Your Soul Food for Friday August 19 2016: A Request for YOUR Gems for Back to School Season to Share: + Energy, Empathy, Compassion and More…

Happy Soul Food Friday!

It is back to school season and with a son off to college and a daughter off to high school I could sure use YOUR help…

What soul-filled pearls of wisdom would you have for all these young people starting new chapters (or for us parents for that matter)?

Send us your GEMs (genuine encounter moments) and we will aggregate and post them in a subsequent Soul Food so we can all benefit from the collective wisdom of this ecosystem.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of related links to energize you and keep you smiling…

Can’t Stop the Feeling:

It’s back to school time and our friends in Cajon Valley Union School District made a welcome back video that is going viral with almost 17,000 views in 3 days!

Check it out here:

Why Kids Need More Empathy:

If you are greatly concerned about our kid’s emotional and moral health…

Back to School: 4 Ways to Prepare for Your Child’s School Year:

Is the back to school frenzy making you feel a bit stressed?

Here is something for kids, parents and educators alike…

If you are local:

Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American:

Dear friends and colleagues,

As a San Diego Grantmakers Board member and co-chair of its Social Equity Funders collaboration, I wanted to personally reach out and ask you to attend The Equity Event on September 9.

Equity is embedded in all of our philanthropy – whether you focus on education, homelessness, foster youth, workforce and the economy, health, the environment…need I go on? So it is critical that we all pause to consider our own role in improving equity – or said another way, eliminating inequity – through our grantmaking. How can you increase participation and leadership by people of color in the projects and programs that you support? Who are you listening to and are you acting on the feedback you’re given? Can your organization’s internal policies and practices on equity be improved?

These are just some of the ideas we’ll tackle at this half-day event featuring local and national experts in preparation for going deeper next year on issues like intersectionality, structural racism, implicit bias, gender discrimination, mass incarceration, and more.

And to kick off the event and get us thinking about one group’s perspective on equity, we’ll be hosting a special evening reception and screening of “Documented: A Film by an Undocumented American” on September 8.

Please join me at one or both of these important events.

Kind Regards,


P.S. Early bird registration ends this Friday, August 19


Black Girlz

Dear Friends & Family,
I’m excited to be a featured performer for San Diego’s 1st Black Girlz
Rock Concert!

The details are below, & I hope to see your beautiful face in the
audience when I’m on stage singing my heart out!

When: Saturday August 20, 2016

Time: 8PM (Doors 7PM)

Where: Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier 1000 North Harbor Drive SD, CA 92101


Scroll down to where it says: BLACK GIRLZ ROCK CONCERT TICKETS


If you are National…

National Center

Thanks this week go to:

  • Cajon Valley Union School District & Meg M for forwarding the link
  • Sara S and Compassion IT
  • Steve E and the San Diego Grantmakers team
  • Starla and Ishe
  • Dean Johnson at SDSU and the team at the National Excellence in Urban Education
  • and Andrea M for helping with Soul Food Friday for many years!

Don’t forget to send us your GEMS so we can pay it forward, backward and sideways!




“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do…

But how much love we put in that action”

–Mother Teresa


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