EOYDC is poised to move forward in bold new ways.

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Regina Jackson, Director of EOYDC walks us through the programming and goals for the organization while highlighting a myriad of ways the youth are being served by EOYDC

Dania Wright

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It’s amazing when I think back on my experiences at EOYDC. I feel that the “Center,” as it is nicknamed, has always been a part of my life. I first walked through its doors at the age of 6. My mother was serving on the Board of Directors, and I was enrolled in the Martial […]

Tory Wilson

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  When reflecting back through my childhood memories I could always remember the wonderful years of being apart of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. At a young age, not knowing what to expect from the program, I received a great deal of confidence, involvement and knowledge that assisted me on the path of success. […]

Jason Simon

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  The EOYDC has been a godsend for many of the troubled youth in Oakland for many years now. They have changed the outcome of many lives that were predetermined based on the simple fact of just living in East Oakland. Temptations like drugs and gangs surround our youth everyday. I know first hand how […]

Miles Lathan

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If nothing more, my time at EOYDC was always well spent. The lessons I learned there are still helping me out on a regular basis. Playing gigs and being up on stage are no problem now after studying the steel drums at the center. After you’ve played in front of a stadium full of people […]

Atalina Carter

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When I first came to E.O.Y.D.C., I was 7 years old. I was real shy, but Ms. Regina was very friendly. She showed me around and she introduced me to everyone. Then I met Sister Linda, who taught African dance, so I joined dance. Classes were Tuesdays and Thursdays During dance, little chefs came in […]

In Their Opinion

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WHAT I’VE LEARNED Hector Montano, Age 9 “I took this class because I want to know how to cook.  That way I can help my Mom.  She wanted me to learn to make cakes and her favorite dish is burritos.” Chalise Chisholm, Age 16 “I wanted to cook because later in life I won’t have […]

EOYDC: A Beacon For Oakland Youth

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More Than Basketball and Chocolate Milk by Marcus W. Thompson II Photography by: Mitch Tobias      A sudden-yet-familiar terror overtook Regina Jackson, executive director of the East Oakland Youth Development Center. The moment she heard the news—that Tyrrell Blackshire had been shot—she immediately began jumping and crying, her screams echoing throughout the center. Blackshire, then […]

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