Beginning during the pandemic, Girl Geek X community volunteers have served the public school educators and students in East Oakland. We are continuing sponsorship and volunteering for the 2023-2024 school year!
Our goal began with supporting students at Coliseum College Prep Academy in Oakland, California teaching grades 6-12 with a computer science pathway. We providing access to volunteers and role models from the professional community for students in partnership with the nonprofit Oakland Education Fund, which coordinates volunteer activities with public schools in Oakland and clears volunteers for entry into the schools.
CCPA has the highest college-going rate in the district despite being located in one of Oakland’s highest poverty neighborhoods.
This year, we kicked off volunteering in August with Back-To-School Campus Prep – supporting Back-To-School prep with CCPA teachers on Friday, August 4, 2023 (1pm-4pm) in East Oakland!
Girl Geek X Community volunteers helped teachers with classroom projects to prepare their rooms and hallways for students return to campus for the new school year.
LATINE/X READ-IN AT THORNHILL ELEMENTARY IN OAKLAND
The nonprofit Oakland Education Fund expanded access to students in Oakland elementary schools, starting with volunteering with Latine/x Read-in (Monday, October 2, 2023, 1pm – 2:30pm). Volunteers read books by Latine/x and Hispanic authors to students at Thornhill Elementary.
Girl Geek X volunteers at Latine/x Read-In (pictured from left: Thornhill Elementary School Librarian Marie Fox, Girl Geek X Founder Angie Chang, Customer Success Leader Haana Rafiq, Playground Global Principal People Operations Sylvia Donohoe, Technical Operations Leader Belisa Mandarano, Flexport Software Engineers Bryanna Valdivia and Rachel Colby, and Syntiant Director of HR Jenny Garcia).
Volunteers read aloud books to 2-3 elementary school classes that celebrate Latine/x culture in the 90-minute volunteer shift. Books and sample questions to guide conversations were provided by the Oakland Education Fund.
FIRST-GEN COLLEGE & CAREER PANEL AT CCPA IN OAKLAND
The Girl Geek X CCPA career panel (Wednesday, October 4, 2pm-4pm), moderated by Vanessa Magaña with An Nguyen, Molly Dubow, Bryanna Valdivia, and Elizabeth Orpina shared advice from first-generation students now working in the technology industry. Read about the takeaways from the panel.
YOU CAN SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER WITH STUDENTS IN OAKLAND THIS NOVEMBER 3 AND / OR NOVEMBER 17
Volunteers supported seniors’s college applications, providing crucial feedback on grammar, flow, and clarity of writing during “College Crunch Days” – these are dedicated school days for high school seniors to work on their UC admissions applications.
Note: a writing/comms background is NOT required to participate! Any experience writing in an academic/professional setting will be sufficient to participate in this event.
Volunteer shifts are 8:30am-12:30pm on Friday, November 3, 2023 and/or Friday, November 17, 2023 at CCPA’s College & Career Day office. SIGN UP FOR VOLUNTEERING ON NOVEMBER 3 OR NOVEMBER 17
VOLUNTEER TO MENTOR THIS SPRING 2024 WITH GIRL GEEK X CCPA VIRTUALLY WITH TECHLINK!
Join the launch of the virtual mentorship program at CCPA with TechLink to connect volunteers with students this spring!
How to volunteer virtually with Girl Geek X CCPA via TechLink:
- Apply to Mentor with TechLink by January 18, 2024.
- Complete your Live Scan fingerprinting as required by Oakland Unified School District and Oakland Education Fund policy for virtual volunteer clearance for California.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are looking for TechLink VOLUNTEERS to meet virtually with CCPA sophomores and juniors during the Spring 2024 semester!
Volunteer Mentors will meet on Fridays for ~11 sessions virtually from February thru April 2024.
While TechLink is a virtual mentorship program, Mentors are welcome to volunteer IRL and have lunch with their Mentees at the East Oakland school.
Thank you so much for supporting Oakland public schools and students!