City of Fremont Youth Empowerment Academy completed its third annual program this summer with 17 young people from the Tri-Cities participating to earn both elective and work experience high school credits toward graduation.
The youth had a unique opportunity to work with renowned San Francisco Urban Artist and Muralist, Cameron Moberg to create a community mural which will be mobile and displayed throughout the community. The Fremont Art Guild made a generous donation to cover the cost of art materials for the project. This 8 x 12 foot mural, which represents learning, growth, and connection to the community, was displayed at the graduation.
The Academy students were highly engaged in this project and showed a high commitment to attend the Academy three days each week as well as the Highway to Work program. Offered through the City's Human Services Department, Youth and Family Services Division, the Academy summer program is designed to help "at risk" and Probation youth develop better decision making, health and life skills, while offering opportunities for summer employment, community service and leadership development. The program was supported by a continued partnership with local school districts, the Highway to Work Program, the Alameda County Center for Healthy Schools and Communities, Probation Department Officers, and other organizations in the community.