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Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Outside the Lens

Outside the Lens™ (OTL) is a San Diego-based youth media literacy program dedicated to celebrating the vision and voices of children around the world and across cultures. Students (K-12) tell their unique personal stories using photography, writing and other digital media forms while under the guidance of writers, poets, journalists, photographers, filmmakers, artists, and teachers. Since January 2001, OTL has delivered its innovative and adaptable curriculum to more than 10,000 children in a variety of educational settings including weekly classes within county schools, after-school programs, summer sessions and workshops.

OTL’s mission is to engage, educate and empower youth on issues affecting the world today through photography and multi-media projects.

Youth Advocacy · Civic Engagement · Literacy · Community Empowerment ·Environmental Awareness · Self-Esteem · Global Citizenship · Internships


San Diego Parent Connection | The Carmel Valley LifeThe Parent Connection (formerly Las Madres) is a non-profit parenting support network of more than 3,500 San Diego families. Our diverse membership includes parents in their 20s, 30s and 40s, both married and single. Since 1980, Scripps and The Parent Connection have brought together San Diego families for fun, education and support.

Learning from each other as parents and helping each other as friends, Parent Connection members share experiences and information, enjoy social activities and build lasting relationships. Our membership encompasses both first-time and seasoned parents. All San Diego County families are invited to join as we help you face the wonderful challenges of parenting.


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Builders Club | Kiwanis InternationalBuilders Club is the largest service organization for middle school and junior high students, with more than 40,000 members worldwide.

Members learn to work together and develop servant-leaders skills as they serve their school and community. In partnership with UNICEF and March of Dimes, the clubs are able to expand their outreach to babies and children of the world.

Builders Club is a student-led community service organization that operates under school regulations and draws its members from the student body. Community-based Builders Clubs can also be established at churches, libraries, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCAs, lodges or similar facilities. A Kiwanis club, composed of like-minded, service-oriented people from the community, serves as the club’s sponsor.

Builders Club is structured on the local club level but is supported by the Kiwanis International Office in Indianapolis, Indiana, which provides guidelines, programs, and opportunities to relate to teenagers from countries worldwide.


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Key Club Kiwanis | DMFPKey Club International is the high school organization sponsored by Kiwanis International. Key Club assists Kiwanis in carrying out its mission to serve the children of the world. High school student members of Key Club perform acts of service in their communities, such as cleaning up parks, collecting clothing and organizing food drives. They also learn leadership skills by running meetings, planning projects and holding elected leadership positions at the club, district and international levels.

Key Club International brings together all Key Club’s members’ efforts and energies into an area that makes an international impact through the Major Emphasis, “Children: Their Future, Our Focus.” The Major Emphasis unites Key Clubs under the banner of service that deals with the most important part of our community, our youth.


Carmel Valley San Diego Community | Project Concern International | The Carmel Valley LifeFounded in 1961, PCI is a San Diego-based health and development organization committed to creating lasting change in the health and self-sufficiency of people living in poverty. PCI’s mission is to prevent disease, improve community health, and promote sustainable development worldwide. We reach over 5 million people a year with programs in Africa, Asia, and the Americas, including programs in San Diego.
Our main areas of focus include: Maternal and child health programs, Clean water/sanitation programs, Prevention of life-threatening illness, such as HIV/AIDS and malaria, Economic empowerment training, and Humanitarian/disaster assistance