The Partners Program


Since its founding in 1986, The Partners Program has instilled in Oakland middle school students a joy of learning, helped those students gain an understanding of educational opportunities that are available to them, and equipped them with the skills, self-discipline and resources needed to realize these goals.
Partners works for students for three years, beginning the summer after their 6th grade year until the summer before they enter high school. The Partners Program consists of three distinct components: the Summer Academy (SA), Academic Year Mentoring (AYM), and the High School Advising program (HSA). All programs are free for the family.

Summer Academy

Summer Academy is a full-day, 4-week experience in which scholars take daily classes in math, english, life skills, art, dance and coding, and have weekly clubs and field trips. Scholars participate in Summer Academy during the summer after their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade years.

Academic Year Mentoring

AYM takes place once a week after school. In 7th grade, scholars are paired with a high school mentor to work on homework and study skills. We also use an adaptive online software to build academic skills. During their 8th grade year, scholars take classes in financial literacy and standardized test preparation.

High School Advising

In our HSA program, program staff works with scholars and their family to find the high school that will be the right fit. Staff will provide letters of recommendation, accompany families to high school visits, and assist with all application materials and financial aid applications.

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  • Photo of Samuel Beltran

    Samuel Beltran 

    Director, The Partners Program
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    Ashley Dates 

    Partners Program Manager
    510-652-0111 x270

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