Preparing underserved local youth for higher education and fulfilling careers is one of the best investments Youth UpRising can make. It not only promotes financial security for individuals and their families, but spurs economic growth in the community. Services are delivered in a 3,600 square-foot Career & Education Center.

Education Support

We work with a broad range of youth, from those primed for a four-year university to those struggling to graduate high school. We help our members complete high school or their equivalency exam and guide them through the transition to post-secondary education.

Services include:

  • GED preparation courses
  • School re-enrollment assistance
  • Individual academic planning
  • Study habits clinics, computer literacy
  • Basic skills remediation/tutoring
  • Service learning
  • Preparing for ACT/SAT testing
  • Assistance identifying financial aid and scholarship opportunities
  • Completing college applications, developing personal statements
  • College tours


YU EXCEL is a one-year intensive fellowship that bridges young people to economic opportunities and self-sufficiency through comprehensive supports, engaging curriculum and work experience. The program’s cohort model fosters a sense of community, valuing individual and peer group progress.  YU EXCEL curriculum is intended to support young people to overcome the emotional, social, educational and vocational barriers to their self-sufficiency. Young people interested in a fresh start or some support in doing things in a different way should sign up for this program. YU EXCEL is more than more than a job-it is a personal journey.

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Job Readiness and Placement

YU offers education and training to help youth acquire skills that will make them competitive in the marketplace. Our goal is to prepare youth to transition to permanent career track employment in a variety of high demand local industries including food manufacturing, data management, and digital media.

We administer a summer jobs program funded by the Oakland Mayor’s Office to provide soft skills training for youth, placing 200 youth in jobs in the for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors each year.

We also provide real-world employment experience through job placements onsite in one of four of YU’s social enterprises, in the broader community, and through internships, subsidized employment and service-learning projects that build skills and help those with community-service obligations to complete their hours.

YU’s Social Enterprises

Our social enterprise hub is an employment strategy comprised of four onsite businesses:

  • YU Eat (Corner’s Café) is our onsite internet restaurant/café and catering service. Once trainees successfully complete the training program, employees possess the required skill set for entry-level positions in the restaurant, catering, food production, food service, and tourism industries. YU Eats/Corners Café provides food preparation and service to the public and catering and events management both on and off site. 
  • YU Count is a start-up business offering high quality IT, data input, enrichment, and analysis services to businesses and non-profits at competitive rates that provide a compelling reason to keep outsourcing in the region or country. Employees provide beginning, intermediate data administration, and IT services for projects with contracted businesses and we plan to expand our capacity to include advanced data enrichment, analysis, and high-stakes input services.
  • YU Create is a growing media production company. Income-generating activities include video production, soundtrack creation, and graphics for organizations and companies.
  • YU Work is an early stage green cleaning business that provides janitorial services and facade and neighborhood improvement for individual businesses, non-profit organizations, and merchant groups. This strategy is targeted at people reentering the community from jail. YU Work will coordinate with local academic programs (i.e. Laney College) and unions to ensure our training curriculum is in alignment with entry and certification requirements.

“Social enterprise” refers to socially responsible entrepreneurship designed to generate community wealth, not just individual profit. Social enterprise businesses provide on-the-job training and pull youth into work opportunities that generate self-sustaining revenue, provide livable wage employment, and offer a career pipeline for employees.