March 2022 Newsletter
Happening at BLCI
Congratulations Tomasa!
Earlier this month, several BLCI staff members had the unique opportunity to travel to Kona, Hawaii to participate in the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP) Regional Conference.

BLCI’s Barrio Logan Director, Tomasa Mauricio, was surprised when it was announced that she was selected as the recipient of The Steve Holeman Award. The award, named for the former Upward Bound Director at Occidental College, recognizes the incredible work done by directors of educational equity programs.

Tomasa has been serving the students of BLCI for approximately a year and a half and appreciates the opportunity to work with a broad range of students and parents. She also noted the importance of providing support to students as well as their families, and believes that BLCI has a model that benefits the entire family.

She shared that she was “a bit surprised and truly humbled” upon receiving the award, as well as a bit emotional. We are proud to have such a passionate and hardworking leader on the BLCI team!
San Diego Loyal Cleat Drive
In February, we shared the news that San Diego Loyal staff had organized a cleat drive benefitting our El Cajon Soccer Program. On March 10th, students excitedly received the cleats and had a chance to break them in with San Diego Loyal staff. With help from SD Loyal Staff, community members and a generous donation from futbl.org, students will be well-equipped for future practices and games.

BLCI’s soccer program is unique to BLCI’s El Cajon site and provides an additional program focused on keeping students on track to become the first college graduate in their family. BLCI’s soccer program has GPA requirements to keep students focused on academics, community service events to keep students involved and important educational aspects such as good decision making. The slogan of the program is “Soccer is the Hook – College is the Goal” and is a great way to keep students focused on their overall goals. 
Opportunity For Impact
Please join us on Thursday, May 12th 2022 at our annual fundraiser, Opportunity for Impact. This event provides a chance for our valued community supporters to witness the ways education transforms the lives of the students and families BLCI serves.

Tickets and sponsorship opportunities are available now!
Need Assistance From SDG&E?
SDG&E recognizes that this is still a challenging time for many customers and wants to help. Check out these energy assistance programs. 

1.     California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program: Save 30% or more every month on your bill. Find out if you qualify at sdge.com/CARE.  

2.     Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) Program: If you don’t qualify for CARE and your household has 3 or more people, you may qualify for FERA. You could receive an 18% discount on your electric bill. Visit sdge.com/FERA to learn more.
  
3.     Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program: You may qualify to receive free energy-saving improvements for your home, such as new appliances, lighting, insulation and more. Find details at sdge.com/ESAP.  

4.     Arrearage Management Plan (AMP): If you have outstanding bills and you are a CARE or FERA customer, you may be eligible for debt forgiveness. See if you qualify at sdge.com/AMP

5.     Business customers: Set up a flexible payment plan, so you can rest easy knowing you’re covered. Visit sdge.com/recovery to learn more. 

Online assistance program applications are easy, fast and convenient. For more information, visit sdge.com/assistance.  
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