District 10 Bayview Hunters Point Students Succeed in Second Chance to Resume Path to High School Diploma, Get Job Training Along the Way

(SAN FRANCISCO) – Wednesday, July 13, 2011 – On Thursday, July 14, more than 60 District 10 high school students who were at risk of flunking their respective grades will celebrate achievements that have led them back on the path to high school graduation.

Their success was made possible in part through the Bayview-based Young Community Developers District 10 Summer Academic Program. Students in District 10 that participated in summer school had the option of enrolling in the supplemental courses that go beyond ordinary curriculum to teach students essential skills such as work readiness.

The goals of the program include:

•    increasing each student’s level of achievement to ensure that they are able to receive the credits they need by the time they get to the 12th grade so they can graduate;
•    providing students with the job training and life skills training they need to be productive citizens and begin to examine their chosen career paths;
•    providing youth with a tangible resource, a stipend of up to $599, as motivation and to understand how their performance, attendance, and punctuality relate to future wages; and
•    ensuring that youth understand the correlation between learning and employment.

For five weeks, many students enrolled in summer school courses across the city, including Lowell, Phillip Burton, and O’Connell High Schools, made the trek to Balboa High School to attend the two-hour program. “This is a testament to their dedication and their desire to succeed,” says Shamann Walton, executive director of Young Community Developers, Inc. “We hope to continue this program into the school year and provide increased emphasis on academics and an opportunity for a subsidized or stipend employment opportunity.”

The program received $105,000 from The San Francisco Foundation, supported by Community Development Funds paid for by Lennar Urban. Of those funds, $65,000 was allocated toward student stipends.

“The San Francisco Foundation is honored to join in this partnership with the Implementation Committee, the community, and the City and County of San Francisco,” says James Head, vice president of programs at The San Francisco Foundation, the community foundation of the Bay Area. “There are so many critical needs in Bayview Hunter’s Point, and now these significant resources along with the collaborative focus will surely have an important impact and help with the transformation of the neighborhood.”

Photo opportunity: Reporters and photographers are invited to attend the ceremony at 1:30 p.m. followed by a reception at 2:45 p.m. in the Green Room Balboa High School, at 1000 Cayuga Ave. Students, tutors, and the program director will be available for photographs and interviews. Please let us know if you would like to schedule an interview in advance.

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