Join us in celebrating our community and scholars at our Weekend of Promise 2022! RSVP HERE for our Party for the Promise gala on Thursday, May 19, 2022. We also invite you to REGISTER HERE for the livestream of our annual 2022 Scholar Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 20, 2022. Check out all our job opportunities here.

Join Our Movement to Support Oakland’s Young Learners

To Fulfill their College and Career Dreams

Striving to create equity, Oakland Promise (OP) empowers Oakland’s young people with opportunities to make a difference in their lives and in our world.

Join us for an Oakland Promise Family Reunion! 

Party for the Promise

We are thrilled to announce this year’s Party for the Promise on Thursday, May 19, 2022.  We are looking forward to a chance to gather and raise a glass to toast our incredible Oakland Promise community.

This year we are thrilled to have our annual gala, the Party for the Promise, one day before our annual Awards Ceremony, when we celebrate graduating Oakland Promise Seniors as they embark on their journey to and through college with the Oakland Promise scholarship!    This will truly be a first-ever Weekend of Promise.

Please join CEO Sandra Ernst, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, our governing board, special guests, and amazing community partners like you for the 7th Annual Party for the Promise taking place at Lake Chalet!

7:00 to 10:30 | Food, Drink, Auctionand Live Entertainment

To get tickets, go here!

To become a sponsor, contact [email protected] and see sponsorship opportunities here.

Scholar Awards Ceremony

For the Scholars Awards Ceremony on Friday May 20th, we will be welcoming and celebrating our incoming Class of 2022 Scholars! Over 700 Scholars will get to meet their Mentors and fellow Scholars, hear from engaging speakers, and enjoy the celebration with our community. Due to limited seating, we are offering a LIVE broadcast of the event for our community to show its support!
Join us on zoom to celebrate the new 2022 Scholars!

Save your virtual seat
and RSVP today!




Our Programs

Prior to the inception of OP, fewer than 500 Oakland public school 12th graders graduated from a 2 or 4-year college within 6 years of high school graduation each year. Our programs provide cradle-to-college and career preparation in the form of financial, advisory and resource support to youth of all ages.

We start with our youngest people and through the age continuum to ensure all students have an equitable opportunity to enter and complete college and prepare them for the career of their choice.

Here’s How Oakland Promise Supports Young People to Finish Post-Secondary Education

Over 79% of Oakland Promise funding goes directly to the young people and families in Oakland. Since the founding of Oakland Promise in 2016, here are some highlights:


Families of infants and kindergartners set up a 529 college savings account (CSA) for their child, seeded with funds from Oakland Promise.

25,000 students.

Elementary school students have a $100 Kindergarten to College (K2C) Early College Scholarship Fund.


Middle and High school students receive targeted college and career readiness supports.


Students receive $17 million in OP scholarships and persistence supports. Over 1,300 Scholars were paired with a Mentor. 88% of OP Scholars persisted from first year to second year of college.

Donate Now View OP 2020 Fiscal Yr Financial IRS Form 990

Stories of Our Impact

  • Kamala Harris, VP of USA Shares About the Work of Oakland Promise


  • Our Participants From 4 Programs Talk About OP as “The Family We Grow With”


  • Highlights of 2021 Community Briefing (11/5/21)


  • Stories Shared by OP Program Participants

    Commentary by parents, educators, students and alumni

  • OP Volunteers Speak on the Joys of Being Mentors

    Three of of mentors share their experiences

  • Our Partners Speak on Partnering with OP

    Leaders from Harlem Children's Zone, Oakland NAACP & #OaklandUndivided share their perspectives.

We Have Some Excellent Partners and Donors

Here are just a few of them

Find Out How To Get Involved

We need mentors, volunteers, donors, champions and partners to help us to create more impact for Oakland’s youth. Please note that the mentor recruitment season is open for the 2022 - 2023 academic year. You can make a difference in a young person's life!

I am impressed by the bold and comprehensive approach of the Oakland Promise which has pulled together best practices from around the country. As former US Secretary of Education, I've seen many initiatives across the country ---- Oakland Promise is one of the most strategic and effective and has the potential to be a national model... it leverages private philanthropy for public dollars and has already achieved outstanding results. OP changes the trajectory of our Oakland students from the time they are born, through the time they graduate from college and enter the workforce. Oakland Promise is truly a game changer for Oakland and its future generations.”

Arne Duncan

Former Secretary of Education under President Barack Obama (2009-2015)