We're a group of friends who met in elementary and middle school at the Albert Einstein Academies in San Diego, California. The original team was Brayden, Camila, Kiara, and Lauren (2021-2022) with Kelly joining in 2022. Later, Kelly introduced Lilia to PILT, who in turn introduced Lana and Minori. Second grader, Josephine, joined last school year to launch PILT's partnership with elementary schools, followed by Nicolo and Gloria - all of whom attend the Albert Einstein Academies.
CEO Brayden founded PILT at the tail-end of the Covid-19 pandemic to assist those who were facing food and housing insecurity. He was a PATH San Diego volunteer at the time and noticed an urgent need (especially) for hygiene products that PATH was struggling to meet. He had an idea to get like-minded students involved in the fight against food and housing insecurity, and after a meeting with his supervisor, Ms. Sigrid Struben, Associate Director of Community Affairs, PILT was launched on August 20, 2021, with the motto "Community - Collaboration - Compassion." Camila and Kiara have been a part of PILT from the beginning.
After becoming a California unincorporated nonprofit association in February 2023, Brayden expanded PILT's reach to include unsheltered and foster teens and youth by partnering with organizations such as StandUp for Kids San Diego, YMCA's Housing Our Youth collaborative, and Sharia's Closet.
The strength of PILT lies in its diversity. Team members belong to different faiths, cultural backgrounds, and have different strengths and talents. Their advisor is from Holland, one of their members was born in Japan, and another member grew up in Belarus. Taken together, PILT speaks English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese, and Russian fluently, and are learning French. As diverse as they are, PILT is firmly bound by the common thread of service to the community.
With Ms. Struben's unwavering support and guidance and Hayley's limitless encouragement, PILT works tirelessly with PATH to do their part to make life a little better for those around them.
Community - Collaboration - Compassion