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We believe that critical thinking and clear writing skills are essential for a young person to succeed in school and beyond. With that in mind, WriterCoach Connection sends rigorously trained volunteer coaches into East Bay classrooms and after-schoo... Read more
We believe that critical thinking and clear writing skills are essential for a young person to succeed in school and beyond. With that in mind, WriterCoach Connection sends rigorously trained volunteer coaches into East Bay classrooms and after-school programs to engage, encourage and inspire students to develop fundamental skills that will prepare them for productive and meaningful lives.
Our core program is a robust in-school academic support program in which coaches work one-on-one and in small groups with each and every student in the classroom, in support of teachers’ writing assignments. Additionally, in response to stated needs by educators and students, coaches in our college and career readiness program module work in classroom settings and after-school programs on senior personal statements, early assessment test preparation. and other crucial college readiness projects.
WriterCoach Connection offers a cost-effective and significantly impactful investment, helping students master crucial literacy skills while fostering social-emotional connections between students and their coaches and preparing the young people for a bright and fulfilling future.
I have been a WriterCoach volunteer at Fremont High School for two years, and will continue as long as they will have me. It has been a tremendously rewarding experience from a personal perspective, acquainting me with some amazing young people in my community. The volunteer force is comprised of men and women of all ages and is so well-run, I feel the time I give is not just appreciated, but respected. And, in my opinion, it is a surprisingly small time commitment compared to the work we accomplish.
by laura K. from Berkeley, CA
I have recently started with the Writer Coach program at Berkeley
High. The students were all happy to see the coaches arrive to help them work on their writing assignments. Each student had their own coach who is trained to offer positive support and allow them to develop their own voice. This is a program that benefits the teacher, the students and the coaches-what could be better.
by Mary Ann B. from Oakland,, CA
Remember receiving your high school writing project with errors and suggestions in red? Pretty discouraging. At Writer Coach Connection you will meet with one student to work on one assignment at a time. You help the student capitalize on their strong points and dig deeper into their ideas and experiences. Hopefully your student is able to enjoy completing the final draft, knowing that their work has been validated by your interest and assistance.
by Kathleen K. from Berkeley, CA
Full disclosure: I'm on the organization's board. But I began as a volunteer, seven years ago, and have kept coming back because the experience has been so wonderful. The program is carefully structured and smoothly run, so each volunteer gets to go to work right away -- no waiting around, or being shuffled out of the teacher's way, as sometimes happens to school volunteers. In fact, the volunteers do ALL the work the organization exists to do; the tiny staff is just there to get volunteers, students, and teachers to the same place at the same time. The pleasure of watching a teenager realize that s/he really does have something to say, and can say it in writing, has kept me coming back all these years. (I wish I'd had a writing coach when I was in middle school!) And watching a surly 14-year-old say "thanks" to an old lady like me -- priceless.
Working one-on-one with students to help them develop their writing skills, in a structured, well-run program that gives you tangible feedback of the positive effects of your efforts--it doesn't get any better than this regarding volunteer activities.