Every year, Oakland Leaf provides quality, culturally responsive, and free after-school programming for approximately 750 East Oakland students at six high-need elementary and middle schools.
After school 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 afterschool programming is project-based and emphasizes:
- Social-emotional Learning & Critical Thinking
- Creative Expression
- Gardening and Connection with Nature
- Leadership Development & Social Justice
- Academic Support & Literacy
- Sports & Movement
Activities include soccer, poetry, drawing, theater arts, gardening, science experiments, community service projects, bike club, painting, lacrosse, yoga, graphic arts, and more.
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.
Afterschool Program Sites
Ascend School grades K-8
3709 E 12th Street, Oakland, CA 94601
Learning Without Limits
2035 40th Ave, Oakland, CA 94601
3700 Coolidge Ave, Oakland, CA 94602
1025 81st Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
ICS & TCN
2825 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94601
HIGH SCHOOL INTERNSHIPS
Love Cultivating Schoolyards and Roots
Oakland Leaf has two paid youth internship programs that provide year-round positive youth development opportunities to 40 East Oakland High School students annually. All interns engage in experiential learning, personal and professional development, social and emotional learning, civic education, and community action initiatives. By cultivating students’ sense of agency, self-efficacy, and social responsibility, we are building compassionate and creative leaders with strong connections to their community.
Roots interns serve as Instructor Aids in our afterschool programs. Interns are matched with a program instructor who serves as their mentor for the year. Interns provide daily social-emotional and academic support to afterschool program students, facilitate creative play activities, and provide administrative support to programs. The interpersonal and professional skills they gain are applicable to college success and to future careers in education related fields. Roots interns also receive intensive college and career preparation support, including academic coaching and one-on-one support with their college application processes.
Love Cultivating Schoolyards Internship
Love Cultivating Schoolyards (LCS) offers interns 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. Interns are supported to complete an urban farmer check-list of the diverse practical skills and knowledge needed to be an independent urban farmer.
LCS interns also learn about food justice and environmental justice issues related to urban agriculture and local food systems, and the produce they grow on our one acre urban farm is the core of Oakland Leaf’s food distribution initiative.