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Paving Great Futures is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to empowering at-risk communities throughout San Diego County’s five districts.

Why  Do We Exist?

The communities subsisting in San Diego's impoverished neighborhoods currently suffer from a chronic lack of growth and opportunity. Unproductive and self-destructive activities — including gang violence, drug and alcohol use and distribution, and human sex trafficking — have become dangerously commonplace. Vulnerable young people frequently find themselves trapped in self-perpetuating cycles of illegal behavior, and the punitive and authoritarian measures of the criminal justice system only exacerbate these problems.

PGF's goal is to rehabilitate these marginalized and at-risk communities by fostering their economic, social, and political development, especially the development of the recently incarcerated, who often struggle disproportionately to integrate into society. PGF does this by focusing on the six core competencies of entrepreneurship, job readiness, financial literacy, responsible life skills, community service, and civic engagement. By addressing all of these areas, PGF's comprehensive work experience programs transform misguided young people into productive and empowered community leaders capable of guiding relevant and lasting changes.

35273928_1544560745978533_r.jpegOur Vision & Mission

Our vision is to contribute to a world where no matter your ethnicity or background you can have access to financial, career, and business opportunities.

Our Mission is to empower individuals with the necessary tools to pave a great future by providing alternatives for economic advancement through entrepreneurship, business development, and job training with the intent to create opportunity and financial sustainability. We stimulate social change and responsibility through community involvement and service.

Mission Statement
To provide marginalized and at risk individuals with the skills to pursue their career goals and lead healthy and productive lives.

What is our History and Purpose?

Paving Great Futures (PGF) was founded in 2012 by Barry Harris Jr, Armand King, and Jay Bowser, three San Diego natives who grew up in impoverished and gang-afflicted areas of the city. As adults with developed professional careers, they came together with a shared desire to help members of San Diego's underserved and at-risk populations become socially stable and self-sufficient.

PGF's purpose is to improve the health, safety, and stability of both communities and individuals by helping to reintegrate at-risk populations of young people (age 13-30), including substance abusers, victims of human sex trafficking, current and former gang members, and the formerly incarcerated. 

To this end, PGF leadership has identified six core competencies that are important to personal development: entrepreneurship, job readiness, financial literacy, responsible life skills, community service, and civic engagement. By focusing on these six areas, and providing wraparound services like one-on-one mentoring, specific job training, social rehabilitation, and housing assistance, PGF programs helps break the self-perpetuating cycle of poverty, crime, and violence afflicting San Diego's minority communities.

Through opportunity and education, PGF is changing lives and the greater community by fostering stability, reducing recidivism rates, reducing poverty-related government costs, and providing a reliable answer to California’s prison overpopulation crisis.

35273928_1544560938606880_r.jpegHow Can You Help?

Your financial contribution will help support PGF's programs. Paving Great Futures programs seek to empower underrepresented San Diego communities to be skillful, trained, knowledgeable, and prepared workers, thereby diverting the pipeline to prison. We resolve to do this by providing economic opportunity through hands-on training, business and personal financial literacy, personal and social skills, and mentorship from credible messengers. Our work inspires individuals to grow and learn, and provides them with the confidence to take positive action and make beneficial decisions in their daily lives. Ultimately, we create more responsible citizens in the community who in turn have a stronger desire to create and maintain long-term financial opportunities.
                                                                    " You're not giving to us, you're giving through us"

What Programs Do We Operate? 

Since 2013, PGF has operated its Culinary Hospitality Administration Management Program(CHAMP). CHAMP is a year-long training program for at-risk and high-need San Diego residents.
Yearly Operation Budget

Director $4,000 per month $48,000 per year
Classroom $500 per month $6,000 per year
Staff $200 per class  $3,800 per year
Stationary/ Equipment $200 per month $2,400 per year
Computers $10,000
Uniforms $4,000 per year

Total $74,200

The Engineering & Music Program Inspiring Rising Entrepreneurs (EMPIRE) group is a 10-month training program for at-risk youth (ages 12-17) living in San Diego. Through valuable hands-on experience, participants are taught how to build and manage their own music industry or multimedia business by learning about studio engineering, graphic design, relevant STEM fundamentals (Science Technology Engineering Math), and the operation a multimedia business. Credible messengers from Paving Great Futures use multimedia as a tool to mentor and teach the six core competencies.

Yearly Operation Budget

Director $2,000 per month $24,000 per year
3 Staff $3,600 per month $38,000 per year
Stationery $1,200 per Semester 
Non Perishable Food $800 per month $7,200 per year
Equipment $5,000
Uniforms $500
Final Project $2,000

  Total $77,900

The Leadership and Civic Engagement Development (LACED) program works to ensure the collective voice of unrepresented communities is being heard. LACED trains and educates young people to take leadership positions on local government boards and commissions and to advocate for local decision making that addresses current social and economic challenges. By having community representation in local decision-making bodies — and, ideally, on the state level — there will be a direct impact on policies, procedures, and allocation of resources which will benefit marginalized San Diego communities.

Yearly Operation Budget

Director $2000 per month $24,000 per year
Classroom $200 per month $2,400 per year
Staff $400 per month $4,800 per year
Stationery $100 per month $1,200 per year

 Total $32,400

The Financial Literacy and Investment Program provides San Diego residents with tools and resources to improve their financial standing. Participants are given a clear understanding of the importance of credit, home ownership, investments and entrepreneurship.
Yearly Operation Budget

Director $1000 per month $24,000 per year
Classroom $100 per month $12,000 per year
Staff $100 per month $1,200 per year
Stationery $100 per month $1,200 per year

  Total $38,400

A Hand Up Not A Hand Out!!

 San Diego Youth Hip Hop & Leadership Summit 
4 Corners Of Life Celebration 
Thanks Living Turkey Giveaway 


For any additional information or details on programs or organization 
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Paving Great Futures 
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