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Driven To Serve

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Veterans & Military Families
  • Women

Location

290 East L StreetSuite 74Benicia, CA 94510 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Building a broader pool of qualified public safety professionals who reflect California and the communities they serve through affiliated pathways to success.

Description

Driven To Serve began with a clear realization: While our vital military personnel protect us outside of our borders, it is our fire service, law enforcement and EMS providers who are this nation's protectors from within. Here at home, our public safety members keep us safe on a daily basis and are just a phone call away. They are individuals from our own neighborhoods and should be diverselyrepresentative of our communities.

Public Safety Agency staffing throughout California, and across the nation, has seen a dramatic decrease in recent years. Proactive outreach to achieve an inclusive public safety core in California should be considered a priority. This is the time to rebuild these career pathways and reshape the mold of our first responder agencies with inclusivity at the forefront.

The vision of this organization is to institute career pathways courses in Fire Science, EMT and Law/Social Justice in high schools, in each county, throughout the state. Developed curriculum, in certain pathways, will translate to immediate sustainable wage job qualifications upon graduation. Additionally, granting access, statewide, for thousands more of our youth to learn about and participate in these technical education courses from an earlier age will allow them to develop a more informed view of law enforcement, fire service and EMS job realities and, consider those pathways as a future career.

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