board of Directors and staff have designed and administered numerous projects and programs supporting the health and well-being of children and youth, convened thousands of community stakeholders and parents to serve as advocates on children's issues, brokered lasting relationships in support of youth serving programs and leveraged a broad array of resources - all on behalf of San Diego's children and youth and their families. Using a distinctive model of cross agency collaboration, the Children's Initiative has become one of the most effective catalysts for change in San Diego County . The Initiative's commitment, expertise, and persistence have directly resulted in improved, expanded and new services and programs for San Diego 's children and youth and supportive policies and legislation. By convening organizations and stakeholders, brokering relationships and identifying and leveraging millions of dollars in public and private resources, The Children's Initiative is consistently changing the nature of services for San Diego 's children, youth and families. These changes assist government in being more efficient, increases investment in prevention, saves dollars on treatment and reduces violence, crime and failure.
The impact of The Children's Initiative's work is demonstrated by the quality of programs and policies in place today, the unmet community needs being addressed and by the respected reputation our organization has built.
- Kristen Gonzalez
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