Frick United Academy of Language
Engaging and Educating our Young Leaders
EBAYC’s After School Program at Frick focuses on establishing a community-based environment where students feel socially and physically safe, and are able to learn and become successful leaders of tomorrow. Students are encouraged to take leadership roles while promoting integrity, respect, kindness to others. We are proud of our diverse population and we serve a large group of newcomers, refugees and English Language learners.
As Director of Expanding Learning at Frick United Academy of Language, Alejandra’s mission is to establish a community based environment, where all students feel socially and emotionally safe in order to focus on becoming successful leaders. Alejandra previously worked at Frick as the Attendance Specialist at Frick for over three years. Growing up in Oakland, Alejandra is very familiar in the day-to-day challenges that many students and families may have to face and is focused on continuing to break racial barriers, integrating newcomer students and establishing a sense of belonging among all students and families. Alejandra is passionate in what she does because she sees that programs such as EBAYC can make a difference in a student’s life. Alejandra graduated from California State East Bay, with a degree in Sociology.
Lucero was born and raised in Oakland. She has been part of the EBAYC family since her days at Franklin Elementary School as a youth participant. Lucero started working with EBAYC in 2011 as a high school intern at Roosevelt and realized her passion for youth development. Upon her internship completion in the fall of 2011, Lucero became an academic mentor at Franklin Elementary and was promoted to Program assistant and now she is a Program Director. Lucero understands the struggle of being a youth in Oakland and found that EBAYC gave her a safe environment to learn and take on different opportunities to grow. She graduated from Cal State East Bay with an Administration and Management Degree In Health Science. She loves to go hiking and spend time with her family.
Through her 5 years working with EBAYC at Frick, Ms.Patricia has been supporting 6th graders and ESL (English Spanish Learners) during homework time and has led cooking enrichment class. She comes from a household where she didn’t have academic support because of language barriers, and is grateful to now have the opportunity to support students who face these same challenges. She loves working with kids because they represent hope and future in our community! Ms.Patricia enjoys spending time with her loved ones, going to the movie theater, and going to EDM music festivals!
In Ms. Alondra’s first year at EBAYC, she supported 6th graders who attended the after school program for academic support and led enrichment activities. She helps students gain confidence in themselves through new experiences, such as participating in a science fair for the first time ever! She loves bringing her creativity every day to help students stay engaged with learning, and building relationships with her students and parents. Ms. Alondra enjoys going on walks in the afternoon and loves shopping!
In her first year at EBAYC, Ms. Deisy supported 6th grade students with homework support and enrichment activities. She also created lesson plans focused on college and career that gave students the opportunity to think about their future. Her patience and friendliness helps her build good relationships with students and parents. She pushes her students to do their best and increase their self-esteem, and loves seeing their progress as they work on their weaknesses and strengths. Ms. Deisy loves going on hikes and enjoys seeing the beauty in nature. She is also an upcoming entrepreneur, establishing her own online lash company.
Strengthening Study and Self-Motivation Skills
Academic Mentors support their advisory cohort with homework completion, learning strategies and test-taking strategies. Mentors review youth homework assignments and organize them in small groups of four tailored to each youth’s academic performance level to foster peer collaboration. Mentors log homework progress and completion daily, and review progress during their consultations with school-day teachers. Youth participate in a Literacy Club to build and reinforce their core academic skills. Academic Mentors guide youth through the process of reading relevant, culturally diverse, socially and emotionally rich literature.
Fostering an Inclusive Community
Community Leadership Circles
Academic Mentors implement Building Intentional Communities curriculum to provide a safe, supportive space for youth to express themselves and build connections to support their social and emotional growth. Youth gain leadership skills to co-design and co-facilitate a group activity for their peers with support from their Academic Mentors.
Expanding Youth Horizons
The menu of enrichment electives include team sports (flag football, co-ed basketball, cross country, or soccer); environmental science (cooking, gardening, recycling and composting, or water conservation); performance arts (hip hop or modern dance); technology and media (computer coding, responsible social media, yearbook or newsletter); and leadership (service learning or community service). The menu of enrichment electives is responsive to youth’s expressed interests as well as Academic Mentors’ expertise. A selected few Enrichment Electives are offered through our partnerships with Soccer Without Borders and Upward Roots.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, EBAYC will be providing in-classroom support to students during the school day for the 2020-21 school year instead of our traditional after-school programs. The specifics of our school day involvement will vary from each school based on the needs of each community, and will be jointly determined by school staff and EBAYC. This ensures that our program can be the most effective for students, while meeting government and school district requirements that protect the health of our youth and staff.
Student enrollment in the EBAYC program will be jointly determined by school staff and EBAYC. Please contact EBAYC Program Director Alejandra Garcia with any questions.