July 9, 2018

Summer Begins!

Enjoy the wonderful weather, and be sure to visit our friends at the Oakland Public Library! Read fifteen minutes a day for literacy health!

May 29, 2018

Our Dynamic Annual Report!

We’re excited to share our results from our 2016-2017 Annual Report!  This report highlights the work of board members, AmeriCorps members, community advocates and, most importantly, our students and families! We are strong as an organization because of people like you!

March 28, 2018

Join Us May 19th at Pinot’s Palette!

Super Stars Literacy has teamed up with Pinot’s Pallet in Alameda for an evening of art and wine! Join us on May 19th at 2:30pm for a drink as we paint “Star Gazers” and raffle off fun prizes (a painting, a signed puck, books by prominent authors, a spa package, and more)! A great way… Read more »

January 29, 2018

Celebrate 16 Years of Super Stars Literacy!

You’re Invited: Super Stars Literacy’s 16th Anniversary Gala Fundraiser Saturday, March 10, 2018 6-10pm, Scott’s Seafood, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA 94607 Make a donation or purchase your tickets today!  Join Super Stars Literacy on March 10, 2018 as we proudly declare “Oakland is Our Town”. Come celebrate our 16th year of partnering with Oakland public school teachers,… Read more »

January 7, 2018

Welcome our New Executive Director

We are excited to welcome 2018 with our new executive director, Dr. Hollis Pierce Jenkins! Dear Friends, In August 2016, I met a parent and child who had recently moved to Oakland from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The daughter spoke no English and the mother spoke very little. The child was tested in the beginning… Read more »

January 7, 2018

Golden State Warriors Support Super Stars Literacy!

Our Golden State Warriors Give back! As this recent article in the San Francisco Business Times by Ron Leuty highlights, Super Stars Literacy is beneficiary of the Warriors Community Foundation, which distributes more than $1 million in a year to Oakland non-profits. Go Warriors!  

September 11, 2017

Back to School Crowdfunding!

We are so excited to invite you to participate in our Back to School Crowdfunding campaign! Your gifts will help fund our work in West Oakland- will you help start our year strong? Donate today!

August 7, 2017

49ers vs Broncos Auction!

Hello Literacy Champion! Are you ready for some football? Get in the pre-season excitement at Levi’s Stadium on Aug. 19 with four tickets to the 49ers v. Broncos. There’s a great view of the action from section C219, Row 17, seats 1-4, and your winning bid supports Super Stars Literacy. Online/Mobile Bidding is live! Here… Read more »

July 10, 2017

Macy’s and Super Stars Literacy

Macy‘s has teamed up with CrowdRise to host the Macy’s Shop for a Cause Charity Challenge – a friendly fundraising campaign for US-based 501(c)3 charities and accredited schools across the country. Participating organizations will compete for up to $300,000 in cash prizes. We’re excited Super Stars Literacy is one of the participants! : ) How It… Read more »

June 13, 2017

Support the Warriors and Super Stars Literacy!

Cheer Golden State and Support Super Stars Literacy – All This Week! We’re all cheering for the Warriors- and while you’re cheering this week, consider bidding on a special A SIGNED STEPH CURRY JERSEY. Your potential donation will make a big difference for our students! Enjoy our online auction this Father’s Day week and help cover… Read more »

June 5, 2017

Closing the Gap: Challenges and Possibilities in Public Education

Super Stars Literacy was proud to host its first ever education forum:”Closing the Gap: Challenges and Possibilities in Public Education.” Rhonnel Sotelo, Executive Director of the Rogers Family Foundation, noted, “I hope to see more of this type of galvanizing leadership from Super Stars Literacy. Bringing their community, supporters, and partners together will deepen collective… Read more »

May 9, 2017

Honor Your Mother- and Support Young Readers!

Join our First Mother’s Day Week Online Auction! Super Stars Literacy is so excited to announce a new way you can support your mother -and our kids! Join our first annual Super Stars Literacy Mother’s Day online auction!  We are proud to offer seven days of special gifts for you to bid on – from special… Read more »

April 24, 2017

Twitter Photo Contest- Win With Us! : )

Dear Literacy Champion, The East Bay Community Foundation has a special Twitter Photo contest- and if we win 16 children will have the cost of a Super Stars Literacy teacher covered for two months! That’s 176 hours of reading support and social emotional skill building! How can you help? It’s Easy!  WHAT: Super Stars Literacy will… Read more »

April 18, 2017

Enjoy Photos from our 15th Anniversary Gala!

Our 15th Anniversary Gala was a dynamic success- and all because of you! Enjoy the photos from our event thanks to Orange Photography, and relive the memories! If you would like to be involved with planning next year’s Gala Celebration, please contact Daniel Lawlor, Development Manager (

February 10, 2017

Our First Ever Online Auction!

Super Stars Literacy’s 15th Anniversary Gala and Auction is just around the corner, but the fun has already started this week with our online Silent Auction!  From now until February 14th, you can bid here to win an experience you’ll love while also supporting our mission to help children in low-income communities around the East… Read more »

September 22, 2016


Join dozens of supporters around the Bay and stand up for early childhood literacy! Share the news on your social media and make a donation! Together we can raise more funds to support our students success. A child from an under-resourced neighborhood able to read by third grade is 12x more likely to graduate high… Read more »

September 7, 2016

Super Stars Literacy releases 2015-16 Annual Report

We are pleased to share our 2015-16 Annual Report – take a look! Meet our students and staff, learn about our impact, and get up-to-date on the latest organizational news and plans for the coming year.

July 22, 2016

Now Accepting Applications for the 2016-2017 AmeriCorps Program

Super Stars Literacy is now accepting applications for our 2016 – 2017 AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps Members serve full-time in one of eight San Francisco Bay Area schools to provide immersive reading support services to K-2nd grade students. Super Stars Literacy was born in Oakland, and has expanded to locations in Hayward, and Newark, CA. In addition to… Read more »

July 19, 2016

Help Spread the Story!

 Tri-City Voice, serving Southern Alameda County, recently highlighted our organization’s work with students in Hayward and Newark schools. As our Executive Director Artavia Berry notes, “We’re equipping [our students] not just for success in the first, second, or third grade, we’re equipping them for life.” The Tri City Voice article comes after a great human… Read more »

July 12, 2016

Join our team!

We are recruiting AmeriCorps Group Leaders to serve as literacy educators in Oakland, Hayward, and Newark! At Super Stars Literacy, we believe that when a child is able to read, that child has the power to transform the future. Our AmeriCorps Group Leaders serve Monday-Friday at our partner schools in the East Bay, offering teachers… Read more »

July 5, 2016

A Poem: To My Super Stars…

The following poem was written by Amber Kimmins, a former classroom teacher with Super Stars Literacy. Amber’s poem describes the joys, growth, and hopes connected to our work promoting early childhood literacy. If you know someone interested to serve as a Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps teacher, please invite them to apply today! To My Super… Read more »

March 22, 2016

The 2016 Gala is a Success!

“No child can succeed on their own, so it’s up to us as a community to equip each with the tools needed to triumph over their doubts, to be aware of their achievements, and to be proud of what they can do.” -Sam Mintz, Super Stars Literacy AmeriCorps Teacher On behalf of the organization, we… Read more »

February 19, 2016

Proxy Bidding for 2016 Live Auction Available!

Want to make a difference in the life of a child? Your contributions to our Live Auction support the program! If you are unable to attend our Gala Fundraiser on Saturday, February 27, 2016, you can still proxy bid on our live lots! Super Stars Literacy offers some of the most exclusive experiences in our LIVE… Read more »

January 13, 2016

Purchase Your Gala Tickets!

You’re invited to join us… for an adventure, a blast! This night of all nights is here again at last! From Oakland to Newark, from Hayward to the sea, We build lifelong learners, it’s true, you and me, Working with families, teachers, and community insights We all come together to help our students reach great heights,… Read more »

December 10, 2015

Save the Date! Fourth Annual Gala!

Please save the date, Saturday February 27, 2016, for the 4th Annual Super Stars Literacy Gala. Tickets go on sale later this month! From Oakland to Newark, from Hayward to the sea, We build lifelong learners, it’s true, you and me, Working with families, teachers, and community insights We all come together to help our students reach great heights, A community forms,… Read more »

October 28, 2015

Super Stars Featured in OR2020 Post   COMMUNITY VOICES BLOG THESE KIDS CAN’T WAIT TO STAY LATE AT SCHOOL OCTOBER 15, 2015 It was 3:30pm and nearly 90 degrees. The summer was over, but the late hour and thick, hot air didn’t damper the eager buzz of a troop of 6- and 7-year olds who couldn’t wait to stay… Read more »

October 27, 2015

Support SSL by shopping through Amazon Smile!

Do your online shopping through Amazon Smile so that you can support SSL while you shop! Go to and sign into your Amazon account (or click on the Start Shopping button if you are already signed in). From then on, as long as you go to for your future Amazon shopping, Super Stars Literacy will receive a percentage… Read more »

September 9, 2015

#SupportSuperStars Campaign Launches!

Super Stars Literacy, a highly effective K-2 literacy intervention project, is pleased to work with CommitChange, an Oakland-based crowdfunding platform, to launch their 2015 Fall Campaign, #SupportSuperStars. OAKLAND,CA – Local non-profit Super Stars Literacy announced today that it is raising funds via a crowdfunding campaign on the CommitChange platform to support their innovative and effective… Read more »

August 25, 2015

Super Stars Literacy releases FY 2014-15 Annual Report

We’re pleased to be able to share our Annual Report, where you can find details about the impact we’re continuing to have on our students, our new teacher credentialing pipeline, and our financial successes this year. Take a look here!

March 12, 2015

DioBytes Episcopal Newsletter

DioBytes Episcopal Newsletter  Super Stars Literacy: Your time and talent welcome               Super Stars Literacy, a non-profit organization promoting reading among K-2 students in nine high poverty public schools, is eager to connect with congregations for volunteers, donations, and fundraising. In the past year, St. Stephen’s, Orinda, and St. Anslem’s, Lafayette,… Read more »

March 12, 2015

Super Stars in the News – Oakland North, Community Photo of the Week Community photo of the week: Super Stars By Rae Gedlaman,Posted October 22, 2014 9:00 am Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s image was taken by Rae Gedlaman at Reach Academy, and submitted by Daniel Lawlor of Super Stars Literacy. He writes, “Super Stars Literacy provides in school and… Read more »

March 12, 2015

Super Stars Volunteer in the News 3/5/15

Retired Alameda teacher can’t stop teaching By Angela Hill, Oakland Tribune POSTED:   03/05/2015 Super Stars Literacy volunteer Sheri Fenstermacher, left, works with kindergarten student Tony Huynh during an after-school literacy program at Garfield Elementary School on Feb. 19, 2015, in Oakland. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)   After 30 years teaching young children… Read more »

March 2, 2015

SSL partners with Berkeley Youth Institute to create two new videos

Recently, Super Stars Literacy partnered with the Berkeley Youth Institute to create two videos to showcase both of our programs. The Berkeley Youth Institute is a youth development, digital media arts, project centered program. Using a hands on, experiential approach, the YI aims to foster a safe, healing, and transformative journey for young people; guiding… Read more »

February 3, 2015

Gala Auction Sneak Peek!

Take a look at our “sneak peek” of some of the fabulous live auction lots that will be featured at this weekend’s gala— There’s something for everyone – prime tickets to the Giants, 49ers, and Warriors; sailing on San Francisco Bay; vacations in Tahoe, Paris, Napa, Sonoma, Stinson Beach, Monterey, and Rio Del Mar; an… Read more »

September 3, 2014

Take a look at our new Annual Report!

We’re proud to share our Annual Report, which details our program successes, shares stories of impact, and highlights the many supporters who have made it possible for us to achieve our mission of giving every child the foundation for lifelong learning and achievement.  2013.14 SSL Annual Report

September 3, 2014

Super Stars Literacy Releases 2013-14 Evaluation Results

We are pleased to be able to share highlights of our students’ impressive progress towards our outcome goals. I. Literacy Outcome: 50% of SSL students who attend program regularly (at least 135 days per year) will achieve accelerated growth toward literacy proficiency (accelerated growth is defined as growth exceeding national benchmarks for one academic year’s… Read more »

March 25, 2014

Second Annual Gala Raises $120,000

Delaine Eastin, Former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the Keynote Speaker at SSL’s Second Annual Gala