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East Bay Times reports on two Civicorps Schools students using AmeriCorps money to pay for college as they work to turn their lives around. Oakland Unite is proud to provide funding to Civicorps Schools to support youth and young adults in Oakland. To read the full article click HERE.
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 California Youth Outreach. The work came naturally to him with his credibility on the streets of Oakland and his commitment to resolving conflicts peacefully. In 2016, Glen joined Youth ALIVE! as a Violence Interrupter. His role as a Violence Interrupter involves deescalating situations before violence occurs or restoring peace and safety in situations where violence has taken place, often a shooting or death. He also spends time in Highland Hospital visiting victims of gun violence, supporting victims and their families, and spreading the message that there are alternatives to violence.
This holiday season Oakland Unite worked with the Mayor, CBO Life Coaches, Ceasefire faith-based partners, the Coliseum NCPC, and other to provide holiday support to program participants and community members. Fifty-seven participants and their families received full Thanksgiving meals with the support of Mt. Zion Church, and in the month of December over 500 families received gifts through the City’s Community Toy Drive and our faith-based partners. Thank you to everyone who helped bring joy to families this holiday season, including our Life Coaches who worked around the clock to distribute food and toys.
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On Thursday, September 8, 2016, Oakland Unite hosted its second annual All Grantee Meeting under the Safety and Services Act. Community-based organizations and public partners funded by Oakland Unite came together to network, hear about training and technical assistance opportunities, and provide feedback about what types of training and TA would be useful to their organizations. The meeting took place at the West Oakland Senior Center and included presentations from the Alameda Alliance, Beacon, and Bright Research Group.
Oakland Unite’s Messengers4Change Friday Summer Nights Program Starting This Week
On Friday, July 8th, Oakland Unite’s Messengers4Change will begin hosting the Friday Summer Nights Programs in East and West Oakland. These events are free, open to the public and offer free food, games, entertainment and raffles for all ages. The Friday Summer Nights Programs aim to change community norms around violence through community engagement and empowerment. These programs will run for six weeks, every Friday night, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The East Oakland Peace at the Park Program takes place at Willie Wilkins Park, located at 1100 98th Avenue, and the West Oakland Friday Night Live Program takes place on Brockhurst Street, between Market Street and San Pablo Ave. These events are funded by Oakland Unite.