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By Henrietta J. Burroughs       Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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March 11, 2015                
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Facebook executive Chris Cox and his wife, filmmaker Visra Vichit-Vadakan, donated one million to further the work of Live In Peace, an East Palo Alto nonprofit that focuses on the cultural, educational, and economic empowerment of youth in the East Palo Alto community.

A press release announcing the receipt of the donation on Tuesday March 9, stated that "funds from the donation ...[would] be used over the next two years for staffing, infrastructure, and expanded programming, including the youth-­staffed news website EPANow.us," which will be launched this coming April.

In explaining his donation, Cox said, “Live in Peace operates with a very special model of connecting young people to their talents, to jobs, and to a bright picture of their future through a support system of leaders from their own community.  It’s been a privilege to get to know this group and their work over the last five years, and we are honored to help sustain and grow their impact over the years ahead.”

Live In Peace provides art, music, college-readiness and technology classes taught by college students, local entrepreneurs and area leaders.

The agency partners with community-based entrepreneurs like Olatunde Sobomehin and industry leaders, such as author, enrepreneur and speaker, Guy Kawasak,; venture capitalist Asha Jadeja Motwani and innovation designer Jason Mayden to fulfill its mission of youth empowerment. 

To read the complete press release about the Facebook donation go to the Live In Peace website here

The author of this article, Henrietta J. Burroughs, can be contacted by email at epatoday@epatoday.org.