United Roots aims to serve the community by engaging youth in community campaigns rooted in self-determination struggles with a focus on furthering environmental and social justice movements. We offer youth training in community organizing and one-on-one mentorship in support of youth-led social innovation projects. We also offer conflict mediation services. United Roots works in coalition with other Bay Area organizations to offer these leadership programs at the Center.

DetermiNation Black Men’s Group

DetermiNation Leadership Program

United Roots, in partnership with Urban Peace Movement, launched the DetermiNation youth program in May 2013. DetermiNation is a program designed to support the success and development of young African American males (ages 16-24) from the Oakland area (the DetermiNATION project was created and developed by Markese Bryant of Fight for Light). The DetermiNATION program is especially tailored to support young men who are struggling to advance in their own life goals (such as employment, career, educational, or other personal goals) and who have been formerly involved in or are currently in close proximity to the “street life”. As part of the program youth participants will develop their media production skills and produce projects like short films, music and graphic designs to share their personal stories and/or present a vision of what is possible for young men of color in our communities. The media production will be part of the Boys and Men of Color media engagement strategy (a statewide initiative led by The California Endowment).

DetermiNation was developed by Markese Bryant (CEO of Flight for Light), and the lead facilitator is Adimu Madyun (393 Films). The program entails a weekly support group for young Black males, with opportunities to do media production with youth groups throughout California. Participants will learn about Black culture and history, and develop new skills and tools for achieving life goals. The program will also offer basic instruction in media production, and participants will be required to produce media projects as part of the training. Participants will receive a stipend for participation in weekly trainings, and have the opportunity for additional paid opportunities doing media production.

For more information go to: www.DetermiNationMedia.org

DetermiNaton Group

Youth Impact Hub Fellowship – Entrepreneurship Training

Youth SEED (Social Entrepreneurship for Equitable Development) supports community led social enterprises by providing training, resources and investment to young innovators who traditionally face barriers to economic opportunities. Youth SEED, formally Ashoka’s Youth Venture Bay Area chapter, offers entrepreneurship training and mentorship to youth members of United Roots.

United Roots partnered with Youth SEED and Impact HUB Oakland to launch the first Youth Impact Hub in the world. Impact HUB Oakland is part of an international network of “HUB’s” that create “spaces that inspire, connect, and empower people to realize enterprising ideas for sustainable impact.” Impact HUB Oakland is a place for social entrepreneurs, change agents and innovators to connect, collaborate, imagine and create solutions for a better world.

Currently Youth SEED offers entrepreneurship training to youth at United Roots as part of the Youth Impact Hub year-long Fellowship program. For more information please visit: www.youthhuboakland.net/youth

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Hack the Hood Web & Tech Training

Hack the Hood Summer Camp

Hack the Hood engages young people from Oakland interested in getting web and tech training. Hack the Hood participants will earn real-world, resume-worthy experience by providing Oakland’s small businesses with Internet Services and Marketing Support with guidance and mentorship from skilled trainers in a matter of weeks.

Hack the Hood started as a partnership between United Roots and Oakland Local, with support from many other local businesses and agencies. Now Hack the Hood is it’s own organization, and after three successful trainings at United Roots the program is being replicated throughout the Bay Area. The 6 week training program trains youth (ages 16-24) from underserved communities of color in web tech skills that support job readiness and employability.

For more information go to: www.hackthehood.org

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Urban Peace Movement Peace in Action Program

Peace Ambassador Youth Leadership Trainings

“Block to Block, Turf to Turf, and Hood to Hood: We’re building a movement for Urban Peace.” The Urban Peace Movement, in partnership with Bay Peace, offers a Peace In Action bi-weekly cultural and leadership trainings to urban youth at United Roots. To become a youth peace ambassador or to learn more about the program please contact the following: info@urbanpeacemovement.org

Video of Talib Kweli giving a shout out to SIlence the Violence at the Grind for the Green youth conference:
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News Clip about the Silence the Violence movement that Turf Unity youth artists have been part of. Silence the Violence became the Urban Peace Movement organization that does leadership training’s at the United Roots Center:
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A short film about a vigil organized by the Urban Peace Movement leaders Nicole Lee & Xiomara Castro:
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