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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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Co-Founder Sunny Schwartz honored by the Anti-Defamation League

December 13, 2016

Five Keys Co-Founder Sunny Schwartz was honored at the Anti-Defamation League's Annual Luncheon with their Civil Rights Award. More info one the award can be viewed on the ADL website's event page.

For pictures from the ceremony, see our Facebook post here.

Five Keys Featured in NYU's Center for Urban Future Innovation in the City, November 2016
Tom Hilliard and Neil Kleiman

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"A new report by NYU Wagner and the Center for an Urban Future with support from the Citi Foundation highlights how mayors and city managers are using innovative approaches to ameliorate poverty, finance infrastructure work, or protect the environment. The report profiles 15 of the most innovative urban policies launched by cities over the past decade, spotlighting programs from Chicago and Seattle and from Nairobi and São Paulo.

Pattern-breaking policies detailed in the report, Innovation and the City, include San Francisco’s Five Keys Charter School, the nation’s only charter school embedded in a city’s correctional system; Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, which established a more inclusive process for urban policymaking; Barcelona’s Reempresa program, an economic development effort focused on small business succession; Los Angeles’ new model for integrating workforce and educational services for youth; São Paulo’s plan to capture value from new real estate development to help cover the cost of infrastructure improvements; and an initiative from Malang, Indonesia, that uses revenue generated from garbage collection and recycling to fund comprehensive health care for low-income residents."

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Women Inmates at San Francisco Jail Learn to Code, October 27, 2016
Jonathan Bloom

A new program teaching coding skills to women in the San Francisco jail provides inmates with skills they can use to find jobs in the tech-heavy economy of the city. 

"The push to teach coding skills has extended inside the walls of the San Francisco County Jail with a program so successful it's being rolled out to other jails starting next week."

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The Pop-Up Approach to Fighting Mass Incarceration, October 27, 2016
Danya Sherman

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"Picture this: An executive from Twitter, a former gang member, a probation officer and a community activist sit together at a table and share what kinds of spaces make them feel inspired, and what makes them feel dehumanized. They discuss their personal experiences and memories. Slowly, empathy builds and a shared understanding of needs emerges."

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Five Keys Charter School Board Meeting
Click here for Agenda Notes from the most recent 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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