“This is the justice work of our time”

Civicorps Academy article in EDsource / “This is the justice work of our time” Justice Work Of Our Time

Read this AMAZING article about Civicorps by EdSource!

By Kathryn Baron on EdSource on October 7, 2013

Not a single student at one of Oakland’s public high schools has to be there. They all arrive by choice – willingly, happily, sometimes desperately – at Civicorps Academy, a charter school for young adults who have aged out of traditional high school but aren’t too old to want another crack at earning a high school diploma.

“People tell me, ‘You’re getting a diploma? (You’re) 22.’ I am,” Tyneisha Crooks said she tells her incredulous inquirers. “There are people older than me getting (a diploma) and I commend them for that; that’s a big step. You got to start from the bottom to get on top and that’s what I’m doing.”

Read the entire inspiring article here.

About EdSource

EdSource works to engage Californians on key education challenges with the goal of enhancing learning success. It does so in three ways: providing timely, useful information to policymakers; advancing awareness among the larger public on complex education issues; and highlighting effective models and strategies intended to improve student outcomes.

Civicorps is thankful to Kathryn Baron at EdSource for attending our Leadership Summit and for publishing this thoughtful article.

Filed under: Student Spotlight

"What made your life different?"

Loni Hancock with Civicorps students / "What Made Your Life Different?"“What Made Your Life Different?”

Watch this powerful video of Senator Loni Hancock talking with Civicorps students at our Leadership Summit about how they started on a positive path.

Filed under: Student Spotlight

Speak Up. Be Heard. Civicorps’ First-Ever Leadership Summit!

Speak Up. Be Heard. Civicorps’ First-Ever Leadership Summit!Leadership Summit

On September 24 & 25, 2013, Civicorps’ hosted this powerful two-day convening of Oakland youth, community activists, and elected officials to discuss community issues, brainstorm solutions, and inspire action.

Youth heard inspiring speeches from Senator Loni Hancock and Junious Williams at Urban Stratgies Council. They also listened to stories from community activists about transforming passion into action and then brainstormed solutions for local issues with Community Health, Safety, Youth Engagement, and Career & Education Opportunities.

The youth teams then presented their ideas to a panel of decision makers, which included:

  • California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta
  • OUSD Board Member Anne Campbell Washington
  • Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson
  • Justin Davis from the Kapor Center for Social Impact
  • Casey Farmer, Policy Analyst for Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney
  • Alameda County Assistant District Attorney Paul Hora
  • Interim Police Chief, Oakland Police Department, Sean Whent
  • Mayor Jean Quan

“I learned how to be a leader – how to find my voice.”

— Youth Activist

“I am excited to see young black men talking about community issues.”

— Supervisor Keith Carson

Special thanks to Young Invincibles and our participants: Youth Radio, Centerforce Youth Court, Lao Family Community Development, Mentoring Center, & Treasure Island Job Corps.

Youth activists engaged in two-days of critical discussion, then presented their solutions.

“Change starts with me.”

— Youth Activist

Local decision-makers came to hear passionate youth present their ideas for community solutions.

“We have the power to make the change we want to see.”

— Assemblyman Rob Bonta

Youth from various organizations worked together to present their ideas.

“We have to find our passion and keep it.”

— Youth Activist

Check out more photos on our Facebook Page

Filed under: Student Spotlight