Her School Cut the Mic on this Courageous Valedictorian when She Talked About Sexual Assault, Please Read and Share the Full Story, and Help End a Culture of Silence

Lulabel Seitz is a model student to most, an example of hard work paying off, and rising from humble beginnings to a valedictorian.  Her commencement speech at Petaluma High School touched on the challenges students faced in the North Bay; fires and displacement, a teacher strike, and her own personal struggles to climb the educational … Continue reading Her School Cut the Mic on this Courageous Valedictorian when She Talked About Sexual Assault, Please Read and Share the Full Story, and Help End a Culture of Silence


Why You Should Attend Black Grad Nights: A Graduate’s Reflection From Oakland Tech’s First

(A guest post from Edrees Saied, a graduating senior from Oakland Tech, headed to San Jose State in the Fall, who walked this week at Tech’s first Black graduation, he has some other powerful work here) Limitations only exist in the mind, so don’t get it confused. That’s what I said as I walked the … Continue reading Why You Should Attend Black Grad Nights: A Graduate’s Reflection From Oakland Tech’s First


He’s More Than Just a Teacher, Mr. Bey Is a Game Changer

This is a piece by Oakland student Alondra Gonzalez, part of the Energy Convertors Fellowship led by Charles Cole III. This is me with my teacher, Mr. Bey. In the six months our class has known him he has earned not only our respect, but our love. I met him my first day of freshman year. I … Continue reading He’s More Than Just a Teacher, Mr. Bey Is a Game Changer


A Second Chance for a Life Changing Trip; Helping Albert Get Back to Africa

Last year we planned a trip to South Africa, it started amazing but ended early when thousands of dollars were stolen.  Football teaches you that you need to get up when you are knocked down, so we are planning the trip again, and this time we will get it right and I need your help. … Continue reading A Second Chance for a Life Changing Trip; Helping Albert Get Back to Africa


When School Pushes You Over The Edge

(A second guest post–part 1 is here— from an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertor, Edrees Saied) Schools can push you, but if they don’t connect with you, it can feel like you are being pushed off a cliff. This pressure without connections undermines the relationship with school and destroys the passion for learning. Some students … Continue reading When School Pushes You Over The Edge