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
Schenley Heights Community Development Program
First grader, J., came to us with Below Basic scores at the start of the fall session. He could not read or write his name. In addition, a speech impediment hindered his ability to “sound out” words. Our teachers purchased additional resources to help J. become engaged with his teacher, and assigned him focused activities. By the end of the first quarter, J. knew his colors and could count to 50. By the end of the second quarter, he was writing and saying his name without struggling.
“The first time he wrote his name properly, his smile stretched from ear-to-ear.”
As he beamed with a feeling of accomplishment, he rushed to show off his work to his friends, teachers, and family. His work is now on the wall for all to see. We watched his confidence level and desire to achieve continue to grow.