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.

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 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

  • 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.

  • CREWS – First Year College Students Discuss Support They Received

    CREWS Participants - 1st Year College Students

  • Overview of Oakland Promise (2019)

    Various speakers share their experiences.

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 now closed for the 2021-2022. In the Fall, we will be opening up for Mentoring interests for the 2022 - 2023 season. Thank you for your interest).