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


Bigger Than Bathrooms: Making Schools Safe for EVERY Student

A guest post from Ash Whipple, an Oakland student and one of Oakland’s Energy Converters. I’m sure when you’re out in public, or at work, all you worry about when going to the bathroom is if it’s clean or not. Nobody likes public bathrooms, they’re dirty, and you never know who you’re going to come across … Continue reading Bigger Than Bathrooms: Making Schools Safe for EVERY Student


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