Oakland Mayor Quan to join Anti-Violence Youth Fellows for Graduation


For Immediate Release: 6/22, 2011
Contact: Abel Habtegeorgis
Media Relations Manager
(510) 428-3939 x232

Interviews with the youth fellows of Heal the Streets are available.

OAKLAND, CA- The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will graduate its 2nd class of Heal the Streets fellows Thursday June 23rd at the David Brower ( 2150 Allston, Berkeley, CA 94704). Heal The Streets trains Oakland youth to become community leaders and violence prevention advocates. 
WHAT: Heal the Streets Graduation
WHEN: Thursday, June 23, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: David Brower Center 2150 Allston Way Berkeley, CA 94704,
WHO: Ella Baker Center for Human Rights

“Young people need to be mobilized and engaged in the process of creating a healthy community where they can flourish,” said Jakada Imani of the Ella Baker Center, ”Heal the Streets allows the young people who are the most effected by violence to become the leaders advocating for peace and justice.”

Heal the Streets is a 10 month Youth Fellowship that engages youth ages 15-18 to make change through research, advocacy, and organizing. This year the youth led a Participatory Action Research project exploring racial profiling in Oakland. Through focus groups, interviews with police officers, and a media project, the fellows have looked at the causes and solutions for racila profiling. The graduation ceremony will feature the debut of the youth’s Public Service Announcements and a presentation on their project, comments from Mayor Jean Quan, food and entertainment and more.