Civil rights activist Rev. Shane Harris vowed to continue the fight to save Wednesday San Pascal Academy Its after one year of funding relief.
Harris, who lived at the Academy as a foster child, is leading the effort as the Academy’s governmental affairs liaison.
“I got into this fight because I know what it feels like to feel neglected and rejected in the foster care system because of my 13 years of experience in the system after losing my parents,” he told a press conference on the 20th. Said in the conference. Anniversary of the opening of the Academy.
In April the county board of supervisors unanimously approved an agreement with the state to keep the academy open until June 2022.
The state previously ordered counties to close the facility by October 1 after a change in federal law that discouraged the use of communal facilities in favor of home location.
Rahat pushes that deadline back, but in the meantime forbids the Academy to accept any new foster youth.
The Academy, located near the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, was the nation’s first residential educational facility for foster youth aged 13–19. The campus currently has 83 youth and over 15 alumni who have returned amid the pandemic.
Roughly 48% of young people are African American and about 41% are Latino.
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