2015 Mini Grants are Announced!

Congrats to the recipients of this year’s Youth Mini Grants! Each summer, our Youth Leadership Board awards grants of up to $2,000 to youth-led projects sponsored by East Oakland schools, churches and nonprofits. The 2015 grantees and projects are: Alternatives in Action – Fremont First Mentors Summer Bridge, a program to help incoming freshman to acclimate to high school. East Oakland Youth Development Center (EOYDC) – Summer enrichment program, healing classes for youth in collaboration with UC Berkeley.   LIFE Academy – MSA project, a multicultural student club to create cultural understanding and bridge divides between African American, Arab, Asian, and Latino students.... Read more »

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A Few Words on Ferguson, Cleveland + NY (A Letter from Our Leadership)

The recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York – the heartbreaking loss of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice, three unarmed black males (two of whom were children, Rice just 12 years old), at the hands of police officers and the strong displays of public outrage that have followed – resonate deeply with us here in Oakland. As a community that has also suffered great loss, we stand with these cities in mourning, in solidarity, and in an effort to organize for change. In the face of these unspeakable injustices, we are called on to find meaning and, despite how difficult it may be, a way forward.... Read more »

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2014 Youth Mini-Grants Announced!

Please join us in congratulating the following youth and their sponsor organizations on receiving a 2014 Youth Mini-Grant! Our Youth Leadership Board has chosen seven projects that address a range of issues: peace promotion, drug prevention, youth employment, and improved health. The primary goal of these projects is to impact the future for East Oakland in a positive way. The grantees are: Brothers on the Rise, Cold Wheels Project – $1000: For this project, youth participants will make a wrecked car driveable again. Open to both male and female participants, Cold Wheels hopes to inspire more gender diversity among the aspiring mechanics.... Read more »

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