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Fremont Bank Supports Hayward High's Ubuntu Academy
Posted 2/14/20

check presentation

Fremont Bank representatives presented Hayward High School with a $15,000 check from the Fremont Bank Foundation on Friday, February 14, 2020. The donation will help the school purchase technology equipment and curriculum for its Ubuntu Academy, a new initiative that supports African-American students at the high school through restorative justice practices, culturally responsive teaching, social-emotional support, and academic tutoring. 


Ubuntu is a Nguni Bantu term meaning "humanity." It is often translated as "I am because we are," or "humanity towards others." It is also often used in a more philosophical sense to convey the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity. 


The Ubuntu Academy is the brainchild of Zyeala Allen-Marshall (restorative justice counselor), Chavonna Perkins (college and career tech), and their colleagues at Hayward High School. At the start of her career as a substitute teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Allen-Marshall became acutely aware of the disparity in needs among some of her students. Her belief that it’s important to bridge the gap for students in every way possible, led her and her colleagues to create the Ubuntu Academy at Hayward High with an inaugural cohort of 20 students. The program adheres to the four E’s of excellence: engagement, enrollment, employment, and empowerment. 


Students participating in the program receive tutoring two times a week in math and English language arts. Allen-Marshall and Perkins work with the students’ teachers to ensure that they can support students with their coursework during their time in the Ubuntu Academy. The donation check will allow the campus to purchase technology equipment to allow program participants guaranteed access to laptops during tutoring sessions and for homework assignments. 


The Fremont Bank Foundation provides financial assistance to non profit organizations for the implementation of services and programs that enhance the quality of life of communities served by Fremont Bank. One of their priority areas focuses on education and Initiatives that inspire local youth to become productive, healthy adults. Fremont Bank’s Julie Zhu and Julie Moore were on hand to present the check. They described the foundation’s enthusiasm in selecting this project given the direct impact the contribution will have on students in the Hayward community.