OHA’s Education Initiative leverages
key partnerships with the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), community-based
organizations and other service providers with a focus on education. Our programs and services are designed to
increase school attendance, parent or caregiver engagement, academic
achievement, and life skills development for youth who reside in OHA residential
communities. Research, data and best practices indicate that these types of
programs help support youth by preparing them for future academic and
professional opportunities through the elimination of academic achievement barriers
and by addressing critical needs as early as elementary school.
The programs offered through OHA’s
Education Initiative are geared toward enhancing the following areas:
- K-12 Education
- Parent Training
- Kindergarten Readiness
- GED & Continuing Adult Education
- Improving Attendance
Additionally, OHA seeks to reduce “Summer
Academic Loss,” which is the loss of as much as two months of learning that accompanies
summer vacation. To alleviate this loss of learning we offer summer youth employment,
summer camps, summer lunch programs.
In an effort to address the academic
achievement barriers and other critical needs, we have entered into a
partnership with OUSD. OHA and OUSD agreed to collaborate and develop effective
strategies to increase student attendance. Through the joint use of information
systems, OHA and OUSD discovered an overlap of 5,700 students. With this
information, both OHA and OUSD developed goals to improve the educational opportunities
and outcomes of youth served by both institutions through two primary
objectives, 1) increased attendance of OHA youth; and 2) increased parent engagement with both their children's education and their school.
Parent Ambassador Program
To meet the educational objectives OHA created the Parent Ambassador Program. The participating parents serve at seven partner schools, select
throughout the district, that pilot our attendance improvement and parent
involvement efforts. The Parent Ambassadors work in partnership with OHA staff
and the principals at partner school sites to identify tasks and projects that
meaningfully contribute to the entire school community, with an emphasis on
increasing attendance for those struggling with chronic absenteeism. Parent
Ambassadors are role models who exhibit “good neighbor” qualities in support of
the full service community school model.
The Oakland Housing Authority works with various
organizations that provide scholarship opportunities to Housing Authority residents.
Information regarding these opportunities will be posted in this section.
The scholarship applications have various eligibility criteria and application
deadlines, so plan to check this section periodically for updates.
Current Scholarship Opportunities:
2017 Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Contest (Application deadline: February 5, 2017) Additional information
The Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship (Application deadline: February 15, 2017)
The Experiment in International Living (Application deadline: April 14, 2017)
The Oakland Public Library is a great resource for tutoring, College test preparation and much more.
To learn more or to get involved, please call (510) 587-5115.