Cloud & Fire Students Volunteer at NTMA Picnic

Last Saturday, a group of Cloud & Fire students volunteered to run the food and activities component of the annual National Tooling and Machining Association’s picnic. Along with the Cloud & Fire staff, students planned activities and even built carnival style games. Even with all our meetings and planning, there was no way to prepare ourselves for the long (but fun!) day ahead of us. The food prep began right away, …

California YouthBuild Days 2016: A Student’s Perspective

Written by YouthBuild student, Havah Sterns. During our 2016 YouthBuild trip to Sacramento, I learned various things about leadership and the consciousness shift the Government is having. There were a few amazing seminars I attended, one of which spoke about the fallacy of labels and how this world functions on them. During the class, they had us go around the room looking at certain pictures and we had to write down …

The Sky Was the Limit at Aviation Day!

Our students had a chance to visit Van Nuys Airport on Friday for Aviation Career Day! They learned about various careers offered in the aerospace and aviation industries and had the chance to network with companies offering great job opportunities with NASA and more. The LAPD, LAFD, and the LA Sheriff’s Department were also present to give advice on how to get into different civil service fields. Students also had …

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 …

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 …

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 …

When Students Take Flight

On Friday, March 20, a group of students accompanied by staff visited the MP Aero Hangar for “The Sky’s the Limit” Aviation Career Day. The event was hosted by Councilwoman Nury Martinez, the Van Nuys Airport, MP Aero and The Valley Economic Alliance with Congressman Tony Cardenas as one of the guest speakers. Cloud & Fire students experienced interactive aviation and aerospace exhibits, military and civilian aircraft displays, high-tech video …

Manufacturing Summit

Cloud and Fire’s College and Career Advisor, Tracy DiFilippis, along side with Los Angeles Valley College, hosted a Manufacturing Summit on Thursday, March 5. The event hosted about forty representatives from a variety of companies and schools in an effort to draw support for an untapped work opportunity for students: Apprenticeships. Several presenters touched on what Apprenticeships are and how they are both beneficial to companies and students alike. Apprenticeships …

Government Education Days (GED) 2015: A Student’s Perspective

Finding out about the opportunity to travel to Sacramento was great and I immediately said “yes” in my mind. Once I knew for sure that the trip was in motion, I started talking to a few of the girls about what we all felt it would be like. Though it seemed like forever for the day to come when we’d hop in our Cloud & Fire van and drive to L.A. to get on a bus, the wait was worth it! I felt a little nervous to leave but I got very excited once that morning came.