Oakland Serves is seeking volunteer mentors to help struggling high school students starting in Fall of 2021. 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 well 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 virtual meetings. The time commitment is only once a week for about two hours during school hours.
Currently (2020/2021 school year) mentors are being placed at Oakland and McClymonds high schools in a distance learning capacity. (I.E. mentoring over Zoom or Google Classroom). However with schools slowly opening back up we anticipate that there will be both in-person and on-line mentoring this fall. (2021/2022 school year).
You can be a mentor! With a background check and short on-line 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 www.oaklandserves.org/volunteer
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
We'll work with your schedule.
Oakland High School1023 MACARTHUR BLVDOakland, CA94607
May 11, 2021
Literacy / Reading
Math / Science Instruction
Teaching / Instruction
Reading / Writing
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 2021 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.