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SF County Jail Launches Aquaponics Program for Inmates

KPFA: The Pacifica Evening News, October 1, 2015
Lucy Kang

The Five Keys Aquaponics program, set up in partnership with the SF Sheriff's Department and Hunters Point Family is the first of it's kind in a California jail.  The program, now entering it's second semester, teaches students about the set up and maintenance of aquaponics systems with the aim of preparing these students for jobs in Urban Agriculture, a growing job field. 

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Five Keys selected as a Grantee in #GoogleImpactChallenge Bay Area

logo lockup impact challenge uk color-Stack RGB         Five Keys Charter School has been named one of 25 finalists of the Google Impact Challenge, from nearly 800 applicants in the Bay Area. We thank for the $100,000 award plus their invaluable volunteer support to be made available from the tech giant, to help develop Five Keys' Mobile Charter School.

Five Keys' innovative project will convert recycled Muni buses into high-tech classrooms that go directly into economically-isolated neighborhoods where high school graduation rates are chronically low, affecting multiple generations of families. Bringing educational services directly to the people will help overcome obstacles that keep adults from completing their educations and acquiring the skills necessary for good-paying jobs that can lift their families' lives out of poverty.

Drawing on the popularity of pop-up urban markets, Five Keys envisions this high-tech school-on-wheels becoming an anchor for an even larger "Pop-Up Resource Village" that brings together community services, artists, musicians, and retailers to catalyze local participation in urban renewal and leads to permanent new infrastructure for community revitalization. For background on the project, please visit the blog of our project coordinator, Deanna VanBuren and keep an eye on our Facebook page.

You can read more about the Google Impact Challenge at here, and learn about the Top 10 finalists who are competing for public votes for the top prizes at .

Sheriff's Department awarded $100,000 by Harvard for inmate charter school

San Francisco Examiner, September 22, 2015
Michael Barba

The San Francisco Sheriff's Department and Five Keys Charter school have been awarded $100,000 by Harvard's John F Kennedy School of Government as part of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation's 2015 Innovation in American Government Award.  

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Harvard Ash Center Picks Programs in San Francisco for 2015 Innovation Award, September 17, 2015
Route Fifty Staff

"The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced today the San Francisco Sheriff's Department Five Keys Charter School as the winner of the 2015 Innovations in American Government Award."

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Innovative program teaches Bay Area jail inmates farming skills, September 15, 2015
Kale Williams

In a first-of-its-kind program being offered inside the walls of a California jail, inmates at the San Francisco County Jail are being offered coursework in Aquaponics - an intensive farming method combining raising fish and crops in a closed system.  This program, offered in collaboration with the Five Keys Charter School, the San Francisco Sheriff's Department, the urban agriculture nonprofit Ourfoods and Hunters Point Family, will provide inmates with job skills in an up and coming career field when they are released.

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Five Keys Charter School Board Meeting
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6th Annual Five Keys Art Show - San Francisco
June 16th, 2015

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 15th-July 31st
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2nd Annual Five Keys Art Show - Los Angeles
June 10th, 5:00PM at the Los Angeles Central Public Library
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Local Control Accountability Plan - Public Notice
April 24, 2014
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