Our Programs

About FACES for the Future

FACES for the Future San Diego is a comprehensive health careers pathway program that prepares socio-economically diverse high school students from City Heights in San Diego for careers that offer livable wages and upward mobility.


Inspiring youth to lead by creating innovative approaches to youth development, health careers preparation and wellness. Through their transformation, the change the face of health.

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The goals of FACES include

We strive to provide youth from diverse backgrounds and challenges with opportunities to learn about health career options and gain confidence, skills and support to pursue their dreams.

Student Stats

FACES students start the program their sophomore year and continue with their cohort until graduation. They reside in City Heights, a large urban San Diego neighborhood where as many as 40 languages are spoken among its nearly 80,000 residents. It is a richly diverse community with a large portion of residents who are foreign born, primarily migrating from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Fewer than 50% of adults have a high school education, and 35% live in poverty.

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1,105 students have been a part of FACES San Diego since inception, from 25 the first year to 333 in 2016-17.
6,863 hours of hospital-based career experience.
5,144 hours of community-based career experience. (2011 – December 2016)