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UC Berkeley Publice Service Center

The UC Berkeley Public Service Center harnesses the power of hundreds of UC Berkeley students committed to public education who want to act now to support local youth. We believe that all children, regardless of their family income, have the right to a quality education and the college dream. We also believe that UC Berkeley students can be powerful role models for academically struggling children. Cal student tutors provide the individualized attention that children who have fallen behind need and that public schools do not always have the capacity to offer. In turn, these experiences provide our students with invaluable lessons outside of the classroom and instill a lifelong commitment to public service.

Learn more about the BUILD program.

Our Priority

The City of Berkeley is home to the nation’s most renowned public institution of higher education. Yet its school system has one of the widest racial achievement gaps in the entire state of California. In 2007, only 25% of African American and 30% of Latino elementary students were proficient in Language Arts, compared to 84% of White students. These alarming disparities increase as children progress through the school system, so that by junior year of high school only 13% of African Americans and 21% of Latino students scored proficient in Language Arts compared to 76% of White students.

 

To address the troubling inequities dividing Berkeley's children, the City Council recently passed the 2020 Vision, pledging to work collaboratively with the school district, UC Berkeley, and other key partners to end the achievement gap by the year 2020. A major priority of the collaborative is achieving universal reading proficiency among 3rd graders. A national study released in April 2011 shows that children who do not read proficiently by 3rd grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school than their peers.

 

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For more information:

Student Affairs Philanthropy
337 Sproul Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-5170
510.643.5810

saphilanthropy@berkeley.edu

 

Our Plan

Through “BUILD: Equity through Literacy” every BUSD 3rd grader in need of extra support will be matched with a trained Cal student literacy tutor. We will maintain tutor/tutee matches for the entire academic year and even into the summer, when low-income students are most likely to experience literacy skills loss. Teams of tutors will report to the literacy coaches at each elementary school in Berkeley and will be trained on literacy assessment, tutoring strategies, and school-day instructional methods. By combining and coordinating campus tutoring efforts, BUILD: Equity through Literacy will maximize the impact of UC Berkeley student tutors and ensure that we meet urgent district needs.

 

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For more information:
Mark Lachman
Senior Development Officer
Campaign for Lower Sproul and Student Life
2087 Addison Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5170
510.643.6309

mlachman@berkeley.edu

 

How You Can Help 

BUILD has strong support from a variety of partners, but we cannot launch this important initiative without private philanthropy from individuals. We seek the following:

  • $25,000
    Sponsor a ten person student team at one BUSD school including books, supplies, training and supervision. There are a total of 11 different teams.
  • $10,000
    Fund a one-time assessment in partnership with the Graduate School of Education, to measure program effectiveness and identify strategies to improve learning outcomes.
  • $8,000
    Sponsor a Student Director to work ten hours a week year-round and be trained and supervised to coordinate a team of nine tutors while participating in a year-long leadership development program.
  • $5,000
    Train and supervise three literacy tutors for a full year (academic and summer).

Total Fundraising Need: $275,000

 

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For more information:
Mark Lachman
Senior Development Officer
Campaign for Lower Sproul and Student Life
2087 Addison Street, 2nd Floor
Berkeley, CA 94720-5170
510.643.6309

mlachman@berkeley.edu