ForWords provides educational services to public schools and community organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Public Schools

San Rafael // Banyan Integrated Studies
at San Rafael High School (2007-2017)

San Rafael // Emerging English Language Learners San Rafael High School
(2014- Current)

San Rafael // San Rafael High School (2017-Current)

San Rafael // Davidson Middle School (2016-Current)

San Pablo // Helms Middle School (2007-2017)

San Francisco // Mission High School (2010-2011)

East Palo Alto // East Palo Alto Academy (2009-2010)


Community Programs

Saturdays OutLoud at ForWords Literacy Lab

Huckleberry Youth Services Wellness Academy

The Canal Alliance Youth Scholarship Program


MUSE (Multi-cultural Urban Secondary English) Credential Program at UC Berkeley

Oakland Tech High School – Oakland

REALM High School – Berkeley

CAT High School – San Francisco



ForWords has created and been involved in a variety of unique projects involving the 10 literacies from publication of student writing to classroom debates and panels, public presentations, student panels, PSAs, formal essays and video presentations combining history, English, science and math, documentaries, college exploration, business plan to writing resumes and college applications. Here is a sample of our projects:


“I’m Gonna Be Myself” – A Documentary Movie

Community Partnership with Youth Scholarship Program (San Rafael)

This documentary, created by thirty middle school and high school students, offers the viewer the opportunity to engage in issues of gender, culture, and individuality.

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Human Rights Project

School Partnership with Banyan Integrated Studies, San Rafael High School

ForWords teachers and artist in residence partner with Banyan each semester to create an integrated study that connects global issues with classes in English, History, Science, and Physical Education.

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1000 Words

School Partnership with Helms Middle School

This project is a collection of poetry written by Helms Middle School students in partnership with ForWords master teachers and the eighth grade English teacher. Students wrote original poems based on compelling photographs.

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Huckleberry Youth Services Wellness Academy

Community Partnership with Huckleberry Youth Services Wellness Academy

Students created digital maps of their life journey’s, wrote about the challenges and dreams they face, and presented their projects to the community.

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“True Colors” Mural and Book

Community Partnership with Precita Eyes

ForWords Literacy Lab spearheaded a project with thirty middle school and high school students to create the first community mural in the Canal area of San Rafael.

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