Celebrating Pacific Islander Communities
The Encinitas-based Jonathan Tarr Foundation (JTF) presented San Diego Aloha By the Bay, a multicultural educational event, in late January. The event featured music and dance performances from various Pacific Islander communities including the Ahahui Kiwila Hawaii O, Hui O Hawaii San Diego, Pacific Islander Festival Association, Samoan Community Council San Diego, and Sons and Daughters of Guam San Diego. All event proceeds benefited the foundation.
JTF is a nonprofit organization that recognizes the potential and rewards the determination of students from non-traditional and traditional high schools. It was founded in honor of Jonathan Tarr, a 17-year-old who died tragically in a car accident. Since 1999, JTF has provided $337,000 in scholarships to high school seniors from 19 school districts in San Diego, Imperial, and Orange Counties. Fifty-five percent of those students are the first in their immediate families to pursue college or post-secondary programs. In addition to scholarships, JTF also provides workshops and other resources to help students succeed. Learn more at www.jonathantarrfoundation.org.