Arnold Perkins served as the Director of the Alameda County Public Health Department in Oakland, CA from 1994 to 2006. He provided leadership and managed research, epidemiology, program and policy initiatives. He oversaw more than 500 employees, many of whom were inspired by Arnold’s leadership and by the unique ways he ran his Department. Prior to coming to the ACPHD, Mr. Perkins was a high school teacher and Principal, nonprofit executive director, family counselor and restaurant owner and operator. He is also the former Board Chair for Youth Radio, a division of Youth Media International. He continues to provide hope and inspiration to many who know him.
Brandon Harrison was a former gang member from Stockton who turned his life around, became an emerging youth leader in California and was working with The CA Endowment and other orgs. to help change policy that negatively affected youth of color in marginalized communities. The father of two boys, he wanted to make sure his sons didn't go down the same school-to-prison pipeline he did. However, in 2017 Brandon's life came to an end when he was shot and killed by a young gang member in Stockton, who represented the youth Brandon was trying to help.
This mini-documentary debuted at the 2018 Youth Awards sponsored by The California Endowment.