Job Training Programs Receive $5,000 Surprise Donations

From left to right: Dominique Drakeford, Gonzalo Hernandez, Chann Mouv, Ray Leon, Michael Baines, Regina Jackson,Trip Belote, Fred Frierson, Trevon Galloway, Anana Scott, Ontario Hampton and Dwight Akins. Photo by Gene Hazzard.

The East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), directed by Regina Jackson, and the Cypress Mandela Training Center, headed by Art Shanks, are the surprise recipients of a $5,000 cash donation to each organization from Doppelmayr Cable Car Company.
The two agencies, which have a long-standing commitment to providing youth services and employment opportunities, received the donations last week when a group of business leaders toured their facilities and presented them with the money.
The visitors included Doppelmayr’s Vice President of North America Operations Trip Belote and members of the BART Oakland Airport Connector Project team, Michael E. Baines from the Baines Group, and Lillie Sunday from the Flatiron/Parsons JV.
“EOYDC (has) former students working in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, a student who is currently enrolled in Harvard, outstanding track and field athletes with several national awards, and (demonstrates) continuing efforts to reach the youth of Oakland, and it was our pleasure to donate funds to this program,” Belote said.
“The Cypress Mandela Training Center, along with its long standing track record, shows that a second chance can truly be beneficial to those who are willing to make a difference in their lives, and it is truly exemplified in their enthusiasm and training,” said Baines. “It only made sense that this organization (should) benefit from the generosity of Doppelmayr.”
Councilmember Larry Reid, whose district includes the East Oakland Youth Development Center, said the city appreciates the donation to support the training programs. “The kids at EOYDC have truly benefited from the generosity of Doppelmayr, and we thank this (company) for its generous contribution,” he said.