Be a Game Changer in Oakland: East Bay College Fund looking for Mentors
New piece up on the importance of support and mentorship for college success. Oakland Local
This past summer, a powerful three-part series, Even Odds, ran in the Chronicle about young African-American males in Oakland. The premise, and the basis of the headline, was that “Being male and black in Oakland means being about as likely to be killed as to graduate from high school ready for college.”
It was an important series, but also wearying for some working hard to change these odds to read through yet another set of grim statistics that reinforce negative stereotypes. Part one of the series told the parallel stories of two young men from Castlemont High School. One is murdered and one graduates, ready for college.
While that story ended on the page, the East Bay College Fund continues it. Thomas Logwood, the Castlemont student profiled in this piece started his first year of college at UC Santa Cruz with the help of a 4-year scholarship (now accepting applications) from the East Bay College Fund and the commitment of a mentor, Diedra Barber, to help support him through those four years with monthly check-ins.