Our 3 major programs empower at-risk youth to think critically about how their actions impact others, to choose healthy decisions for themselves and the environment, and to become active, engaged citizens in their community.
OUR MISSION: Oakland Leaf cultivates community transformation through creative education for youth and families. Our goal is simple, give our students and their parents the resources they need to become agents of positive change in their community.
OUR VISION: Oakland Leaf emboldens youth and families to be creative leaders who actualize a more loving, just, and vibrant Oakland.
OUR CREDO: Love is an action!
After-School Programming serves over 750 kids at six elementary and middle schools in Oakland.
Afterschool is a critical time of day for youth to further explore their interests and passions, develop their voice, and grow as students and individuals. Our daily after-school programming is project based and emphasizes:
- Arts and Culture
- Health & Wellness
- Empowerment & Leadership
We work in close collaboration with schools to offer activities and learning opportunities reflective of the school communities needs and interests. Our staff ensure safe and supportive communities for youth to thrive in and out of school.
3709 E 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601
BRET HARTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
3700 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
1025 81st Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
LEARNING WITHOUT LIMITS
2035 40th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
THINK COLLEGE NOW & INTERNATIONAL GRADE SCHOOL
2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
GARDEN & ECOLOGY INTERNSHIP
Love Cultivating Schoolyards
Love Cultivating Schoolyards (LCS) offers young people growing up in East Oakland the opportunity to interact with the natural world through planting seeds, harvesting fruits and vegetables, picking flowers, studying insects, digging in the earth, and composting.
The younger students learn about science, nature, and the earth’s cycles through hands-on activities that complement their learning during the regular school day. Oakland Leaf’s model of intergenerational learning makes gardening and science “cool” and engaging for younger students who view the high school interns as role models.