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Super Stars Literacy provides extended learning time intervention services to under-performing K-2nd grade students, helping them develop the literacy and social skills that are the foundation for future learning.

Originally developed as a project of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay, the Super Stars Literacy program was launched at a single Oakland school in 2002 and became an independent non-profit in 2008. Today, we provide targeted literacy intervention to approximately 500 K-2nd graders at six high-need schools in Oakland.

 Our History

“When I think about Super Stars Literacy two words come to mind…dedication and passion.”Demetria Jackson, Teacher, Program Manager (2014-2016)
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    Super Stars Literacy celebrates 16 years of connecting schools, families and educators for student success!

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    Super Stars Literacy partners with Oakland Promise, an initiative to provide college savings accounts for all K-2 students in Oakland public schools

    Study by Gibson and Associates finds that 89% of SSL students in the afterschool program made gains in overall literacy skills, and 57% achieved accelerated growth, improving their reading skills at a rate greater than standard expectations for their grade level.

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    Super Stars Literacy begins developing 5-Year Strategic Plan and renewed mission statement.

    Young Professional and Alumni Network is launched.

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    Super Stars Literacy is awarded a renewal of of AmeriCorps Grant Funding through 2018

    Super Stars Literacy more than doubles size of its board of directors, from 8 to 20.

    The Super Stars Advisory Council is founded, creating formal connections with area businesses like Whole Food and FATHOM Manufacturing, and with community organizations like Oakland Literacy Coalition

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    Super Stars Literacy launches Civic Reflection, a training experience dedicated to fostering civic Engagement, equity mindset and solutions thinking with our AmeriCorps Team, led by AmeriCorps Manager Katie Brym

    Results! — Only 15% of the students in an observed cohort entered the Super Stars program able to read at grade level. After exiting the program, 70% of students left second grade reading at or above grade level. Without the additional supports, the average number of students leaving second grade reading proficiently is 24%. (Gibson & Associates External Study)

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    Super Stars Literacy wins first Federal AmeriCorps Grant, allowing us to expands our training and scope of service.

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    Super Stars Literacy became an independent non-profit, committed to helping children succeed in Oakland, and beyond.

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    Founder Carla Koren is recognized by Diablo Magazine’s Threads of Hope for an innovative approach to fostering opportunities for literacy

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    Super Stars Literacy was launched as a project of the Junior League of Oakland-East Bay at a single Oakland school as an all-volunteer effort.


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