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October 2021


Nov. 8       Parent/Guardian Workshop - COVID 19 Click Here to Join
Nov. 11   No School Veteran's Day
Nov. 16       AASAT Meeting  6 pm Click Here to Join 
Nov. 19       Minimum Day
Nov. 22-26  No School, Thanksgiving Recess 


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Parent/Guardian Workshop - COVID 19

Monday, November 8, 2021 we are hosting a COVID-19 virus and vaccine townhall.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 914 1365 6110
Passcode: 859922

This event will be led by black health professionals Dr. Desmond Carson, MD, Dr. Michael Lenoir, MD, and Chante Jones. 

Before attending the workshop please complete this Survey!


East Bay Center for Performing Arts 11th Annual Fall Gala


Beauty. Community. Resilience.

Join the East Bay Center for Performing Arts (virtually) for a night of art and performances to celebrate the resilience of our community and the creativity of our students!

During a challenging year, our students and faculty found ways to connect, support each other, and pursue their artistic journeys. We invite you to join us and learn more about our impact over the last 12 months and why we need your continued support.

The live stream event will feature our students' stories, highlights of their recent work, and visions for the coming season. You will be able to support the work that touches our 4,000 young artists each year.

 We will also give thanks to Jordan Simmons, our long-time artistic director who will be retiring after 43 years, and celebrate the leadership of Ruthie Dineen as she prepares for her new role as executive director.

Please thoughtfully consider how you might engage with us in this critical moment, whether it’s by celebrating with us on November 16th, helping to spread the word, participating as an online fundraiser, or making a gift.



Ryse Center Paid Internship


Students, are you interested in spoken word? Singing? Music production? Visual arts? Video? If so, then RYSE Commons is now open to cohort members and they are looking for a few more youth to attend their open programs and their paid internships. 

Attached are two flyers. For more information, contact Cici Javae at


Looking for a Bi-lingual Mental Healthy Therapist

Bay Area Community Resources is for a bilingual Spanish-speaking Crisis/Drop-in Therapist at Richmond High. The position will be with BACR, and it's full-time.  The job announcement can be found here.

Job Purpose FT:

Providing a range of school-based trauma-informed behavioral health prevention and intervention services focused on crisis intervention

Job Description

More colleges remove SAT, ACT requirements during application process

Nearly 130 colleges and universities in California do not require students applying for the fall 2022 semester to release their ACT or SAT scores, according to updated data from the National Center for Fair & Open Testing. The center, also known as FairTest, is a nonprofit organization that lobbies for colleges to treat students as “more than a score,” and expand their admission criteria beyond standardized test results. “Schools that did not mandate ACT/SAT submission last year generally received more applicants, better academically qualified applicants, and a more diverse pool of applicants,” said FairTest Executive Director Bob Schaeffer. University of California regents unanimously voted in May 2020 to suspend SAT and ACT testing requirements through 2024 and eliminate them for California students by 2025.



Richmond Promise: Scholarship Application Now Open!              

The application window for our Richmond Promise Scholarship is now open. If you could do us the favor of sharing the application with your students that you feel would be interested or eligible. Our deadline for this cycle is Monday, March 14th, 2022.

Reminder that our scholarship is available to all 12th graders that:

  • Live in Richmond or North Richmond

  • Attend a High School or equivalent program in West Contra Costa

  • Have attend schools in the area since 9th grade

  • Plan to complete a FAFSA or CADA for financial aid

We are offering support via our office hours and also welcome to partner for an in-person or virtual workshop to your students. Please email me if you wish to set-up a session for the fall, otherwise I will definitely reach back out in December to offer workshops for the Winter as we near the application deadline.

Our office hours run Monday-Thursday from 3-5pm but if students need help outside those hours they can always arrange that with us via email. 

Our Scholarship amount is $1500 per school year with at least 4 years of funding guaranteed on top of programmatic services that support students through college. It is a non-competitive scholarship and does not require any GPA or income limit requirements.

 Submitted by Miguel Molina of Richmond Promise


Get Help With Your FAFSA

Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) OR California Dream Act Application (CADAA) by March 2, 2022, Cal Grant Deadline to be eligible for the Richmond Promise Scholarship! Applying for financial aid is a multi-step process, and students often find it helpful to receive one-on-one support. The RP team is offering 1-on-1 support with financial aid applications and the RP Scholarship. We are also holding office hours, and hosting workshops with college partners across the community and within our schools.

More Support with Your FAFSA

FAFSA season is upon us and ECMC The College Place is here to support you. Here are a few useful resource sheets to share with your students and families. 


BBK Events and Activities for November

Building Blocks for Kids (BBK) is a nonprofit organization that connects to the power of parents and caregivers to unearth their genius and those of their children so that we build strong, healthy, and connected communities. BBK invites you to these upcoming events and programs. 

On Wednesday, November 17th from 6:30-8 pm BBK is hosting its monthly Black Woman’s Sanctuary (BWS). Join Sanctuary a safe space for Black women and moms to grow together and create emotional well-being, achieve personal and family goals and nurture a love for themselves and the community. Join on Zoom with ID: 899 5664 2313.

On Friday, November 26th at 6:30 pm is Holding Space facilitated by LeJohn “Fahim” Reese. This uplifting and empowering space is for Black men and men of color of all ages to make meaningful connections and have genuine conversations important to them. Join on Zoom with ID: 871 2871 3856.  

Welcome your little one into the world with the warm sweet care of BBK’s CoCo Doulas. CoCo Doulas offers free prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum support to any pregnant Black mother or Black birthing person that is before 30 weeks in their pregnancy. There are no income limits. Beautiful Black Birth experiences are essential to empowered parenting. Questions? Contact Lauren McCollins at, 510-232-5812 x407. 



HBCU Virtual Experience

The HBCU Virtual Experience is November 6, 2021 and is an opportunity to meet familiar HBCUs as well as learn about new ones. Some HBCUs are waiving application fees, offering onsite admissions, and offering scholarships for college transfer students and high school seniors.  We have provided guidance on how they may best take advantage of these opportunities.  Guest speakers will share scholarship opportunities and the value of higher education. Our panel discussion will allow guests to engage with current HBCU students. 40 HBCUs have committed to attend this event.  Finally, we will have some door prizes for selected guests in attendance. The event promises to deliver HBCU awareness and opportunities in a way to benefit those in attendance.

All that’s required is Internet access and an open mind for new opportunities.  This event is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  Click here to register:


It takes a village to raise a child.”  This African proverb is as true today as it ever was. OAASA needs parent volunteers to support our students throughout the year.  If you think you would be interested in helping our Black students please apply to be a volunteer.  We need tutors, chaperones, mentors, etc. for our students!  We need you.


Are you interested in your child participating in the Mafanikio after school program?  Currently, we have Mafanikio programs at Sheldon, Nystrom, Betty Reid Soskin, Mira Vista, King, Washington, Montalvin Manor, Pinole Middle, and Hercules Middle.  Mafanikio Site Coordinators are enrolling students now.  If your child attends either of the above mentioned schools use this Mafanikio Site Coordinator Directory to contact for more information.  You can also learn more about Mafanikio here
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