Escondido, CA

Grand opening of training center for young adults

Ribbon cutting Friday for the Diane Chalmers Center – its new North County training facility in Escondido on Friday, November 12. Shown are VIPs, including in the front row, CEO Kyle Kennedy (in the middle with the scissors), councilmembers Tina Inscoe, Consuelo Martinez, and Mayor Paul McNamara (next to Kennedy.)

After 32 years of serving San Diego County from its Old Town headquarters, Urban Corps of San Diego County celebrated the Grand Opening of the Diane Chalmers Center – its new North County training facility in Escondido on Friday, November 12. 

Named after and made possible at the bequest of the late Diane Annala Chalmers, long-time president of the Urban Corps charter school board, and with funds from Proposition 68, the new facility will allow Urban Corps to work directly with youth throughout North County by offering them paid job training, support services and a second chance to earn their high school diploma.

“Even though Urban Corps has been working in North County for years, it has not been easy for us to recruit and directly serve youth who live there because our headquarters is in Old Town,” said Kyle Kennedy, Urban Corps’ CEO.  “With our new Escondido location, we plan to change that dynamic and offer the youth of Escondido, Vista, Oceanside, San Marcos and beyond, who are in need of an organization like Urban Corps, the opportunity to gain a high school diploma, job training and life skills that will put them on the road to success while they get paid to work to improve the communities they live in.” 

Guests at the event included Assemblywoman Marie Waldron, Escondido Mayor Paul McNamara and members of the Escondido City Council, representatives from Assemblywoman Tasha Boerner-Horvath, Senator Brian Jones and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer’s offices as well as board members, sponsors and North County businesses.  The celebration had a traditional ribbon cutting along with food and tours of the facility.

“We purchased the property in December of 2019 and began the process of applying for grants and donations to start renovating and then a global pandemic changed everything,” said Kennedy.  “We experienced first-hand the difficulties of one set-back after another delaying the renovation process, but we persevered. Opening a North County facility has been a long held dream of our board and my predecessors, so it gives me great pride to know we have accomplished that goal.” 

Urban Corps is always looking for new corpsmembers! For more information or to join Urban Corps, visit

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