Alameda Point Collaborative
From left to right: Alameda Point Collaborative Director of Social Enterprise Andrea Schorr; Division of Apprenticeship Standards Director Diane Ravnik; San Leandro Adult School principal Bradley Frazier; landscape apprentices Deja Roofener and Lance Martin; landscaping and horticulture technology trainer Deborah Lindsay; landscape apprentice Daryl McCray. Contributed photo.
It’s lunchtime at Encinal High School, and Mary Clarke-Miller is working to keep the noise level in her classroom low enough for her to talk about the high school’s newish MAD Academy, a small “school within a school” that offers the 47 youths enrolled in it a more intimate learning experience – along with basic job skills and multimedia training.
The Alameda Association of Realtors selects a local cause to support each year and for 2012, they’ve chosen the Alameda Point Collaborative. Its major effort will be the construction of a new teen center in a former Collaborative office space on Orion Street.
“It’s just really a community project. It’s kind of exciting,” said Justine Francis, the association’s community outreach chair and the organizer of the project.
A domestic violence task force made up of Alameda city and nonprofit social service leaders started up again this month, after a nearly seven-year hiatus. The aim of the task force is to better coordinate prevention and intervention services for domestic violence victims as funding for such services dwindles, the city staffer managing the task force said.