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Children Rising – We Did It!

By Eric Steckel
August 9th,2019 | Read More

We are Children Rising! Last night, Faith Network of the East Bay embarked on an exciting new chapter. After long months of thoughtful consideration, and many more months of planning, we are excited to announce that as of today, we are Children Rising! Many have asked: Why are We changing our name? Simply put, it’s […]

Why Are We Changing Our Name?

By Jim Wambach
August 8th,2019 | Read More

What’s in a name? As we raise the curtain on an exciting next chapter in our story, it’s crucial that our name truly captures the soul of our organization. Simply put – it’s all about empowering more children to rise above the substantial challenges they face, created by generations of poverty, violence, and educational inequity. […]

A Community Member’s Request Launched A Literacy Clinic and Hasleey Learned To Read

By Jessie Palmatier
July 15th,2019 | Read More

Most of our school partnerships are established through word of mouth, and Manzanita Seed is no exception. A community member made a call to Children Rising, advocating for a particular student who was seriously struggling in school. Rebecca Buckley, Succeeding by Reading program director, arranged a meeting with the school and explained that we don’t […]

Children Rising Above Childhood Trauma

By Jim Wambach
July 11th,2019 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” — Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa Toxic stress in children Earlier this […]

A Caring Tutor Helps Child With Math And The Impact Of Childhood Trauma

By Jim Wambach
June 25th,2019 | Read More

Strong one-on-one relationship helps a vulnerable child to trust again. This past fall, I experienced firsthand the impact of childhood trauma on a precious, vulnerable young girl. I began working with “Nyesha” (not her real name) as a math tutor in October. The hope is that a tutor’s first meeting with their student lays the […]

2019 Eddie College Scholarship Winners are a Spectacular Group!

By Eric Steckel
June 23rd,2019 | Read More

For the past five years, it has been my pleasure to serve on the Eddie College Scholarship Award panel. The CareerBridge program was my entry point to Children Rising. The program – and the scholarship in particular – are near and dear to my heart. In my time, we’ve had some very special award recipients. […]

Jordan Could Not Have Overcome Her Traumatic High School Experience Alone

By Eric Steckel
June 18th,2019 | Read More

As I read Jordan White’s essay for the Eddie College Scholarship application, I was stunned by the traumatic experience she recounted. How could such overt racism be tolerated in an East Bay high school, where we pride ourselves on values of inclusion and community? When this smart, athletic and brave young lady sat down before […]

A Celebration of OUR Children Rising!

By Eric Steckel
June 11th,2019 | Read More

June 1st was pretty special! We want to take a moment to thank all of you who contributed to our celebration of Children Rising. We could not have done it without your immense volunteer support and participation. As we spent the last week or so catching our breath and reflecting on another wonderful Hope for […]

HELP WANTED! Seeking a few good Literacy Elves for summer volunteer opportunity

By Children Rising
May 16th,2019 | Read More

Have you ever sought a volunteer opportunity with Children Rising , but cannot commit to being a reading or math tutor? Then we’ve got the perfect opportunity for you. Succeeding by Reading is seeking a few good Literacy Elves for summer volunteer service. Literacy Elves provide crucial support to our reading clinics by cleaning, checking, […]

Path to Grade Level Math: A Struggling Child Blossoms

By Eric Steckel
April 18th,2019 | Read More

Grade Level Math Skills Are Crucial For Struggling Students When Brooklyn saw Mr. Paul waiting in the hall outside her second-grade classroom, she broke out in a grin. Despite being eager for that morning’s field trip, she was delighted that her Path2Math tutor was here for his weekly visit. It was a big change from […]

Children Rising: Providing Hope, the Dare To Dream, and Opportunity To Thrive

By Jim Wambach
April 10th,2019 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director Our Community Must Nurture and Equip Vulnerable Children to Rise Above “Let us remember: one child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world“ Malala Yousafzai Now, more than ever, the full support of our community is required to help nurture and equip vulnerable children […]

Your Commitment To Tutor Training Helps Our Students!

By Jessie Palmatier
March 19th,2019 | Read More

How you helped vulnerable students catch up A few weeks ago, our normally quiet office was buzzing with activity as impromptu tutor training sessions began—supplies were gathered, coffee brewed, and tutors arrived. During this time, the teachers in Oakland schools were on strike. This brought our clinics to a temporary halt while we waited with […]

CareerBridge Students Share Holiday Sweetness to Support Summer Internship in Oakland

By Jessie Palmatier
March 12th,2019 | Read More

Summer Internship in Oakland: Important for Career Development Who doesn’t like a little holiday treat at Christmas? This holiday season, CareerBridge partnered with Ralph J. Bunche Academy High School in West Oakland to organize a tasty enterprise combining the efforts of CareerBridge Entrepreneurship Training Program students and the Ralph Bunche Culinary Arts Program. Bunches of […]

Helping a Vulnerable Child Embrace an Exceptional Gift

By Eric Steckel
March 5th,2019 | Read More

by Linda Joseph, Volunteer Succeeding by Reading tutor This spring, we are excited to share the words of Linda Joseph, a volunteer reading tutor working with our Succeeding by Reading program. This year I am proud to work with a student named Jadon who has blossomed in his reading. But it took time, trust and […]

Children Rising – Working Together to Prioritize Funding of Education For All Our Children

By Jim Wambach
February 21st,2019 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director An Education Crisis We are in the midst of a public education crisis throughout our country. The crisis is particularly acute within the urban, lower income neighborhoods of our largest cities. Now, more than ever, the full support of our community is required to help nurture and equip […]

What is a “Community Enablement Engine?”

By Jim Wambach
January 25th,2019 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director “When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower” – Alexander Den Heijer “Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding” – Robert John Meehan Dear […]

Merry Christmas from Children Rising!

By Children Rising
December 24th,2018 | Read More

As we celebrate advent and the birth of Christ, I want to thank you for the gifts you have shared throughout the year. Your contribution of time, talent and treasure has helped thousands of struggling children. While it is always better to give than to receive, my sincere hope is that you have received something […]

It’s NOT JUST About Getting Better Grades – Part 2: Empowering Children!

By Jim Wambach
December 22nd,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director Part 1: Volunteer Tutor: It’s NOT JUST About Getting Better Grades! Empowerment: “The process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights” – Oxford Dictionary Dear Friends, Earlier this week, I was speaking to a woman who is passionate about helping […]

Look At What We Accomplished Together In 2018!

By Children Rising
December 21st,2018 | Read More

As 2018 comes to a close, I reflect upon what an amazing year it has been here at Children Rising . Through your steadfast partnership, generosity and prayers, we have been able to go deeper and broader as we come alongside children and youth at the crossroad of promise and risk. Here are just a […]

CareerBridge Gave Me a Dream Summer Internship in Oakland

By Eric Steckel
December 18th,2018 | Read More

“Summer internships give you a view of the world, and life, and I wouldn’t have had a chance to do this without CareerBridge.” Alicia has big dreams for her future, as well as a lot of drive and initiative. However, opportunities to gain valuable summer internship opportunities seemed totally out of reach… until she heard […]

A Volunteer’s Words – “Learning and growing can’t happen with stomachs grumbling…”

By Children Rising
December 15th,2018 | Read More

by Amy Hood, Health4Kids volunteer This winter, we are excited to share the words of Amy Hood, a volunteer working with our Health4Kids program. “This is my second school year volunteering with Health4Kids. A few years ago, Children Rising started working in partnership with Project Peace, an organization where I serve on the board and […]

A One-to-One Relationship is Helping Dominic Get Back to Grade Level

By Eric Steckel
December 7th,2018 | Read More

“When they feel safe, and that you’re on their side, they’ll take a risk in learning.” – Leslie Carey, Path2Math Tutor Dominic is an enthusiastic, confident second-grader at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Oakland. However, like so many of his classmates, Dominic is substantially below grade level in math and reading. “This has […]

#GivingTuesday Is Just Around the Corner, Oakland!

By Chelsea
November 23rd,2018 | Read More

“Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.” — Jean de La Bruyère, French writer Dear Friends, #GivingTuesday is just around the corner… and we need your help! Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the […]

The Power of Gratitude

By Jim Wambach
November 22nd,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director “In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer Dear Friends, This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of worshipping with our friends at First Presbyterian Church […]

“Bunches of Sweetness” – Holiday Peppermint Bark on sale NOW!

By Children Rising
November 21st,2018 | Read More

Satisfy your sweet tooth… or share with someone special. During this holiday season, Children Rising’s CareerBridge Program is proud to continue our partnership with Ralph J. Bunche Academy High School in West Oakland. We are working together with students from Bunche’s Culinary Arts Program to offer our “Bunches of Sweetness” – Holiday Peppermint Bark, a […]

How many struggling readers have we helped so far?

By Chelsea
November 16th,2018 | Read More

Our 2018 Matching Fund Campaign Is At the Midway Point As we embarked on our 4th Matching Fund Campaign, we set a high bar. Our goal? To say “Yes!” to hundreds of more 2nd grade children struggling with grade-level math and reading. Here we are at the midway point, and we are grateful, and humbled, […]

There Is an Education Crisis Affecting Our City’s Most Vulnerable Children

By Jim Wambach
October 30th,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director There is an education crisis affecting our city’s most vulnerable children. Let’s all say “YES!” … so more children can escape the vicious cycle of poverty and violence. Dear Community, Is the plight of urban public schools one of the civil rights issues of our generation? I strongly believe […]

Our Community Enablement Engine Offers More Ways to Give

By Eric Steckel
October 17th,2018 | Read More

I remember my days as a recent college graduate. It was the middle of an economic recession, and I struggled to find a job. I had plenty of time on my hands, and what I really wanted to do was travel. Unfortunately, I had no money! So much for those travel plans! Eventually, I was […]

“CareerBridge Helped Me Go To College”

By Eric Steckel
September 21st,2018 | Read More

by Nathan Talavera, CareerBridge Student I am a recent graduate of the Ralph J. Bunche Academy in Oakland. This fall, I am enrolling in City College of Berkeley. But it’s not always been an easy path. I am the eldest of 5 kids in my family, and I’m responsible for being a role model. Ever […]

Path2Math Tutoring Program Set To Launch

By Eric Steckel
September 20th,2018 | Read More

Volunteer Math Tutor Program a Partnership With Oakland Unified School District As we settle into a new school year, Children Rising staff are feverishly putting the final touches to our program preparations and are eager to begin working with wonderful new students. This year, there is added excitement in the air as we launch our […]

A Struggling Young Child Learned to Read

By Jessie Palmatier
September 19th,2018 | Read More

A Reading Tutor – and a book about octopuses – helped ignite a passion for reading! Soraida began the school year as a shy child who lacked confidence, struggling to learn and read in English. Soraida’s teachers helped partner her with a Succeeding by Reading tutor. However, after limited success with both English and Spanish […]

The World of Math is Open to Emiliano

By Jessie Palmatier
September 13th,2018 | Read More

One-to-one math tutor helps a struggling student catch up to his fellow students Like many of the students in our Path2Math and Succeeding by Reading intervention programs, Emiliano lacked confidence as he entered his 5th grade math class. “They think they can’t do the work. In their mind they’re not as smart as the other […]

Volunteer Tutor: It’s NOT JUST About Getting Better Grades!

By Jim Wambach
September 11th,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director “When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”       ~Dalai Lama Dear Children Rising Community, As you can see from the personal stories we have shared throughout the year, our programs are not just about helping children develop key reading, math and […]

Looking for tutors for 2018-2019!

By Pearl
August 13th,2018 | Read More

Today was the first day of school for Oakland students! The next few weeks will be full of reunions with old friends, exciting new relationships, and journeys into worlds of ideas and knowledge. Unfortunately, for the thousands of children who struggle with reading or basic math, the first day of school is also the start […]

Take the #ChampionsForChildren Challenge Today!

By Eric Steckel
August 12th,2018 | Read More

Are you ready to take the #ChampionsForChildren Challenge? As Oakland children and youth get ready to go back to school, we are excited to announce the #ChampionsForChildren Challenge. #ChampionsForChildren is much more than just a fundraising campaign. It is a peer-to-peer campaign that relies on you, our champions, to spread the word to your network. […]

Thank you, Volunteers!

By Pearl
August 2nd,2018 | Read More

Before the school year starts up again, we’d like to thank each and every one of our volunteers for the time, energy, and affection they put into volunteering. Please join us in recognizing our 2017-2018 volunteers and community partners: To download the PDF file, click Volunteer Appreciation 2018.

This Summer, We’re Calling On All #ChampionsForChildren

By Eric Steckel
July 28th,2018 | Read More

This Summer has absolutely blown by! It seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the progress our young readers and math scholars made last year. Now, with the help of our ‘elves,’ we are preparing for another great school year, which begins in just a few short weeks. Throughout the summer, we have been diligently […]

Reading Tutor Training

By Pearl
July 10th,2018 | Read More

Saturday, September 8, 9:00 – 11:30am

Volunteer Tutors: Changing the Trajectory of Thousands of Lives – and a Community – At the Crossroads

By Jim Wambach
July 10th,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director This year’s Hope for Children Now Gala was a wonderful celebration. It was an opportunity to unite our Children Rising community, applaud the progress made by our children and youth, acknowledge the dedication of our volunteer tutors and mentors, and remind each other of the journey ahead. Two […]

Hope for Children NOW Gala – What a Night!

By Jessie Palmatier
July 7th,2018 | Read More

Children Rising’s annual Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala took place on June 9, 2018 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. CareerBridge’s scholarship winners took center stage to be recognized for their exceptional performance in school and internships. Amber Johnson, Albert Mitchell, Garyon’tae Smith, and Haifa Algabri each received a $5,000 Eddie College Scholarship. […]

Our Children at the Crossroads: Path2Math

By Jim Wambach
June 5th,2018 | Read More

Perspectives article by Jim Wambach, Executive Director Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela, South African political leader Dear Children Rising Community, Thank you for all the help, love, understanding, and academic support that you have provided during this academic year! Because of your extraordinary […]

Growing into the Promise

By Children Rising
June 5th,2018 | Read More

Article written by Pam May (Kids Count) and Jessie Palmatier (Admin) This year has been a time of building up here at Children Rising. Along with adding several new staff members, we are excited to introduce the newest addition to the Children Rising family of programs: Kids Count! This learner-centered math tutoring program seeks to […]

Perspectives: Our Children at the Crossroads

By Jim Wambach
April 27th,2018 | Read More

by Jim Wambach, Executive Director I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. – Leonardo da Vinci Dear Community, One volunteer + one child + love. A life filled with risk and despair can be transformed to a life […]

A Career Path is Found

By Jessie Palmatier
April 25th,2018 | Read More

In the October 2017 newsletter, we featured a story about a CareerBridge intern named Karyn Lee. We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Karyn’s mother, Marjorie, who shared her perspective on Karyn’s story. Before she connected with CareerBridge, Karyn was losing steam. Marjorie had watched her daughter struggle in school after Karyn’s father passed […]

Reading at the Crossroads

By Children Rising
April 3rd,2018 | Read More

by Eric Steckel, Communications Manager Imagine, for a moment, the smiling young boy in the picture. He’s about to graduate third grade with his entire life before him, full of unlimited possibilities. Perhaps one day he’ll study to be a doctor or create the Next Big Thing in tech. He holds so much promise and […]

Markham Elementary’s Library Dream Team

By Children Rising
April 2nd,2018 | Read More

by Kim Farnham-Flom, Director of Library Services Three years ago, Janice McClure was approaching retirement from her professional position. At that time, she read an article in the Children Rising newsletter about our contribution in opening and sustaining libraries in Oakland public schools*. Intrigued, she set about using some of her newfound time as a […]

Perspectives

By Children Rising
March 1st,2018 | Read More

by Jim Wambach, Executive Director It’s not what is poured into a student, but what is planted. – Linda Conway He who opens a school door, closes a prison. – Victor Hugo   Dear Community, Many of you have done so much to help “at-promise” children in the East Bay. Though Children Rising prefers not […]

Meet Gleoria

By Pearl
March 1st,2018 | Read More

Gleoria Bradley-Sapp is a volunteer-turned-employee who joined us late last year as our newest reading clinic coordinator. We were in need and Gleoria stepped into the fray when we were at our wit’s end! Gleoria retired from the University of California in July 2009 where she had worked in the public service, education, and research […]

At the Crossroads of “Promise” and “Risk”

By Children Rising
February 28th,2018 | Read More

by Bronwyn Harris, teacher and author I taught third grade in the Oakland Unified School District for eight years. I was passionate about my work, and dearly loved the children in my classes. Each one of them had so much promise. However, I was teaching in one of the toughest neighborhoods in Oakland, a neighborhood […]

A Time to Plant

By Pearl
January 29th,2018 | Read More

As I’m sure you’ve noticed from our previous newsletters, we’ve been adding to our staff. What’s amazing is that God has sent every one of these wonderful and talented people our way in response to our expressed needs. Here are a few more new faces!   Pam P. May is our Program Coordinator with Children Rising’s […]

A Time to Build Up

By Children Rising
January 27th,2018 | Read More

by Jim Wambach, Executive Director Children Rising is in the midst of an exciting season as 2018 begins.  Building on the program benefits realized by the many “at-promise” children in our community during the last several school years, we are aggressively investing in our ability to both enhance these programs and to make it possible […]

6 CareerBridge Students Celebrate Graduation From Ralph J. Bunche Academy

By Eric Steckel
January 22nd,2018 | Read More

As in life, there is no single path to a fulfilling career. Pursuing a career path that aligns your values and your passions is a very good place to start. As our CareerBridge program enters its fourth year at the Ralph J. Bunche Academy in West Oakland, we have witnessed many Oakland youth start down […]

Happy Holidays!

By Children Rising
January 4th,2018 | Read More

  Dear Children Rising Community, Together we are making a difference for so many “at-promise” children! In the 5 short months since I joined this wonderful community, I find myself grateful each day to be able to join all of you in this wonderful mission. All of us at Children Rising wish each of you […]

Perspectives

By Children Rising
December 6th,2017 | Read More

“Learning is like rowing upstream: not to advance is to drop back.” – Chinese Proverb Dear Children Rising Community, As you may know, the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is experiencing significant budget challenges – challenges that the school board and administration are working extremely hard to address. If successful (and I believe they will be), […]

Meet Dave Sundman!

By Children Rising
December 6th,2017 | Read More

In October, we welcomed Dave to the Children Rising team as CareerBridge Program Manager. Since 2015, Dave has been living in Oakland where he discovered his passion for mission ministries and education. In addition to Children Rising, Dave also serves at Cityteam Oakland Program and has founded a God-centered organization called DIVIN3KINGDOM, which uses hip-hop […]

Call and Response

By Children Rising
December 6th,2017 | Read More

Article by Dave Sundman, CareerBridge Program Manager One of the things Children Rising strives to do is to be responsive to needs expressed by teachers and staff. A month or so into the school year, Principal Betsye Steele of Ralph J. Bunche Academy voiced her concern that, due to scheduling issues, students graduating in December […]

Welcome, Brenda Paulin!

By Chelsea
October 27th,2017 | Read More

Meet Brenda, our newest Succeeding by Reading Clinic Coordinator. She is a retired federal service Human Resources Director. During her over 40 years of service, she managed and directed a large staff of professionals who performed the full range of human resources duties, including training and development. Her involvement with Children Rising began at least […]

Make Hard Things Easy

By Chelsea
October 27th,2017 | Read More

Dear Children Rising Community, As our staff, volunteers, and community partners once again team with our school districts to support at-promise children within the East Bay, we believe the more we “can make hard things easy”, the more Children Rising and our partners are able to make a profound difference through our various programs. First, […]

From West Oakland to Cal: One Student’s Journey

By Chelsea
October 27th,2017 | Read More

by Eric Steckel, CareerBridge mentor I met Quaylin Wesley – or Quay as his friends call him – in the spring of 2016. He had recently completed his junior year at McClymonds High School (known colloquially as “Mack”) in West Oakland and was about to begin a summer internship at tech giant Intel, one that Children Rising’s CareerBridge […]

October Announcements

By Pearl
October 2nd,2017 | Read More

Reading clinics have just started, but it’s not at all too late to join. There are many struggling readers in need of tutors. We are always recruiting tutors, even during the school year. Email volunteer@children-rising.org to sign up for a training session. And bring a friend! Saturday, October 7, 9:00 – 11:30 am Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 […]

Perspectives…

By Children Rising
October 2nd,2017 | Read More

For a community to be whole and healthy, it must be based on people’s love and concern for each other. – Millard Fuller Dear Children Rising Community, Children Rising’s ability to serve is made possible through a wonderful and diverse community of love and care. Every day we see examples of how this community is […]

Student Spotlight: Karyn Lee

By Pearl
October 2nd,2017 | Read More

In September, our CareerBridge directors Margena Wade-Green and Michelle Hutcherson received a wonderful email from a CareerBridge student. Subject: Thank You Dear Ms. Margena and Ms. Michelle, I never got the chance to formally thank you for giving me an opportunity to intern at Caltrans through your program. I learned so much and it was […]

Times of Refreshing

By Pearl
October 2nd,2017 | Read More

On a bright Wednesday morning in September, close to fifty reading tutors filled our Children Rising office almost to bursting. The event? Our yearly Returning Tutor Refresher Training. Some attendees were returning tutors who joined us just last year or who are coming back after a hiatus. Others were long-time tutors who have faithfully come […]

Meet Our Summer 2017 Career Bridge Interns

By Chelsea
September 11th,2017 | Read More

This July and August we had the privilege to work with some amazing students in our CareerBridge students.  We are proud of each of them for working hard, learning new skills and taking advice from their mentors and employers.  Two of our interns published newsletters profiling some of their CareerBridge peers. Check out the newsletters […]

Upcoming Tutor Trainings

By Children Rising
August 28th,2017 | Read More

Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You can vote in elections once a year but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in. -Unknown Our Succeeding by Reading Clinics will start up in a month! Email volunteer@children-rising.org to sign up for a training session. Trainings […]

How Did We Do in 2016-2017?

By Children Rising
August 28th,2017 | Read More

CareerBridge: Hard at Work In the spring CareerBridge trained 45 students from Ralph Bunche Academy and McClymonds High School in college and career readiness through our Business Essentials Workshops. Six students were partnered with wonderful volunteer mentors. In the summer, we placed 17 students, including those with mentors, at BART, Brain Balance, Caltrans, Martin Luther […]

Perspectives: What We Do in the Present

By Children Rising
August 28th,2017 | Read More

“The future depends on what we do in the present.” – Mahatma Gandhi – As another school year begins, the above quote very much resonated with me. There are few areas of the future we can all individually impact as much as when we help our wonderful children to have a good start in life. […]

Perspectives: Build on the Positive, Build on the Love

By Children Rising
July 28th,2017 | Read More

Dear Children Rising Community, I am excited to become a part of this wonderful community. I’m also humbled to be in a position to build upon what you’ve accomplished over 16 years of supporting the children in the East Bay. Children Rising’s service in the East Bay is made possible through good relationships with donors, […]

Ode to Children Rising Volunteers

By Children Rising
July 28th,2017 | Read More

How do we appreciate thee? Let us count the ways: Thank you for taking part in Children Rising’s mission of supporting at-promise children Thank you for serving behind the scenes by stuffing envelopes and moving furniture Thank you for the expertise and experience you impart to your high school mentee Thank you for gently reining […]

Welcome Jim Wambach, Executive Director!

By Chelsea
July 9th,2017 | Read More

Children Rising is delighted to announce the selection of James Wambach as our new Executive Director. He is married to Sophia and together, they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Jim is passionate about serving youth in the East Bay community in the hopes of dramatically and positively affecting the trajectory of their lives. Six years […]

President’s Corner: Transition Time

By Children Rising
July 5th,2017 | Read More

As many of you know, I am retiring from serving as Children Rising’s president as of June 30, 2017. It’s time for fresh vision, energetic enthusiasm, and discerning wisdom for Children Rising to move into the next level of mission impact. During this time of transition, one of our founding principles comes to mind: “Children […]

2017 Benefit Gala Highlights

By Children Rising
July 5th,2017 | Read More

        Children Rising’s annual Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala took place on June 3, 2017 at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland. The talented Westlake Middle School Jazz Ensemble (far left photo) provided great music as 300-some guests arrived. During the program, we were honored to meet newly-selected OUSD Superintendent Dr. […]

Win a pair of Warriors Tickets!

By Children Rising
May 30th,2017 | Read More

You can win one of our amazing raffle prizes whether you attend the gala or not! Unless you plan to purchase raffle tickets at the gala, please CALL IN (510-836-5100) your raffle order by Thursday, June 1, 4:45 pm. Raffle ticket prices are $10 for 1 ticket $25 for 3 tickets $50 for 7 tickets. Raffle tickets will […]

President’s Corner: Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, A Homegrown Superintendent

By Children Rising
May 30th,2017 | Read More

Congratulations and welcome to Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell, our newly selected Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) superintendent! Here is an excerpt from the OUSD press release: Born and raised in East Oakland and a third generation Oaklander, Johnson-Trammell is a fierce advocate for Oakland public schools, having attended Montclair Elementary and Montera Middle School. She holds […]

President’s Corner: Like Christmas Vacation!

By Children Rising
May 1st,2017 | Read More

Over the past eleven years Children Rising has channeled thousands of Oakland/East Bay public school students into Mission Springs Outdoor Education (MSOE) camp in the Santa Cruz mountains. Our maiden voyage was February 21-23, 2006 when some 30 students from Burckhalter Elementary headed for Mission Springs. I’ll never forget the fifth-grade girl who upon arrival […]

Gala

By Pearl
March 31st,2017 | Read More

Children Rising’s Annual Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala Register Here! Saturday, June 3, 2017 Scottish Rite Grand Ballroom Lake Merritt, Oakland For more information, call the office at 510.836.5100, or email chelsea@children-rising.org. Register Here! Back to BLOG posts

Science-Hopping

By Pearl
March 31st,2017 | Read More

Once every month, every student at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary (MLK) gets a class visit to the STEAM-Coding Lab, which is led by Margena Wade-Green and Michelle Hutcherson, our Director and Assistant Director of Science Horizons. The STEAM-Coding lab allows students to work with hands-on science activities to augment what they’ve learned in their […]

President’s Corner: Following Students Forward

By Children Rising
March 31st,2017 | Read More

Looking back on 16 years of outreach to East Bay schools, I find it mind-boggling to think that we’ve had the honor of knowing and supporting thousands of students. Where most of them are today, I wish I knew. In most cases a child comes into one of our programs for a year or two […]

President’s Corner: Tommy the Storyteller

By Children Rising
February 2nd,2017 | Read More

On Tuesdays, I volunteer at the Excel Reading Clinic at Prescott Elementary. This year, one of the boys I tutor is Tommy, a third-grader. When Tommy walks into the room he flashes me a warm smile and then we do the secret handshake. After taking his seat beside me, we work on sight words then […]

Newsletter Assembly Volunteer

By Pearl
February 2nd,2017 | Read More

    Children Rising is looking for volunteers to help us assemble the hardcopy newsletters that we send out every month. We usually get together the morning of the last Friday of every month for a day of chatting, snacks and stuffing envelopes. It’s low-key and chock full of great conversation. If you’re interested in volunteering, […]

Keep It Humming

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

Health4Kids has been humming along, now in its twelfth year in partnership with the Alameda County Community Food Bank. This year, we’re serving close to 4,000 people, distributing 2,600 bags of nutritious food to families in Alameda County every month of the school year. Our wonderful volunteers fill and process these bags at the Food […]

Tutor Training – Feb. 7

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

You are invited to learn more about becoming a reading tutor at our upcoming Tutor Training! When: Tuesday, February 7 3:00 – 5:30 pm Where: All trainings held at our office: 2633 Telegraph Ave, #412 Oakland, CA 94612. Training materials and yummy snacks will be provided.  Sign up with Rebecca at rebecca@children-rising.org or call our office […]

President’s Corner: Shalom Oakland

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

As we enter a tumultuous new year, shalom (a Hebrew word encompassing peace, prosperity, health, wholeness) is a renewed yearning of my hopes and prayers. Back in the early 1980s, Jeremiah 29:7 became embedded in my spirit: “Seek the shalom of the city where I have sent you, and pray to the LORD on its […]

Want to be a part of something positive?

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

Volunteer with Children Rising. By sharing just a few hours of your time and talent each week, you can help a struggling student reach their potential. How can one person make a difference? Personal relationships are the secret to our success. Because of that, one person can always make a difference in the life of a struggling […]

La Escuelita at Missions Springs

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

Near the end of 2016, students from La Escuelita Elementary experienced outdoor education at Mission Springs in the Santa Cruz Mountains. This was La Escuelita’s first time and how it came about was rather providential. A young eighth-grade teacher from La Escuelita named Ali McKenna reached out to Children Rising president Randy Roth, reminding him […]

Save the Date: June 3

By Children Rising
February 1st,2017 | Read More

Our 16th Annual Hope For Children Benefit Gala is set for Saturday, June 3, 2017. This year, we will once again be holding the gala at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center on Lake Merritt. Please mark June 3 on your calendars! Stay tuned for details.         Back to BLOG posts

Happy 2017!

By Children Rising
December 26th,2016 | Read More

May God fill you with his love, joy and peace throughout the New Year! Children Rising staff from left to right: (front row) Gwen Stephens, Pearl Wang, Randy Roth, Caroline Piraino, Michelle Hutcherson, (back row) Rebecca Buckley, Charlotte Martinez, Margena Wade-Green, Jan Zovickian, Chelsea Boniak, Ashley Verinsky, Kim Flom. Not pictured: Deborah Davis.   Back […]

Literacy Tutor Training

By Children Rising
December 26th,2016 | Read More

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 3:00 – 5:30 pm Training materials and yummy snacks will be provided. All trainings held at our office: 2633 Telegraph Ave, #412 Oakland, CA 94612. Sign up with Rebecca at rebecca@children-rising.org   Back to BLOG posts

Project Peace: Day of Service

By Children Rising
December 26th,2016 | Read More

Over the past nine years, Project Peace has been a catalyst for change at local schools, homeless shelters, mentoring programs, and other social service providers. They began in 2007 partnering with one church and engaging 100 volunteers to serve 300 hours. Last year Project Peace partnered with 20 churches, engaged over 1,300 volunteers, and served […]

President’s Corner: Prayer for Christmas Presence

By Children Rising
December 9th,2016 | Read More

O God of peace and love, Companion in solitude, Protector in exile – Show us the way to stand against injustice, to protect and nurture life. Help us to embrace simplicity, to care tenderly for others. Teach us to conserve and preserve the natural gifts of this world. Help us to take time to be […]

President’s Corner: Counting Your Blessings

By Children Rising
December 9th,2016 | Read More

While it’s true that there is a great deal of suffering, injustice and conflict in our world — faraway and close to home — we still have so much to be grateful for. As we gathered with family and friends on Thanksgiving, we paused before feasting to count our blessings. Children Rising is profoundly grateful for… […]

Book Review: Literally Unbelievable by Bronwyn Harris

By Children Rising
December 9th,2016 | Read More

Literally Unbelievable: Stories from an East Oakland Classroom, written by former teacher Bronwyn Harris, throws a laser-sharp spotlight on Oakland’s public education crisis. Harris’ visceral, passionate expose is based on her firsthand experience as a teacher in Oakland. Literally Unbelievable is not about cursing the darkness, but about lighting more candles of hope to shine […]

Inspiring Children to Make Healthier Choices

By Children Rising
December 9th,2016 | Read More

On entering the Lafayette Elementary auditorium on this particular day, you would have walked in on a spellbound audience of third- thru fifth-graders. The focus of their attention was a diverse cast of four actors performing in a health-related presentation called “The Best Me”. In the skit, each of the four “elementary school students” struggles with […]

President’s Corner: The Literacy Crisis

By Children Rising
November 10th,2016 | Read More

Early childhood literacy is a national issue that will directly impact the future vitality and economic well-being of our communities and our country as a whole. Fourth graders shown to be reading “below basic” are four times more likely to drop out of high school – hindering their chances to live a healthy, productive life. […]

Change A Child’s Life (and Your Own)

By Children Rising
November 2nd,2016 | Read More

After teaching students for over 30 years, Vivian received a most unexpected gift. “A dear friend and I were walking our favorite trail in Lafayette, out in the fresh air and experiencing God’s nature,” she explains. “Kim had been tutoring students, and asked me to join her. She just knew how much being with children […]

Thank you to…

By Children Rising
November 2nd,2016 | Read More

… everyone who made our WIZdom of God production a success! To First Covenant Church for allowing us to use your space and equipment. To Gwen and Paul Stephens, and all the cast members for making the musical a labor of love. To Ms. Nzuri and the Nzuri Soul Band for your terrific musical accompaniment. […]

The WIZdom of God

By Children Rising
October 5th,2016 | Read More

Meet the Scarecrow, Tin Foil, Dorothy, the Lioness, and Total Mess Saturday, October 15, 2016 First Covenant Church 4000 Redwood Rd, Oakland Doors open at 3:15 pm. Show starts at 4:00 pm.  Tickets on sale now! $25 at the door $20 General Admission pre-sale $15 pre-sale for Seniors, $20 at the door $10 Children 3-10 […]

We’re Off to See The WIZdom of God!

By Children Rising
October 5th,2016 | Read More

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Children Rising is proud to present a one-time only production of The WIZdom of God. Inspired by both The Wizard of Oz and The Wiz, The WIZdom of God follows Dorothy and her little dog Total Mess on their adventure to the Crystal City to meet the Voice of God. […]

President’s Corner: Point of Viewing

By Children Rising
October 5th,2016 | Read More

Randy Roth Stand three people side by side to watch an event, get them alone afterward and ask what they saw and it’s likely you will hear three different accounts. Why? Because one’s point of view depends on one’s point of viewing. Not long after Children Rising launched in 2001, I was introduced to a […]

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