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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.

Photos from Five Keys Bus Launch Now Posted

June 29, 2017

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Photos from the Self Determination Bus Project are now posted - check them out!

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Mobile classroom bus will steer adults toward a diploma



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Thousands of high school dropouts in San Francisco would like to return to the classroom, but for many, the short distance from home to an adult school might as well be a hundred miles given turf wars, gang ties or other safety concerns.

That’s the challenge described by local education leaders who, starting next month, will bring a classroom to those potential students in the unusual form of a revamped Muni bus stocked with computers, Internet access, and a teacher.

Currently, about 86,000 city residents have not finished high school, including 8,000 in Bayview-Hunters Point, according to Five Keys officials. They believe this is the first mobile school for adults in the country, and plan to expand the program to Oakland and Los Angeles if it is successful.

“We believe that everyone — and we mean everyone, especially those behind the eight ball, so to speak — deserves a dignified, effective and free education,” said Sunny Schwartz, co-founder of Five Keys, which opened its first school in 2003 inside San Francisco County Jail. “They’re our students. They’re our community.”

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Five Keys is Offering High School Diplomas to Inmates in County Jail, December 22, 2016
Alexander Nazaryan

"There is a lesson about Hamlet on the whiteboard, maybe a day or two old, judging by the streaks that partially efface the names of Claudius and Ophelia. At one table, students play a game about financial literacy. At another, they leaf through newspapers. Down the hallway, rows of students sit quietly taking college placement tests, their hunched backs forming a phalanx of identical orange sweatshirts."

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Five Keys Charter School Board Meeting
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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

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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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