Teaching Self Sufficiency through Education
EDUCATION is not preparation for life;
EDUCATION is life itself
It's important to find an environment that will help nurture your child’s growth, development, and set the stage for future learning.
Teaching Self Sufficiency through Education (TSE) was established in 2009 as a community base agency by Tiffany Joy. TSE main mission was to support teenagers transitioning out of care but what Tiffany Joy came to realize was that families everywhere were in need of services and resources, TSE closed in 2010 only to reopen in 2011 as a 501(c)3 organization. Our mission changed to supporting families no matter the family dynamic. We don't have a commitment base program, families are able to come to us and receive services whenever they need them. Our main focus is providing educational support to children K-6th grade however we support all families and no one is turned away.
Teaching Self-Sufficiency through Education (TSE) mission is to provide services and resources that empower and encourage low income families to build stronger and healthier relationships that will better the lives of their families. Our main goal is to develop happy, kind, self-confident, and successful children.
Other TSE Services
Transportation Services (Limited)
Supplement Food Giveaways
Basic Computer skills
Literacy Support Classes
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Executive Director/ Founder
Tiffany Goodwin founded Teaching Self Sufficiency through Education in 2011, with a mission to support and empower low-income families living in or under poverty line communities. Growing up in West Oakland, Tiffany can relate to the families in which TSE serve. Tiffany has more than 10 years of experience as a community organizer. She realized her passion for helping poverty stricken families within the urban community at a young age. She has been working in the nonprofit sector since the age of 13 as a volunteer for a family shelter in Hayward, CA. Prior to founding TSE, Tiffany served as the Director of Social Services at LIFESTEPS, Inc., a program dedicated to empowering and engaging low income families in the Bay Area.
William Ray attends Morning Star Church in Oakland, CA. He enjoys writing, drawing, painting, sculpturing and Bible Study. He also enjoys spending quality time with his 17 year old daughter. He has served as President of the School Site Council for Rancho Medanos Junior High School. He is a member of the District Advisory Council for Pittsburg, CA. Is is active in his community. He attended the Citizens University Seminar in Seattle Washington in March 2017. He believes in Volunteerism. He volunteers a least 4-6 hours a month at the Community's Salvation Army Center. From his own experience he knows that Education is essential to the uplifting of children in poverty. He joined TSE for just that reason. To help low-income families understand the benefits of Education
Senior Board Secretary
Paula Woods is a native Oakland resident. She currently works as a supervisor in a call center in the hotel hospitality field. Paula became involved in TSE 2 years ago. As a single mother she understands the barriers that most of families face living in poverty stricken communities. She believes with the services TSE offers families can accomplish their personal goals which will help set the foundation for bigger goals they plan to accomplish in the future. Her favorite quote is "Each day brings new opportunities".
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Nikhil Rao is a dedicated hardworking individual based in Fremont, CA. He has an excellent background in leadership, multitasking, and organization & time management skills. He has collaborated with a team of DECA members to participate and win in NorCal and State level competitions, and is also a 2nd Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo martial arts. He believes education is a crucial resource that any individual should have whether they come from poverty or not. He is also optimistic about the services TSE has to offer for the families who desire to reach their goals. Some of the things he likes doing in his spare time include playing chess, day trading/investing, and making music.
Ashley is an energetic, experienced and accomplished professional with a proven record of intuitive and insightful leadership that fosters inclusion, team building, fiscal accountability and dynamic problem solving. Acknowledged throughout her career as a collaborative, transformative and inspirational leader with a reputation for advancing the organization’s mission.
Serena Vandenbeg is a mission-driven professional with more than 7 years of experience in nonprofit finance and operations, fundraising, database management, and project management. She is passionate about working for organizations that create opportunities for underserved communities. She is detail-oriented, collaborative, and resourceful and enjoys helping organizations improve internal processes and procedures to increase effectiveness.
Holiday Toy Giveaway
Fundraising & Donations
Thank You to all Our Donors
Private Donors: Deborah Gladney * Paula Woods * Thelma Woods * Connie Taylor * Tiffany Smothers * Veronica Reina *
Carol Valdon * William Ray * Ashley Temm * Revette Riley * Kentaja English
Corporate/Organization Donors: Safeway * Smart & Final * LET'S ROAM * AdventureBook.com * Target * Discovery Toys * Innovation Advertising * 81st Oakland Library * Hurricane Harbor Concord * Six Flags Discovery Kingdom * Picaboo * Oakland Literacy Coalition
Youth Donors: Amir Salam * Elaine Delguidice * Taylior Brown *
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P.O. Box 2123
Oakland, CA 94621
Mon-Fri: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Sat: Appointment Only