Educational Institutions

OAKLAND LEAF FOUNDATION

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.oaklandleaf.org

Mission Statement

Oakland Leaf's mission is to cultivate community transformation through creative education for youth and families.

Our vision is to embolden youth and families to be creative leaders who actualize a more loving, just, and vibrant Oakland. We support youth to be critical and creative thinkers, make healthy and safe decisions for themselves and the environment, navigate their lives, and approach life with curiosity and a desire to learn.

We are guided by our credo, “Love is an action!"

Main Programs

  1. Comprehensive After-School Programming
  2. High School Gardening & Ecology Internships
  3. Summer Camp focused on arts, culture, & social justice
Service Areas

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California

Our partner schools are located in neighborhoods targeted by Oakland's Measure Y as areas in need of violence prevention programs. Drugs, violence, and poor environmental conditions are an everyday reality for our students. Of the 750 students enrolled in our daily after-school program, 92% qualify for free or reduced lunch, 97% identify as people of color, and nearly 60% are English Language Learners

ruling year

2003

Executive Director since 2014

Self-reported

Odiaka Gonzalez

Keywords

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youth development

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Also Known As

Oakland Leaf

EIN

81-0565800

Physical Address

7700 Edgewater Drive, Suite 818

Oakland, CA 94621

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Programs

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Program 1

Comprehensive After-School Programming

Oakland Leaf currently provides comprehensive after-school programming at six low-income elementary and middle schools daily: ASCEND School, Bret Harte Middle School, Think College Now, International Community School, Learning without Limits, and EnCompass Academy.

Our approach is based on principles of youth development and family empowerment. Our five core initiatives correlate to challenges, needs, and opportunities in our community: 1) Art and Culture, 2) Empowerment and Leadership, 3) Literacy, 4) Health and Wellness, and, 5) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.)
Our model’s holistic approach supports participant’s social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and spiritual development. Our youth-centered programming emphasizes:


Identity and self expression
Empathy and reflection
Empowerment and leadership development
Critical thinking, independence and equality

We enroll an estimated 750 students each year. Attendance is mandatory, and we have a waitlist at all sites. Our Program managers work in close collaboration with principals and teachers to give priority to students most in need -- students without

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Program 2

High School Gardening & Ecology Internships

We train a select group of 30 high school students from local high schools on a variety of activities related to gardening, ecology, environmental stewardship, healthy eating, leadership and professional development. Interns then utilize their training to maintain garden programs and facilitate gardening enrichment classes at three schools where Oakland Leaf runs after-school programming (EnCompass Academy, ASCEND School and Bret Harte Middle School). Interns receive a stipend for their service.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Young Adults (20-25 years)

Budget

Program 3

Summer Camp focused on arts, culture, & social justice

Oakland Peace Camp (OPC) is a free, four-week project-based summer camp for 120 middle and high school students (11-18).

OPC seeks to give students a voice and an opportunity to express themselves creatively in an engaging and structured summer program. Our curricula blend the passions and interests of our students with culturally relevant issues in the community. Last summer’s theme, “We Stand on the Shoulders of Our Ancestors,” highlighted our historical connection we have to the land, cultures, and struggle for justice within our communities.

Enrichment activities include a wide variety of activities from storytelling, music production, and mural art, to engineering, sports, and more. Students also participate in community impact projects. At the culmination of camp, students present their service projects and artistic achievements to hundreds of relatives and members from the community.

Category

Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our partner schools are located in neighborhoods targeted by Oakland's Measure Y as areas in need of violence prevention programs. Drugs, violence, and poor environmental conditions are an everyday reality for our students. Of the 750 students enrolled in our daily after-school program, 92% qualify for free or reduced lunch, 97% identify as people of color, and nearly 60% are English Language Learners

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Oakland Leaf Foundation
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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OAKLAND LEAF FOUNDATION

Leadership

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Executive Director

Odiaka Gonzalez

BIO

Odiaka Gonzalez, Executive Director is responsible for financial, development and operational health of the organization. Odiaka was previously an Oakland Leaf board member (2011-2014) before transitioning into the Executive Director position in December, 2014. Odiaka has a long history working with non profit organizations and socially progressive businesses. He spent nine years with Playworks, as East Bay Program Director. For the next 6 years, Odiaka worked at Revolution Foods as Director of Training. Odiaka earned a BA in Psychology from Morehouse.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Gail Camacho

COO Informing Change

Term: Jan 2013 -

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