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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 youth 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.
Starting May 1, San Diegans 18 years old and under can ride for free on the bus, trolley, and other public transit operated by San Diego MTS and the North County Transit District! Click here for more information and spread the word!🚌
Due to funding, the pilot program will only run for a year. Our ITCH team is committed to ensuring our vision of Youth Opportunity Passes continues to grow and live in all of San Diego.
Mid-City CAN held a YOP Community Celebration event on April 26, 2022 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm! There were speakers, entertainment, food, drinks and we helped youths register for YOP! View the celebration photos on our Flickr account:
YOP Community Celebration Photos
How we got here:
Improving Transportation in City Heights (ITCH) for more than a decade demanded 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 believed this dream was achievable by Dec 2021.
Youth Opportunity Pass resources:
Things to know about the Youth Opportunity Passes.
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Download YOP Infographic Here.
On October 22nd, 2021, SANDAG Board of Directors approved the Social Equity Pilot Program, which allocated $8 million for no-cost youth fares (18 and under) and increased bus frequency. By May 1st, 2022, all youth ages 18 and under will be eligible to receive a no-cost transit pass from MTS or NCTD !
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 find without the passes. It was clear by the time the pilot program ended: Youth Opportunity Passes are an incredible investment in our future.
Who Should Join the Team?
Community members who are interested in increasing youth opportunity, combating climate change, and increasing investment in public transportation.
Our team meets every second Monday of the month.