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
SLB Radio Girl Talk
Through conversation, connected girls and women from the Hill District community in a meaningful, transformative way as measured by the reflective recordings and/or essays in which the girls address the personal impact of the project and how the interview and interview process caused them to see their future differently.
On interviewing Jackie Wright, Shanelle, 16, said:
“I absolutely loved the interview. It was like speaking to an older version of myself. Her career path is amazing. What was inspiring to me was if someone tells you no, then find a way to make them tell you yes. She spoke about the struggle when she was growing up. But she broke out of it and followed her career and now she doesn’t regret a thing. She wants to see us as teenagers being able to pursue amazing careers and do great things with our lives.”
Hug Me Tight Childcare Centers
Hug Me Tight Childcare Centers (HMT) is utilizing interactive smartboards in pre-school classrooms to develop 21st century skills. The children demonstrate an eagerness and genuine interest to engage in academic activities that promote school readiness. As an example, children enjoy “going to the board” to participate in touch screen games and activities. These skill-building activities enhance cognition relative to decision-making and problem-solving that also reach beyond the classroom.
“We are thoroughly enjoying this virtual activity.”