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College Prep Academy: For more information click here. To register, please click the blue College Prep Academy button below.
Summer Camps: Note new location - Bay Farm School, 200 Aughinbaugh Way. Click here for the camp schedule and info. Please indicate "grade" completed.
Enrichment After School - Fall 2017 schedule will be posted early August: Click here for a list of general information. Registration opens August 24th, 9:30am.
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Alameda Education Foundation
501(c)(3) non-profit
Tax ID #94-2867769
P.O. Box 1363, Alameda 94501
Tel. 510.337.7189
info@AlamedaEducation.org

Safe Spaces

by Robert Scofield, Island High School Teacher

Adopt a Classroom recipientWhen Safe Spaces was adopted, I took it to the group to see what they felt would be a good use for the donation.  After lots of discussion, the students decided that they would like to use the money to address something that is a huge issue for the LGBTQ community, which is homelessness.  Unfortunately, many youth in the LGBTQ community are not accepted by their families when they choose to come out, so their homes are no longer a safe place for them.  Having experienced some of this opposition firsthand, our students were eager to help those struggling with a similar situation.  When I contacted Dreamcatcher Youth Services, they were enthusiastic about having our students come to volunteer.  Over the course of several meetings, students planned out a meal to prepare, as well as other ways to contribute such as creating “survival kits” with necessary toiletry items for homeless teens.  Ultimately we had 7 students from Island participate; cooking and serving food, putting together survival kits, as well as just hanging out and getting to know some of the teens and volunteers at the shelter.  Here are some of the reactions of the Island students who participated:

“It was a great experience to be a part of something greater, especially knowing that they are teens just like us.”  -Josh A.

“Dreamcatcher is a nice, comfortable, open-minded spot.  It’s great to see that people in need are being helped.” – Reverie S.

“Volunteering at Dreamcatcher was a really nice experience.  It made me feel so good to be doing something productive and getting to know the people there.  I’d love to go back!” – Taia B.

When we arrived, the staff at Dreamcatcher were extremely grateful for our generous donation of food and supplies.  As we were leaving, the staff once again expressed their gratitude, commenting on how well behaved and helpful our students were throughout the process.  I was extremely proud of the way our students positively represented Island High School and the Alameda Unified School District as a whole.  Overall, this was a great experience for everyone at Dreamcatcher, as well as an amazing opportunity for our students to give back and connect with the community.

Art Across the Island

Art Across the IslandHaight Elementary School students Christina, Laura and Enna put the finishing touches on their italian marbled paper, which was on display display as part of the Alameda Education Foundation’s “Art Across the Island” project.  “Art Across the Island” is a two-year project that will feature visual and literary art produced by Alameda public school students.  Artwork can be seen at various venues throughout Alameda from October 2017 – April 2018.

According to Pam Riley Chang, the foundation’s chair of Visual and Performing Arts, the goal is to display art from students representing every Alameda public school.

“Art Across the Island” is a partnership of the foundation with Alameda public school teachers, school art docents, the Alameda Free Library – Bay Farm and West End branches, AGL Collective, Alameda Art Lab, Books Inc, Cookiebar Creamery, Lilac Dress Boutique, Modern Mouse and Rhythmix Cultural Works.  “Both students and the public both benefit when artwork and creative writing is on display,” added Chang.

Art education is a core component of the foundation’s mission to support learning opportunities for Alameda public school students.  In addition to the arts, the foundation supports and manages programs in athletics, technology, college prep programs, and dozens of enrichment classes and camps.

“Wonderful art is being created in our class rooms and Art Across the Island gives Alamedans a chance to see student art (and, yes, some literature) in a gallery setting. Our local small businesses and the two branch libraries are enthusiastic supporters of this program and I can’t thank them enough. Lastly, art teachers and art docents have been thrilled to see work that is produced in other public schools and I am looking forward to an event where those of us who have helped produce art for this program get to share our ideas.” Pam Riley Change, AEF Visual and Performing Arts Chair

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Decode Your Teen!

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 Parent/Teen Workshop
Saturday, March 4, 2 – 4 PM, Alameda High Media Center

Do you want your teen to be happy? To be able to bounce back when things get tough? To help set them up for life and work in the real world? Do you just want to get along better?

AEF is offering a  workshop on “Raising Resilient Teens”. This fun and engaging workshop is designed to help teens (and parents) understand:

  • Individual behavior style – what makes you tick and how do you embrace successful behaviors
  • Personal motivation interests and talents – how to make better study, career and life choices
  • The behavior style of others – to appreciate difference and work cooperatively
  • How to develop productive relationships – at home, school and work

This workshop will help you experience that “a-ha” moment when you uncover your true self, break down the “brick wall” of communication between parents and teens, and develop a language for improved communication and relationships.

This workshop is for 6th – 12th Alameda public school students and their parents.

$125 – covers the student and one parent/guardian. $35 additional fee for an additional parent/guardian. $15 materials fee is additional. It is not necessary to attend the Feb. 1 presentation to participate in the workshop.

Registration is open!  Click on the blue Enrichment button on the left to sign up. Space is limited.

Click here for a workshop flyer.

Parent Night

Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7 – 8:30 PM, Lum Multipurpose Room.
This workshop is sponsored by the Alameda PTA Council and Alameda Unified School District and will consist of a 60-minute presentation and 30-minute Q&A addressing:

  • The definition of resilience as it relates to life and work
  • The changing landscape of parenting
  • Why resilience is so important for teens
  • The short- and long-term impact of not developing resilience
  • The “top ten” resilience factors for life success

This presentation is free.

Click here for a presentation flyer.

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