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


Reflections of a Muslim Girl Growing Up in Oakland Unified

By: Meelan Mohsin one of Oakland’s Energyconverters (Meelan was the writer on this story reporting another student’s experience. Meelan conducted a series of interviews to capture the emotion this student felt all throughout her time as a student here in Oakland.) I moved to the U.S. from Iraq when I was 11 years old. I only … Continue reading Reflections of a Muslim Girl Growing Up in Oakland Unified


The Goal for My Education Isn’t to be Well-Behaved

A guest post from an Oakland student and Energy Converter, Kai-Willow Smith Have you ever been told by your teacher that you were doing just fine, but in reality, you know you are close to failing? Welcome to the life of many black and brown students and parents. I am one of those who was … Continue reading The Goal for My Education Isn’t to be Well-Behaved


The Internal Toll of Being Misgendered

This is another guest post from an Oakland student, Ash Whipple, one of Oakland’s “energy converters” Being misgendered feels like getting stabbed in the back, even when people don’t do it on purpose. I’ve learned to live with that pain, it’s something I experience every day, and I will face it for the rest of … Continue reading The Internal Toll of Being Misgendered