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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.

Maria Elena Morales

It was in the fall of 2000 and there was a chill in the air when I looked up at the words “San Diego City College” in big bold letters on the bridge that connects the campus across B Street. Here I was, homeless with two little girls, a newborn son, and my dad. Read more>>

Crystal Bascon

Growing up art was always being introduced to me by my dad, my godparents were photographers and would love taking photos of my twin and me. I was always told that I should be a model, that I had the height and look. At one point in my life I was working at Dixieline Lumber in National City at the age of 19, I was constantly asked by the elders what I was doing working at place like Dixieline when I had the potential to be a model. Read more>>

Jimmy Ovadia

Around 2008 I started working with indie bands like Louis xiv. Doing album work. I was also gallery artist at the time as well. Fast-forward a few years later and found myself doing more live art. A festival called California roots in Monterey contacted me interested in having me paint on stage. Read more>>

Keith Qualls

In 2006, I went to school and began a new career as a Prosthetic technician- work that is very rewarding. In 2011, I was invited by a coworker to join a medical team, with a small group of Prosthetic professionals going to Guatemala to provide limbs for the Mayan people there. Read more>>

Tinesia Conwright

Tinesia Conwright was born and raised in Southeastern San Diego during the 1980s and 90s at the peak of gang violence within a neighborhood facing large pockets of poverty and few opportunities for educational advancement and socio-economic mobility. Despite the challenging environment, she found an outlet to express her love for dance through a youth group, The Steps of Praise. Read more>>

Lisa Tyburski

The Glenner Centers were founded in 1982 by a physician and researcher at UCSD named Dr. George Glenner. Dr. Glenner discovered the link between beta-amyloid protein and Alzheimer’s disease which was an important discovery in the history of Alzheimer’s research. Read more>>

Ronald Williams

I graduated from high school in 2012. With little direction, I chose to follow the crowd and apply to a couple colleges. After receiving denial letters from every school I applied to I took a year off from school to focus on expanding the Tshirt company I started. Read more>>

Rachel Devine

I first learned about sex trafficking when I was 13 years old. That was the first time I had ever even heard of the issue. I didn’t understand much about it then, but I remember feeling wrecked. I remember having this feeling in the pit of my stomach that was pure disgust and anger and deep sorrow. Read more>>

John Joyce

AJ Froman originally started as a recording project between Albert Bowman and John Joyce. Two sound engineer/musicians from the east coast living in San Diego who came together with similar styles and musical interests. I decided to combine our names together so it sounded like one person. Read more>>

April Laster

I started Open Heart Leaders formally Open Heart Educators in 2003 while I attended college at (HBCU) Alabama A&M University. The nonprofit started as a resource for underprivileged communities by providing tutoring and educational forums on many different topics plaguing the communities. Read more>>

Ana Hutz

Our idea to open a yoga and fitness studio came to my mind about a year ago. I started doing yoga almost five years ago on and off after I left my corporate job and became a stay at home mom to my two kids. It turned in to a daily practice a year ago. Read more>>

Ronald Preston Clark

I started writing ‘Vinnie’ in December 2015 for fellow educator and writer Erica Buddington’s website as a guest fiction writer. From that point until March 22, 2018, I wrote 28,088 words both on and off her site. That seems like a lot. But when you remember that I was writing a novel, it clearly wasn’t. Trust me. Read more>>


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