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📣 Update 📣 

Team Oakland's Action-Packed Summer Comes to a Close

After three months of beautifying the streets, adventuring on field trips, and fulfilling internships across the city, YEP’s Team Oakland youth crew ended their summer with a big celebration of their hard work. The end-of-program picnic at Middle Shoreline Park gathered nearly 100 Team Oakland participants for an afternoon of outdoor food and fun, including competing for gift cards in a scavenger hunt that had them searching the entire park. YEP’s resident culinary arts instructor Chef Sean and his team provided an amazing spread, topping it off with rich sheet cakes for dessert.

It was a worthy treat for all the hard work our teen trainees had put in. Most visible were the litter abatement crews walking every weekday, morning and afternoon, across the city, from Deep East to Mosswood to Lower Bottoms. In addition to cleaning up the streets, Team Oakland youth performed park maintenance, habitat restoration, and community outreach, all while receiving hands-on work skills, life & employability skills training, and environmental stewardship experience.

Local ecosystems played a big role in Team Oakland’s numerous special projects and summer field trips. Rotary Nature Center Friends provided weekly programming for two Team Oakland crews at Lake Merritt, involving science and stewardship activities like water testing, landscape maintenance, marsh planting and bird watching.

Growers at East Oakland’s Planting Justice, an organic nursery and urban farm committed to food justice and sovereignty, led participants through their massive greenhouses and gardens, teaching participants about permaculture, food systems, community health, commonplace medicinal plants, and the benefits of growing your own food.

And a tour of the enormous Waste Management San Leandro facility had the team learning about best practices for home disposal, environmental responsibility and green jobs.
In partnership with Oakland Public Works, YEP has provided Team Oakland summer internships to over 2,700 youth. Congratulations are in order for this year's team, making a huge contribution to our city and their own futures!
📊 By the Numbers
  • 115 Team Oakland Trainees in 2022
  • 6,759 Total Hours Worked
  • $137,936 in Wages Earned By Trainees
  • 4,000+ Bags of Litter Gathered
  • 150,000+ Pounds of Trash Removed from Oakland Streets
High Schoolers Take Summer Jobs Across Oakland   

Offering the biggest youth summer employment program in the city, YEP enrolled, trained, and placed over 300 high school-aged youth in summer jobs at employers throughout Oakland. These teens completed YEP's orientation and job readiness training, submitted all work eligibility documents, and received case management and support services, all while completing up to 100 hours of work at nearly 100 local employers.

These job sites included construction and maintenance; office administration and assistance; restaurants and cafes; barbershops and salons; bike repair and auto mechanic shops; environmental restoration and neighborhood beautification; child and youth recreation assistance; and many more. The amount of training and experience they've received will prepare them well for employment opportunities after high school and beyond.
Going Out With a Bang...

Design Jobs Showcase Big Creativity  

Among YEP’s summer offerings were design jobs allowing our creative trainees to show off their talents. Our graphic design program was tasked with making inspirational posters to display in our windows, so they spent four weeks in our computer lab learning how Photoshop and Canva could bring their visions to life. Gaining valuable software skills, the trainees put together posters including meaningful phrases, social justice messages, and statements of local pride.

But the most elaborate summer project was a stunning tile mosaic in our outdoor dining area. For several weeks, trainees cracked and carefully placed tiles in the overflowing garden panorama, then did the tough work of grouting on ladders and scaffolds. Bursting with color, the end results speaks for itself!
Ready to Help in Times of Need  
EMT training is one of several YEP summer programs for 14 year olds, and these interns passed their CPR exam with calm, steady precision. Given an emergency scenario by their EMT instructor, the teams checked for pulse, applied compression, and used a mock defibrillator in quick succession. There were no fatalities!
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