Hello, my name is Monica Valdivias and I from East Palo Alto. I am currently a junior at Aspire East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy. I have lived in East Palo Alto my whole life and it has helped shape me into the person I am today because I understand that the path to success is hard work and a good education. East Palo Alto is a small city where opportunities like the one wishbone offers are rare and difficult to find. My family has always made sure I understand that I must take advantage of every opportunity offered to me. I am passionate about law and the criminal justice system as well as politics.
All Stars Helping Kids sends a big THANK YOU to Justin Tuck, his wife Lauran, and their R.U.S.H. for Literacy program, which provides low-income children in Alabama, New York, New Jersey and California with access to age and culturally appropriate books to combat summer learning loss, and other efforts to close the educational opportunity gap that exists for low-income Americans.
In December 2015, All Stars Helping Kids Board Members, Staff and Grantees celebrated the first graduates from our three-year grantee cohort program, which provides growing nonprofits with three years of focused mentorship and training. Our 2015 graduates include:
More than 900 people joined in on the fun and games during STEM Discovery Day hosted by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) and All Stars Helping Kids (ASHK) on Dec. 12, 2015. The event provided an opportunity to celebrate diversity and engage local families in STEM education principles that are crucial to 21st century workforce skills. The event took place at Levi’s Stadium in the United Club.
On Saturday, November 7th from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m., All Stars Helping Kids hosted a free youth football camp at Alpha Public Schools. Twenty-eight 8th and 9th graders came out for a morning of football practice, coaching and inspiration. Instructed by a team of volunteer coaches, campers practiced cone drills, passing drills, defensive plays, and also enjoyed tacos for lunch.
Ronnie Lott joined the campers to talk about his experience in the NFL and in life, discussing leadership and commitment and encouraging the students to be optimistic and follow their dreams. The day ended with a game of flag football. A big thank you to all of our awesome volunteer coaches who helped to make the camp a success!
This fall, All Stars Helping Kids partnered with 15 local businesses, corporations, and non-profits to promote literacy in Bay Area schools. After working together to collect more than 20,000 books for students from Pre-K through high school, All Stars wrapped up the First Annual Book Drive on Saturday, October 3rd with a Book Fair for local teachers from across the Bay Area.
Over 100 teachers attended the fair to select free books to help build their classroom libraries. The effort reached an estimated 5,000 Bay Area students. A second grade teacher who attended the Book Fair shared with us about how the event impacted her classroom:
“My students bring home five books every week, and they are so excited because they now have more books to choose from in our classroom library. Also, a lot of the books that we got are advanced reading (AR) books! Some of these books were also set aside as prizes for those who meet their AR goals this year!”
Book Fair attendees also participated in a raffle to receive a set of 49er’s tickets and $250 in books for their classroom. We are thankful for our local literacy partners who gave books, donated resources, and volunteered their time to provide new reading and learning opportunities for local teachers and students. Visit our online gallery to see more pictures from our Teacher Book Fair!
Thank you for coming and for sharing a few minutes with me. I’m a 6th grade teacher at Greenleaf, an Oakland school that Camp Phoenix has partnered with since it’s beginning. I feel very grateful to be here, because I’ve been able to see Camp Phoenix grow from an idea some of my friends had, to a program that is serving a good portion of the students at my school, along with other Flatland schools in East Oakland. Over the past 3 years, the program has grown and I am excited to see all of you here supporting it.