Heal the Streets

August 24, 2012
Join us for an evening of community, youth performances, food and fun, as we present and celebrate the work of our Heal the Streets Fellows.

Statement from the 2011-2012 Heal the Streets Fellows

We will become awesome leaders that work to help the people who need resources to change their lives and the world around them. We will be a positive influence to change the mindsets of youth.

Together we can speak up for equality and equity in society. We are the future for the people in our communities. Using our different backgrounds, we can come together as one and create solutions.

How can you join the fellows in creating peace? Take our survey. We need you to help us figure out what is important to the EBC community as far as violence prevention issues. Take our short survey to help inform our work.

18 years old
Laney College
Bio coming soon.

Bio coming soon.

17 years old
Envision Academy
Heal the Streets is important to me because we are able to make a change in the community. This is my second year as a fellow. I am also passionate about basketball.

15 years old
King Collegiate
I have been involved in leadership programs since the sixth grade and I was student body president of my eighth grade class.  Heal the Streets is important because not many students have been involved in leadership.  As fellows, we are given the chance to become leaders.  In addition, I have also help start the interact club at my school where we help the community by volunteering at different organizations

18 years old
Oakland International High School
I am passionate about art and Blacksmithing- creating art with glass flames.  Heal the Streets is important to me because I am interested in showing people that violence is not the right path.

17 years old
Street Academy
I feel like healing the streets is important because we can make the community better.  To Heal the Streets means to have happiness and world peace. Something interesting about me is the fact that I can touch my nose with my tongue. 

16 years old
Envision Academy
Something unique about me is my self-confidence. I also think that my artistic personality is unique. Heal the Streets is important to me because I know that I will be able to bring good into this community. I will be able to use my strength to help empower the people around me.

15 years old
Skyline High School
Something unique about me is the meaning of my name.  It means Love. Heal the Streets is important to me because it has given me the opportunity to help my community.

18 years old
Merritt College
My exuberant and outgoing personality makes me unique.  I enjoy making people smile.  I am passionate about seeing a change come about in my community and being the driving force behind that change.

17 years old
Berkeley Independent Study
I have many talents, which include singing, dancing, drawing, painting and leading. I was born in West Oakland and have lived here for the majority of my life. Violence has been a constant issue that I, as well as the people around me have faced. The reason I joined Heal The Streets is to focus my time and energy on to something positive and productive.

Bio coming soon.

19 years old
Oakland International High School
When living in Nepal, I had a really hard time because I was a refugee. As months and days passed, I finally got a chance to come to the United States. I felt lucky to be here.  In addition, I have been lucky enough to be accepted into the Heal the Streets program. I feel great to be apart of this program because I have a lot of knowledge of my beautiful city.  Heal the Streets is important to me because I am learning more about leadership. It is also important to me because I am able to make mistakes here, and learn from them.

16 years old
Oakland International High School
I speak three languages.  Heal the Streets is important to me because I want to make a difference in my community, while also learning about myself.

17 years old
Street Academy
I'm not someone who only thinks about him or herself.  But, in my community, I didn’t see a lot of people like this until I joined Heal the Streets.  Heal the Streets is important to me because there are people who actually care about each other and about changing what needs to be fixed in our community.

17 years old
Metwest High School
I am an activist and a spoken word artist.  I dedicate my time to using creative talents to raise consciousness in my community.  I also educate myself on societal issues through the Heal the Streets program, Bay-Peace, and Youth speaks. This is my second year as a Heal the Streets fellow. 


Heal the Streets was launched in 2009 to help the Ella Baker Center achieve its goal of training a new generation of social change leaders.

Our approach to youth leadership development starts with the youth. Like Miss Baker, we believe that when youth have the knowledge, inspiration and solutions they need to address the challenges they face, they can make a difference.

During the fellowship, they get to be the leaders of a movement of their own design. We help them build their skills, learn about politics, and apply what they've learned through community organizing.

Heal the Streets Fellows

  • Advocate for public policies that benefit youth
  • Gain hands-on skills to support their leadership
  • Receive one-on-one mentorships with community leaders and Ella Baker Center staff
  • Plan events to bring awareness to the issues that contribute to violence
  • Work with community members to find solutions to urban violence
  • Design their own project to promote change

2010 - 2011: Focus on Racial Profiling

Our second cohort set out to answer: What are the causes and effects of racial profiling? What can we do to prevent it?

The fellows spent ten months collecting data from focus groups, interviews, and Participatory Action Research. From there they released a report with their recommendations about addressing racial profiling in Oakland. Download a PDF copy of the report.

The also worked with United Roots to develop and record two public service announcements based on their project. Listen to their PSAs below.

Unite as One

Don't Lose Hope

2009 - 2010: Focus on Teen Joblessness

Our first group of Heal the Streets fellows identified teen joblessness as a cause for violence in the community. They explored the question: How can an increase in teen jobs decrease violence in Oakland?

The fellows collected nearly 300 surveys from local youth and business owners. They interviewed City Council members Rebecca Kaplan, Nancy Nadel and School Board Member Jody London and worked with organizations such as Youth Alive, Movimiento, Youth in Focus, MISSSEY and Scotland Youth Center. At the end of the project, the fellows created a policy paper to present to policy makers and practitioners.

In its first year, Heal the Streets also worked with organizations in Oakland, Richmond and Alameda to help create a violence prevention certificate program at the College of Alameda. This is a partnership with community-based organizations and the College of Alameda.

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