Student Voices: A Step Closer to Achieving My Goal and Finding My Motivation

By Mario Castellanos My name is Mario Castellanos and I am an 11th grader at Lighthouse Community Charter. I like to write down whatever pops into my head. In my free time I like to sit down and watch Netflix, and I am curious about many things like archeology and historical events. I’m interested in … Continue reading Student Voices: A Step Closer to Achieving My Goal and Finding My Motivation


Student Voices: My Evolution. Innocence, Confusion, Revelation.

By Michael Diaz I am a student at Lighthouse Charter on the east side of Oakland, where I have lived my whole life so far. Working toward my future I have taken class as Youth Radio in downtown Oakland and have a job at Safeway to make some money to pay for my own equipment. … Continue reading Student Voices: My Evolution. Innocence, Confusion, Revelation.


Watch These Oakland Students Tell Us How to Understand and End Gun Violence

About the Author: Sophia Sobko is a former teacher and current graduate student at UC Berkeley. ​Last Friday evening E14 Gallery in Downtown Oakland buzzed as 7th and 8th graders from Lighthouse Community Charter School shared their research, artwork, and writing on gun-related violence in Oakland. The exhibit was the culmination of a year of … Continue reading Watch These Oakland Students Tell Us How to Understand and End Gun Violence


The Predator, The Snake, and The Thief; Why I Couldn’t Wait to Get Away from Paradise

My name is Jeremias Arevalo. I am a junior at Lighthouse Community Charter School. I have always enjoyed writing in the forms of poetry, scripture and memoirs. I hope that my work shows you an insight into the life of a mixed-race, 17-year-old growing up in a turbulent time, in a turbulent place. I love … Continue reading The Predator, The Snake, and The Thief; Why I Couldn’t Wait to Get Away from Paradise