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


Searching At School For What I’m Missing At Home

(A Guest post from an Oakland public school student and Energy Convertors Helping marginalized folx #navigate education. S/O 2 people converting negative energy to positive all over. Edrees Saied) Imagine you’re a student. You think yourself as an advanced student. Someone who tries to overload themselves with advanced classes for the sake of learning everything that you can. … Continue reading Searching At School For What I’m Missing At Home


My Oakland; A Student Reflects on a Changing City

A guest post by Oakland student Jeremiah Vaughn, one of Oakland’s Energy Converters I live in Oakland but I don’t. Let me explain See I’m from the old Oakland where everyone knew everyone and the saying that “it takes a village to raise a child” actually showed. I’m from old Oakland where if you got in … Continue reading My Oakland; A Student Reflects on a Changing City