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BART Board Director, Carol Ward-Allen (center, in orange sweater), along with Shonda Scott, CEO of 360 Total Concept present a $5,000 check to Antoine Golden who founded Project Touhdown. Scott and Ward-Allen raised the funds to encourage the BART Engineers and volunteers to continue keeping bay area children on the right rail. Photos by Gene Hazzard and collage by Alapi Bhatt.

BART Board Director, Carol Ward-Allen along with Shonda Scott, CEO of 360 Total Concept, a locally based woman-owned, public relations consulting firm gave a donation to Project Touchdown to help develop youth in the East Bay.
Ms. Scott knows that success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.  Ms. Scott states, “It takes a village to raise a child to overcome the obstacles in life.”
Carol Ward-Allen engaged the students and parents with a presentation on Black History at the donation ceremony.
Project Touchdown was created by a group of Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) Engineers who volunteered their time to help local youth develop to their full potential and prepare them for college and careers.
BART Engineer Antoine Golden spearheaded the volunteerism of his colleagues. His passion for giving back to his community has inspired youth to believe they can succeed. He named the program “Project Touchdown” because he wanted the youth to envision themselves as halfbacks running to score without being tackled. The program teaches kids to obtain their goals and objectives in life despite any obstacles that may be put in their path.
“Young people need positive role models. There are many role models in our community that we never hear about.  These are ordinary folk doing extraordinary things.” said Carol Ward-Allen.
Project Touchdown helps youth realize that they can achieve in many ways beyond Sports and Entertainment.   The volunteers tell how their dreams were fulfilled with the help of time and sacrifice of many people.
Project Touchdown now has Junior High School students doing High School Math and preparing the students to improve scores on the High School Exit Exams, PSAT, SAT and ACT exams.
Ward-Allen said the entire community benefits because Project Touchdown provides “a safe, fun environment and tracks the student’s progress through partnerships with their schools, homes and community.”
For information contact Mr. Golden at project.touchdown@comcast.net or 510-734-9361.