Historic Oakland Foundation is happy to welcome one of our newest staff members, Charvis Buckholts. Charvis joined the Foundation in January as our new director of education and youth programs. He’ll be improving and expanding upon our educational offerings such as field trips, on-site workshops, events, and more. Get to know Charvis a bit in the interview below:
What is your educational and professional background?
I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development from Morehouse College and a Master of Arts in Sociology of Education with a minor in Cultural and Social Studies from New York University. Over the past few years, I began doctoral studies at Clark Atlanta University in Humanities. I have worked for several school systems and organizations such as Atlanta Public Schools System, KIPP New Jersey, Teach for America, and most recently Aldar Academies in Abu Dhabi.
What drew you to Oakland when you first applied?
HOF core values served a pivotal role in the initiation of my wanting to apply to Oakland. I believe strong core values are what shapes any organization for the better. Given that the core values are similar to my life values, I knew choosing to apply to Oakland would be a great choice.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time, I enjoy cooking. I love to try new recipes or new restaurants.
What inspires you about your new role?
I’m inspired by Oakland’s accessibility to such a rich history and by the Foundation’s strong network of individuals who are willing to do what it takes to continue to keep Oakland thriving.
So far, what’s your favorite spot in Oakland?
My favorite spot in Oakland so far is the Bell Tower Ridge area because of its views of the Atlanta skyline.
What are you most excited for when it comes to expanding our youth programming?
Two things that excite me the most when it comes to expanding our youth programming are building ongoing partnerships and relationships with new entities and creating engaging programming combined with Oakland’s history and Common Core Standards.
What inspired your passion for working with youth in education?
My passion for working with youth in education was inspired by the community in which I grew up. I always wanted to do work that serves a purpose and work that gives back to others. Working in education allows me to help shape the futures of our youth.