(L to R) Toussaint Academy Director Jim Bailey and resident Gabriel accept $2,700 check from California Western School of Law Professor Glenn C. Smith, Student Bar Association Vice President Kevin Kanooni, President Eric Tu, and staffers Salina Battisti and Lauren Brill.
California Western School of Law Raises $2,700 for Local Youth
Funds raised at law school’s Halloween Auction and Bake Sale benefit Toussaint Academy
SAN DIEGO, December 12, 2012 - California Western School of Law yesterday presented $2,700 in funds raised during its 24th Annual Halloween Auction and Bake Sale to the Toussaint Academy of San Diego. California Western students, faculty, and staff donated their time, money, energy, and baked goods in an effort to raise funds for the organization which provides housing and support services to young people who live on the streets.
“These funds will be used to enrich our teens’ lives through the enhancement of our on-site incentive store as well as improving our life skills program,” said Toussaint Academy Director Jim Bailey. “On behalf of all the staff and residents of Toussaint, we are very grateful for all of California Western’s efforts to make this possible and excited to see how these funds will contribute to even greater positive outcomes.”
“The generosity of our students, faculty, and staff speaks to their commitment to the community, one that is shared by all of us at California Western,” said Dean Niels B. Schaumann. “I am pleased that our contributions will benefit the great work of the Toussaint Academy.”
Located in downtown San Diego, the Toussaint Academy provides housing and a comprehensive array of services to homeless and runaway youth who have faced unimaginable challenges in life. Through the Toussaint Academy, residents learn the life skills necessary to become independent, contributing members of society. As a partner agency of Father Joe’s Villages, the organization’s mission is to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.
The Toussaint Academy also provides aftercare services to alumni to help them maintain stability and success after graduation. Graduates of the Toussaint Academy have achieved tremendous success in life as a result of lessons learned, and care provided to them while they were residents.
California Western’s Tradition of Giving Back
California Western values community service and the real-world experience that giving back provides students, faculty, and staff. The law school has been named to the President’s Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for three consecutive years. California Western’s community outreach has been recognized by the State Bar of California with its President’s Award for Pro Bono Service, and by the Los Angeles-based Center for Civic Mediation.