Lazear Charter Academy
Shaping the Leaders of Tomorrow
Expanded Learning @ Lazear Charter Academy is dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience for youth. Our program provides students with a tailored and engaging menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, community building and college-going culture activities, and parent engagement.
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
Youth participate in a semester rotation of enrichment workshops that includes: team sports (soccer/ flag football), arts and media (arts & crafts/yearbook/architectural design), cooking (multi-ethnic and cultural) and science (physics/environmental). The workshops incorporate character and community building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility.
In light of COVID-19 impacts and in order to best serve our youth, EBAYC is currently awaiting guidance from the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) regarding schools opening in the fall. As soon as we are notified by OUSD, we will inform families of our after-school program enrollment. Please check back on our website for any enrollment updates.
Lai first started working with EBAYC as started as a high school volunteer at Garfield Elementary in 2002. She then joined the Roosevelt Middle School team, serving as an Academic Mentor, Program Assistant, Program Coordinator and Family Engagement Coordinator, and Program Director at Westlake Middle School. She enjoys the family engagement, relationship building and program development aspects of her current role s Program Director at EPIC Middle School. As an alumni of EBAYC’s middle school youth programs, Lai credits her mentors for guiding and motivating her. She is driven to give the love and support every child needs to be their best in the communities that need it the most. Lai is currently pursuing a degree in Human Development.