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Inspiring Stories from South San Diego

The heart of our mission at the SD Voyager is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks, we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the San Diego’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out inspiring stories from South San Diego below.

Tamiel Mckee Bey

I am the founder of Black Voices United (BVU), a creator under the artist collective and a community organizer. As a youth, student activist and artist, it is not easy finding a platform. Read more>>

Jose Yenque

My introduction to San Diego was when back in 2000 I was brought down to film in the award-winning film TRAFFIC. This film also introduced me to San Ysidro as well as Tijuana, Mexico. Read more>>

Monique “Momo” Arao Garcia

I started when I transferred to Bonita Vista High School in my sophomore year after spending my freshman year at Lincoln High School. I was really set in taking AP World History. Read more>>

Ignacio Alejandro (Nachito) Gomez

Everything started back in 1994 when I was approximately 15 years old, I began doing my sisters hair, “Catalina (Kathy)” just because. Definitely, she wanted to have a new hair colour! It was kind of hard for my Mom to pay for it at that time. Read more>>

Sheldon Martin II

My passion for finance started as a young child. At the age of eight, my grandmother opened me a savings account and we made an agreement that she would match $1 for $1. Read more>>

Jason Shanley

My story started 15 years ago when I began doing prison ministry. I kept hearing. “All I need is a job when I get out,” and then I would listen to, “I cannot get a job, because, I have a felony.” Fast forward many years. Read more>>

Tashington Austin

It’s amazing how much your childhood, and the people in it, really shape your dreams and goals. When you’re five years old your ideas are inspired by the people who surround you most and I have my mom to thank for that. Read more>>

Jessica Pinney

I grew up in a dysfunctional family and had an unstable childhood. Fast forward to my adult years, that resulted in me not knowing exactly what direction I wanted my life to head in. Read more>>

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