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Volunteer Tutor Profile: Barbara and Rich Thompson

By Eric Steckel
April 3, 2024 | Read More

Finding Joy and Purpose Together For retired couple Barbara and Rich Thompson, volunteering with Succeeding by Reading has been a source of joy, companionship, and purpose. Their journey began nearly 15 years ago when they attended a talk by Children Rising founder Randy Roth at Piedmont Community Church. They had recently retired and moved back […]

Let’s Celebrate Global Volunteer Month

By Eric Steckel
April 1, 2024 | Read More

A heartfelt “Thank you” to our amazing tutors! April is Global Volunteer Month. We are incredibly grateful to all of our amazing volunteers. Your stories demonstrate the power we each have to positively impact the community and truly be a force of good here in Oakland and the East Bay. We express thanks and encouragement […]

Volunteer Tutoring: Why Relationships Matter So Much

By Eric Steckel
April 1, 2024 | Read More

One-on-one tutoring helps complete a child’s circle of care “It’s all about relationships.” If you have spent a year as a tutor, you are no doubt nodding your head in agreement. The relationship between a child and their tutor is precious. Once trust is built, that’s when the magic happens, and learning is amplified. That’s […]

4 Tax Benefits of Giving During the Year

By Guest Blogger
March 29, 2024 | Read More

How to be intentional and proactive with the way you give to charity Guest Blog By Jose F. Campos AIF®, EA, CIMA®, CFP®, Managing Partner (CA Insurance Lic#0K64850) As a wealth advisor, I work with families to align their portfolios with their values. But that’s not the only way to help change the world — […]

Thank you to Piedmont Community Church for your Remarkable Christmas Offering

By Eric Steckel
March 12, 2024 | Read More

A Tribute to an Enduring Partnership Since 2004 As the holiday season drew near in 2023, Children Rising received a welcome, unexpected call from our beloved mission partner, Piedmont Community Church. Pastor Don Ashburn let us know that we would be the recipients of Piedmont Community Church’s Christmas Offering. Their generous gift, which included the […]

National Reading Month: Unleashing the Power of Reading

By Eric Steckel
March 1, 2024 | Read More

How One-on-One Tutoring Boosts Literacy, Academic Success, and Confidence! National Reading Month is here—which is kicked off with Read Across America Week—and we’re diving headfirst into a celebration of all things literary! Let’s take a moment to consider how programs like Children Rising’s Succeeding by Reading are uplifting kids in Oakland’s community schools! Succeeding by […]

Creating a Circle of Care Through Tutoring

By Eric Steckel
February 20, 2024 | Read More

Alejandro’s Remarkable Path to Math and Jeanne’s Dream Fulfilled Children Rising volunteer tutoring programs nurture children in a circle of care, enabling them to thrive in subjects that seemed out of their reach. A beautiful aspect of the relationship is that they also provide caring adults an opportunity to learn a new vocation—and, in some […]

Perspectives — Saving Our Kids is an Upstream Approach

By Jim Wambach
February 13, 2024 | Read More

Let’s Address Crime Before it Develops “Law is downstream from culture. By the time you make a law about something, you’re reacting, not acting. I’d rather shape the culture.” – Rick Warren Recently, Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao has sought to address Oakland’s high crime by resurrecting the successful Ceasefire program, credited with saving 140 lives […]

Empowering Lawrence: Homework Tutor Enables Child to Complete His Work

By Eric Steckel
February 8, 2024 | Read More

A Heartwarming Journey from Struggle to Success in Homework and Math Homework tutor Howard Fischer is young at heart. That’s good because Lawrence, one of the children Howard works with, would much rather be out playing with the other kids. “I like to play, so I can imagine that a second-grade kid like Lawrence only […]

Volunteer Tutor Profile: Richard Sheehy’s Impact with Path2Math

By Eric Steckel
January 22, 2024 | Read More

Fostering Confidence and Hope in Learning Volunteer tutors like Richard Sheehy are the beating heart of Children Rising’s one-on-one tutoring programs. Through his dedicated efforts, and hours of hard work on the part of the children he has tutored, Richard has witnessed their remarkable academic growth. Perhaps more importantly, he has instilled confidence and hope […]

Tutor News – Winter 2023-2024

By Sophia Wambach
January 16, 2024 | Read More

The School Year is Half-way Over! Thank you for generously volunteering your time with our programs.  We are grateful for your willingness to give your time, energy, and talents. Your support of Children Rising allows us to continue to fulfill our mission and to serve the children in our schools each year. Thank you! Succeeding […]

The Significance of Church Mission Partnerships

By Eric Steckel
January 4, 2024 | Read More

Aligned Values Foster Sense of Community and Social Change For more than 20 years, Children Rising has aligned and partnered with church congregations to address the social justice issue of educational equity in our community. Church mission partnerships are a prime example of how organizations with aligned values can come together to create a significant […]

Perspectives — Creating Joyous Learning Spaces for Children

By Jim Wambach
December 21, 2023 | Read More

Nurturing Learning Sanctuaries Every month, the Succeeding by Reading team of program managers and reading clinic coordinators gathers to review the program’s effectiveness and ideas for improvement. Instead of launching directly into the “business” of teaching our amazing kids to read, the gathering always starts with a reflection. That reflection veers into a consideration of […]

Ross Stores Foundation $30,000 Gift Empowers Academic Resilience

By Chelsea Boniak
December 19, 2023 | Read More

Grant Fuels One-on-One Interventional Tutoring In response to the educational challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Children Rising is thrilled to announce the reception of the “COVID-19 Academic Recovery” grant from the Ross Stores Foundation. Children Rising one-on-one tutoring programs align seamlessly with Ross Stores Foundation’s commitment “to building strong community relationships and making a […]

Thank You For Completing Her Circle of Care

By Jim Wambach
December 7, 2023 | Read More

Your gifts and encouragement are more important than ever. Your generosity during Children Rising’s 2023 Fall Appeal is truly inspiring and humbling. The past several years have presented unique challenges for the children, families, educators, and Children Rising. Your gifts have come at a critical time to nurture struggling children in a circle of care. […]

Farewell to Board Member Daniel Livsey

By Eric Steckel
November 14, 2023 | Read More

A Legacy of Financial Leadership and Compassion For the Children It is with mixed emotions that we bid farewell to Daniel Livsey, a valued, long-time member of our board of directors. After six years of service, Daniel’s second term comes to an end. Daniel’s journey with Children Rising began long before he joined the board. […]

Lowell Berry Foundation Donates $40,0000 to Enhance Wrap-around Educational Progams

By Chelsea Boniak
November 9, 2023 | Read More

Generous Grant Empowers Children and Families Through Additional In-School and At-home Services Children Rising is pleased to once again be the recipient of a generous grant from The Lowell Berry Foundation. The $40,000 grant marks the 18th year The Lowell Berry Foundation has supported Children Rising’s one-on-one reading, math, and homework tutoring programs. We are […]

Volunteer Tutor Profile: Meet Succeeding by Reading Tutor Vilma Morales

By Eric Steckel
October 10, 2023 | Read More

First-year tutor’s love of children helps a young Guatemalan girl learn to read Succeeding by Reading tutor Vilma Morales loves working with kids. She has been doing it for years. After her volunteer role with a preschool program vanished due to COVID, she discovered Children Rising. Vilma began working with Jennifer last year at Markham […]

Tutor News – Fall 2023

By Sophia Wambach
October 3, 2023 | Read More

You are back in the school with the kids! After a busy summer planning for the 2023-2024 school year, Succeeding by Reading and Path2Math clinics resumed the week of September 17th, and you got to meet your new students. We look forward to working with all of you for another year, nurturing and enabling many […]

Unlocking Bright Futures: Celebrating National Tutor Appreciation Week

By Sophia Wambach
October 3, 2023 | Read More

Discover the Transformative Impact of Tutoring on Oakland’s Children National Tutor Appreciation Week is October 2-7, 2023. It was started over ten years ago by the National Tutoring Association to celebrate the incredible tutors across the country who work tirelessly to help millions of students from every walk of life and grade level. We believe […]

Perspectives — Nurturing Children Within a Circle of Care

By Jim Wambach
September 21, 2023 | Read More

Families, schools, and communities working together for the children Imagine… A city where every child feels loved and safe and has reliable adults who model positive values. A city where every child can develop as a whole person, body, mind, and spirit. A city whose future shines brighter, one precious child at a time. For […]

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

By Eric Steckel
September 13, 2023 | Read More

Bridging Educational Gaps in Oakland Each year, from September 15th to October 15th, Americans come together to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. This month-long observance is dedicated to honoring the rich histories, diverse cultures, and invaluable contributions of American citizens with roots in Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. As we celebrate […]

The Witkin Foundation Donates $10,0000 to Bolster Critical One-on-one Literacy Intervention

By Chelsea Boniak
September 8, 2023 | Read More

Generous Grant Enhances Students’ Ability to Learn to Read so They Have a Much Fairer Chance of Success in School and … in Life Children Rising is pleased to be once again the recipient of a generous grant from the Bernard E. & Alba Witkin Foundation. The $10,000 grant marks the second year of support […]

UNESCO International Literacy Day: Empowering Futures and the Crucial Role of Third-Grade Reading Proficiency

By Eric Steckel
August 30, 2023 | Read More

A Global Social Justice Initiative Every year, on September 8th, the world celebrates UNESCO International Literacy Day, a day dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of literacy as a fundamental human right and a stepping stone towards personal and societal development. This day reminds us of the transformative power of reading and emphasizes the […]

Perspectives — Navigating the Post-COVID Education Landscape

By Jim Wambach
August 22, 2023 | Read More

A Call for Support in Oakland’s Elementary Schools “It is not more bigness that should be our goal. We must attempt, rather, to bring people back to the warmth of community, to the worth of individual effort and responsibility, and of individuals working together as a community, to better their lives and their children’s future.” […]

Children Rising Receives $2,500 Grant from Oakland A’s Community Fund

By Chelsea Boniak
August 18, 2023 | Read More

Grant will provide up to 25 children with a one-on-one tutor this year Children Rising is grateful to the Oakland A’s Community Fund for the $2,500 grant to support our Neighborhood Boost Project in Oakland’s community schools. This grant will provide 20 more second-grade children living in our lowest-income neighborhoods with their own reading tutor […]

Homework Tutoring: Tailored After-School Support

By Eric Steckel
August 17, 2023 | Read More

Your gifts provide a learning bridge between school and home Children Rising launched a Homework Tutoring program to support children and families in our tutoring programs. Designed as a pilot program in partnership with Bay Area Community Resources (BACR), it promises to become a crucial part of FamilyBridge after-school support in the schools we serve. […]

Marcello Excelled in Math Thanks to His Bilingual Tutor

By Guest Blogger
August 15, 2023 | Read More

Guest Blog Post by Patrick Reardon, Path2Math Tutor Your Gifts Enabled a Child to Gain Confidence in the Classroom Last fall, I returned home to the Bay Area for a year’s sabbatical and was eager to work with children in the community. As a bilingual speaker, I asked for students with Spanish as their primary […]

August Is National Make-a-Will Month

By Chelsea Boniak
August 11, 2023 | Read More

Keep Your Love for the Children Alive! You have empowered many struggling children to become lifelong learners by volunteering your time and making enduring gifts. Your passion and care for the children in your community has seen so many of them rise to their God-given potential. Because you care deeply about the kids, I wanted […]

Impact of Summer Learning Loss Curbed by Tutors

By Eric Steckel
August 11, 2023 | Read More

Your support enables children to overcome the Summer Slide Summer learning loss—the summer slide—has impacted students and driven teachers crazy for decades. Many children return to school having lost an entire month of learning in critical subjects like reading and math. Not all families are affected by summer learning loss equally. For more affluent families, […]

Reading for Life: The Impact of Child Literacy on Health Outcomes

By Eric Steckel
August 10, 2023 | Read More

Literacy plays a crucial role in shaping physical and mental health Childhood literacy is not just about learning to read; it is a critical aspect of a child’s overall development that extends far beyond the realm of elementary education. Children proficient in reading by the end of third grade are more likely to achieve higher […]

Let’s Go Back to School with Oakland Kids!

By Eric Steckel
August 4, 2023 | Read More

Come alongside our precious neighborhood children this school year It’s that time again to send the kiddos back to school. If it seems like back to school has come earlier and earlier here in Oakland, you would be correct. Ashley McBride of the Oaklandside wrote about Oakland Unified School District’s earlier-than-normal start to school each […]

The Barrios Trust Donates $10,0000 to Empower Struggling Readers Through One-on-one Literacy Intervention

By Chelsea Boniak
July 28, 2023 | Read More

Generous Grant Improves the Reading Skills of Second and Third-grade Students So They Thrive in School … and In Life Children Rising is pleased to be once again the recipient of a generous grant from The Barrios Trust. The $10,000 grant marks the 6th year of support from the Barrios Trust to support Children Rising’s […]

Tutor News – Summer 2023

By Sophia Wambach
July 25, 2023 | Read More

Programs are eagerly preparing for next school year! It has been a busy summer, and we are eagerly preparing for the next school year. It will start before you know it! We have some exciting volunteer and tutor news to share with all of our volunteers. Most of all, we look forward to working with […]

Volunteer Tutor Profile: Meet Succeeding by Reading Tutor Ann Rosenberg

By Eric Steckel
July 24, 2023 | Read More

Longtime tutor finds the magic in one-on-one relationships, and children thrive! Succeeding by Reading tutor Ann Rosenberg discovered Children Rising in a roundabout way through her friend Jan Zovickian. After working as a school social worker in Oakland schools for 30 years, she has spent the last six years tutoring eager children and enabling them […]

7 Benefits of Volunteering

By Sophia Wambach
July 21, 2023 | Read More

Volunteers uplift the community and themselves! You find time in your busy schedule to tutor children in the community for a reason. Volunteering at a school offers vital support to needy children–just ask the parents of the children we serve! More generally, volunteers uplift the community and support worthwhile causes like educational equity, making a […]

The National Council of Negro Women Provides Books to Young Readers

By Eric Steckel
June 15, 2023 | Read More

Children experience the joy of reading and growing a library Children delight in learning to read. It opens their minds and imaginations to new worlds. They see themselves reflected in the stories they read. As their confidence grows, they take pride in owning books they can call their own. A child’s growing library is a […]

Tutors Needed: You Can Empower a Child to Become a Lifelong Learner

By Eric Steckel
May 30, 2023 | Read More

One-on-one tutoring provides children a fairer chance to succeed in school! “Tutors needed!” is the refrain we keep hearing from our partner schools. As the year comes to an end, Children Rising is already preparing one-on-one tutoring and family support programs for the 2023-24 year. So many elementary school children made dramatic advancements in reading […]

Fleishhacker Foundation Donates $10,0000 to Improve In-school and At-home Literacy Instruction

By Chelsea Boniak
May 18, 2023 | Read More

Generous Grant Empowers Students Through Additional Literacy Instruction and Tools In Scholl and At Home Children Rising is pleased to once again be the recipient of a generous grant from the Fleishhacker Foundation. The $10,000 grant marks the 14th year of support from the Fleishhacker Foundation to support Children Rising’s one-on-one reading tutoring program, Succeeding […]

Hope for Children Now Shined a Light on the Children

By Chelsea Boniak
May 17, 2023 | Read More

Thank you for a heartwarming celebration Thank you for making Hope for Children Now a heartwarming celebration of the children in our community schools! A gala just isn’t a celebration without the joy and love each and every one of you brings to the evening. We are grateful and hope that you enjoyed the evening. […]

Perspectives — Volunteers Empower Oakland’s Children to Succeed In School … and In Life

By Jim Wambach
May 16, 2023 | Read More

Your Gifts Support the Critical Work of Our Tutors It is said that volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. Every time you volunteer, you are casting a vote about the kind of community you want to live in. “You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.” […]

Joaquin Is Nearly Back to Grade-Level Reading

By Eric Steckel
May 8, 2023 | Read More

Your Support Provided Twice a Week Tutoring to an Eager Kid! Not all children learn at the same pace. Sometimes it takes an eager kid a little extra time to catch on. Joaquin* struggled with reading. He enrolled in Succeeding by Reading as a second-grader in 2021 and received a POWER Pack last Summer to […]

Alayna Is Excelling In Math Thanks To You

By Eric Steckel
May 3, 2023 | Read More

In-school Tutoring + At-home Support = Success In School … and Life Alayna struggled with third-grade math. Her father, David Guillory, was surprised to learn this year that his eager, energetic, precocious daughter was below grade level. Fortunately for Alayna, critical at-home learning and one-on-one in-school tutoring provided a continuum of support that closed the […]

A Caring Adult Developed a New Vocation

By Eric Steckel
May 1, 2023 | Read More

You Helped a Retired Nurse Reconnect With Her Love of Teaching For first-year Succeeding by Reading volunteer tutor Iyana Amayani, an invitation from a neighbor was all it took. She was gardening one day last Summer when Henrietta Fabio, a Children Rising board member, invited her to tutor. “I’d been retired from nursing since 2018, […]

Arab American Heritage Month – Salam

By Eric Steckel
April 7, 2023 | Read More

Children Rising Celebrates the Rich Diversity and Contributions of Arab Americans April is Arab American Heritage Month, a time to recognize and celebrate the rich cultural diversity and contributions of Arab Americans in our community. It coincides with Ramadan this year, which runs the evening of Wednesday, March 22nd, through the evening of Thursday, April […]

Perspectives — National Volunteer Week Celebrates YOUR service to children in Oakland!

By Jim Wambach
March 31, 2023 | Read More

A Great Big THANK YOU From Children Rising! Thank you for ensuring every young child gets a fair chance to succeed in school…and in life. You are an integral part of a community of supporters empowering children to become lifelong learners. April 16-23 we celebrate National Volunteer Week, part of Global Volunteer Month. It is […]

Perspectives — Celebrating Black History Month

By Children Rising
February 2, 2023 | Read More

The Power, Struggle, and Joy of Black Resistance in the Fight for Equality Special Contribution by Gwen Stephens, former Succeeding by Reading clinic coordinator and current tutor at Children Rising Each February, we celebrate Black History Month. This year’s theme is “Black Resistance.” Understanding our history—and the role Black resistance has played in our country’s […]

Nurturing Tutor Instills Hope and Confidence In a Young Girl

By Eric Steckel
February 1, 2023 | Read More

Jimena’s Recovery from COVID Trauma Aided by Compassionate Tutors You Supported Heartbreaking Shift to Remote Learning The sudden transition to remote learning was shocking to children, educators, and caregivers everywhere. It created a “perfect storm” of lost learning time with devastating, sometimes traumatic effects on many children. “The pandemic hit her (Jimena) hard. When school […]

Devonte Is Excelling In Math and Counting His Pennies

By Eric Steckel
January 31, 2023 | Read More

Your Support Empowers Him to Succeed with Path2Math and FamilyBridge As a mother, Lashanna was worried when she saw her son Devonte* struggling with math and reading during the COVID pandemic. Desperate for a solution, she enrolled Devonte in Path2Math. Through your support, Devonte has made incredible progress by working with his one-on-one tutor, Mr. […]

Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC Donates $7,300 to Enhance Path2Math Tutoring Program

By Chelsea Boniak
January 30, 2023 | Read More

Community Gift Program Grant Empowers Children Struggling With Elementary Math Children Rising is pleased to be once again the recipient of a generous grant from the Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC (LLNS) Community Gift Program. The $7,300 award marks the 11th consecutive year LLNS has supported Children Rising STEM programs. Support this year goes toward […]

Perspectives — You Can Become a Fantastic Tutor Too!

By Jim Wambach
January 26, 2023 | Read More

Volunteer Today and You Will Uplift An Eager-to-learn Child “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”—Dr. Seuss Thank you, Children Rising tutors! You care an awful lot! This year, it became clear the COVID pandemic has devastatingly stalled and eroded children’s academic skills. The children […]

Perspectives — What goes into tutoring a child? (Spoiler: A lot)

By Jim Wambach
December 26, 2022 | Read More

But Children Rising makes it simple and full of love In 2022, over 250 eager young children received crucial, timely academic support from caring members of the Children Rising community. Children struggling in reading and math were able to rise above the challenges they faced in school to reach their God-given potential. Thank you for […]

3 Benefits of Year-end Giving During the Holidays

By Children Rising
December 12, 2022 | Read More

How to Make Sure Your Holiday Giving Provides a Full Heart and Tax Advantages Guest Blog By Jose F. Campos AIF®, EA, CIMA®, CFP®, Managing Partner (CA Insurance Lic#0K64850) As the holiday season fills us with hope and joy for the coming year, many Americans think of ways they can use their personal wealth to […]

Perspectives — High Dosage Tutoring + In-home Learning = Accelerated Learning

By Jim Wambach
November 18, 2022 | Read More

Empowering Parents to Play an Essential Role in Their Child’s Accelerated Learning The Nation’s Report Card revealed a sobering fact about the impact of the COVID pandemic. According to the recent National Assessment of Educational Progress report, not only have nine-year-olds between 2020 and 2022 reported significant declines in reading and math. What is worse, […]

New Hires! New Program! Welcome Pia, Sophia, Tai, and FamilyBridge

By Eric Steckel
November 10, 2022 | Read More

Improving and Expanding Services to Children, Youth, and Families At the beginning of the school year, Children Rising welcomed two new members to our program team—Pia Dandan, Program Manager for Succeeding by Reading, and Tai Dillard, Program Director of our all-new program FamilyBridge. We also welcomed Sophia Hutson Wambach as our new Manager of Volunteer […]

Isaiah Jackson Is On His Way to Firefighting

By Eric Steckel
October 27, 2022 | Read More

You Helped Him Gain Confidence In His Career Decision Isaiah Jackson, a recent high school graduate, joined CareerBridge after a chance meeting with Program Director Margena Wade-Green. He spent the summer at his dream internship with the Crockett Fire Department. “I like to help people,” he explained. One of the CareerBridge mentors had a brother […]

Alphabox Inspires Delight In Young Readers

By Eric Steckel
October 25, 2022 | Read More

Family Engagement Enables David and Diego to Succeed in Reading David and Diego, twin brothers in second grade last year, are an “entertaining” pair. They are active, play soccer, and love exploring the local parks. They also enjoy more quiet pursuits like painting and history. However, despite loving books, they struggled with reading. In fall […]

Meet Jeyla, Who You Helped Thrive In Math

By Eric Steckel
October 21, 2022 | Read More

Your Support Meant She, Mr. Gabe, & Her Family Worked on Math Together It all started with determination. “When I am bored, I like to do math or pretend I am in school,” Jeyla said. The ability to learn processes, and the determination to master them, served her well during the COVID pandemic. However, when […]

Perspectives — Your Gifts Empower Families to Accelerate Their Child’s Learning

By Jim Wambach
October 19, 2022 | Read More

Caregivers Develop Skills, Confidence, and Tools to Advocate for Their Kids Families come in many forms. If there is one thing I can confidently say, caregivers—whether they are Mom and Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, or Aunt or Uncle—have a unique vision of what’s best for the children in their care. Who better understands the needs […]

Science of Reading: Evidence-based, Road-tested Programs Enable All Children to Learn to Read

By Eric Steckel
September 21, 2022 | Read More

Q&A With Rebecca Buckley, Director of Succeeding by Reading Over the past year, the debate over the “science of reading” has erupted nationwide. In reality, the recent discussion continues the decades-long “literacy wars.” If you have a child in elementary school who is just learning to read, you may wonder what the debate is about […]

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Encouraging and Embracing Our Brothers and Sisters

By Eric Steckel
September 16, 2022 | Read More

Let Education Be the Great Includer Yesterday marked the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States. It began in 1968 to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of those who came to the country from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America. Today we continue to celebrate those contributions, but […]

September is National Literacy Month – 3 Ways You Can Enable an Eager Young Reader

By Eric Steckel
September 1, 2022 | Read More

3 Ways You Can Enable an Eager Young Reader September is here, and we are eager to celebrate National Literacy Month and UNESCO International Literacy Day on September 8th. This year’s theme is “Transforming Literacy Learning Spaces.” The focus globally will be on rethinking the fundamental importance of literacy learning spaces to build resilience and […]

Library Services Program Closes With a Lasting Legacy

By Eric Steckel
August 12, 2022 | Read More

Caring volunteers opened the magic of reading to thousands of children There is something truly magical about a child picking the perfect book off of the library shelf. The anticipation builds, and their curious minds wonder where the storyteller will take them. And when it’s time to check the book out, they know they have […]

President Biden Calls On You: “We Need Tutors”

By Jim Wambach
July 19, 2022 | Read More

Children Rising Math and Reading Tutors Support Initiative To Place 250,000 Tutors The Biden-Harris Administration recently announced a series of initiatives to help students make up for lost learning time and succeed in school and in life. The White House calls on schools to use the $122 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds to […]

Cisco Foundation Donates $75,000 to Enhance Path2Math Tutoring Program

By Eric Steckel
July 7, 2022 | Read More

Community Impact Grant Empowers Children Struggling With Elementary Math Children Rising is pleased to be the recipient of a generous grant from Cisco Foundation’s San Francisco Bay Area Community Impact Grant Program. The $75,000 award marks the third consecutive year Cisco has supported Children Rising’s Path2Math program, addressing low childhood numeracy in under-resourced, Title 1 […]

Your Gift Helped Haifa Graduate College

By Eric Steckel
July 5, 2022 | Read More

Servant Leadership Inspires Her Pursuit of Medical Degree 2018 Eddie Scholarship winner Haifa Algabri is destined for a career in health sciences. She graduated from Mills College in May with a double major in biopsychology and public health and has ambitions to become a physician. A devout Muslim who immigrated from Yemen, she is the […]

Maliha Gains Confidence, Excels in Math

By Eric Steckel
June 30, 2022 | Read More

You Made Math “Easy” For an Eager Child Maliha* was low on confidence in reading and math. And confidence makes such a difference in a child’s ability to learn difficult math concepts. It is also something that can be difficult to recover once it is lost.   Like 60% of elementary school children in California, […]

Perspectives — The Right to Read

By Jim Wambach
June 29, 2022 | Read More

“Ensure that every Oakland child is an ‘on-time’ reader provided with full LITERACY: a fundamental civil right, a powerful protection from the school to prison pipeline, and the cornerstone for a life of choice and fulfillment.” – Kareem Weaver, Co-Founder, FULCRUM EVERY child should be able to read with confidence and read to learn—this is […]

Taniya Finds Her Safe Space

By Children Rising
June 29, 2022 | Read More

Your Support Helps Her Learn to Read Jeannette Brantley came to Children Rising in 2019 as a volunteer tutor, looking to offer something back to her Oakland community. That year of tutoring was the first round of her “initiation into the Children Rising community.” Jeannette joined the Succeeding by Reading staff as Associate Program Coordinator […]

6 Ways Volunteers Support Effective High-Dosage Tutoring

By Eric Steckel
June 23, 2022 | Read More

Children Rising Programs Contribute to Recovery From Unfinished Learning Tutoring, and in particular, high-dosage tutoring, has emerged as one of the leading solutions to overcoming unprecedented levels of unfinished learning brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteer tutoring programs like Succeeding by Reading and Path2Math provide opportunities for community members to step in, be part […]

2022 Hope for Children Now – Bridges of Hope for All!

By Eric Steckel
May 19, 2022 | Read More

We like to say that Hope for Children Now is more than just a fundraiser. After being unable to meet in person for the past three years, this year’s gala felt more like a celebration than ever before. It was wonderful to gather with friends, hear from the families and tutors of children we serve, […]

3 Ways Volunteer Tutors are the Beating Heart of Children Rising

By Eric Steckel
April 22, 2022 | Read More

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they have the heart.” – Elizabeth Andrew This week we celebrate National Volunteer Week. As an organization, volunteer tutors and mentors are the beating heart of all that we do for children and youth in our community. For over 20 years we have provided opportunities for loving, caring […]

Perspectives — The Power of Family

By Jim Wambach
April 20, 2022 | Read More

“If there is one thing educators can agree on, it’s this: children do better in school when their parents get involved in their learning.”— William Bennett Imagine you’re a third-grade teacher trying to teach a third-grade curriculum while 67% of your class are two or more grade levels behind in their reading skills. On top […]

Jamari Gets a POWER Boost In Reading

By Eric Steckel
April 7, 2022 | Read More

At-home Literacy Tools Support Family Learning Sometimes, kids just need a boost of POWER—Practice Opportunities With Emerging Readers—to get them back to grade level in reading. A compact box, packed full of early-reader books and literacy materials for eager young learners, POWER Packs are a new tool that Children Rising developed this year. They are […]

Bidding Farewell to Health4Kids

By Eric Steckel
March 31, 2022 | Read More

Program Provided 15 Years of Nourishing Meals to Families at Home Children need nourishing food to grow and learn. Unfortunately, many kids in our community go home to empty cupboards on the weekends. In 2006, Children Rising listened to the needs of our school partners and launched Health4Kids. A unique partnership with the Alameda County […]

Nyjah and His Online Math Tutor Work Late To Improve Numeracy Skills

By Eric Steckel
March 30, 2022 | Read More

Flexibility Helps Busy Family Find Time for Online Math Tutoring Nyjah’s* house is full! His mother, Tabetha, is constantly on the go, taking Nyjah and his six brothers and stepbrothers to and from school and after-school care while working full time. It’s the life of a working mother. Nyjah is an active second-grader who loves […]

The Younger Family Fund Donates $25,000 to Address Early Literacy and Numeracy in Oakland

By Chelsea Boniak
February 16, 2022 | Read More

Local Fund Supports Child Learning in Oakland’s Under-resourced Neighborhood Schools Children Rising is pleased to be the recipient of a generous grant from the Younger Family Fund to support and expand our proven one-on-one tutoring programs. This is the second $25,000 gift of a three-year commitment to Children Rising. We are so honored and thankful […]

Perspectives — As the Children Rising Community Grows, Our Children and Youth Pay it Forward

By Jim Wambach
February 3, 2022 | Read More

“If you send out goodness from yourself, or if you share that which is happy or good within you, it will all come back to you multiplied ten thousand times.” – John O’Donohue I’ve often spoken about how wonderful the Children Rising community is—and it is indeed remarkable—but I’ve never really defined it. The Children […]

Internship Sets Gracie on the Path to a Fulfilling Career

By Eric Steckel
February 1, 2022 | Read More

Gracie Wilson is a long, long way from home. A 2021 graduate of Cal State East Bay, she took her first post-college job as a resident life manager at the University of Texas at Dallas, assisting peer advisors on campus. She can trace this job back to her days as an eager young CareerBridge intern. […]

Caring Mentors Transform the Life of a Young Refugee

By Eric Steckel
January 27, 2022 | Read More

Few children have overcome the challenges Abraham Wordsworth faced. Born in Liberia in 1996 amid a violent civil war, Abraham was just six months old when his Aunt Theresa fled with him and his two older cousins to nearby Ivory Coast. After spending his early childhood in a refugee camp, Abraham’s family finally relocated to […]

CareerBridge Interns Support Path2Math Program

By Eric Steckel
January 20, 2022 | Read More

Enthusiasm and Compassion Fuels Summer Learning When Randy Roth founded Children Rising in 2001, his vision was “to prepare today’s youth for a life of serving others and contributing positively to their communities.” This year, we watched that vision spring to life in a profound and touching way. Last spring, as COVID continued to disrupt […]

Perspectives—MLK’s Legacy: Serving Others for the Shalom of our Community

By Jim Wambach
January 15, 2022 | Read More

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Martin Luther King Jr. Today we celebrate the life, the […]

The Callison Foundation Donates $25,000 to Bolster Early Literacy in Oakland

By Chelsea Boniak
January 12, 2022 | Read More

Local Foundation Supports Children in Oakland’s Under-resourced Neighborhood Schools The Callison foundation has recently awarded Children Rising a generous $25,000 grant. The funding will help support Succeeding by Reading, our proven one-on-one interventional literacy tutoring program. We are so honored and thankful to have once again received this funding. Support from amazing local corporations and […]

A Changing of the Board

By Eric Steckel
December 14, 2021 | Read More

Over the years, Children Rising has been blessed with a passionate, dedicated, diverse board of directors. The combined skill sets and unique perspectives each and every board member brings to the organization have guided us and made us stronger. A board of directors is an ever-evolving group. Each year, we say farewell as board members’ […]

Perspectives — We Tip Our Hat to You AND Our Educators

By Jim Wambach
December 9, 2021 | Read More

“A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.” — Mustafa Kemal Atatürk As we count down the closing days of 2021, I feel a profound sense of hope, confidence, and momentum in our community schools. That comes in no small part from your eagerness to support children, youth, […]

Happy Thanksgiving from Children Rising

By Jim Wambach
November 25, 2021 | Read More

Blessings from our family to yours! This week, we celebrate a uniquely American holiday. It is a favorite of mine for many reasons. We share the joy and comfort of family, gathering together to express gratitude for all of the gifts we have received. It is also a reminder of the welcoming our forefathers received […]

20 Years of Children Rising to Their God-given Potential

By Children Rising
November 1, 2021 | Read More

Special Contribution by Randy Roth, founder and former Executive Director at Children Rising “Seek the shalom (peace and prosperity) of the city to which I have carried you.” — Jeremiah 29:7 When I reflect on 20 years of nurturing and empowering children in our community to rise to their God-given potential, I can’t help but […]

Sky’s the Limit for These Ambitious Youth

By Eric Steckel
October 20, 2021 | Read More

Internship with Bessie Coleman Aviation Allstars Opens a World of Aviation Careers Margena Wade-Green, CareerBridge Program Director, has a keen eye and unbridled enthusiasm for untapped opportunities. It materialized this past summer as a unique aviation internship in which nine of our CareerBridge Academy students participated. For the past five years, CareerBridge has partnered with […]

Burbank Elementary: Planting the Seeds of Children Rising

By Children Rising
October 18, 2021 | Read More

Former principal remembers the early days of Faith Network Special Contribution by Roberta Teller, former principal at Burbank Elementary School 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of Children Rising! As we celebrate this very special milestone, we caught up with Roberta Teller, former principal at Luther Burbank Elementary School, and the very first school to partner […]

Mikayla Overcomes Learning Challenges in Math

By Eric Steckel
October 15, 2021 | Read More

One-on-One Attention Helps Child Focus, Develop Self-confidence Mikayla*, one of the first children to enroll in Children Rising’s Path2Math online tutoring program, is like so many second-grade girls. She has a collection of stuffed animals — and unicorns — loves playing with her cousins and friends, and adores Elsa from the movie Frozen. Like so […]

Safeway Foundation Provides $30,000 Grant to Promote Social Justice and Racial Equity

By Chelsea Boniak
October 5, 2021 | Read More

Local corporation supports initiatives to eliminate inequities and address needs of racial and ethnic minority groups Children Rising is pleased to be the recipient of a generous $30,000 grant from the Safeway Foundation that will provide much-needed assistance to children and youth in our community impacted by social and racial inequity. The grant is made […]

Reading and Math Tutors Needed in Oakland Elementary Schools

By Jim Wambach
October 1, 2021 | Read More

80% of Second-graders in Children Rising Schools are Two or More Grade Levels Behind It has been a turbulent 18 months, so full of challenges and opportunities. The global pandemic had a galvanizing effect in many ways. We saw the Oakland Undivided Campaign virtually eliminate the digital divide in Oakland Unified School District. Children Rising […]

Perspectives – State superintendent sets goal to get all California third graders reading by 2026

By Jim Wambach
September 24, 2021 | Read More

“We already know that when students learn to read, they can read to learn anything and that this is a gateway skill that can carry them to any point in their life, career, and in their journey.” — Tony Thurmond, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Low childhood literacy rates have been a challenge for educators […]

Safeway Foundation Donates $15,000 to Provide Meals to Students in Children Rising Programs

By Chelsea Boniak
September 14, 2021 | Read More

Nourishing Neighbors Program helps children and families struggling with food insecurity Children Rising is pleased to be the recipient of a generous grant from Safeway Foundation’s Nourishing Neighbors that will help provide much-needed assistance to the children in our community impacted by food insecurity. Many hunger relief organizations continue to be overloaded by increased hunger […]

Perspectives – Back to School 2021 Was a Day to Rejoice

By Jim Wambach
August 24, 2021 | Read More

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11) When Oakland Unified School District opened its doors two weeks ago, it felt like a day to rejoice. For some students — many of whom have […]

Children Rising Receives $10,000 Grant from Clorox Company Foundation

By Chelsea Boniak
July 15, 2021 | Read More

Local corporation supports children in Oakland’s under-resourced neighborhood schools This past month, The Clorox Company Foundation awarded Children Rising a $10,000 grant to support our proven one-on-one interventional literacy and math tutoring programs. We are so honored and thankful to have once again received this funding. Support from amazing local corporations and foundations enables children […]

Perspectives – Bridging Digital Divide Provides Online Tutoring Opportunity for All

By Jim Wambach
July 13, 2021 | Read More

“The Internet is not a luxury, it is a necessity.” – President Barack Obama Over the last six months, Children Rising has launched online versions of our proven reading and math tutoring clinics. This greatly enhances our ability to support elementary school children who have fallen even further behind in their reading and math abilities […]

Nakoa Continues His Progress in Math

By Eric Steckel
July 9, 2021 | Read More

Summer tutoring sessions should get him back to grade level Over the course of the school year, we have been monitoring and sharing the progress of Nakoa*, one of our eager Path2Math students. Nakoa first enrolled in Path2Math as a second-grader in the 2019-2020 school year. He had been making significant progress in his math […]

Carlos Gets a Boost From Online Tutor

By Eric Steckel
July 6, 2021 | Read More

Eager student overcoming COVID-related learning loss with online tutor Carlos has a smile and infectious personality that lights up a Zoom meeting room. He is an eager second-grader who enjoys learning. However, Carlos has struggled with distance learning since schools closed last March. To help overcome his learning loss, teachers enrolled him in Succeeding by […]

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