Fostering Dreams Through Dance
Melanie Buttarazzi, daughter of Robert Michaels, is an extraordinary professional dancer who danced for artists such as J.Lo, Pit Bull, NeYo, and Pharrell Williams. In August 2013, Buttarazzi embarked on an idea to document how dance can have a life-changing impact of foster youth and their self-expression.
Former Foster Youth Makes bid for City Council Seat Official
A handful of supporters followed 26-year-old Sokhom Mao into Oakland City Hall last Wednesday to watch the young advocate make history. With a stroke of a pen on the required registration forms, Mao became the first former foster youth to run for City Council in the city’s history.