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A Clarion (Alley) Call to Celebrate October 25th

Chris Statton delicately maneuvered his paintbrush, a swirl of bright yellow filling in the “O” in “October,” as in “October 25th,” the day of the Clarion Alley Block Party. “The letters are the hardest part. I’m refining them all now,” says Statton, of one-time Roxie Theater fame before stepping down a year ago. Statton swats…

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MEDA August 2014 Volunteer of the Month: Ann Hess, Technology Center

Each month, the Mission Economic Development Agency honors one of its dedicated volunteers—the people who are an integral part of MEDA’s ability to provide free services to low- and moderate-income Bay Area residents. Thanks to all of the selfless MEDA volunteers who choose Plaza Adelante as their second home.  Name: Ann Hess Program: Technology Center, (Workforce Development)…

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Edwin Gonzales, Mission Techies
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Labor Day Story: MEDA Client Edwin Gonzales Hired at Tech Company

As Labor Day 2014 is upon us, MEDA wants to celebrate a true employment success story: that of Edwin Gonzales (photo left), who came to the U.S. from El Salvador just four years ago with the goal of seeking better opportunities. Edwin’s life has sure changed since the first day over a year ago when…

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MEDA Tax Team Works to Keep Long-Term Resident in U.S.

The stacks of paper are piled even higher than usual on Max Moy-Borgen’s desk today, his phone buried beneath pages emblazoned with years from the early George W. Bush years. It seems the MEDA Tax Services Program Manager is busy doing a client’s taxes way back to the year 2000. Moy-Borgen enlisted Tax Volunteer Granger…

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MEDA Workforce Clients Produce Results for Mission Community Market

San Francisco residents who have yet to venture by Bartlett near 22nd on a Thursday between 4pm and 8pm may be surprised to see a touch of the bucolic in the generally bustling urban enclave. That’s when nature’s bounty is served up to a gathering of low-key Mission residents, in the form of the Mission Community…

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Two Score of Young Adult Summer Program Graduates Score Big

Graduation is more than getting a diploma and celebrating with newfound friends. While those things are great, what truly matters is the sense of accomplishment one feels upon completion of a task via diligence. Such was the case last Friday for the almost 40 graduates of MEDA’s trio of free young adult programs, which are…

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MEDA Workforce Development Program: Year One Goals Surpassed in Just 10 Months

“When the team was hired to launch MEDA’s new Workforce Development Program a year ago, we knew it would be challenging, but previous experiences taught us that hard work, relationships and quality are key to making it through the startup phase,” states Chris Tugwell, MEDA Workforce Manager, as he looks onto the bustling Mission Street…

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Guest Blog: Erika Bernabei of PolicyLink on “Building the National Infrastructure for a Promise Neighborhoods Movement”

When I consider how the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) does its work with the 50+ communities in our network, I think about how we have developed the national infrastructure for improving the educational and development outcomes for the poorest children in America. PNI has developed a disciplined approach to thinking and moving from…

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Thousands Attend Jam-Packed 3-in-1 “Back to School Event” in Mission

A sweet eight-year-old approached a volunteer from Target, the awaiting youngster being handed the first of 2,000 free backpacks the company had generously donated to Mission District schoolchildren. The child’s face was aglow as she rifled through the supplies in the backpack–her backpack. “Gracias. Thank you,” the grateful child sheepishly stated, cognizant that she was…

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