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The 7th annual Youth for Justice Summer Academy  took place July 27 to Aug. 7. Due to COVID-19, the event was staged mostly virtually with 22 participants from the Canal neighborhood of San Rafael participating in daily sessions via Zoom. Topics and activities included healing, art, developing conscious rap, nutrition, climate change and the negative consequences of using alcohol and other drugs. Support for the Academy  was received from the Marin County Juvenile Probation Department, the San Rafael Alcohol and Drug Coalition, Youth for Justice and Alcohol Justice. Pictured are members of Youth for Justice.   -Photo by Eunice Iglesias

Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM) provides young people with an immersive music education that empowers them to pursue their dreams and access resources they need to be successful in school and life. ELM is a full scholarship, multi-year, intensive program that provides music education, ensemble and performance opportunities to youth to develop the social, emotional, and academic skills. Programs include chorus, orchestra, chamber music and parent music groups. In addition to school-year classes, ELM runs a summer camp, concert series and provides scholarships for private lessons for exceptionally motivated students. There are no financial barriers to participation. Pictured above are an instructor and student at ELM’s Saturday morning Parking Lot Conservatory.                       -Photos courtesy of ELM

The College of Marin, a Giving Marin Founding Partner, was honored on Sept. 30 with the prestigious Dr. John W. Rice Diversity and Equity award through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. College of Marin was recognized for the greatest improvement in three areas over the most recent three years: improvement in completion and transfer outcomes of its students of color relative to white students as well as improvement of the representation of faculty of color relative to its student population.  Programs and initiatives like College of Marin Providing Access and Supporting Success (COMPASS), Summer Bridge, Humanities 101, Learning Communities and Summer Career Academies most certainly contributed to improving outcomes and moving the equity needle.




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