Oakland, CA 94607
Serving as a Community Reading Buddies Youth Mentor is a unique opportunity to make a measurable difference in a young student’s life and develop your own leadership and communication skills. Youth Mentors receive considerable support -- from staff, Lead Mentors, and our digital literacy platform, BookNook, where Youth Mentors and their young readers engage in literacy activities via online video conferencing. During the program, youth mentors will meet with a K-3rd grade student and engage with them in fun literacy activities via video conferencing. Our Spring 2023 session will run from January 30 - March 30, 2023. We ask Youth Mentors to commit to the full eight weeks in order to build a strong relationship with their Buddies. Each session is scheduled as follows: 15 min - Power Up! Skill Building Mini-Session 45 min - Ready? Set. READ! One-on-one literacy activities with your Buddy 15 min - Wrap Up! Youth Mentor Debrief The 8-week program includes virtual training sessions, an in-person Program Kick-Off event, and an in-person End of Program Celebration! Requirements to be a Youth Mentor: 7th-12th grade student in the Bay Area, CA Attend two training sessions before you begin Commit to every Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday for 8 weeks For more information, visit our website at communityreadingbuddies.org. Or complete the Spring 2023 interest form here!
Date Posted: Nov 14, 2022
A Unique Moment Of 211 non-profit organization considered, Aspire Education was just chosen for the first-place Impact 100-East Bay award. Soon after, we were selected from among dozens of applicants for a multiyear grant from the City of Oakland to expand our early literacy programming. Now we are looking for new members to join our Board of Directors to lead this expanding social enterprise. If you have a passion for helping underserved students meet their potential and an interest in working to help a grassroots nonprofit make new connections and scale, then this is the board for you! Here's a little more about us: The need is unprecedented. But so is our ability to meet that need. Since 2005, Aspire Education has gathered a small community of tutors and mentors to empower East Bay students with the skills they need to succeed. In math. In science. In languages. And all from a place of love and investment. In 15 years, we’ve impacted over 9,000 middle and high school students. But what makes Aspire unique is that our students don’t just receive mentoring, they’re also invited to become mentors themselves, through our flagship program Community Reading Buddies. Community Reading Buddies Every year, two-thirds of Oakland’s low-income kindergarteners arrive to school already behind. Graduation is 12 years away, but they’re already 4 times as likely not to graduate high school. That’s where Community Reading Buddies comes in. By training middle and high school students in leadership and communication skills, and pairing them with young students behind in literacy, those students learn critical literacy skills over the course of two months and are ignited with a passion for reading. When COVID-19 hit, Community Reading Buddies partnered with award-winning digital literacy platform BookNook. With their easily customizable curriculum, we ran our first virtual programs, not only during the summers but through the entire year. The results have been astonishing, and have garnered attention. For every 8 week cycle, our hundreds of young readers have made four months of progress in literacy. Over a full school year, that would be a jump of more than two grade levels. But it’s not only the younger children who receive an education. So do the teenaged Youth Mentors who are reading with them. Before they even begin, they’re given training on how to connect, understand, and communicate, all of which helps prepare them to become independent, emotionally intelligent adults. Now we're positioned to scale and make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of students. But we need the right leaders to help us connect, network, and expand awareness of Community Reading Buddies. You can be a part of creating that change.
Date Posted: Nov 15, 2022