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.


Graduate Stories from Lighthouse’s College Declaration Day-Believe in Yourself, Work hard and You can Do It

Brianna wanted to drop out, Isabel didn’t think she could go to college, Brandon was flunking, Diana didn’t know any English, and DJ couldn’t read.  Now they are all off to college, marked by a recent emotional celebration on College Declaration Day. Staff, alumni, families and graduating seniors at Lighthouse Community Charter School came together … Continue reading Graduate Stories from Lighthouse’s College Declaration Day-Believe in Yourself, Work hard and You can Do It


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


Jordan 4s: A Trip to a Better Me

By Ashley Mendez Back to El Salvador  I made my way to the hammock that had all of the colors of the rainbow on it. I laid down on it and saw the branches of the coconut trees dancing back and forth from the breeze that moved west. The cows were mooing and the birds … Continue reading Jordan 4s: A Trip to a Better Me