About Katrina

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A Dedicated Volunteer

EUSD Volunteer:

  • El Camino Creek PTA

PTA President

PTA Executive Vice President

PTA VP Volunteers

PTA VP Programs

  • Program Chair: Everyone-A-Reader, Earth Day, Read Across America Day

  • School Committee: Red Ribbon Week, Teacher Appreciation Week, Reading Challenge, Talent Show, Art Show, Green Team.

  • Accomplishments: Championed and helped launch School Garden, Robotics Club, Green Team, Student Art Show, National Read Across America Day,  Let’s Move Initiative. 

SDUHSD Volunteer:

  • District Boundary Task Force Committee Member

  • Oak Crest Middle School Foundation Communication Consultant

  • La Costa Canyon High School

Foundation Office Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

VP of Business Development and Grants

Foundation Grant Committee

Speech and Debate Team Volunteer and Judge

Parent Volunteer: Business Day, Schedule Distribution, School Dance

Community Volunteer:

  • Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Children 

  • LCYO Champions League Volunteer

  • Girl Scout Leader

  • AYSO Team Mom 

  • LCYO Team Mom

  • San Dieguito United Methodist Pre-School Classroom Helper

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation:

  • Board Chair of San Diego Chapter

  • National Co-Chair  Volunteer Leadership Conference

  • National Volunteer Engagement Committee

  • National Volunteer Leadership Committee

  • National Advocacy Team Leader

  • San Diego Congressional Captain

  • San Diego Volunteer Leadership Leader

  • San Diego Great Strides Chair

  • Leader of Largest Great Strides Team in San Diego 

  • Top Ten Largest National Team  

 

National Charity League:

  • Mother-Daughter Award - All eight years

  • Board of Directors - Four years

  • VP of Philanthropy - Two years

  • Recording Secretary - Two years

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Philanthropy Liaison - Two Years

  • LCYO Champions Philanthropy Liaison - Two Years

  • 3Strands Philanthropy Liaison - One Year

  • Community Resource Center Philanthropy Liaison - One Year

  • La Posada de Guadalupe Philanthropy Liaison - One Year

  • Earned Domestic Violence Training Certificate as a requirement to work at the Therapeutic Children's Center

  • Sustainer Liaison - Current

Community Awards and Distinctions:

  • CFF "Women Who Take Our Breath Away" Award

  • CFF 65 Roses Award

  • CFF Gala Honoree 

  • CFF Ladies Luncheon Honoree 

  • CFF  "Top Team" Distinction 

  • ECC Golden Apple Volunteer Award

  • NCL Mother-Daughter Award

  • Over 1,500 NCL Community Service Hours Served

  • County Proclamation "Sean Young and Family Day" 

  • Over 70 Congressional Meetings 

  • Invited by White House to attend President Obama's 2016 Precision Medicine Initiative Summit and Healthcare Roundtable.

An Experienced Leader

A graduate of UCLA, from a family of five teachers spanning three generations, I have used my degree in English to promote education and the welfare of children within our community. As PTA President of El Camino Creek, I championed a wide variety of enrichment programs -- everything from science, technology, and literacy to health, wellness and the arts -- promoting a culture of cooperation and academic engagement. Within SDUHSD, I served on LCC's Board of Directors as well as volunteered for the Foundation as the Office Volunteer Coordinator and a member of the Grants Committee. In 2015, I was a member of the SDUHSD Boundary Task Force. 

 

Within our community, I have volunteered as a Classroom Volunteer, Girl Scout Leader, Team Parent, and member of the Surf Cities Chapter of National Charity League. In addition to supporting local charities such as LCYO Champions Baseball, La Posada de Guadalupe Homeless Shelter, Meals on Wheels, and the Community Resource Center, I served four years on the NCL Board of Directors as VP of Philanthropies and Recording Secretary. While I have graduated from the program along with my daughters, I've continued my involvement by hosting a panel series on raising teenagers and currently serve as the Sustainer Liaison. I wholeheartedly believe in empowering the next generation and will always work hard to give them the resources and encouragement they need to succeed.

 

An equal supporter of children's health, I’ve held over 70 meetings with members of Congress in Washington D.C., Sacramento, and San Diego to discuss the importance of medical research. In 2016, my son and I were invited by the White House to attend President Obama's Precision Medicine Initiative Summit. Attending a follow-up roundtable with the White House Senior Advisor and Director of Science and Technology, I spoke about the everyday impacts science and technology have on all lives. Currently, I serve as the President of the San Diego Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and volunteer as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster children in San Diego County. I understand the importance of lending my voice to help others, as well as the need to listen and learn from those around me.


While I grew up in Orange County, I consider North County San Diego to be my home. I've shown my appreciation for this remarkable community by volunteering within our schools and community for the past 16 years. I firmly believe in the physical, emotional, and academic well-being of all children. As Trustee, I intend to make sure ALL of our children have every opportunity to achieve their goals.

A Grateful Mother

My husband Robert (San Dieguito High School Class of 1989) and I have been married for 24 years and are the proud parents of three children: Sean (22), Carolyn (21), and Allison (19). After Robert completed his residency in Emergency Medicine, we moved back to his hometown so that our children could benefit from the same award-winning education. As an Emergency Physician, Robert worked in San Diego at Sharp Chula Vista and Rancho Springs Medical Center for nearly 15 years. He currently works as a travel doctor, providing staff support for Emergency Rooms across California and the U.S.

Before starting a family, I worked for a local literary agency editing manuscripts. When my husband was in medical school, I worked for HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Inc.) in Chicago, drafting, editing, and publishing their quarterly newsletter. I am used to fast-paced environments with constantly evolving deadlines, managing (and oftentimes predicting) the needs of a diverse clientele. Both positions clearly reinforced the power and purpose of words. I hope to bring my ability to communicate effectively to the board as it is something that I have definitely infused in past organizations and even worked hard to instill within my own children.

My son Sean (LCC Class of 2016) recently graduated from Southern Methodist University and is taking a gap year while applying to dental school. My daughter Carolyn (LCC Class of 2017) also just graduated from U.C. Berkeley and started her first year at USC Gould School of Law. My youngest daughter Allison (LCC Class of 2019) is a pre-med student at San Diego State University and works at Palomar Medical Center as a Pathmaker Intern.

One of the biggest lessons I have learned as a parent and volunteer is that we do not raise our children alone. I definitely credit the countless teachers, administrators, and community leaders who have guided and inspired my children over the years. As Trustee, I will continue to serve the community I love by helping to shape the future goals of all our students - just as so many others have done for three generations of my family. 

I Believe In

 

Safe Re-Opening of Our Campuses - I support a progressive, measured roll out toward in-person learning with provisions for students who need or want to continue virtual learning. This roll-out must place a strong emphasis on mental health and other support mechanisms to help students navigate the emotional, physical, and academic hardships they are undoubtedly experiencing. I believe that mental health, social connections, and physical safety are critical aspects of academic success.  Special Education and students with specialized needs are back on campus. Knowing the complexity of forming learning cohorts for large public schools with different demographics and funding sources than private schools, I think the next logical is to work towards bringing clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities onto campus. This is especially important as they provide that social interaction that or kids want and need. 

 

Fair, Balanced, and Transparent CommunicationAs we experience one of the most unusual school years in recent history with our children live-streaming their classes from their bedrooms or kitchen tables after seven months of quarantining due to COVID-19 restrictions, communication has never been more important. With a degree in English from UCLA, I am an effective communicator with a dedicated history of transparency and commitment to students. As the Board Chairman of a national philanthropy, I have over 20 years of advocacy experience - everything from championing a wide range of academic programs inside the classrooms all the way to protecting children’s health in Washington D.C. I intend to use that same passion and voice for ALL our students and help our district work toward more clear, consistent modes of communication.

 

District-wide Collaboration - I am extremely proud to be endorsed by the San Dieguito Faculty Association (SDFA), along with many other local education and community leaders. Our teachers are dedicated, compassionate, and creative, and having their endorsement means that they believe I will work collaboratively with them for the best outcomes for our students. To be clear, I have not accepted, nor will I accept, direct financial contributions from any union or special interest group. All of my contributions have come solely from personal donations. And all my signs and campaign materials have been purchased through those funds. That being said, SDFA purchases campaign materials (signs and flyers) to advertise their support of candidates and/or propositions on the ballot. As their endorsed candidate for Area 2 Trustee, I am a beneficiary of that support. All support offered in-kind by SDFA is publicly disclosed. 

 

**To add to all the complications and craziness right now, it appears that there are constraints within the ROV database as all filings for expenditures are filed by district and not just per candidate and such filings are not all done simultaneously, creating gaps or delays in processing the forms to be uploaded. For that reason, the paperwork disclosing SDFA’s expenses to provide in-kind support to my campaign has not yet been uploaded, but the Registrar of Voters has assured me that it is forthcoming. Now with a better understanding of the ROV electronic filing system, I will continue to monitor my own financial disclosures for my campaign. And it is important for the community to understand that time is needed to get a full and accurate picture of all necessary disclosures within a district. It is another important distinction to point out that paperwork filed by SDFA will show up as an expenditure (for their in-kind support, separate from my own campaign reporting of donations and expenses) and not as a contribution to my campaign. I am a beneficiary of SDFA’s support and endorsement but have not accepted any direct contributions. 

Social Justice - I believe in equality for all students, and therefore I have met with the local student-run E4E group several times and have engaged in conversations with their adult leaders. After my first meeting with them, I released a joint statement with another SDUHSD candidate: 

 

“As candidates running for SDUHSD School Board, our shared objective is to be strong supporters and advocates for all students. Last night, we joined forces to attend an Encinitas 4 Equality zoom meeting. We listen to their ideas, asked questions, and learned more about ways our community can put an end to bias, inequality, and/or discrimination of any kind. We not only appreciate the opportunity to start important discussions with the students of E4E, but also work collaboratively with another candidate who values the same ideals. We both firmly reject acts of hate or inequality of any kind. As parents ourselves, we stand in strong support of all students’ ability to have a safe, secure, and inclusive environment to thrive.” 

 

I would like to add that I believe Black Lives Matter and acknowledge my own White Privilege. I stand in strong support of equality, especially voices led by this very impressive and committed group of students.

Strong Connections to our District - While all three of my children are recent graduates of LCC (Classes of 2019, 2017, and 2016), I am very much connected to and informed about our district as I still have family members currently enrolled in SDUHSD. Not having my own kids in SDUHSD allows me to put to use my decade of leadership and volunteer experience in SDUHSD as I continue to advocate for all kids, not just my own. 

Katrina Young

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