With the Clarity of Wisdom and the Weight of Responsibility

Mapenzi is one of our 2022 high school graduates. He gave us his permission to share a part of his journey as a high schooler and a soon-to-be freshman at Chico State. Mapenzi wears many hats. He is a responsible older brother, a father figure, a co-bread winner, and a student applying for scholarships, playing…

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“They should do this twice a year!”

Thanks to the generosity of our partners Hope for San Diego, SDRT hosted another Summer Field Day and Picnic event for our students on the Ibarra soccer field! We’ve done this event year after year with creative variations during the pandemic, and each summer, the students and volunteers experience togetherness as a village in so…

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Bikes + Ice Cream Truck + Vans = Success!

Big wheels, scooters, mountain bikes and everything in between could be found at this year’s Bike Day thanks to Terry and Alexia at Kids’ Bike Day. While our 125 students were not riding voraciously around our marked tracks, they could be spotted wolfing down a burger or hot dog freshly grilled by Hope for San Diego volunteers or selecting a new pair of…

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The City Heights Fun Run

We didn’t let flip flops or carsickness stop us from racing our hearts out at the City Heights Runners’ 5k and Fun Run! From a 5-year-old to a 77-year-old, everyone on TEAM SDRT crushed the 5K and Fun Run at Chollas Lake put on by City Heights Runners!   There were 115 of us cheering, doing warm-up exercises and running with our tutors across the…

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Our Students Are Ready for School!

Monday is the first day of school for many of our students, and THEY ARE READY! Pencil pouches have been stuffed; their shoes fit; and they have an ample supply of socks and underwear–and a sturdy backpack too. Some even got fresh haircuts!  Our volunteers surrounded our students like extended family. They helped them pick out the perfect Vans…

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Back 2 School Bash on August 21!

Can you help us purchase items from our Amazon Wish List to GET OUR STUDENTS READY FOR SCHOOL? Each August, our students typically attend an incredible Back to School event at a local church. Since that will not be happening this year, we have chosen to host our own Back 2 School Bash. That’s right. We are preparing…

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Jodi’s Light Continues On…

Jodi Maroney was a volunteer and U.S. marine veteran who dedicated herself to San Diego Refugee Tutoring for five years. Her warm smile, willing heart, and generous spirit were familiar to the tutors and students alike and showed when she came early, left late, and made sure she tutored some of our most difficult students.…

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Blasting Off – The Last Fun Fridays of the School Year!

As the school year draws to a close, we concluded our Fun Friday trimester with two amazing activities for our students: 3D Shapes and Secret Codes and Mini Rockets! They were the perfect finale to what has been an incredibly fruitful year of Fun Fridays through the pandemic–and even through Ramadan! A big thank you…

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Fridays Are Always Fun!

At SDRT, Fridays are always fun. Students continue to look forward to the crafts, recipes, experiments, or activities that are planned specially for them and delivered straight to their door. This month, we had three incredible groups of volunteers lead three activities: journals and origami bookmarks, jellyfish crafts, and rice krispy treats. Our very own…

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The Glaring Gaps in a Pandemic

Tracy is one of our most dedicated and passionate volunteers. She has always had a special heart for the high school students at SDRT and shared some of her thoughts and experiences with us. I joined SDRT a few years ago and very quickly realized it was a place I wanted to invest my time.…

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