Back to School Strong


Donate school supplies

The end of summer means back-to-school shopping for many families.  But too many in San Diego are struggling to provide even the most basic supplies for their kids. Your donations will help students go back to school strong, prepared for academic success! See list below for items needed.

Volunteer as a tutor

One of the key ways we bring hope and healing to our city is through personal, one-to-one relationships. That is how kids, especially, learn that they are special and that they matter. Could you find a two-hour window each week to give to a child who needs extra help?
Tutoring Opportunities 

A Step Beyond — Escondido

A Step Beyond provides under-served youth with opportunities that greatly expand their expectations and ambitions through dance education, academic support, and family services.

ASB needs volunteers for their tutoring program which occurs at various times Monday through Friday evenings. Tutors can serve one day a week and select either elementary school or middle school.

Monday – Friday flexible times 4:00pm – 7:00pm

Sign up through our volunteer portal


Casa De Amistad — Solana Beach and Encinitas
Casa de Amistad provides tutoring, educational support, and character development to under-served children, teens, and their families in the coastal North County San Diego area.

Become a coach to an under-served student! Tutors need to commit to at least one tutoring session once a week and can choose the age of student(s) they’d prefer to work with.

Solana Beach Location:
Elementary School: Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15  – 5:45 pm
Middle & High School: Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Encinitas Location:
Elementary School: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00 – 5:30 pm

San Diego Refugee Tutoring — City Heights

By providing educational access, San Diego Refugee Tutoring hopes to bring social justice to refugees in eastern City Heights. Through one-on-one tutoring and comprehensive academic support, San Diego Refugee Tutoring equips children with the skills needed to succeed in a new cultural environment. Volunteers commit to one weekly tutoring session at Ibarra Elementary School.

Tuesday/Thursday 5:00 – 6:30 pm

Orientation Dates:

Thursday, September 12—arrive at 5:30 pm

Tuesday, September 17—arrive at 5:30 pm

Sign up through our volunteer portal

School Supplies Needed

Fill a backpack or bag with the school supplies listed below and return to a partner church by August 25. We’ll make sure they’re delivered to under-served kids in our community at local schools and tutoring programs associated with Hope for San Diego.
Any combination or multiples of these supplies welcome:

Box of crayons — 3-hole pencil bag — Graphing calculator — Pack of #2 pencils — Clear tape — Highlighters — Eraser —Scissors — Pack of markers — Pack of glue sticks — Box of colored pencils — Lunch bag — Wide-ruled looseleaf paper — Index dividers 5 or 8 tab — Reusable water bottle — Pens — Tab dividers — USB flash drive — Spiral notebook — Binders — Pencil sharpener

Thank you for helping under-served kids thrive in school!