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Young Oakland Superheroes Fight for Their Mural - Attitudinal Healing Connection

When the third and fourth graders of Oakland’s Hoover Elementary School started creating superheroes to creatively address the problems in their community, they had no idea they would have to become their own heroes -- and fight a battle against Caltrans. Featured on KQED


KQED TV Premiere of documentary F R E E featuring Destiny Arts Center

    On Friday, July 28th at 8 p.m. PT, KQED's Truly CA will present the television premiere of the wonderful documentary film F R E E: The Power of Performance which features the incredible work of Oakland's Destiny Arts Center. We know that your support has made it possible for Destiny Arts to continue having a tremendous impact in the community and transforming the lives of kids.

    Help us spread the word about F R E E's broadcast and encourage your networks to tune in? You'll find our trailer link, website and broadcast details at the bottom of this message.

    F R E E tells the story of five courageous teenagers as they spend a life-changing year with the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company in Oakland, California. Using dance and spoken word, the teens learn to transform their stories of personal struggle and hardship into art, resulting in a liberating end-of-year production.

    The more eyes on this local Bay Area premiere, the greater chance we'll have to share this important Oakland arts story through a national television broadcast, with even wider impact.

    F R E E represents the voices of Tilly, Jamany, Omar, Nee Nee and Alaysia. But at its core, it is a story of building community, opportunity and a sense of belonging. We have seen first-hand how performance and self-expression can lead to strength, resilience and hope.

    Passing on any information leading up to our July 28th broadcast via an email newsletter, social media and word of mouth would be greatly appreciated!

    We're happy to answer any questions you may have about the film or filmmakers, and would love to discuss opportunities for hosting your own local community screening of F R E E, should you be interested.

    It's so important for the arts family to support each other, now more than ever. Thank you so much for any assistance you can provide!

    For a sneak peek, here is a link to the trailer.
    We are taggable here on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
    This is our website and here is a link to local broadcast details.

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        The East Bay Times published an article featuring two former students, Samantha and Deonta, talking about their experience at Civicorps and the effect of a possible cut in the AmeriCorps Education Awards program.

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          On November 24, the Associated Press published an article about the Recycling Truck Driver Union Apprenticeship program in partnership with Waste Management. Quote from the article: "It's really cool to watch these young adults enjoy what they are doing and get past anything that happened to them before," said Barry Skolnick, of Waste Management. "It's a great win-win for them and for us and for Civicorps, and a win-win for the city of Oakland."

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