Supportive, positive environments are important for all young people to thrive. It may be especially true for LGBTQ youth, who are more likely than their straight peers to experience negative life and health outcomes. LGBTQ youth are more likely to face rejection by their families and bullying and harassment at school. They are more likely to battle isolation, rejection, and ridicule. They are more likely to suffer depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Overwhelmed by these negative emotions, they are more likely to resort to drugs or alcohol to ease the pain. They are twice as likely to attempt suicide as straight youth and about 1 in 3 who try to kill themselves actually dies.
In honor of Pride, Bruno & Associates has made a financial contribution to the San Diego LGBT Community Center’s youth programs and Sunburst Youth Housing Project, which provides affordable, supportive housing for high risk LGBTQ and HIV+ youth many of whom were living in the streets after having been ejected from their homes because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. We are proud to support these wonderful programs helping great kids.
Congratulations to our 2020 scholarship winner, Joseph Blount. Joseph is finishing his GED and plans to join the U.S. Navy after he receives his diploma. Bruno & Associates is happy to be able to help by awarding Joseph a $500 scholarship for a laptop computer. We wish you much success, Joseph!
Since 1968, Aseltine School has served at-risk youth with severe emotional disturbances and learning disabilities, whose needs cannot be met in the public schools. Aseltine conducts a yearly holiday food drive to ensure their students meals throughout the year. Eugene Bruno & Associates was happy to fill a bin at the 2019 food drive!
Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. The San Diego Food Bank depends on volunteers to help sort through produce and help put together food donation bags. This visit, we bagged apples for the weekly donation bags.
The firm and friends of the firm joined Surfrider Foundation to help keep our beautiful city clean. Our team filled several bags of trash scattered throughout Ocean Beach and logged our findings. Cigarette butts are the number one most littered item in San Diego. Our team found over 50 cigarette butts alone.
The firm spent Saturday morning volunteering at the 30th Annual Aids Walk Run on September 28, 2019. We cheered on the participants and provided water. Over 18,000 San Diegans are living with HIV/AIDS and the funds raised help support 14 local HIV service organizations in our community.
Our firm was one of the 2019 Walk Like MADD event sponsors. The event aims to raise awareness and funds to eliminate drugged and drunk driving. This is a nationwide event occurring in 90 cities. Some of the firm participated in the walk while others remained at the booth passing out snacks and beverages to the participants.
We are excited to announce our Summer 2019 Scholarship recipient, Francisco De Jesus. It is evident from his essay that Francisco cares deeply about the importance of higher education, and we have no doubt that he will be very successful at whatever he sets out to do. Congratulations, Francisco.