Lincoln Elementary School
Building a College-Bound Culture
EBAYC’s Expanded Learning Program at Lincoln Elementary School is dedicated to providing a diverse learning experiences for youth. We serve 160 1st-5th grade students attending the school. This program operates all 177 days of the school year. We have partnered with the Lincoln community since 1983, providing students a diverse menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, community building and college-going culture activities and parent engagement.
Born and raised in Oakland, Lily is a proud graduate of Oakland schools. Her first encounter with EBAYC was when she interned at Franklin Elementary School’s After-School Program during her senior year at Oakland High. Through her internship, Lily discovered her passion to work with youth. Upon her internship completion, Lily joined the EBAYC staff as Academic Mentor at Roosevelt Middle School’s after-school program and was later promoted to Program Assistant. She now serves as the Program Director at Lincoln Elementary School’s after school program, which provides a safe place and diverse curriculum for nearly 160 students. As an EBAYC program alum and staff member for over 10 years, Lily believes in its mission and is excited to support the organization. Lily is fluent in Cantonese and likes to dance in her spare time.
Diocelina (otherwise known as Ms. Josie) has been with EBAYC since 2015. She was born in Mexico and partly raised in Oakland, which has helped guide and support the youth in leading them to success because she can relate to the youth that comes from a similar upbringing. Ms. Josie attends Laney Community College and is working towards completing her Associate Degree in Ethnic Studies and will soon transfer to Cal State East Bay to pursue her Bachelors degree. A fun fact about Ms. Josie is that she loves Japanese food and likes to cook in her free time.
Aiden, also known as Mr. Rhee, has lived in Oakland for 14 years. He has worked in youth programs throughout the bay area and now supports the community at Lincoln. His favorite thing about youth work is the development of key skills and values that will serve them for life.
Eva (Ms.Eva) is a college student and this is her first year teaching at EBAYC. Her roots can be traced back to when she was a student at Franklin’s EBAYC program. Since then, she has always wanted to come back to EBAYC and become a mentor. She believes every kid has the potential to grow into confident and intelligent beings.
Veronica has been with EBAYC since 2015. She has been a long-time volunteer during their Camp Thrive program and this is her first year as an official staff. She is passionate about working with kids and hopes to become a mental health counselor working with the youth. When she is not at work, she’s at the gym.
Ms. Cassidy has recently joined EBAYC. This is her first year with us. She has been working with youth since high school with recreation centers around the Bay Area. Her favorite part about working with youth is that she can get to know each individual kid and learn about the new energy that each kid brings to the program.
Khang Luu (CK) is a new substitute at EBAYC and is currently a student at Peralta, with an aspiring goal to transfer to a university and obtain a degree in Psychology and Computer Science. Through his fascination in psychology, CK joined EBAYC in an effort to not only understand more about child development but also help the students to find their talents and skills early in their life. Albeit, psychology and programming is his intended field, CK also hopes to incorporate his experience and passion of art, 2d animation and design into his teaching curriculum. Being a former student of Lincoln Elementary, CK hopes to pay respects to his teacher then, by aiding in the development of the students now.
Ms. Kelly (or Ms. K!) brings her positivity and spirit to work every day, which in turns rubs off on the students. Ms Kelly is also an alumni of Lincoln Elementary, she expresses that serving the same community she grew up in has been long time dream of hers, that has finally came in full circle. She has been with the EBAYC team since 2017. One of her favorite things about working with kids is the endless amount of joy she experiences almost everyday.
OASES Mentorship Program
The EBAYC Afterschool Program at Lincoln is proud to feature the OASES Mentorship program. Every semester, 50 UC Berkeley students join our program on a weekly basis to support with class lessons and academic tutoring. Our students are fortunate to have at least 2 mentors in class daily to help them, giving them an opportunity to build positive relationships with adults and gain exposure to a college-going culture.
Building Academic Skills
Homework Power Club
Academic Mentors support their advisory cohort in homework completion and academic and learning strategies. Mentors organize youth into groups of four tailored to their academic performance level to foster peer collaboration. Mentors log homework progress to review during their consultations with school-day teachers.
Learning New Skills
Every semester, youth select enrichment electives to gain exposure to new learning experiences that include team sports (soccer/flag football/relay), arts and media (arts & crafts/yearbook), and cooking (multi ethnic and culture), performing arts (theater/drama). The workshops incorporate character and community building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility.
Creating a Caring Community
Community Building & Empowerment
Academic Mentors implement the Building Intentional Communities curriculum, focused on fostering peer collaboration, community and leadership skills in a safe, supportive space. Youth are provided with a safe, intimate space to reflect upon their day and support their social and emotional growth through journaling and/or group/pair sharing.