McAuley Ministries supports initiatives that assist children residing in the Hill District, Uptown, and West Oakland to succeed in school, graduate from high school, successfully transition to and graduate from college, and/or successfully transition to work. Priority initiatives include:
- High-quality early childhood development.
- After-school programs with high-quality tutoring and enrichment activities.
- Initiatives to improve college readiness and the number of residents who graduate from college or other post-secondary education.
- Initiatives that address the social obstacles to academic achievement and college completion.
- Parent and community engagement to support educational equity and achievement.
Stories of Hope
Center That C.A.R.E.S.
An example of the Center that C.A.R.E.S. as a committed resource to Hill families and youth is reflected in work with one of our youth. A young woman had attended our programs from 6th-10th grades, but had not come recently because she had to obtain a job to support herself. She followed back with staff after her recent graduation. She had applied and enrolled in Lincoln University, but that day had withdrawn her enrollment because she was overwhelmed with the requirements and didn’t feel that she could do it. Within a week, our staff worked with her to re-enroll, assisting her with the doctor appointments, immunization records, TB test, completing her financial aid, including contacting IRS for documents. We worked with her to support necessary documentation, obtain personal items for her dorm room, and arrange transportation to Lincoln. Our staff will continue to follow-up and support her through the transition to Lincoln and are working to connect her to a peer mentor at the college.