MFEI Scholarship- Due March 2nd


1) Oakland Unified high school seniors (district or charter)

2) Black young men graduating high school in any of the 9 Bay Area counties

3) Pleasanton Unified high school seniors

4) Children of Port of Oakland Employees

5) former MFEI scholars currently in college


Awards are made to students attending a community college, vocational/trade school or 4-year college / university. No GPA requirement.


Application requires the following:

· Student Aid Report** from their 2018-19 FAFSA or CA Dream Act Application (**DACA, permanent residency or citizenship not required)

· School Transcript

· Community Engagement Essay (250-300 words) - for high school applicants only

· Personal Statement (750 words)

· Letter of Recommendation (some awards require 2 letters)


DEADLINE: March 2, 2018

Amount: Scholarships range from $500 - $5000


SEEKING VOLUNTEERS: We are also seeking community members (local or elsewhere) to review and score these scholarship applications virtually in April. If interested, please visit:

Please contact if you or your students have any questions regarding this opportunity or if you would like to request a presentation for your school, class or program.

PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships.


PG&E is focused on California's future. To help our next generation of Californians succeed and innovate, PG&E is awarding a wide variety of college scholarships-including the PG&E Better Together STEM Scholarships.

  • Twenty scholarships of $10,000 each and 20 scholarships of $1,000 each are available to students in PG&E service areas who are pursuing a degree in an eligible STEM discipline at a four-year California college or university.
  • Students planning to enroll in fulltime undergraduate study for the 2018-2019 academic year should apply by February 5, 2018 at

Many other scholarship opportunities can be found at Tell your students or download and share this flyer today!

Free Registration: Get Focused, Stay Focused Conference

In December, the annual Get Focused, Stay Focused Conference will be held in Santa Barbara on December 14th and 15th. We'd like to invite you to join a group of educators and administrators from the Bay Region. Please pass along this message to others in your network that might be interested. 

With support from the Strong Workforce K14 Regional Joint Venture and SB1070, we are able to cover of the cost of registration for any attendees from our region. Hotel, flight, food, etc. are the responsibility of attendees/attendee home institutions. 

If you are interested in receiving free registration for this conference, please complete this form by Monday, October 30th. 

More information about the conference can be found here (including hotel details): 

California Education Policy Fellowship Program - Applications Due May 15

The California Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) builds education policy making capacity in California for K-12 and higher education. The program creates cohorts of education policy leaders from a range of roles across the state who are well-versed in key issues affecting student success and who have the relationships needed to work together across systems.

Each year, California EPFP enrolls a new cohort of about 20 mid-career education professionals, called Fellows, drawn from K-12 and higher education, executive and legislative branches of California government, and education related non-profit organizations. Fellows learn to approach and analyze issues and challenges from different perspectives.

California EPFP Fellows pay a program fee of $875, as well as any travel-related costs to attend the national policy seminar in Washington, DC. CPT 2 will not be covering the cost of participation.  Full or partial scholarships to cover the program fee are available based on the ability of a Fellow’s organization to pay. The majority of program costs for California EPFP are covered by generous contributions from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation.

For more information
California EPFP Co-Directors:
Jodi Lewis -
Terra Thorne -

Linked Learning Scholarship- Due May 3rd

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The Linked Learning Scholarship is an exclusive benefit available to graduating high school seniors enrolled in a Linked Learning pathway that has reached Candidate level or above in Linked Learning Certification. If you haven't registered your pathways, you can do so here

The Linked Learning Alliance is looking for Linked Learning students who showcase academic ability and achievement, financial need, participation in work-based learning activities or internships, persistence, and leadership. This scholarship program will award up to five students a $1,000 one-time scholarship to help cover educational expenses. Below you will find the scholarship application and a flyer to distribute to your students. If you have any questions, please e-mail

Applications due Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017.

Paid Internship Opportunity at UCSF

The Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Center for Science, Education & Outreach is pleased to announce an exciting PAID internship opportunity.

Participants will gain valuable experience being mentored by UCSF Faculty, Post-Docs & Students while conducting scientific Cancer research.

Students will partake in interesting scientific lectures, receive workshops on professionalism and college access, as well as join fun interactive college visits.


  • Must be male and of either African American or Latino heritage
  • Must be a current sophomore or junior
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Must have completed and passed Biology with a C or better
  • Must be able to commit to 40 hours a week during the summer (June 5-August 31).

Apply below by February 1, 2017.

Promising Practices in Work-Based Learning for Youth

The National Skills Coalition has recently published a paper titled "Promising Practices in Work-Based Learning for Youth."

This article comes at a timely moment as we are preparing for our Work-Based Learning Institute in a few weeks.  Reading this paper would be a great way to prepare.  We hope to see you there!

Civicorps is Now Hiring!

October 7th is the last day for interviews with Civicorps.  Please have necessary documents ready and application submitted to Civicorps Dean of Students, Mr. Rod Dunn,  at prior to this due date to secure an interview slot.  Applications can also be submitted in person.  Read below for the address and more information.  

Civicorps is gearing up for their next orientation, which will be held fromOctober 10, 2016- October 21, 2016. After successfully completing orientation, students will begin their journey of reconnecting with their academics in order to achieve their goal of receiving a high school diploma.

Civicorps is committed to providing life-changing opportunities for those who are high-risk youth or undocumented youth ages 18-26 who lack a high-school diploma. Their charter school not only helps young adults graduate with their high-school diploma, but also offers paid job training, career and college counseling, and in-depth case management.  Read the Job Description for more information:

Civicorps’ paid job training program offers occupational skills training in:

  • Land management
  • Transportation
  • Recycling
  • Warehouse logistics

During paid job training, students gain industry-recognized certifications, and after graduation, can access internships that lead to jobs in these high-demand industries

If you have any students that are seeking to gain their high-school diploma, please forward them this information and the application.

All youth applicants need to bring the following documents to 101 Myrtle St. Oakland, CA 94607 in West Oakland:

  • Completed Civicorps application (download here or apply online)
  • Birth certificate
  • Social security card
  •  Immunization record
  •  A copy of their high school transcript

If applicants are missing any of the following documents mentioned above, they will be given time to produce them while attending Civicorps.

Interviews are in the process of being conducted until October 7, 2016.

CBO Spotlight: Fresh Lifelines for Youth

With all the partners that we are working with, it's important to get to know our CBOs and what they have to offer our students.  This month, let's learn more about the Fresh Lifelines for Youth, also known as FLY.  For further information, please contact Jamela Joseph, Alameda County Program Manager.  

Who is your audience?
Fresh Lifelines for Youth (FLY) provides legal education, mentoring and leadership training to youth involved in the juvenile justice system or at risk of system involvement. FLY seeks to give youth a new perspective and understanding of the legal system that previously may have only seemed confusing and punitive to them.

What areas do you service? 
FLY currently provides our programs in three Bay Area counties: Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo. We provide our Law Program at schools, community centers and juvenile detention facilities, and our case managers provide services through our other programs by meeting youth in their own communities. 

What type of services do you provide?
FLY provides legal education/life skills course followed by case management/leadership development for those youth in greatest need of additional support. The Law Program offers 12-weeks of legal education and life skills, teaching our youth about the law and consequences of crime, while inspiring them to change and build their skills to make change possible Our nationally recognized law curriculum, sponsored in part by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) law-related education research is an interactive and evidence-informed program that uses role-play, debates, and mock trials and city council meetings to capture youth interest by educating them about the law and consequences of crime. The course also inspires youth to change their behavior and fosters pro-social behaviors and skills such as empathy, anger management, non-violent conflict resolution, resisting negative peer pressure, drug refusal skills, problem solving, and positive leadership to make change possible. Examples of course topics include assault, theft, vandalism, hate crimes, drugs, gangs, and the 3-Strikes law.  A sample of our lesson plan topics is provided below.  Mid-way through the program youth take a field trip to a local university where they tour the campus, learn about college, financial aid, and the juvenile justice system, and act out a trial in the university’s moot courtroom.  At the conclusion of the law program, FLY holds a graduation ceremony, where each youth is individually honored and recognized for their contributions to the class.
After completing the 12-week course, youth needing additional support to make lasting change work 1:1 with a case manager/mentor (a FLY staff member) for 1-2 years to prevent recidivism, advance academically, and help them become self-sufficient. Youth also receive leadership training as they work together to learn how to identify and redirect their strengths through community service-learning projects. 

What industries does your program/organization tap into?
 FLY's Law Program intentionally builds empathy for players involved in the juvenile justice system and interest in careers related to the system. Through the Law Program, outside resource people such as police officers, judges, probation officers, attorneys, and other members from the legal/public service industry come to class and co-facilitate the lessons.  

What sets your program/organization apart from others?
FLY is the only local organization that combines legal education with case management in order to meet system-involved youth where they are and give them the tools and skills they need to thrive and become re-engaged in school. All of FLY’s programs are evidence-informed and are based on best practices in youth development. 

What is a success story or data about your program/organization success that you can share?
 FLY’s Programs achieve measurable impact on at-risk youth working to stay free of the criminal justice system. For less than 1/10th the cost of  incarceration, each year, year after year, in all our programs, over 80% of youth report they are inspired to change, now have hope for their futures, have built their skills and confidence to make change possible, and are less likely to break the law. For youth receiving our core program of legal education, case management and leadership training, over 70% are not convicted of an offense during the program, and 60% - 80% of eligible high school seniors graduate or receive their High School Diplomas or GEDs annually. 

How can schools/students get involved with your program/organization?
 Generally, teachers and school administrators refer youth at their school to our Law Program.

Pathways Partner Interview: Tracey Burns

Each month we will be interviewing one of the leads so that you can get to know each other.  This month, we'd like to introduce you to Tracey Burns.  Tracey joined Alameda County Office of Education as the College and Career Coordinator for Student Programs and Services. 

What brought you to this work? 
I found that there has been a need for children to be able to identify, culturally, with their teachers and administrators. My cultural representation had been missing in my own educational experience and that of my children. Because of this it has been my mission and passion to provide the best avenues of success for those students who are the most marginalized in our communities.

What do you hope to accomplish through CPT 2?
It is my vision to provide culturally rich and sustainable programming that will allow easier and better transitions for the students currently being served in our court, opportunity, and continuation schools, into the adopted career and college pathways.

What kind of collaborations are you looking for?
I am really excited about the collaboration opportunities between programming through ACOE and industry partners. To get industry partners to understand the importance of training and then hiring our opportunity students, is essential to community growth and improvement.

What are your dreams and goals?
My dream is that there will be no need to have separate career and college opportunities for opportunity students. My dream is that all schools provide an equitable platform that allows all students to be served at their school sites inclusive of all necessary wraparound services needed for continued success. My ultimate dream will be no more need for court schools, community schools or continuation schools because each school will be multi-purposeful in the educating of each student.

Women Can Build Career Fair

Bay Area Apprenticeship Coordinators Association and Tradeswomen Inc. hosted a women-only career fair to share information about Union Apprenticeship Programs. The career fair was complete with hands-on activities to give women a sample of what tools and projects are associated with different trades.