Vision & 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.

Located in the heart of East Oakland, YU is a neighborhood hub offering young people services and programs to increase the physical and mental wellbeing, community connection, educational attainment, and career achievement among youth members.

Our 4 core program areas:

…But delivering services is not our only goal.

Youth UpRising (YU) envisions a healthy and economically robust East Oakland powered by the leadership of youth and young adults as well as improvements in systems and environments that impact them. Our primary focus is building a systems change and community economic development platform that supports and strengthens our personal transformation work.

YU in the News

  • 04.09.2014
    Gentrification transforming face of OaklandSan Francisco Chronicle
  • 03.03.2014
    Nude Webcams and Diet Drugs: the Facebook Ads Teens Aren't Supposed to SeeWall Street Journal
  • 02.04.2014
    East Oakland mother loses both of her sons to gun violence in 19 daysCNN, AC360

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