The First Annual Hidden Treasures Gala was held last week at the California Ballroom in Downtown Oakland to raise money for the Afterguard Sailing Academy’s Foundation. Funds raised will help continue the great work that Street Academy and Afterguard have been doing for the past 7 years, and to bring this program to other Oakland youth.
Street Academy has been partnering with the Afterguard Sailing Academy for 7 years to provide our youth with the opportunity to learn this challenging sport. In addition to their pursuit of the American Sailing Association’s Basic Keelboat Certification, students develop team-building and collaboration skills and learn about physics and the natural world in this very unconventional classroom.
Students Paul Crossley and Jessica Gima were recognized at the Gala for their hard work achieving ASA certification and their contributions to and support of the sailing program.
Special thanks to Afterguard owners Mary Swift Swan and Steve Swan for their unwavering support of the Street Academy Sailing program in spite of the unprecedented economic realities facing education in recent years. Also, a special thanks to Marvin Jackson, retired OPD officer and sailor who has been volunteering his time every Wednesday for the past 7 years to help make this program a success.