Youth UpRising (YU) is a multi-service community transformation hub, located in the heart of East Oakland, providing comprehensive, fully integrated health, wellness, educational, career, arts, and cultural programming to Alameda County youth and young adults, ages 13-24.
Leadership – Olis Simmons, President and Chief Executive Officer.
Mission – Our mission is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.
Our four core program areas:
• Health & Wellness (in partnership with Children’s Hospital of Oakland)
• Career & Education
• Arts & Expression
• Youth Leadership Development and Civic Engagement
Theory of Change – Personal Transformation + Systems Change + Community Economic Development = Community Transformation. We believe that if we provide youth with relevant services and programs, meaningful engagement with caring adults, and opportunities to practice leadership—they will become change agents and contributors to a healthy, thriving community. This formula for change maintains that healthy, involved people can influence policy and ultimately create healthier, safer, and economically robust communities. It recognizes that youth are inherently resilient and that risk can be reduced with the right set of supports, services and opportunities.