eUpdate - February 23, 2015  
For Young People:
Summer jobs; internships with County D.A; volunteer writing coaches needed 
Among West County's greatest strengths are its can-do spirit and willingness to help others.

I'm happy to spread the word on three timely volunteer opportunities which tap into these strengths: The County District Attorney's high school and college student summer internship program, the Contra Costa Workforce Development Board's youth summer job's program, and the WriterCoach Connection, linking volunteer writing coaches with students. 
Volunteer writing coaches needed for West County middle and high school students
What: The nonprofit WriterCoach Connection connects volunteer writing coaches with students. 

Why: Benefits coaches, students, and schools. 

Who: Volunteers don't need to be writers or teachers. WCC provides free, in-depth training that equips volunteers with the strategies and skills to help. 

Where: Middle and high schools in El Cerrito and Richmond (among East Bay cities).

How: Register for trainings to coach in the spring or fall. Go to the registration page on its website.

For more: Terri Lynn Sullivan at or (510) 710-0476.


Summer jobs and internships for young people ages 16-21  


What: Earn & Learn program of the Contra Costa Workforce Development Board 

Why: A chance to work, build skills, and earn money. 

Who: Workforce Development Board of Contra Costa County, Contra Costa Economic Partnership, and the Diablo Gateways to Innovation Consortium. 

Where: Opportunities county-wide. 

How: Parents and youth can email or call (925) 602-6800. 


District Attorney's college and high school student summer internships 


What: Law internship program. 

Why: Opportunities for college and high school students to learn about the legal system.

Who: Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office. 

Where: Interns may be placed in either Richmond or Martinez offices. 

How: Send a cover letter and resume to Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey at by March 31, 2015. For questions, contact Ms. Yancey at (510) 231-1827.

John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone