OAKLAND LEAF

At Oakland Leaf, we believe love is an action. Love is empowering youth to be creative and expressive leaders. Love is sparking curiosity in the minds of our students, from arts and literacy to S.T.E.M. and sports. Love is building community, talking, listening, and being present for each other. Love is woven into the fabric of our culture, and every interaction in pursuit of supporting youth in our community. We plant seeds to grow. We root in, rise up, and branch out. We’re committed to stay.

OUR MISSION: Cultivate community transformation through creative education for youth and families.

OUR VISION: Embolden youth and families to be creative leaders, who create a more loving, just, and vibrant Oakland.

Our Programs  
Oakland Leaf runs afterschool programs at 6 low-income elementary schools in the East Bay, provides high school internships, and even has a 4-week summer camp for middle and high school students. We serve more than 1,000 students annually, and all programming is provided free of charge to our participants.

AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMMING

GARDENING & ECOLOGY INTERNSHIPS

SUMMER PEACE CAMP

Our Philosophy and Method

Our long-term vision of social change is for East Oakland youth to be creative, thriving and contributing to their community. We will do this by supporting their growth in the following areas:

PHYSICAL WELL-BEING
Youth engage in regular physical activities, practice healthy eating habits, and are environmental stewards
SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
Youth demonstrate self-love, practice self-care, and engage in healthy dialogue with others
ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Youth are lifelong learners and critical thinkers
LEADERSHIP & SERVICE
Youth are empowered to be agents of positive change in their communities

OUR ANNUAL REPORT

We’re excited to share our annual report for this past fiscal year. Within it, we’ve gathered our stories to illustrate a year in review.  

"I’ve learned that it's important to give and receive respect so that everyone can feel free to be themselves. I feel protected and safe here".

– Breanna, 6th grade Oakland Leaf student