Women at Work: Dr. Teri Delane

teri-450Red Carpet Bay Area salutes Dr. Teri Delane, the founding principal at Life Learning Academy, a public charter high school in the San Francisco Unified School District situated on Treasure Island. Through her work, Dr. Delane has changed the lives of hundreds of Bay Area students from low-income families. Not only is she ambitious to do more, but the plan is already in progress.

Life Learning Academy serves local teens with the highest needs. Many of the students report histories of physical and substance abuse, and more than half have parents known to abuse drugs or alcohol. A majority are involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Unfortunately, too many Life Learning Academy students are living in unstable conditions.

Dr. Delane has a bold solution called LLABuild, a first-of-its-kind, tuition-free boarding academy for San Francisco’s most disconnected teens. Dr. Delane’s vision is to create a reliable and safe place for students at Life Learning Academy to call home. The goal is to raise $3.5 million for the facility, which will house up to 20 young people who lack stable housing. To date, over $1 million is secured.

To help, District Attorney George Gascón and District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim co-chaired a Let’s Build fundraising event at Winery SF on Treasure Island. On January 22, 2017, some 150 supporters turned up to donate, learn more, and to meet the Life Learning Academy team.

Scenes from Let’s Build, a Culinary Benefit for LLABuild: