San Diego Unified and San Diego Foundation Invest $8M in Level Up SD

San Diego Unified and San Diego Foundation Invest $8M in Level Up SD - ItsSoSanDiego

Nurturing Minds, Empowering Futures: The Summer Learning Enrichment Initiative in San Diego

By Its So San Diego – May 8, 2024

Summer vacations often pose challenges for educational continuity, especially for students from underserved communities. In a bid to bridge this gap and foster continuous learning, San Diego Unified School District and the San Diego Foundation (SDF) have once again joined forces, allocating a substantial $8 million to fuel the fourth installment of Level Up SD. This collaborative initiative, encompassing partnerships with nearly 50 local nonprofit organizations, aims to enrich the summer experiences of San Diego Unified students while tackling the phenomenon of summer learning loss.

Supporting Summer Learning:
Level Up SD isn’t merely about keeping students occupied during the break; it’s a deliberate effort to enhance their academic and personal growth. Dr. Lamont Jackson, Superintendent of San Diego Unified, emphasizes the significance of this program in providing students with diverse opportunities ranging from academic pursuits to artistic endeavors and athletic activities. Through data-backed insights, San Diego Unified underscores the efficacy of such programs in bolstering students’ proficiency in critical subjects like reading and math.

Equity and Opportunity:
Mark Stuart, President & CEO of SDF, underscores the importance of fostering equity in educational access. Beyond academic enrichment, Level Up SD acts as a lifeline for working parents by offering essential childcare support. This year’s program is laser-focused on serving priority students, including English learners, foster youth, and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, ensuring that the benefits of summer learning reach those who need it most.

A Diverse Array of Partners:
The backbone of Level Up SD lies in its collaboration with local nonprofits. From arts and sciences to sports and community service, the roster of partners reflects the program’s commitment to offering a holistic learning experience. With names like the Fleet Science Center, Girl Scouts San Diego, and the YMCA, students have access to a rich tapestry of educational opportunities tailored to their interests and aspirations.

Expanding Reach and Impact:
As the program enters its fourth year, Level Up SD continues to expand its reach. With an anticipated 10,000 students set to benefit from this year’s offerings, the program is poised to make an even greater impact on the San Diego Unified community. The strategic selection of sites ensures accessibility for priority students, further cementing Level Up SD’s role as a catalyst for educational equity.

In the realm of education, every opportunity counts. Through Level Up SD, San Diego Unified and the San Diego Foundation are not just combating summer learning loss; they are nurturing a generation of engaged, empowered learners. As the program unfolds its fourth chapter, it reaffirms the power of collaboration in creating transformative educational experiences. With each summer, Level Up SD brings us one step closer to a future where every student has the tools and support they need to thrive.

About San Diego Unified School District: With a commitment to serving a diverse student population, San Diego Unified School District stands as a beacon of educational excellence in California. Learn more about their initiatives at

About San Diego Foundation: Dedicated to building resilient communities and fostering equity, the San Diego Foundation is at the forefront of philanthropic endeavors in the region. Discover more about their impactful work at

Level Up SD Nonprofit Partners 2024:

No.Nonprofit Organization
1A Reason to Survive
2Access Youth Academy
3Alpha Omega Summer Camps
4Amanda’s Adaptive Martial Arts
5BIPOC Support Foundation
6Bocon Inc.
7Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego
8Boz Life Science Research and Teaching Institute
9Cesar Chavez Service Clubs
10Chicano Federation of San Diego County
11Elementary Institute of Science
12Fern Street Community Arts
13Fleet Science Center
14Girl Scouts San Diego
15Groundwork San Diego – Chollas Creek
16Guitars and Ukes in the Classroom
17Junior Achievement of San Diego County
18Karen Organization of San Diego
19La Jolla Playhouse
20La Maestra Foundation Inc.
21Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
22Leah’s Pantry
23Living Coast Discovery Center
24Media Arts Center San Diego
25Mingei International Museum
26Movement BE
27Ocean Discovery Institute
28Outdoor Outreach
29Prophet World Beat Productions
30San Diego Air & Space Museum
31San Diego History Center
32San Diego Parks Foundation
33Sherman Heights Community Center
34Synergy Foundation Inc.
35The Ed Ladder
36Tomlinson Touching Lives Foundation
37transcenDANCE Youth Arts Project
39Trinity One Theatre Troupe Inc.
42United Women of East Africa Support Team
43University of San Diego
44VAPA Foundation
45YMCA of San Diego County
46Young And Prosperous Foundation
47Youth Empowerments Finest
48Youth Tennis San Diego
49Zoological Society of San Diego

Contact Information:
For media inquiries regarding San Diego Unified:
Marisa Berumen, Communications Department
Phone: 619-847-6029
Email: [email protected]

For media inquiries regarding San Diego Foundation:
Lorena Nava Ruggero
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 619-814-1365

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