This fall, WriterCoach Connection (WCC) begins its fourth year at Fremont High School in Oakland’s Fruitvale District.
The organization trains local volunteers to work one-on-one with students, helping them develop writing, literacy, and critical thinking skills. It provides support for both teachers and students, supplementing teachers’ work in the classroom by giving individual attention and feedback to students on their writing assignments.
As the name implies, the volunteers are coaches, teasing out the potential that students already have within.
The group is in need volunteers. Many of those who volunteers are concerned about public education’s current state of crisis, a crisis from which the Oakland Unified School District is by no means exempt. In the past few years, OUSD has made a number of sacrifices in order to balance a multi-million dollar deficit.
According to WriterCoach Connection, parents and educators, concerned adults and citizens, can ask themselves the question: what can each of us do, right now, to keep Oakland students from falling through the cracks until we can repair the education system?
WriterCoach Connection is not a charity but, along with the hundreds of other non-profits and organizations operating in Oakland, a necessity for improving students’ chances at succeeding. .
In addition to being in Oakland, WCC is active in other cities across the East Bay, including Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond. The organization has over 500 volunteers at 12 sites and is always hoping to expand.
You don’t have to be a writer or teacher to volunteer; you just have to enjoy working with teenagers. The commitment is small—one to two hours for two to four weeks a month (depending on the students’ schedules) throughout the school year.
If you are interested in joining WCC, you can visit www.writercoachconnection.org to find more information, register, and sign up for a training, or you can get in contact with the Oakland volunteer coordinator Camille Graves at email@example.com or (510) 306-1792.
You can also visit the table at the Volunteering for Oakland Fair at Westlake Elementary School (2629 Harrison Ave.) this upcoming Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m.