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Free and low-cost opportunities for educators and students

What’s Happening is a community service from the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) to connect families, students, and educators with free and low-cost opportunities and resources, including educator grants and scholarships/contests for students. Helpful information is updated regularly on this page with highlights published at the start of each month as an e-newsletter.

Sign up to receive the monthly newsletter. Email if you have an opportunity to share with educators, students, and families in San Diego County.

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Mental health and well-being is more important than ever for adults and children. The SDCOE Student Wellness team has monthly virtual learning opportunities and resources to support resilience and maintain balance. 

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The California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, through the California Department of Rehabilitation, holds an annual weeklong leadership program called the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities.The no-cost program, scheduled for July 2023, is for sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school who have any disability and exhibit leadership potential. 

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In partnership with the First Partner’s Office and the Natural Resources Agency, the California State Park Adventure Pass provides free entry for fourth graders and their families at 19 California state parks. The pass is valid from September through August of the student's fourth-grade year.

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Kids for Peace, home to The Great Kindness Challenge, invites your school to help create a culture of kindness through their weeklong kindness celebration, Jan. 23 to 27. Show the world that kindness matters! 

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The Live Well San Diego Youth Leadership Team invites all youth in the county to two upcoming forums on mental health on Dec. 10 and 17. At these free events, attendees will learn about youth behavioral health, hear from subject matter experts, and have the opportunity to share their lived experiences

Resources from SDCOE News

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The winter holiday season can be a festive, joyful time, but holidays can also bring up big feelings for adults and young people alike. SDCOE gathered resources to support children and adults who may be struggling. 

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The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) has teamed up with the UC San Diego esports program to create a mentorship program for high school students focused on esports and gaming.