Upcoming Tutor Trainings

By Children Rising
August 28, 2017

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 to sign up for a training session. Trainings take place at the Children Rising Office.

Saturday, September 23 , 9:00 – 11:30 am

Saturday, October 7, 9:00 – 11:30 am

Tuesday, October 17, 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Saturday, November 4, 9:00 – 11:30 am


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How Did We Do in 2016-2017?

By Children Rising
August 28, 2017

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 King, Jr. Elementary School, and the Children Rising office for five- to six-week paid summer internships.


Science Horizons: Full STEAM ahead
Our Science Horizon program provided a full-service STEAM* Lab to the entire Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School (300+ students), and more than one hundred students at PLACE at Prescott Elementary!

Last year, we served Piedmont Avenue Elementary and Laurel Elementary through five math tutors at each school, reaching 20 students per week at each location.

Science Horizons was instrumental in arranging field trips to Lawrence Berkeley Labs for 7 schools, Mission Springs Outdoor Education for 10 schools, and participation in Oakland Aviation Day for 6 schools.

*STEAM is shorthand for an educational emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math.


Succeeding by Reading: Moving Mountains
Have you ever moved a mountain? Succeeding by Reading tutors witness students moving mountains every year as they build skills in phonics, memorize high-frequency words, grow into fluent readers, and begin to experience academic success.
In the 2016-2017 school year, we provided individual reading instruction for 310 students. Two-thirds (67%) of our full-year students improved by two grade levels or more in their reading skills! Special thanks to our 142 reading tutors for investing time, attention, and devotion in the lives of our mountain-moving new readers.


Health4Kids: We Did What?! 
Children Rising has worked with the Alameda County Community Food Bank (ACCFB) since 2006. The ACCFB volunteer coordinator recently sent us some unexpected and inspiring stats.

Since 2006…
Volunteer participants: 3667
Hours Volunteered: 7460
Bags distributed: 239,025

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Perspectives: What We Do in the Present

By Children Rising
August 28, 2017

“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. Giving hope to at-promise students by closing the achievement gap in our urban public schools profoundly changes the trajectory of children’s lives. We’ve seen it happen year after year!

This is our mission here at Children Rising and – together with our many community partners, schools, and amazing volunteers – we have been able to help thousands of children over the years. Our ability to serve and

impact the East Bay community has grown each year and we are planning to serve more children with improved programs this year. But… we can’t do it without you!


“Every kid is one caring adult away from being a success story.”
– Josh Shipp –


As a Children Rising volunteer, you can change a life by

  • Helping a child become a successful reader and lifelong lover of learning
  • Opening up the world of science and the great outdoors to urban kids
  • Sharpening a student’s math and critical thinking skills
  • Mentoring a high school student in preparation for workplace internships
  • Enabling children to receive proper nutrition so they are better able to learn

All Children Rising volunteers are provided training, materials, and ongoing coaching by our experienced staff. Only a small amount of time is required and the rewards you receive in return are priceless!

Thank you to our many dedicated volunteers who help year after year. And to those of you who have not yet had a chance to volunteer, thank you in advance for any time you can give as we continue to serve the children of our community.

For the children,


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