The Oasis is your trusty compilation of volunteer resources, training materials, inspiration, and more. Whether you’re a seasoned volunteer looking to expand your knowledge and skill set or a new tutor preparing for that first volunteering shift, this page is for you.
Resourcesfor the journey
Your comprehensive guide to the logistics of volunteering and tools and tips for success along the way.
How to Get Where We Are Going: our handy guide to the six traits of strong writing and meeting students where they are.
A sample first draft of student writing, and some questions to help you prepare for a tutoring session.
"Not sure if you’re aware, but children are hilarious. Yet, tutoring is hard. The kids are the walking/talking, sometimes dancing or doing karate, embodiment of hope, so I keep coming back for the laughs, for the satisfaction of helping kids grow, for the lessons I learn, and for my hope fix."— Annie Norris, former 826 Valencia Volunteer of the Month
A quick (but deep) dive into what White privilege is, and how you can recognize it and begin to dismantle it.
An explanation of how biases exist in and are carried out by your subconscious.
SFUSD’s vision and implementation plan for the goals they’d like to meet by 2025.
A first draft is like a lump of clay. It’s not a sculpture yet, not complete. The art is in the editing, but you need that lump of clay first. Get the writing down, get it out, as much as you can. After six years of volunteering, I still fumble, I still ask questions and look for advice, too. I’m still the clay. But that’s what 826 is here for. It’s where students and teachers come together to share and experiment and try. Just dive in and listen.— Liam Curley, former 826 Valencia Volunteer of the Month