Oakland, We Need You!
Pledge to volunteer and join Chapter 510's growing community of
educators, artists, parents, and students.
Become a Chapter 510 Volunteer
Work side-by-side with Oakland’s children & youth.
Chapter 510 volunteers support youth and teachers through tutoring, creative and expository writing workshops, and publishing youth voices.
We're currently looking for volunteers to help with programming during the 2019-2020 school year to commit to tutoring, mentoring, and writing with our students at least one time a week Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30am-6pm.
We are also looking for volunteer designers, illustrators, event ninjas, contractors, painters, builders, and makers.
2019-2020 Volunteer Opportunities
One-On-One Tutoring at Westlake Middle and MetWest High School
What: We provide in-school tutoring services for our partner sites Westlake Middle School & MetWest High School, specifically for writing support. These volunteers are asked to be available at least once a week for an entire school year to provide tutoring support.
When: Once a week, M-F during school hours, 8:30am-3pm starting in October
After-school Tutoring at Westlake Middle School
What: We will also be providing tutoring help after school at Westlake Middle starting this fall. We would ask tutors to commit to at least one day a week from 3:30-5pm. Tutors will be helping a group of 8th grade students improve writing to get high-school ready by the end of the year.
When: Once a week, M-F after school, 3:30pm-5pm
Editorial Mentorship Opportunities
What: Sign up to be an editorial mentor for one of our writing workshops this year. For each, you will get to work with one student throughout the workshop from beginning through publication ensuring that they have the one-on-one support needed to get their writing ready for print. This year, we will need editorial mentors for our Novel Writing Workshop for 6th grade students (10 mentors needed), our Beauty in Difference Workshop for high school poets (10 SWANA, Muslim, and or Middle Eastern identified mentors needed), our Identity Workshop for 9th graders at MetWest (10-20 mentors needed), and our Spring Break Children’s Book Camp (10 mentors needed).
When: Throughout the year, starting in November. You will meet with students and work remotely through Google Docs.
College Essay Support at MetWest
What: Come support MetWest High School seniors on their college essay writing. You will be paired with students to support them in writing, revision and content choices. You will work with students 2-4 times in the fall in their classroom in addition to helping them get their essays written during the MetWest College Essay Write-in.
When: During school hours M-F 8:30am-3:30pm and on October 18, 2019 from 5pm-midnight
Write Your Roots Epic Poetry Day at Acorn Elementary School
What: 340 students, 50 volunteers, 12 classrooms, and 1 school-wide epic poem. This event takes place on a Friday morning at Acorn Elementary School with the help of our new partner, the Oakland Roots. It is a fun, fast-paced, and wild literary challenge where each class at the school participates in an epic poetry writing challenge. There are many volunteer roles to be played in order to support the students in their writing and the overall flow of the event, including poetry facilitator, scribe, relay runner, and more. This year’s theme is Write Your Roots, and we will be working to write the longest poem ever about family roots and Oakland.
When: TBD date in November on a Friday from 8am-10am
First Friday Children’s Storytelling & Teen Open Mics
What: As a part of Oakland’s First Friday street festival, Chapter 510 hosts a monthly youth literary-arts event that showcases and features youth readers and performances (elementary - high school). Our First Fridays are youth and family friendly, and feature handmade bookmaking projects, open mics, curated poetry readings, writing workshops for teens, local children’s book authors, youth book release parties, and other lively programs. We need 8 volunteers each First Friday to help us run our retail store, activities, and table outside our space to recruit more volunteers for our programs!
When: Every First Friday, 5pm-10pm
Storytelling Field Trips for OUSD Classrooms
What: Twice weekly, we host a 2.5 hour story writing and book publishing field trip experience for elementary and middle school classrooms. These field trips are theatrical and collaborative. Students create their own story together as a class, write their own endings. Stories are live illustrated, published, and printed on the spot by our Bureau of Far Off Ideas. In this workshop the students learn about narrative, character development, and the art of developing stories together. These are volunteer-run field trips, and we offer various leadership and supportive roles to play including: lead facilitator, story typist, live illustrator, book publisher, one-on-one writing tutor, and the infamous and very grumpy Prime Minister of the Bureau of Far Off Ideas.
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday, 10am-12:30pm, February-May
Spring Break Children’s Book Camp
What: During OUSD’s one-week spring break, we lead 10 3rd & 4th graders in writing their own picture books. Each student is paired with a writing mentor and a professional children’s book illustrator and in just 5 days, they pen a book that reflects their heritage and experiences. Each year, we pick a theme for the book set, and this year’s theme is music! We need volunteer mentors, musicians, and folks who can help with food and logistics throughout the week.
When: March 30-April 3, 9am-5pm each day!
How to become a Chapter 510 Volunteer
You do not need to be a writer to help kids love writing, so we encourage all who want to sit side-by-side with Oakland students to pledge. We do ask that you pledge only if you are available to volunteer your time at least once per week during the school year between the hours of 8:30-6pm as 95% of our volunteer opportunities are within this window.
If you have time to give, pledge to volunteer today, and we will invite you for a volunteer orientation so we can plug you in to the program you’re interested in helping with!