Maria (TASD resident 2003-2005)“When I was living at TASD I didn't like the rules. After I left I realized they taught me a lot because I am somebody.”
Aaron (TASD resident 2007-2009)“I really owe a lot to staff for giving me a better grasp on reality and helping me see how tough the real world can be and for helping me get ready for it.”
Toussaint Academy History
Based on Father Joe’s nationally renowned one-stop continuum of care services for the homeless, Toussaint Teen Center opened its doors in 1992.
The program was renamed Toussaint Academy of Arts and Sciences in the fall of 2004 to reflect our programmatic shift toward creative and performing arts, as well as science and technology. Currently named Toussaint Academy San Diego, the program continues to enhance the lives of each resident and graduate through educational support and regular goal-setting. Residents attend local high schools that best fit their individual needs. Toussaint Academy staff collaborate with high school staff, provide transportation, and offer onsite educational resources and enrichment classes.
Since its inception, the program has served more than 900 homeless teens and currently serves an average of 100 youth through residential and aftercare services each year.
Toussaint Academy received its name from Pierre Toussaint, a nineteenth-century Haitian slave and man of faith who became financially successful in New York and spent his fortune caring for those in need. To learn more about Pierre Toussaint’s remarkable life story, click here.