Growing Positive Experiences


    Garden Project “Earth Stewards” begin working onsite at a farm located on the San Francisco County Jail San Bruno Complex grounds during the kick-off event. Photo by Bob Toy.

    Most people’s first jobs either land in the retail or restaurant category, but for 17-year-old Xaire Patrick, her first paying gig is working on a farm on the San Francisco County Jail San Bruno Complex grounds in San Mateo County. 

    For the past three years, Patrick has been employed by the Garden Project, a young adult summer program that provides environmentally-based job training and life skills programming. Patrick said with the money she earned throughout her time there, she was able to go on school trips to Italy and Cuba in the past two years.  

    “Eventually you have to abide by the rules of society—in order to live, you have to work, so it’s like I’m making a living,” she explained at the Garden Project kick-off on July 5. “It’s a chance for me to do for myself and be able to afford the things I want; things my mom would say ‘no’ to, but also be like, ‘If you had your own money, then you can buy it.’” 

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    Athletes Volunteer at SF Toy & Book Festival


    L–R) President Stephens, Safua Elisaia (volleyball), Bailey Soolsma (volleyball) and Jarred Gregory-Grimes (cross country/track & field).

    Academy of Art University student-athletes headed to City Hall on Dec. 2 to lend firefighters a hand by distributing toys to 1,200 children at the San Francisco Children’s Toy & Book Festival.

    The annual event is held by Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Department of Child Support Services in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library and San Francisco Firefighters’ Union Local 798. Toys for the festival are collected through donations to the San Francisco Firefighters Toy Program, the oldest toy drive in the country run by off-duty firefighters and their families.

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    Campus Safety Volunteers Put on Annual Thanksgiving Dinner at Family House


    (L–R) Campus Safety Patrol Supervisor Kevin Martin, Officer Edie Lewis of SFPD and Campus Safety volunteer James Holman. Courtesy of the Campus Safety Department.

    On Monday, Nov. 23, the San Francisco Police Officers Association, the San Francisco Police Department and Academy of Art University joined forces to put on a fabulous Thanksgiving holiday dinner for the wonderful and courageous families at UCSF Family House.

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    No Butts About It!

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    A Kappa Sigma member cleans the streets of San Francisco. Courtesy of Rebecca Delgado Rottman.

    What would you rather do on a wet, cold and windy day in San Francisco? If you ask Academy of Art University fraternity brothers, Pi Upsilon chapter of Kappa Sigma, they would rather be picking up cigarette butts at Fisherman’s Wharf and Aquatic Park. Wind and rain often carry cigarette butts into waterways, where the toxic chemicals in the cigarette filters leak out, threatening the quality of the water and the creatures that live in it. The fraternity brothers picked up nearly 5,000 cigarette butts from these locations in one day. And last month, they were at Ocean Beach with a similar result. Last year, in Union Square alone, they collected nearly 10,000 cigarette butts.

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    Rebecca Delgado Rottman Receives "Heroes Award"


    L–R) Chairman of Kalayaan SF Committee Radi Calalang, Brian Flores, Atty. Rodel Rodis, Yobie Benjamin, Thelma Boac, Jennifer Cabalquinto, Rebecca Delgado Rottman, Maria Banatao, Lolita Kintanar, Consul General Henry Bensurto, Jr., Dado Banatao, Rudy Asercion and Lloyd LaCuesta. Photo by Jam Bilar.

    One morning last month, Rebecca Delgado Rottman got dressed for a Philippine Independence Day party, where she was honored with a “Heroes Award” by the Philippine Consulate. Ladies were requested to wear a traditional dress called a Filipiniana. But Rottman didn’t have one, so she got creative. Combining an ivory Zara dress with a bolero by Bay Area fashion designer Crisanta Malig, she pulled off the perfect outfit. “I put it on and voila! I hit jackpot!” Rottman declared.

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    St. Brigid Honors Academy Mural Class Artists

    On Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014, St. Brigid School hosted a dedication ceremony for Animal Race, a new mural created by Academy of Art University’s mural class that now adorns the school’s playground.

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