Save the date for our Nov. 15, 2022 Virtual 2022 Community Briefing, “Creating Opportunity for a Resilient Generation,” featuring reports on our impact & voices from the students & families we serve! Also, explore all our Job Opportunities. Guardians of K-6th graders: Please activate your Oakland Promise Scholarship account here, which can grow to $500+ when they're ready to go to college, career technical education (CTE) or certificate program!

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 from ages 0 – 25 with opportunities to make a difference in their lives and in our world.
Celebrating the Generation Fund which directly financially supports Oakland’s income-eligible babies and high school graduates through 2035!  You can watch the ceremony here featuring speeches by VP Kamala Harris, Mayor Schaff, OP CEO Sandra Ernst, OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell and other leaders!  Here’s the Press Release. 

Pictured above: OP CEO Sandra Ernst, OUSD Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf.

Read about Oakland Promise’s  Weekend of Promise celebrating our High School graduates pursuing post-secondary education! 

Pictured: Some of our Oakland Promise Scholars celebrating their scholarships and their pursuit of post-secondary education.

See our May press release here on this 2022’s scholarship awards!

 

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:

1500+.

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.

9,000.

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

2,100+.

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

  • Awards Ceremony 2022

    Enjoy highlights from our 2022 Awards Ceremony, which celebrated our graduating Oakland Promise Seniors (730 Scholars) as they embarked on their journey to and through college with the Oakland Promise scholarship!

  • Welcome Mentors 2022

    We are so excited to have you be a part of an Oakland Scholar's journey in higher education! Here's some advice from a few scholars and mentors.

  • A Mentor and Mentee Talk about Their Mentoring Experience at Oakland Promise

    Mentor James Vossoughi and OP Scholar and college student John Liang discuss their mentoring relationship.

  • Oakland Promise’s Portfolio of Scholarships and Programs

    Learn all about the scholarships, college savings accounts, and resources Oakland Promise programs provide for Oakland's young people.

  • OP’s Documentary on our Work Supporting Oakland’s Young People

    This 15 minute documentary shares the impact of our work on empowering Oakland's babies, students and scholars throughout their educational journey.

  • OP Supports Oakland’s Young People from Ages 0 – 25

    Learn about how we empower Oakland's babies and scholars from cradle to career.

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

    Communications

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

    Oakland Promise students, families, partners, and leaders share the impact of Oakland Promise on their lives. Hear from the family we grow with!

  • Stories Shared by OP Program Participants

    Commentary by parents, educators, students and alumni

  • OP Volunteers Speak on the Joys of Being Mentors

    Three of our 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)