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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 700 K-2nd graders at eight high-need schools in Oakland, Hayward, and Newark.
“When I think about Super Stars Literacy two words come to mind…dedication and passion.”Demetria Jackson, Teacher, Program Manager (2014-2016)
Super Stars Literacy celebrates 16 years of connecting schools, families and educators for student success!
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.
Super Stars Literacy begins developing 5-Year Strategic Plan and renewed mission statement.
Young Professional and Alumni Network is launched.
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
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)
Super Stars Literacy wins first Federal AmeriCorps Grant, allowing us to expands our training and scope of service.
Super Stars Literacy became an independent non-profit, committed to helping children succeed in Oakland, and beyond.
Founder Carla Koren is recognized by Diablo Magazine’s Threads of Hope for an innovative approach to fostering opportunities for literacy
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.