In the Red "All that I am...I owe...I live eternally in the red."

Wellington Jackson

The mission of our program is to increase diversity in the EMS profession by instructing inner-city youth in the EMT curriculum. Our goal is to create civic-minded EMTs who are willing to apply their newly learned skills to community based programs as well as in local EMS agencies.

The instruction is designed with an emphasis on improving study habits, test taking abilities and community awareness.

All I am, I owe.

Courage, Character, Committment.

One Team, One Dream.
The Tower
Loni Hancock

Mimi Chakarova - Film-maker

Grand Lake Cinema 3200 Grand Ave Oakland, CA 94610 (510) 465-7586 IN THE RED (NR) Running Time 1:10 7:00p

Mimi Chakarova is s Bulgarian-American photographer and filmmaker. Her best known work is likely the 2011 The Price of Sex documentary. Her other film making work included The Hour (2005) and Frontline/World (2002).

She is the recipient of the Dorothea Lange Fellowship for outstanding work in documentary photography. Chakarova's work has been recognized with the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking, the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting, the Magnum Photos Inge Morath Award (for her work on sex trafficking), and a People's Voice Webby as well as a nomination for a News & Documentary Emmy Award.

She also teaches photography at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and at Stanford University’s African and African American Studies and Comparative Studies for Race and Ethnicity.

Prof. Mimi Chakarova

Chief Teresa DeLoach Reed - OFD, Photographer Ronald Reed, Judge Trina Thompson, Alexis Stanley.

We are all proud of this documentary. To know why these young men and women want to become firefighters....you will have to come and see the filim on September 23rd. You will be inspired.

Jabari, Wellington Jackson, Lt. Sean Gascie
Dexter Harris
Judge Trina Thompson
Justin Mayo, Joseph Stubbs, Dexter Harris
Mimi Chakarova is an incredible person. She inspired each of these students and had the committment to tell their stories through their own lens. She allowed them to take control of their past and propelled them into the future.

Wellington Jackson and his Cadre were the heavy footsteps and deep voices that each of these students needed. They could not fill the void of fathters absent but they were able to fill these students with love and build fathers with a future.

There are no words to express the transformation that took place in the lives of these young men and women. They have tools that will help them not only become first responders, but to handle the firestorms of life.


Enjoy the film. - Judge Trina Thompson

A new cadre begins...

Our first group are now Firefighters.

Dexter Harris is now working for the Alameda County Fire Department and teaching in the Alameda County Fire Academy and EMT Program directed by Lt. Sean Gascie and Paramedic/Firefighter Wellington Jackson.

This graduation was amazing for so many reasons

Michael Gibson receives his Masters in Public Administration (June 2016).

What a journey...

Justin Mayo made it!!!! (Top right). These young men and women changed my life for the better.

There are no words...the smiles say it all. -Judge Trina Thompson

Judge Trina Thompson (2016). Alameda County Superior Court 1225 Fallon Street. Third Floor. D2. Oakland CA. 94612.

Created By
Judge Trina “Gigi” Thompson


Photographers: Mimi Chakarova, Judge Trina Thompson, Alexis Stanley-Bishop O'Dowd , & Alameda County Bay EMT/Alameda County Firefighter Academy 2011-2015

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