You Can Make A Difference

Mentor A Student

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Mentors are volunteers who help with school work, encourage students to identify their interests, listen carefully, talk about opportunities, and consult with coordinators about possible help for serious problems. They help build the student’s confidence and motivation to graduate and to pursue an appropriate future in college and/or career. They share their own experiences, if these are likely to be relevant and encouraging. They never forget to listen.

An Oakland Serves Mentor Can Expect To...

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Get a background clearance from our partner, Be A Mentor. This includes a TB test (or certificate) and fingerprinting.  It may take a few days or a few weeks so should be begun as soon as possible. Your health insurance will normally cover your TB test and we will gladly help locate a fingerprinting location near you. Any costs are reimbursed.

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Attend a free training at Be A Mentor.

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Meet and work with the same student every week, 3 hours per week, for seven to eight months during the school year, giving substantive help with homework.

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Be a positive role model, develop a relationship of trust and respect with your student, and provide counseling as well as academic support.

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Report regularly to the Volunteer Coordinator and participate, to the extent possible, in workshops and other planned events for mentors and students.

Interested in mentoring for Oakland Serves?

Can't Mentor? Join Our Team

The Oakland Serves team consists of four committees (each meets once or twice a month; members are invited to bi-monthly Board meetings as well). ​


The Four Committees Are:

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Works on website, newsletter, and other ways to increase community support.

Mentor Recruitment
Works on recruiting more volunteers and helping potential mentors move through background clearance and training.



Works on building support by attending public meetings and arranging individual meetings with community, civic, and school leaders. Maintains Contact List and Newsletter Distribution List. Secures speakers for Speakers' Bureau. 


Works on contacts with foundations and individual donors; keeps tracks of donations; files necessary reports (we are a 510c3).

Current Needs: We especially need help with mentoring recruitment right now. See our flyer here. But all the committees have openings. If you’d like to join the Oakland Serves team, send us a message below!

If you would be interested in working with the Oakland Team please say what kind of help you would like to give, which committees interests you, and what your relevant experience has been. 


We will answer within three days. Thanks!

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