K.E.Y.S. Youth Leadership Academy

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Dating back to 1998, the Foundation, EERDS has implemented the KEYS Youth Leadership Academy. This 10 week after school program has provided intensive academic remediation, tutoring, postsecondary and vocational exploration and enrollment, as well as a large contingent of well trained and culturally sensitive peer mentors, a structured community based empowerment and stewardship activities program with at risk youth and their adult and peer community mentors. The KEYS Youth Leadership Academy has enrolled more than 2,000 youth at Oxnard Community College since 1998. While the core of the ages range from 10 yrs-18 yrs, the program has been modified to meet younger children (families) with emotional struggles at home and school. This program has been highly successful, and among many other awards and recognition, the Founders and the KEYS Youth Leadership Academy received the designation by the California Wellness Foundation as being one of the nineteen best programs to prevent youth violence within the state. In addition, KEYS Youth Leadership Academy was awarded recognition by the FORD Driving Dreams through Education program. This designation made our program one of eight US programs which dramatically increases high school completion among severely at risk populations and to be recognized by the FORD Driving Dreams grant process. The Ventura County Judge who has set the gang injunctions in place has also awarded recognition to the KEYS Youth Leadership Academy and their founders.

 

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