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Boys and Men of Color Career Summit in Oakland

LeadersUp is pre-training approximately 600 young men (ages 18-29) for pre-scheduled, on-site hiring interviews. Approximately 1 out of 3 young men will receive immediate job offers at the Summit. Employers include: Noah’s Bagels, Starbucks, Hilton, Macy’s, and Palecek, among others pending confirmation. All positions are locally based.

Registration is open for four hour “Winning in the Workplace” training labs, which are required for access to pre-scheduled interviews. These labs take place in designated safe spaces and are led by professionally trained staff from LeadersUp. More labs may be scheduled based on demand, so please check the registration link below for additions. Note: There is no minimum number of men your organization must recruit for labs.

 Oakland: 7/14, 7/15 Register Here
 Berkeley: 7/12 Register Here
 Young adults also have the option to register for labs by texting “BMOC” to 95577

Lab curriculum includes: resume review, mock interviews, and job readiness skills to prepare young men for pre-scheduled, on-site interviews on July 21st. (More curriculum info attached).

Recommended Guidelines for Participation:

  • Strong peer support: LeadersUp recommend your organization’s young people attend a lab together on the same day.
  • Strong staff support: Your organization’s staff should attend the lab with young people (ideally with a 1:6 ratio).
  • Youth commit to attending Summit: Your organization must ensure young people attend their pre-scheduled interviews at the July 21st Summit.
  • Coordination with LeadersUp: If your organization plans to bring any young people to a training session, please contact Devon Miner ( to coordinate details.


Contact: Devon Miner ( can answer any additional questions.

West Oakland Job Resource Center

“Going through the program and being in the union has allowed me to be gainfully employed, save money, feel better about myself and provide for my family”, said Mr. Whittington, pictured on the left.

The West Oakland Job Resource Center (WOJRC) is a place to learn about and prepare for careers in the building and construction trades.

We are recruiting individuals who are insterested in applying to the construction trades apprenticeship programs, such as the

  • Carpenters
  • Electricians
  • Laborers
  • Operation Engineers
  • Painters
  • Plumbers and Pipefitters
  • Roofers
  • Sprinklefitters and others


Apprentices can earn$13-$25 per hour plus benefits.

The WOJRC will not only help you get a job, but into a career.  We will help you learn lifelong skills in building and constuction, while earning wages.  The WOJRC also screens individuals for employment opportunities with the City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, Oakland Army Base construction project, and other construction projects.

THE WOJRC is a joint project of the City of Oakland, employers, unions and community organizations.


  • Can pass a drug test (including marijuana)
  • Have at least an eighth grade reading and math level (preferably GED or High School diploma)
  • Have documents proving legal eligibility to work in the United States
  • Proof of Oakland residency for 6 months prior to registering with us, AND
  • Have a valid California Driver License or California ID

If you don’t meet these criteria, come by and we will be glad to give you information about agencies that can help you.



General orientation to the construction trades and apprenticeships held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
Click here to find this month’s workshops and orientations.

Pre-Apprenticeship Test Preparation
WOJRC also holds test preparation assistance for apprenticeship exams every Tuesday 5:00 to 7:00 pm at 1801 Adeline Street, Room 210 Oakland, CA 94607

Instructors Eva Clark/Matthew Tasby
Call 510 419-0509 to register.

One-on-one Career Counseling and guidance

Referals to:

  • Construction Contractors
  • Apprenticeship Programs
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Training Programs
  • Other Employment Services

Job Leads:
For transitional jobs and other non-construction opportunities…

Come visit us!

We hold information workshops of Oakland residents interested in building and construction trade careers on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month.

We also hold specialized workshops geared towards women and workshops for the various construction trade apprenticeship programs

For more information, call (510) 419-0509, fax (510) 419-0503 or visit us at 1801 Adeline Street, Room 211 (2nd floor of the West Oakland Library), Oakland, CA 94607.

Source: City of Oakland 2016


Oakland Community Festival

Please join Supervisor Nate Miley and others, for a FREE Community Festival for the entire family that will include: music, food, games and community resources. Community resources will include Prop 47 consultation, financial literacy, clean slate intake and other resources. Click here for more information.

When: June 18, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Verdese Carter Park, 9600 Sunnyside St., Oakland

Merritt College’s Bridge to Healthcare Careers Summer Program

This program is for young adults between the ages of 17 to 24 that are interested in Healthcare Careers. Please check out Merritt College’s six-week Bridge to Healthcare Careers summer program.

Key Program Features:

  • College courses (including “Orientation to College” and “Interpersonal Communication Skills”)
  • Academic support
  • Free lunch
  • Stipend upon completion
  • Guest speakers from folks who are in the various healthcare careers
  • When: Monday – Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Start date: June 20, 2016
End date: July 28, 2016
Contact: Ashley Nelson ( for more information. Please help young people fill out the interest form:

Neighborhood Empowerment Day

Don’t miss the annual summer BBQ and resource fair hosted by Roots Community Health Center! They will be grilling up some food, fun and crucial resources for the community at the main Roots location. Know someone who’d like to sponsor this event?

When: June 25, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Roots Community Health Center, 9925 International Blvd, Oakland 94603

See flyer here | Facebook Event Link

Source: Alameda County Re-Entry/Realignment Announcements 2016


Heard Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color

Get access to MEE’s Latest Groundbreaking Research! MEE’s latest national research, focused on understanding boys and young men of color, is now being released to the public. The report, Heard, Not Judged: Insights into the Talents, Realities and Needs of Young Men of Color is based on community-based participatory research with young men of African and Hispanic descent, ages 18 to 24, in nine U.S. cities. The research was co-sponsored by The California Endowment and the Open Society Foundations’ Campaign for Black Male Achievement. Click here to download the report.

Roots Community Health Center – Empowerment Initiatives

Healthy Measures: Helps formerly incarcerated individuals with chronic illnesses achieve successful, healthy reentry. Participants receive support and coaching from Roots Health Navigators who have also experienced incarceration. Benefits include: individualized health plans, benefits enrollment, health education and navigation, probation compliance support and barrier removal. Click here to view the flyer.
To apply, email or call 510-777-1177.

Defy Ventures

A non-profit organization that works with individuals who have had previous criminal justice involvement (18+ years and older) to create new pathways for economic sustainability.  Defy’s CEO of Your New Life program focuses on job readiness/job placement, personal wellness, reentry coaching and entrepreneurship. Specifically, Defy helps individuals create profitable enterprises that sustain them and their families over time. We support emerging entrepreneurs in the launch of their enterprises by offering intensive hands-on entrepreneurship training, character development, mentoring, business incubation, financing opportunities and holistic personal development services. If you know of any interested candidates, please have them contact Melissa O’Dell at or by visiting

We are excited to launch Stories of Reentry, a film series on our website! We launch these films in partnership with the communities we serve, with the hope that these films will influence the public discourse and imagination about our criminal justice system, and will inspire our audience to take action and become a part of the movement for criminal justice reform. The full video series is now up on the home page of the Root & Rebound website and there is a full page dedicated to these Stories of Reentry. In the midst of harrowing statistics and systemic injustice, these first-person narratives amplify the strong voices of the formerly incarcerated and humanize the experience of reentry. They make clear the impact our broken systems and policies are having on individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Through these brave storytellers’ candid testimony of grief, violence, addiction, and trauma, we hear the common stories of struggle and the isolation of desperation. What resonates louder, however, is the optimistic shift that occurs when these individuals find the support of communities, employment services, and legal organizations like Root & Rebound. Screenings will be held across California in 2016, so please email us at if you are interested in hosting one in your community.

Join the Parent Caregiver Advisory Group (P.C.A.G.) for ACCIPP
Help improve the lives of children affected by incarceration!  Attached is a flyer containing additional information.

When: Held every 3rd Wednesday of the month from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Contact: LeeAnna Howell of A Better Way at, (510) 368-9479

Emancipators Academy

Now accepting applications! An 8-week program offering stipends, on-the-job training in manufacturing at Roots’ soap-making social enterprise, Clean360, leadership skills and mentorship. Participants (called Emancipators) receive assistance for barrier removal, support for benefits enrollment, and connection to health care and other services. To be eligible, applicants must have been released from incarceration within the past 12 months, must be unemployed, and must be able to lift 40 lbs. Click here to view the flyer.
To apply, email or call 510-904-8048.

Career Online High School
Scholarships are being offered at Oakland Public Library and Alameda County Library for adults (age 19+) to earn a high school diploma and career certificate through Career Online High School. Enrolled students will take classes online, be supported by an academic coach, and build a career portfolio. Scholarships are limited.

• Oakland Program: Open to residents in Oakland, Emeryville and Piedmont. Contact
• Alameda County Program: Open to residents in Ashland, Cherryland, San Lorenzo, Newark, Union City and Fremont. Contact

Apply Now –

Oakland Adult & Career Education is happy to be adding a new College and Career Readiness Pathway Program, in coordination with the Northern Alameda Consortium for Adult Education. Through a sequence of courses, adult students will be prepared with basic English, math, English-as-a-Second language and study skills to successfully transition to academic and career technical education studies in the community college, or to gainful employment. The Oakland Adult & Career Education staff has served Oakland adult students over the past years, and this new College and Career Readiness Pathway Program will provide another needed educational opportunity in our community.

For more program information, please go to or 510.273.2310.

Source: Alameda County Re-Entry/Realignment Announcements 2016


Island City Waterways
10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 21-22
Tilden Way at Blanding Avenue
Free with reservations or 510-865-5060

Island City Waterways – Art & Performance Collaboration at the Oakland-Alameda Estuary

Rhythmix Cultural Works and Epiphany Productions team up to present “Island City Waterways”.

This collaborative public art presentation is a series of art, dance and music performances whose stage is none other than the Oakland Alameda Estuary waterfront itself between the Fruitvale and Park Street bridges. Takes place May 21-22. The first performance starts at 10:30am and is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information call 510-865-5060 or visit



US Labor Department announces availability of $80M in grants to provide job, leadership skills among disadvantaged youth

05/17/2016 09:43 AM EDT

US Labor Department announces availability of $80M in grants to provide job, leadership skills among disadvantaged youth

YouthBuild programs help fill educational gaps to drive career success

WASHINGTON – For youth who left high school early and lack a state equivalency diploma, a continuing education and career success can be a goal beyond reach. Throughout the nation, YouthBuild programs seek to help these young people in learning critical job skills in construction as a path to economic independence.

Today, the U.S. Department of Labor announced the availability of $80 million in grant funding to support and expand YouthBuild programs nationwide. For those programs that offer the “YouthBuild Construction Plus” model, participating youth can take advantage of expanded occupational skills training in additional in-demand occupations, such as health care, information technology or logistics.

“In America, your zip code should never determine your destiny,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “YouthBuild offers valuable opportunities for young people to get the education and skills training they need to succeed on the job and in life.”

Grants awarded through this funding opportunity will range from $700,000 to $1.1 million each to about 80 organizations to provide education and employment services to disadvantaged youth in their communities.

This year’s funding availability completes implementation of the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by incorporating the requirements of WIOA performance measures. Additional important changes to the program this year include:

  • The inclusion of priority consideration points for applicants in a federally-designated Promise Zone.
  • A clarification to the classification of “Category A” and “Category B” applicants to allow applicants that have previously received DOL YouthBuild funds, but not since 2009 or earlier, to be considered as new applicants.
  • The use of zip codes to identify target community service areas.
  • The requirement of key personnel, including a job developer.

YouthBuild is a non-residential, community-based alternative education program that provides classroom instruction and occupational skills training in construction and other in-demand occupations to at-risk youth and young adults from ages 16 to 24. Participants learn valuable skills as they build or rehabilitate housing for low-income or homeless individuals and families in their communities.

The goal of this grant also aligns closely with President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative which seeks to close opportunity gaps still faced by too many young people and often by boys and young men of color.

For additional information on grant eligibility and how to apply for funds, visit

Release Date:  05/17/2016

Media Contact Name:  Joe Versen


Phone Number: (202) 693-4696

Release Number:  16-0974-NAT

Hands Helping Hands, Inc. 1st Annual Community Partnership Coat Giveaway

Hands Helping Hands, Inc. (H3), a 501(c)3 local Non-profit committed to positively impacting Oakland communities, conducted its first annual Coat Giveaway Saturday, March 19th 2016, highlighting also for the Oakland based organization, its eighth year anniversary serving the greater Bay Area.

Youth from Voices of Hope COGIC located at 939 – 35th Street in West Oakland were given coats from the Hands Helping Hands, Inc. Coat Drive during their Youth Day Service.

In collaboration with Healthy Communities (HCI), A Mobile Medical Unit Outreach Program that provided health screenings at the event, with other supporting community and Faith based organizations, hundreds of displaced low-income families and homeless persons received coats, health screenings and encouragement at the 2-day event, distributing to homeless sites and Faith Based Organizations throughout the Oakland Area, ending Sunday, March 20th, 2016.

Hands Helping Hands, Inc. Accepts Applications for Funding Requests

Oakland non-profits serving under-resourced communities with a 501(c)3 status can apply for H3 Grants and be awarded up to $15,000.  This H3 Grant funding assists community organizations who are in need of support to improve and sustain operations.

In 2015, over $600,000 was awarded to non-profit organizations. This year, we are happy that we can continue this work employing a tiered funding platform designed to streamline the process and produce more impactful results.

» Find the H3 Grant Program Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions here.

Hands Helping Hands, Inc. 2015 Grant recipient list

Hands helping Hands is committed to assisting organizations who are working to enhance their communities and help people live more productive and fulfilled lives.

Last year, financial support was awarded to 41 conscientious Bay Area organizations whose grassroots work and compelling programs demonstrate Oakland’s pivotal social impact.

The following is their 2015 grantee list of organizations whose similarly aligned objective is to improve, enrich and empower Oakland’s under-served communities.


A Safe Place


Because Black Is Still Beautiful

Beebe Memorial

Castlemont High School

Community Giving Foundation

Community Works

Dignity Housing West, Inc.

Each One Teach One

Friendship Christian Center

Hands Helping Hands

Healthy Communities

Korea Town Oakland

Lend A Hand Foundation

Literacy Lab

Magnolia Women’s Recovery

Mayor’s Toy Drive

Men of Valor


Oakland Alliance of Community Partners

Oakland Dynamites

Oakland Natives Give Back

Oakland PAL Basketball

Oakland Parents Together

Oakland Jr, Raiders Football/BASIC

Occur – BEEBE

OK Program of Oakland

Powerful Women of The Bay

Smart Students

Spurred UP

St Johns Boys

Successfully Raising Young Black Men

The Mentoring Project


Time List Group

Trinity AME

United Seniors of Oakland

Village Connect

100 Black Men

World Impact



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