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Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Life Learning Academy Student Dormitory

By Denise Yee

March 16, 2018


The Community Affairs Committee’s mission is to coordinate community service and community outreach programs throughout the year.  The committee currently sponsors the Life Learning Academy (LLA), a charter high school for at-risk youth, located on Treasure Island.  The school was founded in 1998 by the non-profit Delancey Street Foundation and since inception, has graduated over 200 students. 


On March 9th, LLA held a groundbreaking ceremony and celebration for the new student dormitory that will house 20 students in its first phase.  As a member of the committee, I was invited to attend this event which attracted 200 people, including former students of LLA, the media, the press and local politicians, such as mayoral candidates, Jane Kim and Mark Leno.  The program began with a presentation by the Executive Director, Teri Delane, followed by The Honorable Mayor Willie Brown, who honored the late Mayor Ed Lee for his leadership in spearheading this project and providing funding through an anonymous donation of $1.5M.  In addition, two former students spoke of how they came to the school as troubled teens and received an education, practical skills and emotional support and have become successful, working adults. 


Speaking on behalf of the Community Affairs Committee, we are very happy to be sponsoring LLA and look forward to planning volunteer events with them later this year.


Treasure Island is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment which began in 2016.  The first phase will include around 2,100 residential units, up to 500 hotel rooms and 90 acres of parks, built on around 45 acres on Treasure Island’s Western shoreline and the 80-acre Yerba Buena Island.  The project, which will take 20 years to complete, will also include 140,000 square feet of retail and commercial space and 100,000 square feet of office space. This former naval base will be transformed into a vibrant community with more housing, jobs and economic opportunities for residents. 


The ceremony was held in a large tent outside the school


A rendering of the exterior of the dormitory


The featured speaker, The
orable Mayor Willie Brown



A rendering of the interior of the dormitory


The groundbreaking ceremony with Willie Brown, Jane Kim and two former students holding their shovels and the Executive Director, Teri Delane, getting them into place




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