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It’s Official – Life Learning Academy Breaks Ground!

The Life Learning Academy community and one of it’s long-standing champions, Mayor Willie Brown, Jr. gathered with over 250 public and private stakeholders together on March 9th to celebrate the LLABUILD Groundbreaking Ceremony & Celebration. Together, the audience took part in this milestone event that is paving the way for construction to begin on the school’s dormitory for disconnected teens facing unsafe and unstable living conditions.  Public officials in attendance included Senator Mark Leno, Mayor John Bauters of Emeryville, San Francisco D.A. George Gascón, Supervisor Jane Kim, SFUSD Board of Education Commissioners Shamann Walton and Mark Sanchez and San Francisco Film Commission Chair, Claudine Cheng. LLA was honored to also recognize the late Mayor Edwin M. Lee for his leadership, passion and commitment to advancing the dormitory initiative by securing a $1.5M anonymous gift. Mrs. Anita Lee joined the community in recognizing her husband’s contributions and shared her gratitude for the school’s plans to name the dormitory’s garden in the Mayor’s honor.

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Dr. Teri Delane, Life Learning Academy’s Executive Director shared her passion and commitment in building this dormitory from seeing the impact of the Bay Area’s housing crisis on several of the school’s students first-hand. During the program, guests heard from two of our Life Learning Academy graduates, including Allan Pickens. He told the audience “the kids that are going to be living in this dormitory do not yet know just how privileged they will be.”  

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The Life Learning Academy community also expressed their thanks to Mayor Brown for his leadership in in launching the reform of the juvenile justice system that enabled Life Learning Academy to open its doors 20 years ago serving over 200 youth. Life Learning Academy is delighted to name the dormitory’s family room in his honor.

Life Learning Academy thanks its event sponsors EY, Nixon Peabody, First Republic Bank, LinkedIn, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, the McKenzie Foundation, BPM, Oliver & Company, Blue Bottle Coffee, and MERSEA for their generosity and support. 

We were also thrilled to be featured in the San Francisco Chronicle.

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For additional information on LLABUILD and ways to support please contact Kathryn Morrissey at kmorrissey@llasf.org.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Willie Brown and George Gascon attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Katie Miller and Kimiko Burton attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Allen Pickens attends LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Willie Brown and Cameko Farring attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Anastasia Ahani, Jane Kim, Lacreesha Williams, Nora Juarez and Allen Pickens attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Atmosphere at LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Teri Delane and Lacreesha Williams attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 9 – Willie Brown and Anita Lee attend LLABUILD Treasure Island Campus Groundbreaking on March 9th 2018 at Life Learning Academy in San Francisco, CA (Photo – Devlin Shand for Drew Altizer Photography)