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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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Online behind bars: if internet access is a human right, should prisoners have it?, October 3, 2016
Dan Tynan


"It makes prison officials nervous, but campaigners and tech companies argue that getting inmates digitally connected will help with rehabilitation."

Five Keys Charter School's San Francisco tablet program is featured in this article on the argument for providing internet and digital devices to inmates in the US.

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Gracenter San Francisco Recognizes Dept. Executive Director Elyse Graham, September 25, 2016

San Francisco's Good Shepard Gracenter has recognized Five Keys Deputy Executive Director, Elyse Graham, for the 2016 Amazing Grace Community Awards. 

"The Amazing Grace awards are held to honor the remarkable individuals who have contributed to the areas of public health and recovery, offering strength, hope and resilience"

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

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2016 Five Keys Annual Art Show - San Francisco
June 9th, 2016

SF Public Library Koret Auditorium
5:00-5:45 pm : Open Gallery of Visual Artwork
6:00-7:30 pm: Guest Speakers, Poetry, Video of incarcerated students, performance, and more!
*Some works will be displayed in the library cafe display case from May 14th-Aug 20th
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2016 Five Keys Annual Art Show - Los Angeles
June 7th, 2016

6:00PM - 8:00PM
Zipper Hall, the Colburn School
200 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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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
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