Community Resources

Community Centers | Shelters | Leadership Development | LGBTQQI | Violence Prevention

Community Centers

Eastside Arts Alliance
There is no other space in East Oakland where the predominantly Asian, Latino, Native and African American communities can share common ground to create a cultural dialogue of understanding and solidarity. The EastSide Cultural Center presents weekly performances and ongoing arts workshops with open rooms for recording artists, videography and printmaking. The building also includes 16 affordable housing units and has plans to host a people’s bookstore and cafe.

RYSE creates safe spaces grounded in social justice that build youth power for young people to love, learn, educate, heal and transform lives and communities.  They have programs in Health & Wellness; Media, Arts, & Culture; Youth Leadership & Organizing; and Culture Keeping.

The YMCA’s programs focus on developing young people’s potential, improving individual health and well-being, and giving back to their neighbors.

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

Homeless Shelters

DreamCatcher Emergency Shelter
DreamCatcher is a shelter for homeless, runaway and at-risk youth ages 13-19. They provide lunch & supper, laundry, case management/crisis counseling, health education workshops, health clinic, HIV & STD testing & counseling, contraceptives, academic tutoring, computer training, job skills training, art & recreation activities, peer support, hygiene supplies, family mediation, outreach, transportation/bus passes and a safe place for youth to learn, relax, create and make connections.

YEAH! (Youth Engagement, Advocacy & Housing)  provides basic necessities, offers case management and counseling, linkages to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement.

Leadership Development

East Oakland Youth Development Center
Their free, comprehensive core programs: Physical Development, After School Art, and Project J.O.Y. (Job Opportunities for Youth), are coordinated to meet the emotional, physical, intellectual and economic needs of young people.

Heal the Streets
Heal the Streets is a ten-month fellowship program that trains Oakland’s young leaders (ages 15 – 18) to develop and advocate for policies that bring peace and hope to our streets. Through people-powered campaigns, the Ella Baker Center offers smart solutions and uplifting alternatives to violence and incarceration.

Niroga Institute
Niroga is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that brings Transformative Life Skills to students, vulnerable youth, cancer survivors, seniors and people battling addiction. The work of Niroga directly uplifts thousands of people every week in schools, juvenile halls, homeless shelters, cancer hospitals and rehab centers. Our programs are part of a cost-effective front-line prevention and intervention strategy for violence reduction, education and mental health, and positive youth development. Niroga also trains minority young adults to become Certified Yoga teachers, prepared to serve their own communities with cultural competence and linguistic sensitivity.

SOUL School
SOUL is a school to build a movement.  SOUL lays the groundwork for a strong social justice movement by supporting the development of a new generation of organizers rooted in a systemic change analysis.

SpeakOut is dedicated to the advancement of education, racial and social justice, cultural literacy, leadership development and activism. Our network of speakers, artists, and strategic partners provide experiential learning opportunities through lectures, workshops, film screenings, performances and curriculum development.

United Roots Oakland
United Roots enables disenfranchised youth to engage with the green economy, performing arts, and digital media in ways that educate, empower, inspire, and transform lives.

Youth Radio
Youth Radio promotes young people’s intellectual, creative, and professional growth through education and access to media. Youth Radio’s media education, broadcast journalism, technical training and production activities provide unique opportunities in social, professional and leadership development for youth, ages 14-24.

Youth Speaks
Committed to a critical, youth-centered pedagogy, Youth Speaks places young people in control of their intellectual and artistic development. We are urgently driven by the belief that literacy is a need, not a want, and that literacy comes in various forms. As we move more deeply into the 21st Century, oral poetry is helping to define the new American Voice. By making the connection between poetry, spoken word, youth development and civic engagement, Youth Speaks aims to deconstruct dominant narratives in hopes of achieving a more inclusive, and active, culture. Believing that young people have the tools to take control of their lives through language, Youth Speaks encourages youth to express themselves using their own vernacular. Youth Speaks believes that having knowledge, practice, and confidence in the written and spoken language is essential to the self-empowerment of an individual. We fill a need for creative approaches to literary arts education and literacy development; we believe it is crucial to provide spaces where youth can undergo a process of personal growth and transformation in a program that enriches their educational, professional, artistic and leadership skills.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, and Intersex

LYRIC’s mission is to build community and inspire positive social change through education enhancement, career trainings, health promotion, and leadership development with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth, their families, and allies of all races, classes, genders, and abilities.

Pacific Center
They provide low income counseling for LGBTQ persons, referrals, peer support groups, HIV services, outreach, speakers bureau, and support for transgender communities.

Violence Prevention

Urban Peace Movement
Through community organizing, youth leadership development, and “culture change” events, Urban Peace Movement empowers young people to overcome internalized oppression and work towards Justice and Social Transformation.

Youth Alive
Youth Alive focuses on violence prevention through peer education, hospital intervention of violent crimes victims, and crisis response for friends and family of homicide victims.

Youth Together
Youth Together addresses the root causes of educational inequities by developing multiracial youth organizers and engaging school community allies to promote positive school change.


Information & Support | Teaching Artists | Domestic Violence | Parenting | Sexual Abuse | Substance Abuse | Suicide

Information & Support

211 gives FREE information about housing, health, and social services including affordable housing, after-school programs, tenants’ rights assistance, public assistance programs, emergency shelters, food programs, rental and utility assistance, services for domestic violence survivors and more.

Crisis Support Services of Alameda County
Crisis Support Services  provides support to people of all ages and backgrounds during times of crisis, works to prevent suicide, and offers hope and caring during times of hopelessness.

Teaching Artists

Teaching Artists Organized
TAO is a collaborative of organizations and individuals committed to the professionalization of our unique and emerging field. Guided by our members and advisors, we offer services and supports to address overarching challenges to our field, working: a) to be recognized as equally valued partners with our education and community partners, b) to meet the logistical challenges of working in our field, and c) to support and celebrate the creative practice inherent in our work.

Domestic Violence

A Safe Place
A SAFE PLACE is Oakland’s only comprehensive domestic violence program for battered women and children offering both shelter and professional supportive services.

Narika was founded in 1992 to address the problem of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Embracing the notion of women’s empowerment, Narika set out to address the unmet needs of abused South Asian women by providing advocacy, support, information, and referrals within a culturally sensitive model.


Family Paths
Family Paths promotes the development of nurturing, responsible and resilient families within diverse communities by providing comprehensive services that foster positive change, empowering parents and children.

Hand-in-Hand Parenting
Hand-in-Hand (formerly Parents Leadership Institute) helps parents acquire the skills they need to build and rebuild close connections with their children. They also encourage parents to build close connections with other parents, so they are able to learn and share with others, and work together to build a healthier community.

Project Re-Connect
Project ReConnect provides Central and East Oakland parents of elementary and middle school children at high risk for gang involvement with parent education classes.

Sexual Abuse

Generation 5
The mission of generationFIVE is to end the sexual abuse of children within five generations. Through survivor and bystander leadership development, community prevention and intervention, public action, and cross-movement building, generationFIVE works to interrupt and mend the intergenerational impact of child sexual abuse on individuals, families, and communities.

MISSSEY (Motivating, Inspiring, Serving and Supporting Sexually Exploited Youth) responds to the epidemic of the sexual exploitation of children, especially in the form of child/teen prostitution. MISSSEY provides intensive case management, court advocacy, professional & community trainings, comprehensive data reporting and local/state/national education & awareness campaigns.

SFWAR (San Francisco Women Against Rape) provides resources, support, advocacy and education to strengthen the work of all individuals, and communities in San Francisco that are responding to, healing from, and struggling to end sexual violence. SFWAR is a women of color led, volunteer-based organization that has provided rape crisis services to survivors of sexual assault for over 30 years. All services are confidential and free of charge.

Substance Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Their primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.

East Bay Al-Anon
For over 50 years, Al-Anon (which includes Alateen for younger members) has been offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics.

Harm Reduction Center
Harm Reduction Center provides alternative treatment to people who struggle with drug and alcohol addiction. Drug and alcohol issues are addressed simultaneously with social and occupational concerns and psychological and emotional issues.

Thunder Road
Thunder Road’s mission is to assist youth and their families in the challenges to recover from the abuse of alcohol, drugs and nicotine, and to support their growth as healthy, connected, and honorable members within our neighborhoods and communities.
Provides information on your healthcare rights when it comes to addiction treatment and how the Affordable Care Act has changed insurance coverage.


The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
This 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service is available to anyone in suicidal crisis.  Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

I can spot a Destiny Arts dancer from a mile away...they view performance as a forum for expressing the best parts of themselves.

Linda Carr
Dance Director, Berkeley High School