The students of EOYDC pose for a photo with safety Mike Mitchell and Kaiser Permanente representative Mark Urquhart. Photo by Alan Yuan.
  • Posted on: January 3, 2013

Raiders and Kaiser partner with EOYDC for non violence and anti-Bullying workshop

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The Oakland Raiders teamed up with Kaiser Permanente to speak with the students of East Oakland Development Center (EOYDC) about anti-violence and anti-bullying and being positive influences in their communities. Safety Mike Mitchell and Mark Urquhart, Kaiser Permanente’s Executive Director of Regional Support Services of Northern California, spent time telling their own stories as well as answering thoughtful questions from the students in attendance.

Raiders Safety Mike Mitchell, Mark Urquhart of Kaiser Permanente, and some EOYDC scholars!

Raiders Safety Mike Mitchell, Mark Urquhart of Kaiser Permanente, and some EOYDC scholars!

EOYDC is in its 35th year of providing services to the Oakland community. Notable include NFL players Kirk Morrison and Davone Bess, NBA players Jason Kidd and Gary Payton, and recording artist Keyshia Cole. “The East Oakland Development Center is a multidimensional facility that focuses on youth leadership programs primarily on character development, readiness and access,” explained EOYDC’s president and CEO Jackson. “Through 51 weeks out of the year, we provide free services in the area of jobs, education, arts and wellness.”

The event Tuesday was an opportunity to address anti-violence and bullying with the students. “Mark Urquhart and Mike Mitchell used their own personal experiences to elevate and empower young people to respond to questions around bullying, around being successful, around school,” said Jackson. “It was wonderful to be able to take those personal references and translate them right here and now that the young people who are middle and high school and students could relate to and could walk away with information that left them identifying reflections such as no matter how smart you are or how rich you are, life can be hard, so you have to work hard.”

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