Manzanita SEED Elementary

Providing diverse and tailored learning experiences for our youth.


EBAYC’s Expanded Learning After -School Program at Manzanita SEED Elementary is dedicated to providing a diverse learning experience for youth. We serve 100 K-5th grade youth all 177 days of the school year, and provide students a diverse menu of learning activities, including academic support, enrichment education, community building and college-going culture activities and parent engagement.


2409 E 27th Street, Oakland


M, Tu, Th, F: 3 – 6PM
W: 1:30 – 6PM

Program Director

Marcel Nelson

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Marcel Nelson – Community Schools Manager
Marcel Nelson has been a part of the Seed Elementary community since 2011, and began his role as Director of Expanded Learning in 2017. He is committed to EBAYC’s vision of community partnerships, multiculturalism and student driven work. As an Oakland native, Marcel has seen first hand how linguistic and cultural barriers can divide communities and is proud to be part of the solution by working with EBAYC and the SEED community to build cultural competence in youth. Before joining EBAYC, Marcel worked as a juvenile case manager, assisting youth and their families coming through the justice system’s youth diversion program.


Aties Gonzalez – After School Teacher
Aristides (Mr. Gonzalez) has been with EBAYC since 2016. He brings love, passion and confidence to work every day to inspire and motivate our youth. He builds reading, writing and conversational skills of our youth in English and Spanish literacy, and also leads academic,and enrichment lessons. Mr. Gonzalez also enjoys sharing his love of dance, games and sports!


Kevon Jim – After School Teacher
Kevon has been with the EBAYC SEED team since 2016. Coming from the same background as any of the students we work with helps him communicate, build relationships and empathize with students on a much deeper level. He loves seeing the different personalities each kid has and what makes them unique, and the rewarding feeling of knowing that he can have an impact on their lives, whether that be academically or personally. Kevon loves music and taught himself how to play piano through YouTube!


Amairani Sanchez – After School Teacher
Amairani has been with EBAYC since 2017. She was born and raised in Oakland, uses that experience to connect with the kids she works with. She also has many cousins and nephews in their age range, which makes me more aware of the things they like at the moment. She loves seeing their creative ideas and the compassion that they have towards each other as over the course of the school year how their classmates turn into their family. Amairani loves Disney, and makes sure that the youth in her class will always enjoy a touch of Disney magic!


Star Simmons- After School Teacher
Coach Star has with EBAYC since 2018 and brings over 15 years of experience of working with children. She specializes in physical education and uses the skills from her training with PlayWorks to engage our youth in safe and challenging ways. Star has lived in Oakland for over a decade and is happy to be a part of this community. Working with children keeps her youthful and she brings her patience and warm energy to her work. She also loves to share her passion for singing with her students!



Strengthening Study and Self-Motivation Skills

Academic Support

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 Literacy and Math Clubs 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. Math Club engages youth in fun, hands-on interactive games to make math come alive.

Expanding Youth Horizons

Enrichment Electives

Every semester, students participate in enrichment workshops designed to gain exposure to new learning experiences, such as team sports (basketball, soccer, flag football), arts and crafts, and cooking (multi ethnic and culture). The workshops are designed to incorporate character and culture building with the underlying themes of leadership, empathy, cultural sensitivity and social responsibility. A selected group of Enrichment Electives are offered through our partnerships with Boom Shake Drum Co. and America Scores.



Our thanks to Manzanita SEED Elementary and our community partners for working with us to provide exceptional services to our youth!