Youth UpRising to help at-risk kids

Youth UpRising is based in East Oakland, CA and their 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.





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.


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

Physical Health

In partnership with Children’s Hospital Oakland, YU brings adolescent health care to a neighborhood where none previously existed. The Clinic provides preventative and urgent care services, including:

Physicals and immunizations

Treatment for acute and chronic illness
Testing for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy
Counseling to support youth struggling with sex- and sexuality-related issues
Preventive health screening for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension

Counseling for Healing and Health

YU is on the forefront of mental health care for transitional age youth and is helping create new policies and best practices to serve traumatized and violence-exposed youth statewide. We offer youth:

Individual, group and family therapy
Clinical consultation
Outreach and advocacy
Medication referrals

YU Lead

YU LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Development) is a one-year leadership program that prepares a team of YU members who have overcome significant challenges to become community leaders by turning their passion for community advocacy into a career. By combining intensive leadership trainings and community enhancing group projects, YU LEAD prepares youth to be change agents, while ensuring that they are fully prepared for college or full-time work.

YU LEAD represents the youth perspectives in program development and facilitation, opportunities to organize youth events, and community engagement strategies. Participants also receive extensive training to carry the voice of youth in public policy and planning processes.                                       

Project management
Meeting & workshop facilitation
Public speaking
Conflict mediation
Professional networking
Business writing
Multi-media skills
Event planning
Root of Social Inequality
Campaign design
Identity and Community Consciousness


Youth UpRising has a positive impact on the lives of young people and has served over 13,000 unduplicated youth since inception.

Career and Education

400 youth are placed into jobs each year
Over 600 young people are provided with comprehensive educational and employment services

84% of summer employment participants enroll and participate in credit recovery/academic activity

97% of eligible summer employment participants re-enroll in high school for the Fall semester
Health and Wellness

3,000 young people visit the youth health clinic annually
In 2012, 81% of participants reported decreasing instances of violent behavior since becoming a YU member

61% of participants report taking added precautions toward safer sex practices

78% report that YU has helped them learn and practice healthy coping mechanisms

73% of YU members report they consistently get needed guidance as well as emotional and practical support from YU staff
Crime Reduction

In 2015, a study indicated arrests for violent offences declined from 65% of clients in the five years before program enrollment to 10% in the second year after

70% of clients were adjudicated delinquent during the year prior to program enrollment; two years after enrollment, only 13% were—a reduction of more than 80% 

Let's help and make a difference!

Love you all!
  • Jess Aragon 
    • $260 
    • 50 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $10 
    • 51 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 51 mos
  • Adrian Castellon  
    • $20 
    • 51 mos
  • Lauren Lahey  
    • $10 
    • 51 mos
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Jess Aragon 
Oakland, CA
Youth Uprising 
Registered nonprofit
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