City Heights resident leaders and Mid-City CAN members
Being on time to school.
Finding new jobs.
Participating in more extracurricular activities.
Students who received the no-cost Youth Opportunity (bus) Pass report these and other benefits.
On April 12, more than 30 Mid-City CAN members and City Heights residents rallied on El Cajon Boulevard and discussed continuing the pass at a meeting at Hoover High School.
The program's goals are to provide a thousand students at Crawford, Hoover, Lincoln and San Diego high schools with free transit passes for the year. It has been rolling out since October.
"It seemed to me something that is very important for the security of my son and for my economic wellbeing," said Adela Rothe at the meeting in Spanish. Rothe's son attends Hoover High School.
Erik Sullivan, Hoover's interim vice-principal, said he hopes students use the passes to explore their city.
"The main change I've seen through the bus pass program is that more kids are coming to school on time," he said. "Also they're trying to find a job now that they have transportation."