Youth Uprising was founded in Oakland, California in 1997 due to heightened racial tensions and escalating violence at Castlemont High School. The award-winning nonprofit center led by Olis Simmons has provided youth and young adults between the ages of 13 to 24 with a plethora of services, including physical health care, mental health services, academic & professional resources, and an outlet for fine arts. Since it’s opening, drastic changes through these resources have benefitted the community and made this center a national example for assisting youth in disadvantaged communities.
Within this school zone, 43% of residents over the age of 24 have not completed high school. The high school dropout rate is at a disturbing 40%. This area has an unemployment rate of 27.8% and about 24% of residents live below the poverty line. The teen birth rate is three times the entire Alameda County average. In response to such a neglected group, Alameda County converted an empty facility into a development center that is now valued at almost $2 million. Youth Uprising has provided a safe, high quality environment utilizing this area. Despite these obstacles, Youth Uprising continues to succeed and advance its own establishment and stability in the community. During its first year, about 1,600 kids walked through the doors to request services from the center. Now, almost 6,000 kids attend the center and 47% of the Youth Uprising staff are youth and young adults. The center’s expansion has proven to provide jobs to the community it serves. Youth Uprising is unquestionably a vital asset to the City of Oakland.
Tramai Entertainment is proud to partner with Youth Uprising for the 2012 California Music Industry Summit.
Contributed by CMIS 2012 Staff Writer N.M. Solomon