On December 10, 2015, Escondido native Elana Karoly (Osslund), opened Go2Grow Teen Center in Escondido.
The Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was attended by over 100 community members including the Escondido Chamber of Commerce, local business owners, councilmen John Masson and Ed Gallo, and Mayor Sam Abed.
This non-profit mentoring center has a unique approach for teens ages 12-18 by matching their students with a mentor, ages 22-32, who guide their students to build life goals including a passion for a career path they choose.
The program is founded onthe belief that every student has a path, college bound or not, and their mentors focus on building hope and inspiration for teens to pursue their dreams. The teen center features a recreation area including a pool table, foosball table, and media area. They have a large activity room frequently used for workshops, karaoke, and Wii; and of course, no teen center is complete without a snack bar and study room.
Karoly and her mentors are all volunteers, and the tuition is $25/ month for weekly one-on-one mentor sessions.The overhead to run the program is currently $2000/ month and Karoly has been working to raise that money through monthly donations by members of the community.
There is a huge opportunity to highly impact a local organization right here in downtown Escondido for a minimal contribution. To become a monthly “Virtual Impact Partner” donate to Go2Grow at www.go2grow.net/vip. Although the minimum donation request is $10/ month, you can sponsor a student’s tuition for $25/ month or make a one-time large donation. The program is currently funded through the summer.