Posted by Rob Weinberg on May 21, 2018

The Rancho Bernardo Sunrise Rotary Club is known for its long-term relationships with community groups.

One of them is SOLE Effects, an organization dedicated to growing strong leaders through influential role models, research, mentoring, and leadership experiences.

SOLE Effects develops leadership and coaching skills in college-age students. In turn, these leaders mentor teens, equipping them with strong interpersonal and life skills they need to make positive choices in their lives, bringing hope to our communities.

In a recent conversation, co-founder Karen Ogden shared this update:

“Last week we finished up piloting our student leadership ‘SWITCH’ program not only for our 7th/8th grade at Twin Peaks Middle School (our 3rd and last year for piloting), but for our first year in 9th grade at Del Norte High. Other PUSD schools as well as other districts are now asking for our program. Our #1 issue we’re facing is guaranteeing that we can fill the quota of 14 strong college mentors per 200 MS/HS students Spring 2019, we will need 42 college mentors.”

“We’re also looking into having a spring course titled ‘Building Leaders’ or ‘Introduction to Leadership’ through Palomar College out of their new facility in RB where we could teach a spring course with our program implementation of our in-school program as part of this course.”

“Finally, we’re working with the CSUSM Community Engagement team to help support students and get them better suited for employment with:

  • Soft & hard skills

  • Understanding passion

  • Exposure to possibilities

  • Mentoring/internship/leadership developing

  • Valuing the process”

For information on how you can help SOLE Effects build tomorrow’s leaders, reach out to them at For more news about how you can help heal the world, one person at a time, plan to join us here at the RB Sunrise Rotary Club. We meet every Tuesday at 7am at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club, Greens East Road in San Diego. Or stop by to learn more online.