Our Vision…

is to help every child realize their potential and to dream big.

WE ARE PASSIONATE

About serving a unique community

 

ABOUT OUR COMMUNITY

Started in 1908 by William Ellsworth Smythe, San Ysidro was a prosperous farming community of 300 families, from Smythe Avenue down to the Tijuana River between I-5 and the U.S. /Mexico border.  It was the century’s first commune in the United States. The place was named after San Ysidro, the 12th-century patron saint of farmers.  Fast forward 100 years, and San Ysidro is now home to the world’s busiest land border crossing, where U.S. Interstate 5 crosses into Mexico at Tijuana. Known as the Gateway to the Americas because of its international border, San Ysidro is the most southern community in California. In the 2005 U.S. fiscal year, more than 17 million vehicles and 50 million people entered the United States at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The great majority of these are workers (both of Mexican and U.S. nationality) commuting from Tijuana to jobs in the greater San Diego area and throughout southern California.

Almost 30% of San Ysidro residents are living at or below the poverty level.  The median income per capita is $11,055 compared to $32,553 for San Diego.  The median household income ($34,989) is little more than half of the median household income for San Diego ($62,480) and California ($64,457).  The 2010 US Census also revealed that the unemployment rate for San Ysidro is 11.2%, compared to San Diego (5.8%) and California (4.9%).

San Ysidro Demographics

population: 29,429

93.2%
HISPANIC | LATINO
6.8%
ALL OTHER COMBINED

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MEET THE TEAM

Jesus M.Gonzalez
Executive Director
Georgina Anaya
Assistant Program Manager
Victor Sanchez
Mentoring Program Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS