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, …

Graduate Reflections

    The theme for our 2015-2016 academic year was M.O.R.E–meaning My Opportunity to Rebuild Everything. As we prepared for our seventh group of YouthBuild students to graduate, we asked them to reflect on their time here at Cloud & Fire, specifically what in their lives was rebuilt. Below are some of the responses our graduates shared: “I cannot thank Cloud & Fire enough. They will always be in my …

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 …

I have witnessed a MIRACLE!

Dear Cloud & Fire Family, I have almost no words to express what is in my heart as I write this!  Thank you for all of your prayers and concern for Abraham (aka Abram).  Last night was my first chance to visit since he was moved to All Saints Acute Care in North Hollywood almost two weeks ago. Guadalupe brought me up to date on his medical condition, and her spirits seemed high. …

Cloud & Fire Graduate Becomes Volunteer of the Year

In honor of National Volunteer Week we’d like to congratulate one of our very own Cloud & Fire graduates, Josue Mendoza, for receiving the Los Angeles County Volunteer of the Year Award! He received the honor for his work serving homeless individuals with The Village Family Service Drop-In Center. “Somebody in the agency nominated me for the Volunteer of the Year Award and they didn’t let me know about it ” said …

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 …

Celebrating Our January Graduates

Luis, age 20, is one of 16 January graduates. At the beginning of his senior year of high school, Luis dropped out because of habits of laziness that began his junior year which lead to an apathetic mindset. He didn’t care about being at school on time, going to class or doing assignments in a timely manner. It was Luis’ aunt who first heard of Cloud & Fire and urged …

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 …