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2014 KQED Black History Month Hero Gina Fromer

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Published on Feb 10, 2014

Gina Fromer is district vice president of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA in San Francisco. Born and raised in Bayview, Ms. Fromer has more than 35 years experience working with children and adolescents in a variety of different Bay Area organizations. During her time at the YMCA, she has focused on three major issues with the youth of the neighborhood: literacy, obesity and truancy.

After discovering that Bayview has the highest truancy rate in San Francisco, she spearheaded the Center for Academic Reentry and Empowerment — an academic recovery program that helps young people realize the value of education and ensures that truants can return to school, improve academically, and eventually graduate. Ms. Fromer was recently recognized with the Jefferson Award for Public Service, a local award for outstanding contributions to the community.

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