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A Promise Delivered for our Mission Students

by Mission Promise Neighborhood Director Richard Raya MEDA is the lead agency of the Mission Promise Neighborhood. All San Franciscans should be dismayed by the Chronicle story [“A child left behind: SF student failed every class in high school,” March 28, 2018 ], which showcased a student who Booker T. Washington Community Service Center agency…

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MEDA Client Secession Art & Design the First Recipient of Grant from New San Francisco Women’s Entrepreneur Fund, Mayor Farrell Hands out Check

Today was a memorable day for MEDA Business Development client Eden Stein (photo, right), as Mayor Mark Farrell presented the entrepreneur with a $5,000 check to expand her venture, Secession Art & Design. Eden’s commercial gallery, which has been a fixture on Mission Street for over a decade, is the initial recipient of a grant…

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Top 10 Things You Should Know About Inspirational Latino Leader César Chávez

  César Chávez and the Mission District of San Francisco are intricately intertwined.  Please take some time this César Chávez Day to reflect on all the great work this inspirational leader did to make our Mission community — and the world — a better place. Here are the “Top 10 Things You Should Know About César Chávez” Chávez…

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Perseverance Leads to Housing Win, New Home for Ana Acosta and Her Daughter

When a few years ago they razed Candlestick Park — site of many sports victories over the years — a new win occurred for San Franciscans in the form of hundreds of units of affordable housing on the historic site. Emblematic of that win last week was bakery worker Ana Acosta and her toddler, Daniela,…

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Keeping the Promise: Our Mission Promise Neighborhood Kids Are Graduating from High School

The Montoya-Alcocer Family. Josue Alcocer is a 2017 John O’Connell High School graduate. He is now attending City College. Photo credit: Madeleine Bair Co-authored by: MPN Director of Program Evaluation, Learning & Impact Morgan Buras-Finlay John O’Connell High School Principal Susan Ryan There is some great news coming out of John O’Connell High School: Graduation…

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Time to Scale a Big Idea Called Small Sites, Stem Displacement in Communities of Color

Photo: Some of the residents of 10-unit 3329 20th Street in San Francisco’s Mission. With MEDA’s Small Sites Program purchase, all can now stay in their homes. Co-authored by: Director of Community Real Estate Karoleen Feng Associate Director of Community Real Estate Johnny Oliver MEDA established its Community Real Estate team in 2014. The goal?…

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Artists, Speak Up! Are Your Housing Needs Being Met?

by Community Leadership Development Manager Lucia Obregon The community needs your help. Please take 10 minutes now to let the City know of your housing needs by answering the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) survey. It’s not easy being an artist these days, especially when housing in the Mission and San Francisco is so expensive…

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MEDA’s Ernesto Martinez Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowship

Christopher Gil, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications (415) 282-3334 ext. 152 cgil@medasf.org FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 2, 2018 MEDA’s Ernesto Martinez Chosen for NALCAB Colegio Fellowship Program fosters next generation of Latino leaders San Francisco, Calif. — The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) just announced that Integrated Services Manager Ernesto Martinez of the Mission Economic…

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JPMorgan Chase Holds “Entrepreneurs of Color” Event at MEDA’s Plaza Adelante

While the challenge of accessing capital plagues most small-business owners, the problem is especially acute among minority-owned ventures. A look at U.S. Small Business Administration lending data indicates an ongoing divide: Only 2 to 3 percent of loans go to African American-owned businesses, while the rate for Latinos ranges from just 5 to 6 percent….

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Immigrant Experience Inspires Latino Leaders to Meet Current Challenges

Mural by Mel Waters and David Hyde Cho, Mission and 19th streets, San Francisco Mission District Photo credit: Nehama Rogozen, California Reinvestment Coalition As the Senate takes up the debate on an immigration bill — and the White House ramps up deportation efforts and looks to punish immigrant families from using social services to which…

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