During the fall of 2000, Youth Together students conducted a needs assessment, and began meeting with the skyline community stakeholders to develop solutions. The community at Skyline demonstrated a significant need and support for a Youth Center, so the S.H. Cowell Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation funded a youth-led planning process that involved key community stakeholders in the development of a business plan. After much hard work and planning, the Youth Center opened at Skyline High School in the fall of 2002.
COLLABORATIVE & ACADEMIC PROGRAMS
ATHLETIC STUDY HALL | Mon, Tue, & Thur, 3:15pm – 4:00; Wed, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
This program is mandatory for participating athletes. Students meet twice a week to receive academic support, coaching, and peer-to-peer engagement.
BIKE CLUB | (TBD)
Meet fellow cyclists while learning bicycle safety, mountain bike racing techniques, and get introduced to bicycle maintenance, while having fun outdoors.
DRIVERS ED | Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Students who are 15.5 and older will receive instructional hours through an online course to receive their pink slip needed to obtain a CA Driver’s License.
DUAL ENROLLMENT: ETHNIC STUDIES | Mon, Tue, Fri, 2:14pm – 3:05; Wed, 11:56am – 1:27pm
Through the dual enrollment program, in partnership with the Peralta Colleges, the Youth Center is able to host Ethnic Studies classes for students that focus on current political events, social justice movements from the past and present of their communities, as well as interrogating white privilege, while also having an emphasis on visual arts.
THE F.R.E.S.H. PROGRAM | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:15pm – 4:30pm; Wednesdays, 1:45pm – 3:00pm
The Freshman Retaining and Expanding Scholarly Habits program is an after school program that supports 9th graders through offering them individualized support, math and english language enrichment, professional development, and peer-to-peer engagement techniques to ensure that they are achieving academically. The goal is to ensure that 9th graders, our most vulnerable population, are gaining the resources and knowledge that they need in order to be academically and personally successful
LATINAS GIRLS GROUP | Tuesdays & Thursdays, 3:15pm – 4:00pm
Through different activities, games, workshops, and discussions, Latina girls will learn how to build community, self-esteem, and explore what it means to be a woman.
THE LEAD STUDENT ORGANIZER INTERNSHIP | Wednesdays, 3:30pm – 6:30pm
The Lead Student Organizer Internship is offered to 4 – 5 students from each of our school sites (Castlemont, McClymonds, & Skyline), who work on learning grassroots organizing skills, research skills, and advocacy skills in order to educate, mobilize, and organize their peers to make positive change in their educations. The Lead Student Organizer Internship meets Wednesdays at Skyline High School from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.
THE ONE LAND ONE PEOPLE INTERNSHIP | Mon, Tue, & Thur 3:15pm – 4:30pm; Wed 1:45pm – 3:00pm
This program is offered to all Skyline HS students. As a student intern for the OLOP Youth Center, students will engage in community building within the after school program, while being an academic and peer mentor to the FRESH Program participants.
OPEN LIBRARY | Monday – Friday, 7:00am – 8:00am
The Open Library initiative is a daily event. The Library is open before school for any students who need a space to study, finish assignments, or utilize the technology available.
POLY CLUB | (TBD)
Students in Poly Club will learn different dances, traditions, and the history & culture of different Polynesian communities & islands. Students will also create an end-of-the-year showcase to show off what they’ve learned.
REEL OAKLAND | Tuesdays, 3:15pm – 4:30pm
Reel Oakland is an immersive and hands-on after school program for inner city youth in Oakland. Reel Oakland provides students unique opportunities to produce a short film focusing on specific genres that spark their interests, such as documentary film, drama, comedy, romance, etc.
THE YOUTH TOGETHER PARENT ACADEMY | (See dates)
The Youth Together Parent Academy is a series of monthly workshops offered to parents from all three of our site, and are centered in teaching parents how to navigate their student’s educational journeys.
SAT PREP COURSE | Wednesdays, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
The SAT Prep Course is offered to 11th and 12th grade students who would like additional support in preparing for the SATs. The SAT Prep Course happens in the fall and spring semesters, and happens on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For all those who are interested, make sure to grab an application from the Youth Center.
WORKSHOP WEDNESDAYS | Wednesdays (see schedule in newsletter)
The OLOP Youth Center offers workshops in the themes of academic enrichment, DIY projects, Culture, and Self Awareness. Workshops occur every Wednesday throughout the year. All workshops are open to all students.
YOUTH TOGETHER’S CORE TEAM | Tuesdays @ McClymonds HS – Rm 119; Wednesdays @ Skyline HS – Rm. M2; Thursdays @ Castlemont HS – Rm. 234
Youth Together’s Core Team is a space facilitated by Lead Student Organizers at lunch time at each of our different sites. Core Team is a space where students from our campuses can come together and talk about issues that are relevant to them, as well as receive workshops and educational opportunities around social justice issues, leadership development, campaign organizing, and more. Students in Core Teams also go on regular excursions with Youth Together. Core Teams happen on Tuesdays @ lunch at McClymonds High School, on Wednesday @ Skyline High School, and on Thursdays @ Castlemont High School.