By: Infinity Tran
OAKLAND- Dozens of Oakland High School students gathered in the Wellness Center during lunch on Tuesday, April 5, for a BuildOn club meeting, according to sources present.
During the meeting, club officers presented many service opportunities. Some events that students could attend and volunteer at included; the Uhuru food market, Destiny Arts Center, Lake Merritt Methodist Church, and the BuildOn regional service project. The club meetings are hosted every Tuesdays and are not limited to members only; anyone can drop by.
“BuildOn is a great chance for young students to get involved in and improve the community,” said BuildOn global educator and OHS senior Grace Park. “The club keeps count of service hours performed by individual students each month and incentives are given after checkpoints.”
BuildOn is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to end poverty through education. It is located in hundreds of high schools across the US nation as well as in seven of the poorest countries in the world.
The OHS BuildOn club continues to expand and gain more members every single week. BuildOn Program coordinator Jessica Gomez announced that the total combined amount of service hours is the highest that it has ever been in the year of 2016 and proceeds to scale higher.
“Over the past couple of months, the number of BuildOn club members at Oakland High has risen by approximately twenty-five additional students!” Gomez reported enthusiastically. “Students are starting to become more aware and interested in the program as words spread around school campus.”
The meeting provided a variety of, in what is being described by students as, ‘fun’ and ‘exciting’ events people can attend, partake, and help assist. More and more students are stopping by the club meetings during lunch as it stands as a ‘great’ way to find service opportunities available in the city.
“Joining this club has made such a huge difference in my life,” declared three year club member Mary Tran. “I gained so many new experiences and friends along the way. BuildOn is certainly an opportunity that should be taken, especially since it is provided here at our school. However most importantly, I learned everyone can make a difference. Everyone can create change.”