Cymbeline Performance a Hit!

“When I’m on that stage, I feel like I can be whoever I want to be.” – Civicorps Student

Students wowed the audience on Thursday night with a lively performance of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline. We laughed, we wondered what would happen next, and we were inspired as students weaved a tale of forbidden love, escape, betrayal and loyalty.

Last week’s Shakespeare performance is part of a not-for-profit alternative learning program called Midnight Shakespeare. Every year, a group of Civicorps students work with directors from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Midnight Shakespeare program to learn a Shakespeare play. Students perform the classic version in the fall and then recreate the play in their own context for a performance in the spring.

This year, Civicorps students selected the play Cymbeline and performed it with pizzazz and the audience loved it!

“I think it says a lot about the program to see so many returning students participating in Shakespeare for a second, third, or fourth time,” said Service Learning and Support Coordinator, Kerrin McKenney, who assisted with the production. “In a pep talk before the final performance, a few of the returners reminded the group why they started in the first place: when they’re on stage, the students can jump into other lives, create their own characters, and express themselves in a completely new way.”

Students who performed in the play walked away not only with some new skills under their belts, but also a newfound sense of confidence:

“I loved being on stage. I plan to come back for all the future Shakespeares,” said Lovell, who played Iachimo, the villain of the story and a crowd favorite.

Check out the video below to see one of the performance’s central scenes, and click here to see photos from the event.

Stay tuned for the next performance on April 7th, when students remix the play and perform it in a modern context. Click here to donate now and support the creative exploration of Civicorps students!

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June Graduation!

June Graduation! / CivicorpsOn June 9th, with over a hundred parents, siblings, friends and community members in attendance and only standing room to spare, 24 Civicorps graduates crossed the stage to accept their diploma and take the next step in their journey toward success. During the ceremony, graduates beamed with pride as community leaders offered words of inspiration and teachers and peers praised their collective achievement.

View pictures from the ceremony and check our portrait gallery of our graduates!

“It feels amazing to be graduating. There were moments when I didn’t think I could do it, but the other [students] and teachers encouraged me to keep pushing through, and now here I am. I’m excited for what’s next!”
– Civicorps graduate

Donate today to support our graduates as they take the next step or enrolling in college and securing internships or union apprenticeships!

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The Measure of Oakland

The Measure of Oakland

On April 1st, our students performed their original and evocative performance of M4M Remix to a packed house! Our donors enjoyed a glass of wine and appetizers before the show and then exciting conversations with the actors following the performance. Also, our student poets performed their original poetry before the play began!

Set in Oakland and inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure, The Measure of Oakland (M4M Remix) explored the topics of consent, power, and justice in modern society.

The Measure of Oakland / Civicorps

Creative Process

In January and February, directors Stephen Muterspaugh and Maryssa Wanlass of San Francisco Shakespeare Festival began private interviews with about 20 students from Civicorps. In the interviews, students were asked about their experiences living in Oakland, and they shared intimate stories and reflections on their lives. These stories were then used by playwright Davern Wright to shape an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Measure For Measure – the play that Civicorps performed in the fall. He worked hard to write the script in a way that reflected the themes and experiences of life in modern day Oakland, through our students’ eyes. What truly made this original theatrical performance both heart-breaking and inspiring, is that many portions of the script were born out of the true experiences of our students.

The Measure of Oakland / Civicorps

Life-Changing Experience for our Students

“It was a lot of work, but it was cool. I felt famous.” – Tai

“This is my third Shakespeare play. I love it because it’s pushed me to prepare for my future.” – Telicia

“Shakespeare taught me how to act, and I can take that anywhere with me in life.” – Kyndall

“Shakespeare helps me open up to be a better person.” – Miki

Play Synopsis

As the newly appointed mayor of Oakland, Sampson vows to “clean up” the city. He devises a plan to incarcerate all of the poor citizens of the city, in order to build high-rise luxury apartments for the rich. His transformation of the city is unprecedented and appears unstoppable. Will the community be able to come together to cease this injustice, or will the city of Oakland become another haven for the wealthy? This original theatrical performance will find an answer to this dilemma, while highlighting the power and importance of reclaiming personal voice and allowing our stories to be heard.

Check out pictures from the powerful performance!

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E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event!

E-Waste Drop-Off Collection Event! / CivicorpsE-Waste

Drop off your unwanted electronics for FREE on April 21st and 22nd!

10am to 3pm
155  Myrtle St. in the parking lot on 3rd Street between Myrtle & Filbert St.

The devices can be in good condition, broken, or non-functioning.

Items That We Can Take

  • TV’s and CRT Monitors *
  • Flat Screen / LCD Panels & Plasma Screens*
  • Rear Projection TVs *
  • Laptops *
  • PC / CPUs *
  • Cell phones, Smartphones
  • Tablets and e-readers
  • Telephonic equipment and Walkie-Talkies
  • Digital cameras, Video Cameras, Projectors,
  • Printers, Scanners, digital adding machines and calculators
  • Networking / Servers equipment
  • Mixed Electronic Waste (keyboards, mice, network cables, power cables, chargers, peripherals, digital clocks, etc.
  • Stereo equipment, radios, tape and CD players/recorders, phonographs (no stand-alone speakers of any type allowed)
  • Small home or office appliances  (no refrigerators or air conditioners)

Sorry but we cannot accept

  • Light bulbs of any type
  • Batteries (except laptop batteries installed in a laptop)
  • Large appliances (stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters)
  • Techno Trash such as CDs, VHS tapes and DVD
  • Stand-alone speakers
  • Refrigerators and air conditioners

*Civicorps is registered with the State of California as an E-waste Collector. We are required to verify your I.D. as the owner of certain electronics that are sent to recycle.*

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Questions? Call (510) 992-7871


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Civicorps Remixes Shakespeare

Civicorps Remixes ShakespeareOn April 1st, our students will perform an original and provocative theatrical performance that weaves Shakespeare’s timeless themes of abuse of power, morality, and gentrification from his play Measure for Measure with our students’ stories. This original play will be set in Oakland to tell Shakespeare’s play through a modern lens.

Wine and appetizers will be served beforehand and then after the show, please enjoy dessert and conversation with the student actors.

Don’t miss out on this unforgettable experience!

Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased here.

Space is limited so please RSVP by March 23rd!

Friday, April 1st
5:30 – 7:30pm

Civicorps Job Training Center
1425 5th St. Oakland, CA 94607
(across from West Oakland Bart station)

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December Graduation!

December Graduation / CivicorpsGraduation Day

On December 18th, our 18 graduates crossed the stage to earn their high school diploma as the crowd roared with applause for achieving this milestone. Click here to view pictures from the joyful day. Also, check our portrait gallery of our graduates!

“When I stepped onto that stage and looked out to see room packed with people cheering for me, I was blown away! I’ve never felt more supported.”
– Civicorps graduate

Donate today to support our graduates as they take the next step or enrolling in college and securing internships or union apprenticeships!

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