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College Bound 2021!

This year, we adapted our annual College Bound event into a one-day outdoor gathering full of celebration and inspiration. Bonds were built as our community came together – participants, volunteers, staff, Board members, and investors — to break down barriers, create a foundation for academic success, and help turn college dreams into reality!

The day featured a resource fair with several community partners, powerful stories from JIT participants about their college experiences and how they overcame the odds, a musical performance from a JIT alum, and a College Q&A with current students and graduates from the JIT community. The event wrapped with every new participant receiving a laptop, printer, ink, a backpack, school supplies, and a gift card to go on a school shopping spree at Walmart with their coach!

Congratulations to our College Bound Class of 2021, and a special shout-out to our College Bound Youth Services Coordinator, Jen Ha, who led this year’s event with support from our whole team!

COllege Bound Class of 2021

Mansoora Ameri                                              San Diego Miramar College
Christiana Aranda                                           San Diego State University
Emelyn Balbuena                                            San Diego Mesa College
Maria Baldovinos                                            Cal State San Marcos
Casey Barnes                                                  San Diego State University
Jason Bronicki                                                 San Diego State University
Jazmine-Renae Cabute                                  San Jose State University
Liliana Carranza-Davis                                   Allan Hancock College
Destini Sophie Choate                                   San Diego Mesa College
Karolyn Curtis                                                 CSU Northridge
Guinivere Embry                                             Jackson State University
Machi Isaiah England                                     San Diego City College
Kimberly Espinosa De Los Monteros           San Diego City College
Lillianna Ethier                                                San Diego City College
Amoni Evans                                                   Grossmont College
Alena Farrera                                                  Southwestern College|Angelica Flores                                MiraCosta College
Mialissa Flores                                               San Diego City College
BettyJo Gingrich                                            Cal State San Marcos
Myrna Gomez                                                San Diego State University
Yolanda Gomez                                             Palomar College
Ashley Gonzalez                                           Santa Monica College
Ruby Gonzales                                              MiraCosta College
Anaja Grayes                                                 San Diego Mesa College
Layla Green                                                   Cal State San Marcos
Aliyah Henderson Banks                             San Diego Mesa College
Chanelle Johnson                                         MiraCosta College
Laith Khodr                                                   Palomar College
Racquel Le Blanc                                         San Diego City College
Brooklyn Ariana Lopez                                San Diego State University
Luz Lopez                                                     Grossmont College 

Sherry Lozano                                                UEI Chula Vista
Mackenzie Madrid                                         UC Los Angeles
Eman Faith Mansour-Ponce                         San Francisco State
Jazmin Marquez                                             San Diego City College
Jakarra Mcclure                                             Grossmont College
Jacob McDermott                                          Grossmont College
Brianna McMillan                                          San Diego City College
Kianna McMillan                                           San Diego Mesa College
Joshanae McWhorter                                   San Diego City College
Marcela Medina                                            Southwestern College
Rachel Membreno Almendares                  San Diego State University
Angela Nava                                                  CSU Sacramento
Mariah Nicklas                                              Cuyamaca College
Alisha Patino                                                 San Diego State University
Lee Ann Pennington                                    San Diego Miramar College
Veronica Pineda                                           National University
Nephtali Ezmerelda Ramos                         San Diego State University
Jessica Randall                                              MiraCosta College
Devon Ray                                                      San Francisco State University
Josue Misael Rendon Guerrero                   Cuyamaca College
LeVonn Robinson                                          Grossmont College
Jocelyn Rogers                                              MiraCosta College
Reina Ruiz                                                      San Diego Mesa College
Sebastian Anthony Sanchez                        San Diego City College
Hanna Shepler                                               Grossmont College
Sydney Smyer                                                UC Santa Cruz
Brandi Swann                                                 MiraCosta College
Angela Torres                                                 UC San Diego
Emilio Valladolid                                             Southwestern College
Brittney Venegas Alvarez                              San Diego City College
Shaccoya  Wade                                            Cal State San Marcos

2021 Graduates


Marie Branes — San Diego State University, Social Work

Cecilia Carranza-Davis — UC Berkeley, Political Science, International Relations & Affairs

Emilio Carranza-Davis — Cal State San Marcos, Communications

Felicia Chisholm — San Diego State University, Psychology

Giovanna Cooper — San Diego State University, Foods and Nutrition

Dayshon Dartez — San Diego State University, Political Science and Criminal Justice

Estrella Palmerin — San Francisco State University, Liberal Studies & International Relations

Mckayla Shelton — San Diego State University, Integrated Marketing Communications

College Bound Volunteers


Celine Arena
Debbie Arreola
Noemi Ashline
Leslie Basa
Peter Brooks
Nancy Cannon O’Connell
Amor Carchano
Michele Christopher
Keri Colberg
Caitlin Dannaher
Eva Dech
Tanya Douglas
Sandy Drew
Sylvia Echeverria
James Forbes
Bob Freund
Linda Fromm
Karen Frostrom
Bob Giese
Tim Haag
Liz Hanlon
Chase Humphreys
Gabrielle Kennedy
Andre Kirkendoll
Joe Leibrandt
Kirthi Linnan
David McMahon
Cassie Millsap
Jon Monroe
John Murray


Brittany Pambakian
Gretta Perlmutter
Kristi Prahl
Jessica Pressman
Jinendra Ranka
Deb Riley
Jim Rower
Lisa Ruh
Robin Shultz
Glenn Skuglund
Katherine Storen
Charles Theuer
Linda Tillmann
Christina Toledo
Pierre Towns
Aileen Tran
Karen Watkins
Dave Weir
Linda Wessling
Stephen Wheeler

Event Day
Janet Coover
Ken Garnier
Rashid Graham
Marana Kuhn
Haley Luong
Jeff Noyes
Stacy Stamper


Master Your Dream Scholars

Since 2014, JIT has offered support to young people seeking to continue post-graduate studies and 100% have shown us our confidence was well-placed!

New MYD Scholars
Marie Branes – SDSU, Education
Morrel Gonzalez – Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, Business & Science
Veronica Pineda – National University, Applied Behavior Analysis
Felicitas Reyes – Columbia Law School, J.D.
LeAnne Robinson – Prairie View A&M, Sociology
Sydney Smyer – UC Santa Cruz, Ph.D.

Returning MYD Scholars
Tatiana Apelu – Cal State San Marcos, Sociology
Rachel Brand – UC Los Angeles, Social Welfare
Erika Briceno – Seattle Pacific University, Organizational Psychology
Hakim Dysart – College for Financial Planning, Personal Financial Planning
Joey Lopez – University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Doctorate of Physical Therapy
Regina Orozco – Cal State University of Monterey Bay, Clinical Psychology

MYD Gallery of Graduates
2014 MYD Scholar Carolina Bracamonte – SDSU, Social Work 2014
2014 MYD Scholar Sade Burrell – USC, Social Work 2015
2014 MYD Scholar Shandy Pinkowski – Cornell Law 2016
2015 MYD Scholar Adrian Arroyo – CSU Bakersfield Counseling Psychology 2018
2015 MYD Scholar Christina Ives – California Western School of Law 2017
2016 MYD Scholar Raul Enciso – USD, Leadership Studies 2018
2016 MYD Scholar Raiyah Harris – SDSU Master’s Criminal Justice 2018
2016 MYD Scholar Tiffany Lapuebla – Duke University, Master of Public Policy 2018
2016 MYD Scholar Kaya Mazon – Chicago-Kent College of Law, Graduation 2019
2017 MYD Scholar Aiden Flowers – SDSU, Multicultural Clinical Counseling 2018
2018 MYD Scholar Vanessa Barrera – SDSU, Public Administration 2019
2018 MYD Scholar Bianca Cardenas – Fordham University, Social Work 2021
2018 MYD Scholar Francheska Del Rey- UC Davis, Education 2019
2018 MYD Scholar Jessica Dorsey – University of Tennessee, Social Work 2020
2018 MYD Scholar Johnny Larson – SDSU, Art History 2019
2018 MYD Scholar Jeharrah Pearl – Parson’s School of Design, Design and Technology 2020
2018 MYD Scholar Cristal Ramirez – SDSU, Social Work 2020
2019 MYD Scholar Maral Bagheri – UCSD, Chemistry 2020
2020 MYD Scholar Angel Camacho – SDSU, Social Work 2021
2020 MYD Scholar Amanda Larson – USD, Social Innovation 2021
2020 MYD Scholar Seth Patton – UCSD, Public Policy 2021
2020 MYD Scholar Selena Reycasa – California Baptist University, Organizational Leadership 2020
2020 MYD Scholar Kacee Van Konynenburg – SDSU, Public Health 2021


Thank you to our 2021 College Bound major investors!

Post Doctorate

The Grant Family

The Livingston Foundation, Sandy & Ron Livingston, Brad & Susanne Livingston, RWM Home Loans

Tomlinson Foundation


Andrus Family Fund

Bessemer National Gift Fund

The Century Club of San Diego

Scott A. & Elizabeth V. Christensen Charitable Foundation

Patrick & Paula Donahue & The Del Mar Highlands Town Center

Sue & Jay Lichter

Managed Solution, Jennell Mott & Sean Ferrel

Laurie McGrath

The Kenneth T. & Eileen L. Norris Foundation

San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Satterberg Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Vicki & Jeff Winkelman

Summa Cum Laude

Alliance Healthcare Foundation

Mary Ann Blair Endowment Fund at the San Diego Foundation

Lori & Steve Buehler

Chula Vista Charitable Foundation

David C. Copley Foundation

Elizabeth N. Crane Foundation

Farrell Family Foundation

Goldberg Charitable Trust

Issa Family Foundation

Mary Ellen & Joe Jordan

The Kroha Casner Family Foundation Charitable Trust

Lily Lai Foundation

Jennifer Moores

Morgan Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation

Bonnie & Jim Porter

Price Philanthropies Foundation

Qualcomm Foundation

The Lawrence and Robin Rusinko Charitable Fund

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Mark Schmidt

Sorkin Family Foundation

Stand Together Foundation

Kathryn Starr

David and Tina Thomas Family Charitable Fund at The San Diego Foundation

Rhona Thompson

The Tuffli Family Foundation

Wawanesa Insurance

Dowling Yahnke Wealth Advisors and Dale & Juie Yahnke

Walter J. & Betty C. Zable Foundation

Valerie & Alex Zirpolo