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OASES Mentors Program makes up the biggest volunteer force of any after-school program in the Oakland Unified School District. The program recruits, trains, and appoints over 200 college mentors annually from UC Berkeley to our after-school programs. Matched on a low 1:1 to 1:4 mentor-to-student ratio, our mentors provide individualized academic assistance and serve as role models to our youth participants.

OASES Mentors Program was originally formed in 1983 by a small group of students from UC Berkeley who grew up around the Oakland Chinatown area. Our original group of volunteers believed in the need to increase educational and social support for immigrant youth in Oakland. Steadily, OASES grew and was incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in 1991. In July 2012, OASES joined forces with EBAYC to continue its two-plus decades of service to under-resourced youth and families. Combined, we have over 65 years of expertise in serving and supporting youth. To learn more about OASES and how to get involved, visit our Facebook page.

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