The Key Class

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The Key Class

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(805) 452-2747
President: John Daly


The Key Class strives to deliver a comprehensive yet simple guide to social and business skills, the key to ensuring that all students (elementary to college), regardless of where they live, are prepared for career and life. 

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The Key Class teaches essential communication skills for students. Their lessons educate youth on critically needed life skills such as how to introduce themselves, the importance of showing respect, and how to respectfully disagree. Students walk away from the classes understanding kindness and empathy, the importance of first impressions, and how to best present themselves in a classroom, job interview, or conversations with peers and family. These are foundational communication skills needed throughout life. We wish The Key Class was integrated into every classroom throughout Santa Barbara County.
Jane & Paul Orfalea

Supersizing the Social

At the start of The Key Class, Daly bankrolled the whole thing; he eventually established a 501(c)(3) to cover expenses. He holds a formal tea and ice cream social every year attended by up to 75 people with an initial ask of around $5,000 that would attract contribution from a few corporations and local residents. Daly is always looking to attract more participants to the event to underwrite more of his courses and mentor additional students.

The Key Class Partners

The Mosher Foundation
The Audacious Foundation
The Towbes Group
The Santa Barbara Foundation
The Turner Foundation – Since 1958
The William Weiss Foundation
Dr. Robert and Christine Emmons Foundation
Chris Toomey
Judie Jacquemin
Shelly and Christine Schwab
Jerry and Joan Rocco
Marcia and Jamie Constance
United Way
First Republic Bank
The McCarthy Company
DD Ford Construction
Bob and Shauna Hirsch
Workforce Development Board