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*Help Oakland High School Students Graduate! Be a Mentor! FALL 2022*

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Oakland Serves is seeking volunteer mentors to help struggling high school students. Oakland Serves is a non-profit volunteer organization that seeks to reduce the dropout rate of OUSD public high school students and help them persist to graduation. We emphasize academic mentoring (get the class assignments done and turned in) as well as classical mentoring (listen, empathize, build trust, offer steady encouragement), offered by trained volunteer mentors. We work closely with the schools - they identify students at risk of dropping out and match our mentors to mentees who agree to weekly meetings. The time commitment is only once a week for about two hours during school hours.

We are looking for mentors for the Fall 2022/2023 school year. We may also be placing summer school mentors.

You can be a mentor! With a background check and short training sessions, you can help a young person graduate high school and open up their lives to new possibilities.

Any adult is welcome to apply. Please find out more or apply at

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PO BOX 19317, OAKLAND, CA 94619, US

Mission Statement

Oakland Serves addresses a critical problem in our city: the alarming number of high school students who drop out before earning a diploma, closing the door on opportunities for well- paying jobs or further education. We work with students identified as being at highest risk of dropping out, helping them persist to graduation and thereby improving their career prospects, their personal well-being, and the quality of life in the community.


Volunteer mentors are matched with an Oakland High School student who needs support and encouragement to graduate high school. Mentors will inspire students to believe in themselves, complete their homework, and turn it in. Mentors need only be compassionate adults who can give their student the confidence and know-how to graduate with a high school diploma.


Children & Youth
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Education & Literacy


Mon Jun 06, 2022 - Sun Sep 04, 2022
08:00 AM - 11:45 PM


Multiple locations Oakland, CA 94610



  • Tutoring
  • Mentoring
  • Literacy / Reading
  • Math / Science Instruction
  • Teaching / Instruction
  • Reading / Writing


  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Mentors meet with their student once a week for one study hall period. This is usually up to 2 hours. In fall 2022 we anticipate mentors will meet in person with their mentee. Although there may be opportunities to mentor virtually.
  • Mentors should be high school graduates, have a desire to help youth, and a kind heart.

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