Monday, April 26, 2010

Do your children need help with school?

Parents, if your child is having problems with school you need to talk to Ben Wanzo, owner of TeachBar. TeachBar is a new learning center and tea bar located in the heart of the Bayfair shopping Center providing local students with affordable classes and personal mentoring on subjects ranging from Math, History, English and SAT prep courseware.TeachBar will also provide local citizens with seminars on health, finance, business networking and employment concerns. TeachBar also serves a variety of cold and hot teas for your sipping enjoyment.

Oakland resident and owner of TeachBar Ben Wanzo is a former teacher and graduate of Bishop O'Dowd, UC Berkeley, and received an MBA from Stanford University. TeachBar is a product of an American Idol style contest seeking the next “Retail Star,” by Bayfair Center Landlord Madison Marquette, to assist small local entrepreneurs realize their dreams. Wanzo's business case was selected out of a total of 66 competitors.

Parents, are your children ready for college? You can test them with the following questions.

Just for fun-try this SAT math prep question:
If x/y=3 and x=12, then x-y =
(A) 3 (B) 5 (C) 6 (D) 8 (E) 9

Want to test your vocabulary? Choose the word or set of words that, when inserted in the sentence, best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

The archaeologist enjoyed the ------- life she led while gathering artifacts; she never stayed at any one site long enough to get bored.

A. stealthy
B. nomadic
C. clamorous
D. indiscreet
E. rustic

Just for fun-try this SAT prep question: A person bought 12 cards for 30 cents. If the next day the price of the cards was 5 cents each, how much did the person save per card by buying at the earlier price?

A. 2 cents
B. 2.5 cents
C. 3 cents
D. 3.5 cents
E. 5 cents

Need a little help, call Ben Wanzo at TeachBar for consultation and answers.

Bayfair Center
15555 E. 14th St.
San Leandro, CA

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Men of Valor Academy

The Men of Valor Academy's Mission is to provide spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental growth and development. The Men of Valor program encourages these positive facets in three phases: Man Of Valor Phase, Educational Enhancement Phase, and the Vocational Training Phase.

The academy is designed to help ex-offenders, high school dropouts and men who want to receive the support they need to reintegrate successfully back into society. The Academy is a non-profit organization, sponsored by Acts Full Gospel Church, under the leadership of Bishop Bob Jackson.

Men of Valor Academy
6118 International Blvd.
Oakland, California 94621

Phone: (510) 567-1308

Acts Full Gospel Church of God in Christ
1034 66th Avenue
Oakland, CA 94621

Office: 510-567-1300

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

First Place for Youth

Founded in 1998, First Place for Youth was the first organization in Northern California to provide affordable housing and supportive services to former foster youth, and today is considered a national model for providing permanent housing for high risk youth. The agency works to ensure that all foster youth have the opportunity to experience a safe, supported transition from foster care. Through a housing program, an employment and academic enrichment program, counseling, youth community center, collaboration with other Bay Area agencies, and community education, First Place helps youth to gain the skills they need to live independently and succeed on their own.

The agency serves youth ages 16 to 24 who are preparing to age out of foster care or who have recently aged out of care. Once discharged from care, there are limited public or community-based services available for these young adults. Instead of receiving support and guidance during this critical transition, former foster youth are without housing, a source of income, adult encouragement, or community support. Without the critical resources First Place provides, youth are significantly more likely to experience homelessness, poverty, low educational achievement and poor health than other youth their age.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Making a Difference Fundraiser

Twelve young Oakland students from the Barack Obama Academy are taking the same journey as President Obama to Washington, D.C. on April 3rd. Let’s support our young people by attending our fundraiser and silent auction on Saturday, March 6th at TeachBar, a innovative learning center and tea bar, located in the BayFair Center, San Leandro from 2:00 to 6:00 PM. We are asking the local community, church members, business leaders and all Oakland Alumni classes to support these twelve young students and make a difference! If you're not able to attend our fundraising event you can send a check to “OSSF/BOA,” P.O. Box 20238, Oakland, CA 94620. If you are attending our fundraiser please email your RSVP to A suggestion for your donation is in honor of your class; $19.74 or $19.69 or $19.90, etc.