About Oakland Unite

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All Oakland Unite’s programs target our highest risk community members and neighborhoods, with a particular focus on interrupting violence now as it is occurring and preventing future violence.

Success Stories

Learn about the personal impact of our programs through success stories from current and past Oakland Unite program participants. Read their stories HERE.

Research & Reports

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Current Evaluation Reports On this page you will find information on independent evaluations of Oakland Unite programs, community assets and needs, and best practices. The Safety and Services Act requires independent evaluation of funded activities, which helps the partners in the Oakland Unite Network learn and improve programs, services, and outcomes. Mathematica Policy Research is […]

Our Mission

Bring together and fund community-driven support for people at the center of violence in Oakland to seek safety, healing, and growth through transformative relationships and opportunities.


People at the center of violence are safe and have access to opportunity. They lead the way to ending the cycle of violence in our community.

Our Program Strategies

  • Department of Violence Prevention Notification of Funding Opportunity

    Department of Violence Prevention Mini-Grant Opportunity The Department of Violence Prevention (DVP) for the City of Oakland is proud to announce the 2020-21 Violence Prevention Mini-Grants funding opportunity, in partnership with Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY), Urban Peace Movement (UPM), Communities United for Restorative Youth Justice (CURYJ), Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS), and Roots […]

  • Gun Violence Response

    This strategy aims to intervene in the cycle of gun violence to save lives and support healing. Shooting and Homicide Response starts with community-based responders that connect with individuals and families at the hospital or in their homes and walk with them as they navigate crisis. Families and individuals will be connected to immediate resources […]

  • Youth Diversion & Reentry

    This strategy aims to help youth move away from deeper involvement in violence and the juvenile justice system through coordinated interventions. Programs will divert youth from arrest or prosecution and also help youth transition back to school and community after incarceration through life coaching and education and career exploration.   Youth Diversion programming that uses […]

  • Community Healing

    This strategy aims to lift up the wisdom of people closest to the violence and deepen their skills to promote healing through community-led outreach activities and events. This includes a grassroots mini-grant program to support innovative, community-based violence reduction projects.   Oakland Unite Contact: Jennifer Argueta. Roots Community Health Center  – Robyn Barron Building Opportunities […]

  • Gender-Based Violence Response Services

    This strategy directs funding towards interventions that support people experiencing family/domestic violence and commercial sexual exploitation (CSE). It aims to help survivors meet their immediate safety needs and provides resources that aid them in their journey towards healing and stability. Oakland Unite Contact: Sara Serin-ChristFamily Violence Responseincludes a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, systems navigation, family support, andmental […]

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