photo by Judy Zinger-Weiss

A group of 17 eighth grade students from Oak Crest Middle School and Diegueno Middle School have formed a new volunteer service group called Assisteens. Assisteens is a dynamic group of teenagers who will assist individuals and families through community service programs. The group is an auxiliary of Assistance League Rancho San Dieguito (ALRSD), which is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of local children and adults affected by trauma, violence, and poverty. As an auxiliary of ALRSD, Assisteens will be involved with various ALRSD philanthropic programs as well, such as Operation School Bell/Camp Pendleton, which provides new school clothes to children of the military in need of financial assistance.

The teens held their first meeting in mid-June, where they got to know one another and identified several activities that they would like to become involved with. For more information visit