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OUSD gets schooled on sex (Community Voices)

This is a story about how an unlikely group of people — students and teachers, health professionals and community organizers — worked together to identify a problem, compile data, navigate multiple...
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Giving back to those who need: the rent you pay for living (Community Voices)

Jamal is a young man who is slowly starving to death in public view. If he does not starve he may succumb to some disease his emaciated body can’t fight off, or freeze to death if he endures another winter...
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Alameda County Community Food Bank: Don’t throw your food away (Community Voices)

By Peggy Wang In order to live a healthy life, children need many things. They need suitable play equipment to get their exercise. They need accessible medical and dental care. And they need people to...
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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...
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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...
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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...