School Year: 2019-2020


We did it! Two years ago, our trip in to the Yosemite Valley was cancelled due to fires during our Fall Retreat. This year, we were able to make it in with first time visits for a number of people. El Capitan and Half Dome were beautiful in the distance but we concentrated on hikes to Mirror Lake and Nevada Falls. We even had a bear sighting.


MAPs presents....a Zachary's Pizza Fundraiser for Mentoring Academy. 15% of the pies sold between 11am to 10pm on Wednesday, October 23rd go to the school BUT you must present the flyer shown below and at the location on College Avenue in Oakland only. Help the school by eating pizza?? I'm in!!!!


September 2019 brought our first Community Dinner of the new school year. Parents, Students, and Staff were treated to a wonderfully cooked meal and we shared photos and video of the school's adventures in Yosemite and Beyond.


Our first visit to the Berkeley Rep this school year was to see THE GREAT WAVE. A fascinating story based on true stories between the relationships of North Korea and Japan. One of the best plays we've seen.


Our second visit to the Berkeley Rep this school year was to see the play WHITE NOISE, written by acclaimed playwright Suzan-Lori Parks. An intense show, the story tackles race relationships and more and prompted a wonderful discussion by the students.


Part of a language class is also culture. For Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead, our Spanish teacher Sylvia had the students working on sugar skulls.


As our days are still warm but our nights turn cold, we enter that time of year. Halloween at Mentoring Academy means costumes, candy, creativity, and learning about the History of Halloween.


Please mark your calendars for a talk about taking a Gap Year, presented by Doug Bozick from Global Citizen Year (& Jack's father), on Thursday December 12 at Mentoring Academy.

We will have a potluck starting at 6 pm, and the talk will start at 7 pm. 

This will replace the regular December MAPs meeting. 

Please RSVP to Yasmin, MAPs President at carobin1@gmail with a note about what you will bring for the potluck. Looking forward to seeing you then!


Another way to donate, rather than PayPal, is through Facebook's GIVING TUESDAY. You don't have to wait until Tuesday, the donation page is already live, but if you donate on December 3rd starting at 5am PST, Facebook will match your donation. But only until their $7,000,000 contribution runs out.

As always, Mentoring Academy thanks you!


Hello Mentoring Academy Community, 

     As Thanksgiving is approaching, I am thankful that we found Mentoring Academy, and for the extraordinary experience it is providing for my son, and all its students. Please see my letter below, and consider a year end gift to Mentoring Academy.


You can even double your gift by making an early morning donation to Mentoring via Facebook on Dec 3 - Giving Tuesday


Thank you for all you do to support the school.  

Wishing you a wonderful

Thanksgiving break!


MAPs President

Tax Deductable!

Dear Mentoring Friends and Family,

The Mission of Mentoring Academy is
“to provide for each student, the most effective, personalized, vibrant, human, compelling and engaging learning environment possible,”
based on the fact that “Every person is unique.”

Mentoring Academy is a unique place, just like its unique students. The school recognizes each student as an individual, and helps them find the joy in learning. As one 2019 graduate said “Mentoring allowed me to learn how to learn.”

But Mentoring Academy is also a community that recognizes not all learning is academic. Mentoring students learn about the world around them through service projects, Berkeley Rep shows, the Extraordinary Program, and tea times discussing current events. They learn how to function in a community by cooking for retreats and community dinners, and pitching in when the school needs remodeling, or a school in Guatemala needs a new playground wall. They learn how to express themselves in class, in tea times and on debate teams. The range of what Mentoring Academy offers is impressive given its small size.It is truly and Extraordinary place.


For the school to continue to provide this exceptional experience, Mentoring needs additional financial support. Tuition does not cover the cost of delivering the program in any independent school. Donations from friends and family are necessary. Some additional costs can be covered with grants - but the foundations offering grants want to know if the Mentoring community is supportive. Every donation, no matter the amount, makes a difference to our ability to provide the program, and in showing that the community values the school.

So - Please donate!


1) Consider donating early on Giving Tuesday, December 3, to take advantage of a Facebook matching program.

2) Go to Mentoring’s Website and on the
upper right-hand side you’ll find the DONATE button.

3) Send a check directly to Mentoring Academy, 5951 College Ave, Oakland CA 94618


4) Pledge your donation and we will invoice you for as many months as you wish.
Also - Please check to see if your company has a matching program.

Please share this letter with grandparents, other family members and friends

Thank you,
Yasmin Carim - MAPS President


Parent Doug Bozick stopped by Mentoring Academy and talked about the benefits of a Gap Year for high school graduates. Working for Global Citizen, Doug discussed what the organization offers a graduate outside the country.


At Mentoring Academy, we believe that Martin Luther King jr. Day should be a day ON and not a day OFF. The school spent the afternoon learn about Dr. King. Thanks to John, Adisa, and Joe for leading the charge on this.


We recently had our 2nd Community Dinner for the 2019-2020 School Year. Thank you to all the Parents, Students, and Staff for a wonderful night.


Mentoring Academy's Debate Team is having a sensational 2nd year. They have been very active this school year competing in tournaments most weekends. Great job, team! Thanks to parent Maria Saliba for the photos.


It's official! Mentoring Academy's Extraordinary trip for 2020 is.... THAILAND. We'll be working with the elephants, taking a night train to Bangkok, and snorkeling in the ocean with many more adventures planned.