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A passionate volunteer offers free hiking tours through Oakland’s redwoods

For those who live in the Oakland flatlands, there's little respite from the constant grind of city life. Many residents, especially those who rely on public transit, lack the resources to escape urbanity and...
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Bless the Lake: healing our relationship with water this Sunday

American anthropologist Loren Eiseley once said, “If there is magic on this planet, it is contained in water.” March 22 is World Water Day, an international celebration of the very thing that gives us...
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Concern about education and Oakland youth (Community Voices)

By Chela Delgado, an OUSD Teacher Photo by Matthew Paulson, licensed under Flickr Creative Commons Superintendent Wilson’s Call for Quality Schools will not help us to build quality schools. Don’t...
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Thoughts on the Year of the African American Male (Community Voices)

On January 29, 2015, Oakland's McClymonds High School hosted the launching of the first "Year of the African American Male." Throughout 2015, organizers plan to bring together individuals, organizations and...
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What’s the buzz? Bees: Tiny Insect, Big Impact

Video footage of bees extracting pollen from flora with sound waves and vibration On Saturday, January 31, the Oakland Museum of California’s newly renovated Gallery of California Natural Sciences will...
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The EBCBP: Mentoring a Future Mentor (Community Voices)

The East Bay Children’s Book Project (EBCBP) didn’t set out to be a mentor when we opened our doors nearly ten years ago: we simply set out to give books to organizations that work with children in need....
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Literacy through the arts: an artistic approach to mentoring (Community Voices)

This article is cross-posted from Ayodele Nzinga's blog. Literacy through the Arts is practiced at The Sister Thea Bowman Memorial Theater Day Camp, in West Oakland CA, where participants are offered free...
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Mentoring is a two-way street (Community Voices)

By mentors of Boost! West Oakland Children in West Oakland face many challenges, including unstable home lives due to poverty, incarceration and substance abuse. Their parents, many of whom lack functional...
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It’s not just about youth mentorship, but partnership (Community Voices)

By Erik Sakamoto, Youth Radio’s Chief Operating Officer. Youth Radio is an award-winning media production company and youth development organization based in Oakland. Over the past thirteen years since...
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OreMi on the meaning of mentoring (Community Voices)

By Thembi Williams, OreMi Mentoring Program Supervisor “Being a mentor has made a huge impact on me. It prepared me to become a dad. It’s also reminded me of the importance of community.” – OreMi...