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2014 Hart Vision Charter School of the Year

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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San Mateo Sheriff's Office Works To Reduce Recidivism Through Education

New Five Keys Program started in July 2016 at the San Mateo County Jails

The first inmate to graduate from this program was awarded his high school diploma yesterday. He stated, “It was a wonderful program and the teachers really helped. Even after I had all my credits, I looked forward to coming to class even though I didn’t have to.”


SM leaders

After the ceremony Sheriff Bolanos, told the class, “I commend all of you for your courage and willingness to better yourselves. It is not easy to do, especially in a correctional facility. I want you all to know that we fully support you and while in custody we will provide you with the tools to help you be successful.”

See more in the press release about the graduation here.  

Student Workshop on Women's Resource Bus

September 20, 2016

Pic from DJDS Mobile Shelter Concept Design 2016-09-20

Deanna Van Buren, principal of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, led a team of volunteers this spring in holding a workshop with the women at the SF Jail #2. At the week long workshop, the women created collages, models of buses, and through body work learned about dimensioning and space.

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New partnership at LA LGBTQ Center helps youth earn High School Diplomas, September 15, 2016
Vanguard Now Staff

"At 21, Athena V.* has discovered her love for learning because—for the first time—she is attending a school that finally accepts her: the Center's new charter school for LGBTQ youth."

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

Art Show SF 2016 flyer        

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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