Boost! West Oakland, formerly known as the Lafayette School Mentoring Project (LSMP), was founded in 1997 by Joan and Howard Poulter. The couple responded to the need for academic improvement in West Oakland schools and wanted to create a program that would encourage students to strive for excellence. 

Boost! offers one-on-one tutoring and enrichment programs to students at Lafayette Elementary School in order to inspire learning and overcome the obstacles that keep many children from achieving academic success.

You can support our work by donating, volunteering, or stopping by to visit.



1700 Market Street 





Volunteer Info

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 3:00-4:30pm or 5:30-7:00pm

Wednesday 1:30-3:00pm or 5:30-7:00pm

Lafayette Elementary School: 1700 Market St. 

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Get the chance to change a child's life by tutoring and mentoring them once a week! Each tutor is assigned one elementary school student to work with. Tutors not only engage with students to help with homework, but also work with students to create a positive relationship with an older role model. Email or call (510) 444-7285 if you are interested!