Volunteer Training Series

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Are you ready to make a difference in the lives of Oakland students? We want to help volunteers make an impact in the community and support student learning. 

The Oakland Literacy Coalition offers the Volunteer Training Series twice a year to help make volunteering accessible for everyone by providing training along with affordable and easy TB testing and Live Scan fingerprinting. These services are available in one convenient place and for at no cost to attendees!

Our next training will take place in fall 2016. Please sign up for our mailing list if you would like to receive more information about that training once it is available. 

Advance registration is required and attendees must be invited by a participating OLC organization. Please contact your Volunteer Coordinator to find out of you are eligible to attend and learn how you can sign up! You can find complete location information once you are invited by a Volunteer Coordinator to register online. 

If you would like to know if you might be able to participate in our program, please review our Eligibility Information and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have not selected a volunteer program, please click here to explore literacy volunteer programs in Oakland.

As each organization has it's own policies, questions about a specific volunteer program and it's requirements should go to the organization's Volunteer Coordinator. The OLC can only answer logistical questions about this event. If you have logistical questions, please contact Christina Johnson at

Past Volunteer Training Series

If you were not able to join us for a training workshop, or if you attended and would like to review what you learned, click below to access presentations and materials from past trainings. 

September 2015 Workshop:

Motivating Students

Facilitated by Reading Partners
Student Behavior and Motivation Presentation
Student Motivation Tip Sheet 
Goal Setting Worksheet

January 2015 Workshops:

Conducting An Effective Read Aloud

Facilitated by the Oakland Public Library
Read Aloud Tip Sheet from the Oakland Public Library

Strategies for Supporting English Learner Students

Facilitated by the Jewish Coalition for Literacy

September 2014 Workshops:

The Pillars of Literacy

Facilitated by Jumpstart and Reading Partners
The Pillars of Literacy for Young Learners (Preschool-1st Grade) Presentation
The Pillars of Literacy for Older Students (2nd-5th Grade) Presentation
Vocabulary Review Strategies
Lead for Literacy Memo

Preparing for Success in your volunteer Role

Facilitated by Girls Inc. and Faith Network
Ways to Contribute as a Volunteer in a Literacy Classroom

January 2014 Workshops:

Engaging Students

Facilitated by Reading Partners
Engaging Students Presentation 

Fun Literacy Activities

Facilitated by Experience Corps Bay Area
Life is a Game Activity
Getting to Know You Activity

Third grade reading matters

Oakland Reads 2020

Oakland Reads 2020, launched in 2012, is an initiative of the OLC committed to doubling the percent of Oakland students reading at grade-level by the end of third grade by the year 2020.

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