• Posted on: December 21, 2011

Program Aims To Keep East Oakland Teens Off The Street, Away From Violence

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EOYDC’s Program Keeps Kids Off The Streets

OAKLAND, Calif. — The East Oakland Youth Development Center is using friendly competition to keep kids safe.The center has launched a new that encourages youth to get involved in all types of .

“They may be here because it’s not safe to be home,” said Jackson, executive director of the center. “They may be here because they’re avoiding different things. So to engage them positively, that’s the best gift we can give.”

Activities at the center included a singing contest, where performers compete for a spot to appear at the Oakland Art and Soul Festival on August 20.

The panel of judges included professional musicians, as well as a former American Idol finalist.
involved in the program called it a safe haven, and said they’re grateful to have an opportunity to express themselves and meet new people.

“You come here as a student and you leave as a teacher,” says 21-year-old . “Because at some point you’re going to teach someone younger than you.”

Via KTVU.com

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