Education

Education is the issue closest to my heart. I volunteer as a writer coach with Writer Coach Connection. We go into public schools (I go into Richmond High), and work one on one with students on their writing assignments. I also volunteer as a Math tutor with the city’s Literacy for Every Adult Program (LEAP). We help adult learners get a GED.
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I believe that we must complement the Richmond Promise college scholarships program with programs to serve students for whom college may not be the best option. The Building Trades are an excellent option for students who may want to follow in the path of their family members, who prefer to work with their hands, or who need to bring in a steady paycheck soon after they finish high school. I am working with the school district to provide similar course support for students who want to go into the Building Trades to the AP course support that we currently have for college-bound students. To facilitate a smoother transition from school into the Building Trades, I am also working with Richmond Build (our job training program) and Serra Adult college, which has one of only two programs in Northern California to train people to get into the more lucrative Building Trades.