Finding the Self in “Selfie”

Mr. Jackson gave a great challenge to staff and students today to not let our pursuit for the perfect experience keep us from appreciating the good that’s around us.  As he said, “So many of us focus on getting the best moment that we miss the real moment that’s happening around us.” We’ve all forgotten this at one point or another especially in the “selfie” culture of today where we’re …

Student Journey: Lesly Figueroa

When I was looking for a new school to earn my high school diploma, I had a friend recommend me to attend Cloud & Fire. I was glad that he did because Cloud & Fire changed my life for the better. I was part of the YouthBuild Policy Council during my time at Cloud & Fire back in 2014. That’s where I really loved the idea of becoming a leader …

Pre-Apprenticeship to Manufacturing Program

Cloud & Fire Students participating in the Pre-Apprenticeship to Manufacturing Program are getting a first hand perspective on what career paths look like in the world of manufacturing. The Introduction to Industrial Arts course is designed to expose students to the engineering and design field in practical and engaging ways. The main reason for initiating this type of program is because of news like this: “Over the next decade, nearly …

Mental Toughness at Cloud & Fire

The first two weeks of Cloud & Fire YouthBuild are called “Mental Toughness.”  This is when students have a chance to experience the YouthBuild program first-hand, and staff can see which students are really serious about being in YouthBuild.  Mental Toughness is fun, but it can be challenging, too.  This year, students are experiencing Cloud & Fire Crossfit with lead teacher Carlos Gomez. During Mental Toughness, team-building exercises help create …

Cloud & Fire YouthBuild

Cloud & Fire YouthBuild is an outstanding place for youth and young adults who want to finish high school.  Most of the students have had some type of event that interfered with schooling, like becoming teen parents or going to work to help support their family.  Whatever the reason young people dropped out of high school, Cloud & Fire is a great place for them to come back and get …

Partnering with Homeboy Industries

  Having a sense of pride and responsibility for the community is something Cloud & Fire tries to instill in its students through service projects. We want our students to be positive, thriving members of their communities so they can be a part of the solution and not the problem. It’s always great when our students work together to do something for their community. Our leadership class recently started a …

Race it Forward 2015 Recap

Race it Forward has come and gone and we just wanted to say…THANK YOU! Thank you for everything you did to make this a fun and successful event! It was inspiring to watch our students cross the finish line with smiles on their faces and a sense of accomplishment in their hearts. We raised almost $3,000 for student counseling and intervention services and we could not have done it without your …

National Volunteer Week: Meet Dave Kolstad

This week is National Volunteer Week!  Volunteers play a vital role here at Cloud & Fire and their time, support and efforts are greatly appreciated by staff and students alike. Our volunteers participate in admin assistance, tutoring, handyman work, events and much more. We welcome anyone interested in helping students to survive, strive and thrive! If you’ve ever been to Cloud & Fire, then chances are you’ve met Dave Kolstad, …

Why Mr. Carlos is “Racing it Forward”

(In the above picture Mr. Carlos is on the far right and Mr. Ren is standing right next to him) Race it Forward season is in full swing here at Cloud & Fire Ministries! As we prepare for a great event full of community service, fellowship, and fitness education, we want to highlight why one of our own will be running this year. Carlos Gomez, Cloud & Fire YouthBuild P.E. …

Re-writing the Statistics

A group of female Cloud & Fire students attended the Adelante Mujer Latina Career Conference at Cal State University Northridge on Saturday, March 21st. The event’s purpose was to empower young Latina women to consider careers in medicine, education, urban planning, physics, design, law, law enforcement and engineering. Workshops were set up for each featured career lead by Latina women—professionals in their field. Each presenter shared their own personal story …