About

EAST OAKLAND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT CENTER

OUR MISSION & VISION

EOYDC visualizes a community of empowered youth and young adults with the character, skills, and network to positively contribute to society.

 

EOYDC’s mission is to nurture the holistic development of youth from kindergarten into adulthood so that they can live a life of prosperity, integrity, and purpose. 

Theory of change

EOYDC builds the capacities of youth and young adults by leveraging connections to relatable, nurturing, and invested peers and adults. Within these connections, we create a supportive, healing, and culturally sustaining environment while emphasizing five elements of success:
CHARACTER

READINESS

ACCESS

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

SOCIAL JUSTICE

Program Areas

Our ultimate goal is to ensure young people are prepared to have meaningful, well-paid careers that leverage their talent and passion. We recognize that formal and informal education are essential to this, and that young people need exposure to diverse career paths. We also recognize that young people require a sense of safety, well-being, and support to meet their potential and that engaging in fun, stimulating activities enriches their experience. EOYDC works towards this overarching goal through a continuum of programming across the following areas:

Education & Careers
Education & Careers
Visual & Performing Arts
Visual & Performing Arts
A winning formula

we have impacted lives at EOYDC.

UPGRADED FACILITY

Center Upgrades

In 2015, EOYDC completed an $11.5 million capital improvement project to renovate, repair, and expand its facility. This resulted in 5,300 additional square feet of space and more state of the art classrooms and security features. EOYDC is immensely grateful to the many partners and funders who made this possible!

OUR COMMITMENT TO 

Belonging DIGNITY, JUSTICE, & Joy

Located in a primarily Black and Brown community grappling with decades of systemic oppression, EOYDC is committed to advancing racial equity and justice in all that we do. EOYDC intentionally cultivates a climate in which Black and Brown youth feel a sense of belonging, dignity, and joy. Key to this is fostering a relational, healing-centered, culturally sustaining approach, while centering those most systematically marginalized. EOYDC further demonstrates this commitment by creating leadership pipelines for community members. One hundred percent of EOYDC staff identify as Black, Brown, or Asian, and 70% of our staff are program alumni.