what is the We Have Your Back backpack Program?

One San Diego wants to ensure that those students that are most in need, show up to their first day of school with a new backpack and all necessary school supplies.

For the 2019-2020 school year, One San Diego is partnering with San Diego Unified to reach over 3,700 elementary school students. We are proud to include the following 8 schools:

  • Encanto Elementary

  • Horton Elementary

  • Walker Elementary

  • Perkins Elementary

  • Balboa Elementary

  • Kimbrough Elementary

  • Webster Elementary

  • Baker Elementary



why we do it

Each year, the school supplies lists grows, and families in need often struggle to find a way to ensure their child will be able to attend the first day of school with their necessary school supplies.  

  • 60% of San Diego Unified students qualify for free and reduced lunch during the 18/19 year

  • 6,081 SDUSD students experienced homelessness during the 18/19 school year living in situations that were not fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residences



How you can help

We Have Your Back provides backpacks and grade-appropriate school supplies to maximize academic potential to students in need.  On average, it costs $50 to help a child start the school year with the tools they need to succeed.  

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