What We Do

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 CREDOLove is an action!

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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
  • Literacy
  • S.T.E.M.

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.

After-School Sites

ASCEND SCHOOL

grades K-8

3709 E 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601

BRET HARTE MIDDLE SCHOOL

grades 6-8

3700 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602

ENCOMPASS ACADEMY

grades K-5

1025 81st Ave, Oakland, CA 94621

LEARNING WITHOUT LIMITS

grades K-5

2035 40th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601

THINK COLLEGE NOW & INTERNATIONAL GRADE SCHOOL

grades K-5

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.

PAID YOUTH INTERNSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND RECENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES 
High school interns receive mentoring, leadership and professional development. Interns then lead gardening classes for younger students in Oakland Leaf’s after-school garden clubs.
GARDENING CLASSES FOR AFTER-SCHOOL STUDENTS

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.

OAKLAND PEACE CAMP

Oakland Peace Camp is a 4-week summer camp for middle and high school youth in Oakland. Peace Camp is a rich blend of arts, activism, leadership, and an opportunity for youth to explore their identity, while participating in activities that are both fun and meaningful. From music production and dance, to sports, cooking and more; there’s something for everyone in our dynamic summer program. Camp culminates with a student showcase highlighting their community service projects, and artistic accomplishments over the summer. Camp is completely free of charge to all participants.