Glen Upshaw received the Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award for his outstanding work on behalf of the community on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Glen Upshaw has worked in the field of street outreach and violence interruption for five years. He started his work as a street outreach worker, violence interrupter, and Area Team Lead for Oakland […]
On Thursday, July 21, 2016 Oakland Unite young adult participants attended the Pathways to Success Boys & Men of Color Career Summit sponsored by LeadersUp, the City of Oakland, the California Endowment, My Brother’s Keeper, Urban Strategies Council, and many other sponsors. The career summit hosted multiple employers, including Starbucks, Blue Apron, United Airlines, Macy’s […]
Oakland Unite’s Grantee celebration was featured by the Bay Area News Group in an article written by Mike Blasky “Oakland celebrates the success of violence reduction programs.” To read the article click HERE. Blasky writes, “Officials say they’re taking a holistic approach to public safety, which means addressing root problems of violence — poverty, poor schools […]
Oakland Unite’s Violence Prevention Network Coordinator, Kevin Grant, and Community Engagement Coordinator, Jennifer Argueta were interviewed on the KBCW’s Bay Area Focus. They spoke about Oakland Unite’s Crisis Response and Support Network, as well as community events such as the Friday summer nights event Peace in the Parks. To watch the complete interview check-out the […]
Oakland Unite’s Lead Case Manager, Emilio Mena and Program Analyst, Sara Serin-Christ are quoted in the Oakland Local article “Ceasefire’s missing link: What about jobs?” by A. Scot Bolsinger. The article talks about the need for permanent employment opportunities for Ceasefire participants, and some of the challenges in finding them . “One of the hardest […]
Recently, reporter A. Scot Bolsinger from Oakland Local spent an evening with the Oakland Street Outreach Team in West Oakland. Oakland Unite is a proud funder of Healthy Communities/Healthy Oakland, that runs street outreach in West Oakland, as well as Oakland California Youth Outreach that runs street outreach in Central and East Oakland. Bolsinger wrote […]
In the her latest article, “Steps Toward Peace: Young men who are transforming their lives in Oakland,” Brenda Payton highlights two Oakland Unite program participants. Please read her article to hear the inspirational stories of these two young men. To read the complete article click HERE.
Our very own Violence Prevention Network Coordinator, Kevin Grant, was interviewed by the Oakland Center of Peace to discuss his thoughts on violence in Oakland. Oakland Center of Peace director, Sandhya Jha, joins Kevin on his way to an important meeting and gets this candid portrait of the everyday thoughts that guide Kevin’s approach to […]
This week Oakland Unite was featured in Brenda Payton’s series “Steps Toward Peace.” The article titled “Steps Toward Peace: Oakland Unite provides support services toward violence prevention” highlights the work of Oakland Unite’s Violence Prevention Network Coordinator, Kevin Grant, and Lead Case Manager, Emilio Mena. Emilio and Kevin in front of City Hall in Oakland. […]
Jim O’Brien’s blog “In Oakland, help for the shunned, the wounded, the rejected and suspected” recognizes the important work that Oakland Unite’s street outreach teams are doing to interrupt violence in Oakland. Click HERE to read the blog and learn more about this important work.