Resources for Young Adults

Young mom and baby

Are you a teen parent or a young adult on your own for the first time?

San Diego Child Support is here to help! We've collected resources to help you get up and running in this new chapter of your life.

Check out the resources and programs below.

Have a quick question? Text us at (619) 468-4831.

You may also contact our staff via Live Chat or Zoom meeting.

Food Help

Feeding San Diego distributes more than 31.2 million meals a year across San Diego County. Public distributions are listed below, with possible restrictions noted.  Click here to find a Feeding San Diego location near you.

The USDA can help you find meals for kids when schools are closed. Click here to to find a location near you.

San Diego Food Bank Super Pantries are food distribution hubs located across San Diego County that offer both contactless “drive-thru” and “walk-up” food distribution services. All Super Pantries are open for food distribution a minimum of 3 days per week. Click here and look under "Super Pantry Program" to see a list of places near you.




Help with Utilities

SDG&E offers monthly discounts through their CARE and FERA Programs. Click here to learn more and apply online.

In March of 2020, United Way of San Diego County launched the San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative as part of the greater San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, to provide flexible resources to individuals impacted by layoffs and reduced working hours implemented by employers. Click here to learn more about the initiative.




Internet Assistance

Cox provides low cost internet for households that have at least one K-12 student and participate in a government assistance program through its Connect2Compete program. Click here to learn more and apply online.

Cox also partners with several programs to help get you set up with computers and equipment that you might need. Click here to learn more about computer discounts offered by Cox and their partners.

Computers2Kids provides affordable computers and software with expert technical support through their Technology Assistance Program. Click here to learn more and apply.

SafeLink Wireless provides free wireless phone service when you provide the phone. Click here to learn more and find offers in your ZIP Code area.


Assurance Wireless provides eligible families with free monthly data, unlimited texting, and free monthly minutes. Plus a free phone. Click here to learn more and see if you qualify (enter your ZIP Code for offers in your area).

The San Diego District Attorney’s Office website has information about preventing human trafficking, how to identify it and resources. Click here for more info

US Department of Homeland Security created the Blue Campaign and has resources regarding human trafficking.  Click here for more info

Rental Help

The County of San Diego provides several rental assistance programs to help people pay their rent so they may live in a safe, healthy place. Click here to learn more from Housing and Community Development Services.

The County’s 2021 Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) helps eligible households in qualifying areas who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provides payment assistance for renters who need help with rent and utilities. Click here to learn more about the 2021 ERAP.



Living on Your Own

California HHSA Learn Program and Self-Sufficiency Programs
Cal-Learn is a statewide program for pregnant and parenting teens in the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs) program. It is designed to encourage pregnant and parenting teens to graduate from high school or its equivalent, become independent, and form healthy families.

Fostering Change is a program from Live Well San Diego and San Diego HHSA designed to help foster youth achieve self-sufficiency when they age out of foster care. They provide intensive life skills training and case management support. 




Community partners onsite to provide FREE employment assistance:

Community Resource Liaison
Resources for families
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
National City, Tuesdays
Kearny Mesa, Wednesdays
Employment Resource Liaison
Job opportunities
8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
National City, 1st & 3rd Thursdays
Kearny Mesa, 2nd & 4th Tuesdays
Goodwill San Diego County

Goodwill Career Advisors are ready to help you online or in person. They offer FREE workshops for all San Diego County residents. They can help you find your next job or prepare you for the career you have always wanted. Click here for more information.

RMFG Manufacturing Workforce Specialist

ResourceMFG is the first and the largest national staffing company to specialize in manufacturing. They are dedicated to getting good people good jobs. Check out the current job listings.

Select Workforce Specialists

Select is one of the leading staffing agencies and part of The EmployBridge family of supply chain workforce solutions - the nation's largest industrial staffing company. Check out the current job listings.


Unemployment Benefits
If you are in a situation where you have been or will be financially impacted by the pandemic, seek out information on benefits available through EDD. Click here for more information.

Parenting Resources

SAY programs serve the whole child from pre-natal to
adulthood with programs that emphasize prevention,
early intervention, and positive development.

First 5 San Diego promotes the health and well-being of young children during their most critical years of development, from the prenatal stage through five years of age. Our goal is to help ensure that every child in San Diego County enters school ready to succeed.

Daycare and School-Readiness Resources

Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Click here to find Head Start programs and resources near you!

The YMCA of San Diego is committed to supporting families in their search for quality, affordable and convenient child care options. Click here to learn more and find child care resources near you.

Young Adult Health Resources

San Ysidro Health Teen Clinic is a sexual health clinic located in Chula Vista, CA where teens and young adults can access FREE services.

Emotional Support

Crisis Line
Various offerings by the County of San Diego
Domestic Violence Resources
Jewish Family Service
  • Jewish Family Service
    Jewish Family Service is hosting a series of free virtual Community Conversations to help San Diegans meet the many challenges of coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Special Needs Resource Foundation of San Diego



How can San Diego Child Support help?

High School Diploma Program

Do you need help getting a high school diploma? San Diego Child Support and the San Diego County Library have partnered to make this possible, online, at no cost! Learn more and get started today!

Parents Invest in Education (PIE) Program

Did you know that by saving for your child's education earlier, you can multiply how much savings they have later? San Diego Child Support is teaming up with 529 ScholarShare to help you get started with your child's education savings. Learn more!

The Possibility Project

Earn your high school diploma while getting a head start on your career. You can access services such as career counseling and coaching, job search, drafting resumes, and more.

To apply, email: Questions? Contact Karla Johnson at kjohnson@kra.comLearn more

Student Workers Wanted

Are you a full-time student looking to gain valuable paid internship in your field of study? Learn more or apply now here.