Where we do it

Youth UpRising’s systems change work moves the institutions and policies that impact youth including public safety, healthcare, economic development and jobs, housing, and education. Youth staff, interns, and volunteers are actively involved in leading these efforts—from resident engagement and legislative advocacy to creating public awareness campaigns and working on oversight boards and commissions.


Safety and violence are among the most critical issues facing youth in Oakland—one of the most violent cities in America.


Student achievement and quality education is critical to the development and long-term employment success of East Oakland youth.


When people, particularly youth, cannot find work, they are more likely to engage in street crime and turn to the street economy to make money.



People who live in neighborhoods that lack full-service grocery stores have higher rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases.


Quality, stable and affordable housing is a concern for East Oakland, particularly young adults, which has been exacerbated by the national housing crisis.