Chapter 510 Ink

Chapter 510 Ink

Oakland, CA 94607
Tax ID47-2793034

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Chapter 510 is a made-in-Oakland youth writing, bookmaking & publishing center. Our teaching artists and volunteers work side by side with educators to provide a safe space and supportive community so Black, brown, and queer youth ages 8-19 can bravely write. We want every young person in Oakland to write with confidence and joy.


Program Accomplishments for Chapter 510. In 2018/2019 Chapter 510 inspired over 1,000 Oakland children and teens to write through our programs which included:MetWest Mentoring & College Personal Statement SupportFor the sixth consecutive year, Chapter 510 tutors worked in service to students at MetWest High School, where 26 volunteers provided in-class tutoring, college essay support, and mentorship to tenth-graders participating in Past Is Present. Tutors spent between 1-4 hours in a classroom every day, working with students during class, either one-on-one, or one-on-some. Led by Chapter 510 staff, volunteers supported students with homework assignments, writing projects, critical analysis, and reading comprehension. Volunteers helped graduating seniors plan, draft, and finalize college application essays during the first semester, and transitioned into supporting seniors with academic essay writing and on their senior thesis projects in the second half of the year. Thank you for bringing Chapter 510 to MetWest. You transformed our year. Truly. Shannon Carey, 9th grade veteran teacher, MetWestEpic Poetry ProjectIn the fall of 2018, fifteen of Chapter 510 volunteers and staff descended upon Acorn Elementary School for three hours of a wildly creative Epic Poetry Relay, where mixed-age groups of students in 10 classrooms wrote the first part of a poem that was then relayed to another group for completion. This year, students wrote poetry in the voice of a natural element, addressing an environmental challenge. More than 100 poems and their translations were compiled in a perfect-bound book that we gave every student, entitled Light Made the Storm Blind. How-to Hoover: In-School Book ProjectChapter 510 worked with 2nd grade students at Hoover Elementary School to develop a student-written, expository comic book using elements of technical writing.A classroom of eager writers worked with our teaching artist and volunteer tutors to conceptualize, draft, draw, and edit their informational comic booka "how to" on topics ranging from soccer to slime. Students got knee-deep in experiencing the process of turning from writer into author, and learned about what goes into publishing a book. It was a huge opportunity to have Hoover students write and publish a book this year. They need to see themselves as creative and capable. Chapter 510 provided that experience and we are so grateful to them for helping learning come alive! Gabi LaPointe (2nd Grade STEAM Teacher)Storytelling Field TripsAs an easy introduction to making writing fun, our storytelling field trips are a big hit with educators and students alike. Over the course of 20 field trips, we gave 554 students from seven schools a high-intensity morning of creative storytelling. Students were given on-the-spot lessons in character, plot, conflict, and resolution, and together wrote three-quarters of a story as a class before finishing up their conclusions independently. All 554 writers took home original chapbooks to read with family and friends. Our field trips provide immersive learning in the elements of storytelling and offer elementary-age students a point of entry into finding joy in writing. Beauty in DifferenceBlack JoyIn 2018/2019, Chapter 510s annual Beauty in Difference poetry workshop held space for young African American men. Participants spent ten Saturday afternoons over the winter working with poet Daniel Summerhill, learning to use poetry to express their experiences as young black men in Oakland. Daniel helped them see that poetry doesn't belong just to dead, white men, and with influences of Joshua Bennett's Hip Hop, and Steven Willis How the Hood Loves You Back, to guide them, each studentfrom skateboarding to gaming to fine arts and screenplaycontributed their idea of the black joy narrative.The boys wrote with skill and humor about the violence they see and experience, the pleasure of being young, and the challenge of walking through the world as black men. The result of this work is a celebration of their poetry in a collection published by our partner Nomadic Press entitled Black Joy: An Anthology of Black Boy Poems. The book was released at a First Friday event to a packed house and wide acclaim from our community of families, educators, poets, and friends. Children's Book Writing Camp & Chapter Book WorkshopOur second annual week-long Spring Break Camp for elementary-aged children focused on developing stories based on family recipes. This intensive camp paired students with writing mentors and professional illustrators and resulted in a collection of single-author, professionally bound and illustrated books for children, written by children. For the first year, Chapter 510 held a ten-week Saturday workshop for experienced writers. This workshop focused on developing stories into longer chapter books, and paired students with writers and authors to support the development of their work over the course of several months. Like the children's book camp, this workshop also resulted in a collection of single-author, professionally bound and illustrated chapter books, written by children for children. Students and their families celebrated the single-author publications at our Children's Book Fair in June, where the new authors experienced reading their work aloud to a supportive and proud audience. Oral History Publishing ProjectOver the course of ten weeks, MetWest 10th graders worked with writing mentors on developing their families oral histories for the second volume of Past Is Present. This collection of heritage stories of migration and resistance preserves interviews that students conducted with their family members, transcribing and developing their histories and stories for broader distribution in the community. This project provides deep intergenerational learning and connection for all who are involved. Students brought first drafts of their family histories to their Chapter 510 volunteer writing mentor who worked with them to develop and strengthen their work. Mentors are often bilingual, and assist students with translation. Students and their families were invited to the book release event at Chapter 510s June First Friday event, where students shared and celebrated their personal history in front of family, friends, and their school community.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The purpose of the non-profit, as set forth in the filing, is “Chapter 510 is a made-in-oakland youth writing & publishing center. our teaching artists and volunteers work side-by-side with educators to provide a safe space and supportive community for young people ages 6-18 to bravely write.”.

When discussing its purpose, they were characterized as: “Chapter 510 is a made-in-oakland youth writing & publishing center. our teaching artists and volunteers work side-by-side with educators to provide a safe space and supportive community for young people ages 6-18 to bravely write.”.

  • The state in which the non-profit is legally authorized to operate is CA, as reported.
  • The filing confirms that the non-profit's address in 2020 was 2301 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA, 94612.
  • The form of the non-profit reports 4 employees as of 2020.
  • Does not operate a hospital.
  • Does not operate a school.
  • Does not collect art.
  • Does not provide credit counseling.
  • Does not have foreign activities.
  • Is not a donor advised fund.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are between $250,000 and $500,000.
  • Revenue is between $250,000 and $500,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is -$43,886.
  • The remuneration of the CEO of the organization is based on an independent review and approval process.
  • The organization has a written policy that describes how long it will retain documents.
  • The organization has 9 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 2013.
  • The organization has a written policy that addresses conflicts of interest.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule B.
  • The organization is required to file Schedule O.
  • The organization pays $322,491 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $120,443 in fundraising expenses.
  • The organization provides Form 990 to its governing body.
  • The organization has minutes of its meetings.
  • The organization has a written whistleblower policy.
  • The organization has fundraising events.

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