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CCSF courses expand to include psychology, creative writing for incarcerated students, December 5, 2017
Laura Waxman

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 "A program that offers college credit classes to San Francisco County Jail inmates will add a psychology course and creative writing course with an emphasis on poetry to its curriculum next semester.

Through a 2012 partnership among City College of San Francisco, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department and the Five Keys Charter School, inmates have previously had access to six units (generally equating to two courses) each semester."

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New route: A bus takes learning to places where the streets are deadly, October 9, 2017
Jessica Mendoza

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 "With the Self-Determination Bus Project, a San Francisco-based nonprofit hopes to address safety issues that keep adults from earning their high school diplomas.

Where Shelia Hill comes from, people get shot for crossing the wrong street.

Visitacion Valley, a district that sits on the southeastern end of San Francisco near the San Mateo County line, has a history of substance abuse, drug dealing, and gang violence going back to the 1970s. It’s not unusual, Ms. Hill says, for young men in the neighborhood to kill each other because they come from rival gang territories – areas that could be just two blocks apart."

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A San Francisco nonprofit transformed a city bus into a mobile classroom, August 23, 2017

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 "It’s been compared to an ice cream truck, luring people out of their homes for a taste of something wonderful. But our sleek, new mobile classroom on a retired city bus peddles something better: an education.

Our lime-green bus, emblazoned with the name The Self-Determination Project, is an ambassador for Five Keys, helping people choose their own path in life rather than stumbling along one strewn with gangs, drugs, and possibly, jail."

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Innovative donation site In Lieu Of Features Five Keys, August 2, 2017

In Lieu Of, a website dedicated to raising $ for non-profits is featuring Five Keys this week. The concept is simple, instead of a $5.00 cup of coffee, donate to your favorite charity. Five Keys is featured this week. Please share the link above with everyone you know!

There also is a way to donate, without donating. In Lieu Of will donate a $1 for anyone that subscribes to their free weekly email list. The more people on the list, the more people learning about great nonprofits in the Bay like Five Keys! Any help spreading the word is greatly appreciated.

For your friends and family that simply want to donate, here is the link--- In addition to the funding from current In Lieu Of subscribers, anyone who joins the ILO Club this week (8/2 - 8/8) will contribute to Five Keys as their first nonprofit.

Huge thank you to Sam Buck, Founder of "In Lieu Of" for featuring Five Keys!

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The Self Determination Project [VIDEO]

June 30 2017

Five Keys Charter Schools and Programs from Onyx & Ash on Vimeo.

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2017 Five Keys Annual Art Show - San Francisco
June 15th, 2017

Mission Cultural Center, 2868 Mission St, San Francisco, between 24th and 25th
5:00-7:00 pm : Open Gallery of Visual Artwork
7:00-8:00 pm: Guest Speakers, Poetry, Video of incarcerated students, performance, and more!

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The Artist Inside: Five Keys Art Show Retrospective
June 16th, 2017

First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco
1187 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 94109
5:00-6:30 pm : Open Gallery of Visual Artwork
6:30-9:00 pm: Guest Speakers, Poetry, Video of incarcerated students, performance, and more!
Join the Facebook Event here


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2017 Five Keys Annual Art Show - Los Angeles
May 30th, 2017

6:00PM - 9:00PM
The Belasco Theater
1050 S. Hill St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Join Facebook Event here


Interested in learning more about college programs, valuable resources, and training opportunities? Come down to the Five Keys Annual College and Career Fair to learn about many academic opportunities in the SF Bay Area!

Thursday, February 25, 2016 12:00 - 2:00PM
564 6th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94103
Facebook event page

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