Opportunities

We are strengthened by alumni participation in life at Live Oak. We love to know what you are up to, celebrate your successes, and offer support to reach your goals. We manage a growing mentor program, matching alumni to past and current parents with common professional goals. Every year, we host class reunions to reconnect you to the community as you prepare for life after high school. We honor alumni who are enacting positive change in the world at our annual Alumni Changemaker events, and we encourage all of our alumni to come back to visit or volunteer at Live Oak. As our alumni community grows and becomes increasingly active, we look forward to hosting regional gatherings and relying on alumni leadership to create additional opportunities for engagement. To learn more about our alumni program, contact alumni@liveoaksf.org.

The Live Oak Alumni Changemaker Award is given yearly to an alum who models empathy and responsibility, demonstrates the capacity to create change in the community, and inspires action in others. If you or someone you know embodies these characteristics, please complete the Live Oak Changemaker application form.

Jessica London-Shields
Jessica London-Shields
Jessica graduated in 2000. In 2014 she won our first Alumni Changemaker Award. Jessica’s organization {she crew} is an arts empowerment program for girls aged 10-14. The focus of {she crew} is to develop positive identity in young girls through journaling and performance. To learn more visit www.shecrew.org.
Ben Gucciardi
Ben Gucciardi
The 2015 Alumni Changemaker Award went to Ben Gucciardi, class of 1996, for the development of Soccer Without Borders. Ben uses soccer as a vehicle for change, providing youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth and personal success. To learn more about Ben’s organization visit www.soccerwithoutborders.org.
Lani Ackerman
Lani Ackerman
Alumni Changemaker 2016, Lani Ackerman, graduated from Live Oak in 2000. Lani’s mission is to improve the experience of immigrants in South America. Her research focuses on the social problems that arise when people are forced to migrate from one country to another and the inequity of the process.
Richard Baltimore
Richard Baltimore
Richard Baltimore, class of 1996, was Alumni Changemaker of 2017 for his commitment to children and young adults. He worked at Salvation Army and Open Gym in Chicago, and Year Up in Washington, D.C. Richard is currently director of human resources for a law firm fighting workplace discrimination.
Zahna Simon
Zahna Simon
The 2018 recipient of the Changemaker Award, Zahna Simon, class of 1999, works to promote Deaf culture and challenge stereotypes as assistant director of the Bay Area Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival. Learn more at https://www.realurbanjazzdance.com/.