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Link roundup: Helping new young immigrants

If you'd like to help the 200 or more kids who escaped the violence of Central America and are trying to adjust to a new life in Oakland, these organizations and schools are hard at work to help. Two high...
Oakland International High School biology teacher Salem Peterson and two newly arrived students from Central America Share

Children from Central America find community in Oakland

Maximiliano sits at a computer in the library of Oakland International High School, following English phrases on his screen and through his headphones. He pauses sometimes to look around the room or to help...
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What can you do to boost school attendance in Oakland? (Community Voices)

Paula Ambrose is the education program officer at the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and the communications director for Oakland Reads 2020. September Counts September is Attendance Awareness Month: a time...
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From Oakland’s Deep East to China’s Far East with EOYDC (Community Voices)

On July 5, 2014, a group of 14 African-American men departed the East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC), en route to China. As these young men hugged their families goodbye, they left Deep East Oakland...
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East Bay Children’s Book Project re-opens in new home (Community Voices)

Free books for children! Do you work with children in need? Do you need books? Read on! On August 19, from 3-6 p.m., the East Bay Children’s Book Project will open the doors of its brand-new home in West...
Mallary McHenry and Chris Walonski at Oakland's poetry slam Share

Poetry in Oakland: A National Poetry Slam sample

Oakland was home to the National Poetry Slam last week. Spoken Word poets from all around the country came to speak their craft. One of the most moving sessions was "Disability, Visible and Invisible," and...
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Nominations are open for the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards

For the third year, a dozen schools and community-based organizations have come together to create a platform for honoring the exceptional businesses and mentors that go out of their way to offer Oakland...
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Oakland folks join People’s Climate March in NYC, here (Storify)

As 310,000 marchers wound their way through the streets of New York City at the People’s Climate March (the biggest environmental march in history), Oakland rallied in solidarity. Several thousand people...
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21 festivals, fancy parties, and other things to do in Oakland, September 19 – 25

There are so many festivals, kickoff parties, galas and soirees this week that they actually outnumber meetings! Oh yeah, Oakland, we know where our priorities are. Throw on something awesome and have a...
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Boogers, books and behavior at Fairyland

No, that headline isn’t a mistake. “Boogers, Books and Behavior: The Elementary School Mind” is the official title of a session at one of the few conferences devoted solely to children’s librarianship,...