George Chamberlin Community Leadership Award | 2021 Recipients


The life of longtime KOGO personality, George Chamberlin was defined by doing the right thing. During his life, George's positive outlook, integrity, and generosity touched so many people. By doing the right thing day-to-day, George created a legacy that is being honored through the George Chamberlin Leadership Award, presented by San Diego County Credit Union. It's not big bank banking. It's better.®

The award recognizes individuals and organizations that devote their time, talents and resources to helping others and making San Diego a better place to live. If you know a worthy person or organization that deserves to be recognized, please submit a nomination below.

Since 2001, Doors of Change™ has been transforming the lives of homeless youth, one young person at a time. Originally called Photocharity, the 501(c)(3) has raised over $4.7 million. For more than 18 years we have helped place over 2,000 homeless youth in safe housing and off the streets.

In 2013 the agency identified a significant gap in the services and resources available to “transitional–age-youth” (those between the ages of 16 and 25) and decided to re-brand as Doors of Change™ and deliver a unique service to address this critical need. We work with youth ages 17-25 years old.

Recognizing that trust is often a significant barrier for youth in need of services, Doors of Change™ selected music and art as a non-threatening way to engage young people living on the streets. By offering music and art instruction in a small group setting, youth are given the opportunity to explore their feelings and challenges through the arts, achieve a sense of mastery for the first time, develop social skills that are positive and constructive, and create a vision for the future that is filled with possibility.

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