Tag Archives: Where’s James?

Where’s James? Making a Splash for Kids in the Tenderloin

On my first visit to the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation’s After School Program, I was struck by the bright eyes and energy of the children excited to go on a rock climbing trip.  This in spite of their circumstances.  TNDC provides affordable … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Meeting Future Leaders in Math and Science at SMASH

I recently visited the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a program run by the Level Playing Field Institute. The program works with high achieving, low-income high school students of color. SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer on … Continue reading

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Where Are Bill and James? Going Back to School with Aim High

Bill and I visited the Aim High summer program at the Urban Promise Academy this week. Aim High offers a summer learning program to low-income middle school students. Their aim is to intervene during middle school years in order to … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Checking Out All the Fresh Food the SF Food Bank Has to Offer

I recently visited the San Francisco Food Bank at the recommendation of one of PVF’s donors. During my visit I met with their Executive Director, Paul Ash, and Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy, Teri Olle, to discuss the systemic … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Learning About How Technological Innovation Is Lifting People in Nairobi

In the slums of Nairobi, people often lose their important documents such as Birth Certificates, National IDs, school certificates and vaccination cards due to fires, theft or misplacement. Replacing these documents can take months, and during that time it is nearly impossible to get a job … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Learning About Economic Self-Sufficiency Efforts Aimed at Low-Income Women

Recently, I met with Jocelyn Choi Doe, a board member of the Women’s Achievement Network and Development Alliance (WANDA). Founded in 2007, WANDA is a non-profit that aims to increase the economic self-sufficiency of low-income, single mothers within the Bay … Continue reading

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Where’s James? Talking About Scholarships For Low-Income Youth with QuestBridge’s David Hunter

Here is a thorny question: how does one encourage bright students from low-income backgrounds to apply to top tier universities? To learn about the issue, I visited David Hunter of QuestBridge, an organization that is working to tackle the issue … Continue reading

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