- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location2320 Channing WayBerkeley, CA 94704 United States
WriterCoach Connection connects trained, caring volunteer coaches with middle and high school students to engage, encourage and inspire them to think more critically and write more skillfully. Our vision is that all students discover the power and richness of their own voices and learn to communicate their ideas with clarity and confidence to enable them to participate successfully in personal and academic challenges, career options and community conversations.
WriterCoach Connection was founded in 2001 in Berkeley, CA. We are celebrating our 20th anniversary and to date, we have coached a total of 37,457 students and recruited and trained 4,477 dedicated volunteer coaches, averaging a yearly coaching corp of 250 volunteers.
Writing is a core literacy skill, and students who have the confidence to express their thoughts clearly, powerfully and skillfully are better equipped to navigate their academic, professional and personal journeys. Yet, many schools lack the resources to provide differentiated, individualized writing instruction. This is where WriterCoach Connection (WCC) comes in. Our ten-week critical thinking and writing program provides individualized coaching to middle school students attending underfunded public schools in Alameda and West Contra Costa counties at no cost to the students.
We intentionally partner with schools based on an equity model. Our sliding scale program fee is based on each school’s free and reduced price meal (FRPM) level to acknowledge the economic disparities from school to school. And to ensure equity and inclusion in the classroom, every student participates in the coaching program.