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Perspectives: Build on the Positive, Build on the Love

By Children Rising
July 28, 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 28, 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 9, 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 5, 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 5, 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 30, 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 30, 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 1, 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 31, 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 31, 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 31, 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 2, 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 2, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 1, 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 26, 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 26, 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 26, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 9, 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 10, 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 2, 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 2, 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. […]

We’re Off to See The WIZdom of God!

By Children Rising
October 5, 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. […]

The WIZdom of God

By Children Rising
October 5, 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 […]

President’s Corner: Point of Viewing

By Children Rising
October 5, 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 […]

Volunteer Voices: Walt Crockett

By Children Rising
October 5, 2016 | Read More

Walt Crockett CareerBridge mentor Why do I volunteer? The youth. Oakland has a lot of needy youth. It’s paramount to help them out. The kids that I’ve seen come through [CareerBridge], in the short amount of time that I’ve known, have really grown. And I’d like to see more kids with that opportunity to come […]

Literacy Tutors Cultivate Learning

By Children Rising
August 31, 2016 | Read More

You can grow ideas in the garden of your mind. — from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood What a joy to sow seeds of learning, and to see students blossom into new readers! Thanks to the dedicated service of 130 literacy tutors in the 2015-2016 school year, we provided individual reading instruction for 295 students. Of those […]

Unsung Heroes

By Children Rising
August 31, 2016 | Read More

President’s Corner: A Little Goes A Long Way

By Children Rising
August 31, 2016 | Read More

The title of Max Lucado’s book Outlive Your Life: You Were Made to Make a Difference could be Children Rising’s theme song as we launch into our sixteenth school year. We are in search of farsighted people committed to invest in the next generation. YOU can make a difference by… Helping a child become a […]

Thank you to our 2016 volunteers!

By Children Rising
August 3, 2016 | Read More

For a downloadable pdf, click here.

CareerBridge Student Bios by Mateen Rahimi

By Children Rising
August 2, 2016 | Read More

(Taken from the CareerBridge summer newsletter edited by CareerBridge intern Mateen Rahimi.)Shavon is an eighteen-year-old who loves doing her hair, reading, babysitting, and working. She graduated from Ralph Bunche High School this year and will be attending Laney Community College in Oakland in the fall. In the future she plans on attending a four-year university […]

What’s Cooking in CareerBridge?

By Children Rising
August 2, 2016 | Read More

This year, in addition to providing mentors and internships for high school students, CareerBridge decided to take on another project: the Ralph Bunche Culinary Program. Under the tutelage of a local restaurant owner and the guidance of CareerBridge directors Margena Wade-Green and Michelle Hutcherson, participating Ralph Bunche students have been learning how to run a […]

Celebrating Children Rising’s Fifteenth!

By Children Rising
June 23, 2016 | Read More

Thank you to every one of our supporters, volunteers, donors, table sponsors, speakers, prayer warriors, and guests for making our 15th Anniversary Gala a success! It was a beautiful, inspiring evening and we surpassed our fundraising goal of $100,000! In particular, we’d like to salute marvelous emcee Donna Somerville for conducting our event smoothly despite […]

Celebrating on Camera

By Children Rising
June 23, 2016 | Read More

by Carolyn Piraino, Excel Reading Clinic coordinator Excitement was already in the air when local news reporter Allen Martin and his cameraman arrived at Laurel Elementary to film our Excel Reading Clinic closing ceremony on Wednesday, May 25. The reason? To get footage of our Succeeding by Reading program in action for their late June […]

Hope For Children Now Raffle Tickets

By Children Rising
May 25, 2016 | Read More

Support Children Rising and get a chance to win a dream vacation! (Drawing will be held at the June 4 Gala. Need not be present to win.) Grand Prize: 3-night stay at all-inclusive resort in Cabos San Lucas plus a $500 Alaskan Airlines gift card. Runner Up Prizes: Pebble Beach Vacation Home3-night stay for up […]

Future Scientists go to BLAZES

By Children Rising
May 25, 2016 | Read More

Ruby Bridges Elementary fifth-graders recently journeyed to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to conduct science experiments in conjunction with the lab’s Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES) program. Each student, wearing a white lab coat, participated in hands-on activities titled Finding Elements on the Periodic Table, What Conducts Electricity and When Do Substances Change […]

President’s Corner: Kerry Gough

By Children Rising
May 25, 2016 | Read More

I’m happy to announce that Kerry Gough has joined Children Rising’s Board of Directors. A retired civil rights attorney, Kerry’s interest in civil rights began when, as a young soldier, he blew the whistle on the Army’s collaboration with racist Monterey Peninsula landlords who refused to rent to African American armed forces personnel. That experience […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Dennis Burke

By Children Rising
April 29, 2016 | Read More

A remarkable thing called connection happens when you find a way to combine your talents with volunteering! This is what Dennis Burke discovered when he began volunteering through Children Rising. After he retired from the world of business and finance, Dennis wanted to find a way to contribute to his community. So in 2012 Dennis […]

Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala

By Children Rising
April 29, 2016 | Read More

                  CLICK HERE TO RSVP *************************** Can’t attend the Gala but want to make a difference? Contribute to our $100,000 fundraising goal by clicking here.

President’s Corner: The Genesis of Children Rising

By Children Rising
April 29, 2016 | Read More

In 1988 the Roth family arrived in Oakland where I was called to serve as pastor of First Covenant Church, and soon we started a weekly gathering to pray for the Shalom of Oakland. A growing number of people from several congregations were coming together to pray for the peace, prosperity, health and wholeness of […]

Calling All Mentors

By Children Rising
April 4, 2016 | Read More

Lanny and Jared, mentor and mentee What was it like for you to transition from high school to young adulthood? Things that may seem easy or straightforward to you now (researching colleges, applying for jobs, buying a car, choosing a major, etc…) are new and often daunting ventures for high school students. We invite you […]

President’s Appeal

By Children Rising
April 4, 2016 | Read More

Will you be an Ambassador of Hope? Children Rising relies on contributions from supporters like YOU so we can offer one-on-one tutoring support to struggling second-grade readers; introduce inner city kids to the world of Science Technology Engineering and Math; provide low-income high schoolers with a workplace internship under the guidance of a personal mentor; […]

Learning Dollars and Sense

By Children Rising
April 4, 2016 | Read More

by Randy Roth, president of Children Rising For the third year in a row, PwC consultants are engaging third- thru fifth-graders in dollars-and-cents matters. This year, three elementary schools in West Oakland– Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK), Hoover, and Prescott– have welcomed PwC’s Earn Your Future financial literacy curriculum. Lessons include identity theft, creditworthiness, saving & […]

Putting Theory into Practice

By Children Rising
March 1, 2016 | Read More

St. Mary’s College in Moraga requires their students to be engaged in the community. One of the available classes is entitled “The Least of These: Marginalized Children in the Bay Area”. Under the leadership of instructor Mitali Perkins, students read, discuss, and write papers about the impact of hunger, violence, and under-resourced schools on children. […]

President’s Corner

By Children Rising
March 1, 2016 | Read More

Lackana Sot, senior at Oakland HS At the close of a recent community gathering at Oakland High School, I was approached by a student, a young man I did not recognize. He politely introduced himself. “Mr. Roth, my name is  Lackana Sot and I want to thank you for making it possible for me to […]

Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala

By Children Rising
March 1, 2016 | Read More

An Impromptu Civics Lesson

By Children Rising
February 3, 2016 | Read More

by Leila Gough, volunteer literacy tutor for Succeeding by Reading Leila Gough An absolutely wonderful thing happened today… I tutor at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in West Oakland. My usual student was out sick so I worked with another student who had come from Yemen. He told me that he could recognize an Arab […]

President’s Corner

By Children Rising
February 3, 2016 | Read More

“It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the season of hope. It was the season of despair.” That’s how Charles Dickens began his book, A Tale of Two Cities. These contrasting, contradictory views could describe our present era. Most of us are living far better than we ever imagined. […]

Miscellaneous News

By Children Rising
February 3, 2016 | Read More

Save the DateChildren Rising’s annual Hope for Children Now Gala will take place on June 4, 2016 at the Scottish Rite Center at Lake Merritt, Oakland. Please mark this on your calendar! More details to follow. Hour of CodeOne of the schools that Children Rising serves, Roosevelt Middle School, received a visit from three White […]

Fun with Food for Families in Need

By Children Rising
February 3, 2016 | Read More

by Charlotte Martinez, director of Health4Kids Motown music fills the bustling warehouse. At his end of the assembly line, Wayne keeps all the volunteers laughing. At the other end, Mary swings to the Assembly line vibrant music while double-knotting a thousand-plus bags so that Duane and Paul, or Nikki and Bill, can load them into […]

Happy 2016 from Children Rising!

By Children Rising
December 22, 2015 | Read More

Wishing you a new year full of hope, joy, and abundant blessings! Children Rising staff from left to right: Chelsea Boniak, Rebecca Buckley, Michelle Hutcherson, Margena Wade-Green, Madalyn Wang, Carolyn Piraino, Gwen Stephens, Kim Farnham-Flom, Deborah Davis, Ashley Verinsky, Charlotte Martinez, Jan Zovickian, Pearl Wang, Randy Roth

Last Call for Year-end Donations!

By Children Rising
December 22, 2015 | Read More

Please consider making a tax-deductible gift. Every bit of your monetary support, no matter how large or small, enables us to tutor and attend to more children in Oakland. Donate here. We will continue to accept online year-end gifts until December 31, 2015.

December 2015 newsletter

By Children Rising
November 21, 2015 | Read More

It’s Never Too Soon to Think about College College graduates are 2 times more likely to be employed and to be productive participating members of society. And yet today, 80.5% of children from low-income families do not graduate from college. For the last few years, Children Rising, in partnership with the First Presbyterian Church of […]

FN Mentors Awarded for Public Service

By Children Rising
October 27, 2015 | Read More

In the July edition of our newsletter, we spotlighted Oakland students who won third place in a robotics competition at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Now it’s their mentors’ turn. Mark and Joanne Perra, retired scientists and Children Rising volunteers, were recently presented with the Jefferson Award* for Public Service by KPIX, the […]

Championing Our Children Matching Challenge

By Children Rising
October 27, 2015 | Read More

Don’t forget that every dollar you give in the month of November will be matched to double its impact! Help us reach our goal to match $35,000 pledged by generous donors. All funds raised will go toward invigorating Children Rising’s academic and enrichment programs: Succeeding by Reading, Health4Kids, Science Horizons and CareerBridge.   Give to […]

President’s Corner: Urgent Need for Reading Tutors

By Children Rising
October 27, 2015 | Read More

Way too many Oakland kids from low-income families are slipping through the cracks because they lack reading skills. When Children Rising first launched in 2001, 70% of Oakland’s third-graders were reading below grade level. Now in 2015, 60% are reading below grade level. Oakland has made progress, but the percentage is still intolerable. Basic literacy […]

The Need for Library Services

By Children Rising
October 1, 2015 | Read More

by Kim Farnham-Flom, Director of Library Services Courtesy of Babuljak Photography Years ago, I walked into a school to be a literacy tutor. In Oakland public schools, only one-third of third-grade students were reading at grade level and at this particular school, the percentage was even less. Peering through the window of a locked door, […]

Volunteer Spotlight: Elaine Chan and Marian McGaw

By Children Rising
October 1, 2015 | Read More

Celebrating Children Rising volunteers Elaine Chan and Marian McGaw who are starting their tenth academic year of service. Elaine Chan I started volunteering at Laurel because a message at our Women’s Bible Study challenged me to step outside my comfort zone at about the same time that there was a church announcement about volunteer opportunities […]

President’s Corner: Welcome Aboard, Jonathan!

By Children Rising
October 1, 2015 | Read More

Jonathan Mayes With enthusiasm I’m happy to announce that long-time friend and supporter Jonathan Mayes has joined Children Rising’s Board of Directors. He will provide wise counsel and help us continue to network community resources, given his extensive corporate-philanthropic background and keen understanding of the challenges that confront our low-income minority youth. Currently Jonathan serves […]

Welcome, Ms. Deborah Davis!

By Children Rising
October 1, 2015 | Read More

Ms. Deborah Davis has joined our staff this school year as an Excel Reading Clinic Coordinator. A native of Ohio, Deborah began her teaching career as an Urban Teacher Corps intern in Washington D.C., simultaneously teaching and earning her credential. Following a move to the Bay Area, Deborah taught at the elementary as well as […]

Tutor Training Dates

By Children Rising
October 1, 2015 | Read More

MATH TUTOR TRAINING Monday, October 5 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Children Rising Office To RSVP, contact Margena Wade-Green, margena@children-rising.org. ____________________________________________________________ LITERACY TUTOR TRAINING Saturday, October 10 9:00-11:30 am at Children Rising Office Wednesday, October 21 3:30-6:00 pm at Children Rising Office Saturday, November 7 9:00-11:30 am at Children Rising Office To RSVP Rebecca Buckley, […]

CareerBridge: Just the Beginning

By Children Rising
September 2, 2015 | Read More

By Margena Wade-Green CareerBridge students, supervisors, mentors, family, and Children Rising staff. CareerBridge has reached an important milestone. We served twenty students this summer, helping each to get an internship. Ten students also signed up to be paired with an adult mentor. All students received stipends through partnering agencies as well as through Children Rising’s […]

President’s Corner: Abraham Wordsworth — Replanted and Flourishing

By Children Rising
September 2, 2015 | Read More

Abraham was born in 1996 during a series of brutal civil wars in Liberia. His father was killed and his young mother, unable to care for him during the chaos, sent him to live with his aunt, Theresa Lamadine. At age three Abraham and his aunt, along with other family members, made the journey from […]

Volunteer Opportunities

By Children Rising
September 2, 2015 | Read More

Make a difference in a student’s life, and let that student make a difference in yours!Let us know your area(s) of interest, and we’ll provide more details. Reading Tutor — 1 or more hours per weekLibrary Assistant — 1 or more hours per weekScience Classroom Assistant — 2.5 hours per weekMath Tutor — 1 or […]

Reading Tutor Training Dates

By Children Rising
September 2, 2015 | Read More

All Aboard the Train to Reading

By Children Rising
August 3, 2015 | Read More

“Do your best work, follow directions, and show respect.” Each Excel Reading Clinic student knows this by heart. These three rules keep them from straying off the train tracks on their way to reading. With one-to-one instruction, it’s truly amazing how far struggling readers travel in just one year. Their train conductors, Excel Reading Clinic […]

Children Rising wants to say…

By Children Rising
August 3, 2015 | Read More

During the 2014-2015 school year, more than 248 volunteers provided support and practical assistance to the East Bay area and its children through Children Rising. 121 Reading Tutors at 20 Excel Reading Clinics enabled over 260 primary grade students to improve their reading levels. 38 Food Baggers put together nutritious weekend lunch bags for 1550 […]

Project Peace: Day of Service

By Children Rising
August 3, 2015 | Read More

August 22, 2015, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm A Day of Service is a volunteer service opportunity coordinated by Project Peace East Bay to bring together local faith-based groups, non-profit organizations, and East Bay social service providers. It is an opportunity for people from very different backgrounds to come together simply to love and serve […]

Volunteer Shoutouts

By Children Rising
August 3, 2015 | Read More

A thank you letter from Ms. Washington’s second-grade class to FN volunteer Pete Gohler who shared about his experiences as a pilot during a trip to the library.

Oakland Students Win Award at UC Davis

By Children Rising
July 1, 2015 | Read More

On May 30, Oakland’s Roosevelt Middle School (RMS) sent a team of blossoming robotics experts to the 2015 C-STEM Day RoboPlay Challenge Competition at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). The Roosevelt Bulldog Robotics Team, students from a newly created robotics course at RMS, were mentored by retired scientists and Children Rising volunteers Mark and […]

In the Land of Reading

By Children Rising
July 1, 2015 | Read More

by Merle Miller, Excel Reading Clinic coordinator Every Friday afternoon at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary, seven excited second-graders enlivened Pod B classroom with their eagerness to read. The team of experienced tutors was always up for the challenge, making sure to wrap learning with fun. We progressed through boxes of sight words and learned […]

Thank you!

By Children Rising
July 1, 2015 | Read More

Click here to visit the gala photo gallery. Thank you to all sponsors, guests, program participants, and volunteers! We loved seeing all of you. Your freely-given prayers, participation, and generosity have overwhelmed us. Thank you. Make sure to check out the photo gallery. Platinum Sponsors Branagh Construction Kathy Drake Paul and Courtney Ebner Terry and Mary […]

Last Call!

By Children Rising
May 30, 2015 | Read More

It’s not too late to purchase a gala ticket! Enjoy an evening of flavorful foods, entertainment, and inspiring stories while you learn about how you can invest in our children. Oakland Unified School District Superintendent, Antwan Wilson, is our special guest speaker! To purchase tickets or sponsor the event, visit www.children-rising.org/gala or call our office […]

Blazingly Cool Science

By Children Rising
May 29, 2015 | Read More

by Jocelyne Birren, Interim Director of Volunteers Last month, fifth-graders from Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary journeyed to Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in conjunction with Berkeley Lab Adventure Zone in Elementary Science (BLAZES). Looking ever so professional in white lab coats, gloves, and safety goggles, they participated in hands-on activities to find out what conducts […]

President’s Corner: Investing In Our Children

By Children Rising
May 29, 2015 | Read More

I remember saving for a Schwinn bicycle with silver chrome fenders. When I was a kid, my parents opened up my very own savings account into which I would deposit money I made from odd jobs. Small deposits began to add up. Eventually I put in an order from the Sears catalog. Oh happy day […]

Summer Volunteer Opportunities

By Children Rising
May 29, 2015 | Read More

CareerBridgeWe’re off to a dynamic start! Mentors and Mentees are working together to unfold mentee hopes and dreams and, meanwhile, having fun at it. To learn more, contact Margena@children-rising.org. Today’s Youth Matter Summer CampsEvery year, Children Rising partners with Today’s Youth Matter to send 8- to 12-year-old girls and boys from low-income areas to a […]

Hope For the Children Now Benefit Gala

By Children Rising
May 8, 2015 | Read More

Click here to buy tickets!

Community Partner: Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church

By Children Rising
May 8, 2015 | Read More

Through their Creek Watering Oaks initiative, Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church (WCPC) inspires church members to serve vulnerable children in Oakland through partner organizations. On April 19th, the entire Sunday worship service and educational program focused on reaching “at-promise” youth living in Oakland. Children Rising was one of five partner organizations invited to participate, along with […]

President’s Corner: Jon Blankmeyer

By Children Rising
May 8, 2015 | Read More

A Fond Farewell to Jon Blankmeyer With bittersweet feelings, I must announce that one of our founding members is retiring from Children Rising’s Board of Directors. Jon Blankmeyer has served faithfully on the board for fourteen years – twelve years as board chair and two years as treasurer. Jon and his dear wife Elaine came […]

Mission Springs

By Children Rising
May 8, 2015 | Read More

By Lisa Oler, fifth-grade teacher at Burckhalter Elementary In thirty-two years of teaching in Oakland, certain experiences with my classes have left me with a feeling of accomplishment and possibility. One of those recurring experiences has been to take my students to the Missions Springs Outdoor Education science camp every year. We visit the beautiful […]

President’s Corner: Math Matters

By Children Rising
March 31, 2015 | Read More

Randy Roth, President of Children Rising Math matters because kids count! Students may ask why math is necessary. Why? Because people must have math skills to perform basic activities like following a recipe, managing a budget, deciding whether a sale item is a good deal, and so on. Financial Analyst Mike Walker points out that kids […]

Save the Date: Saturday, June 6, 2015

By Children Rising
March 31, 2015 | Read More

Hope for Children Now Benefit Gala Faz Restaurant in Downtown Oakland 1111 Broadway Enjoy an evening of flavorful foods, entertainment, inspiring stories, and opportunities to invest in our children. For questions about tickets, event sponsorship, or volunteering, contact us at 510.836.5100 or chelsea@children-rising.org. More details coming soon!

Unlocking the Excitement

By Children Rising
March 31, 2015 | Read More

Rebecca J. Buckley, Director of Succeeding by Reading His name is David and he’s in second grade. At the beginning of the year, he was so shy and so scared that he couldn’t answer any of the questions on our student diagnostic assessment. What would be the keys to unlock David’s excitement for learning? On […]

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

By Children Rising
March 31, 2015 | Read More

    Click here to view all of our volunteer opportunities.

By Children Rising
February 9, 2015 | Read More

Children Rising wishes you a new year  full of hope, joy, and abundant blessings!

Financial Literacy Opens Students’ Eyes on Their Future

By Chelsea
March 10, 2014 | Read More

What a joy to see a dozen PwC US (PricewaterhouseCoopers) consultants show up at Prescott Elementary ready to engage 3rd – 5thgraders on dollars and cents  matters with lessons on “Credit & Debt”, “Saving & Investing” and “Income & Careers.”  Instead of lecturing, the PwC team invites students to role play, with lessons aimed at using […]

Join Us for Champions for Children

By Children Rising
September 10, 2013 | Read More

    Are you ready for Children Rising’s 3rd Annual Champions for Children 5K Walk/Run? Mark your calendars and tell your friends to join you for the Champions for Children on October 26 at Lake Merritt in Oakland!    Register Now: Click here to register online Call our office at 510-836-5100 What to Expect: Prizes […]

A Summer With CalTrans

By Children Rising
August 22, 2013 | Read More

It has been an eventful summer for Children Rising. Just as the school year was winding down, we launched the Carolyn Yee Future Scientist Fund (CYFSF), which will serve to enrich students in science, technology, engineering, and math through experiences, classroom supplies, internship stipends, and teacher support. Things quickly fell into place, and we were […]

Oakland Reads 2020

By Children Rising
June 20, 2013 | Read More

Lately, I’ve been reading about the positive changes that Oakland’s Operation Ceasefire program has been bringing to our community. At first, people were doubtful that this initiative would be effective–after all, the same program had been invoked in 2009 with little results. This time around, the public is seeing results in the arrests of gang […]

Celebration!

By Children Rising
June 5, 2013 | Read More

We had our last day of tutoring two weeks ago, and our celebration day was last week. Erick was able to get a prize from the prize box for reading another twenty books. He seemed a little discouraged by the choices that were left in the box (many kids have been earning prizes!). I held […]

Animals besides spiders

By Children Rising
May 16, 2013 | Read More

This week, Erick read a book about various semi-scary animals, including the great white shark, desert scorpion, grizzly bear, king cobra, crocodile and hippopotamus.I thought the inclusion of the hippopotamus was a little strange since they are vegetarians, but as Erick turned to the hippo page, he was somewhat horrified. Staring back at us was […]

Spider-Man II

By Children Rising
May 2, 2013 | Read More

Erick surprised me this week by picking out another Spider-Man book. He was curious to know more about this superhero. We reviewed a little about what we learned about Spider-Man the previous week, including why spiders are important and the web aspect. Erick was concerned that Spider-Man does not have flying capabilities.“Spider-Man doesn’t fly, but […]