Our Team’s Vision
We envision a future where every young person has access to the opportunities they need to reach their full potential.
The lack of affordable transportation has an adverse impact on the lives of youth, specifically escaping poverty. Unfortunately, right now, thousands of young people in San Diego are isolated from opportunity as a result of the high cost of transit.
Our Current Campaign
Improving Transportation in City Heights is demanding no-cost Youth Opportunity Passes for every youth in San Diego. These passes would allow every young person in San Diego to ride public transportation at no cost. After years of hard work, we believe this dream is achievable by 2020.
Our Previous Campaign
In 2011, City Heights mothers and grandmothers united around the simple, but very important goal of seeing their children travel safely to and from school. Momentum built quickly as community members realized what a difference access to transportation would have on the lives of San Diego’s youth. In 2013, with major support from the San Diego Unified School District and contributions from the city and county of San Diego, ITCH won its campaign for a Youth Opportunity Pass pilot program.
The pilot program served 850 high school students who put the passes to great use, participating in extracurricular activities, securing internships, and finding employment that would have been impossible to fund without the passes. It was clear by the time the pilot program ended. Youth Opportunity Passes were an incredible investment in our future.
Who Should Join the Team?
Community members interested in increasing youth opportunity, combatting climate change, and increasing investment in public transportation.
Our Next Meeting
Contact Rosa Olascoaga, Community Organizer, below for our next Improving Transportation in City Heights (ITCH) meeting.