The Green Stampede was founded in 2001 by Oakland school board member Chris Dobbins, who designed the program, along with friends who were both teachers and A’s fans, as a combination recreational and tutoring after school program. “It gives a lot of kids a place to go,” says Jorge Leon, Green Stampede President and former Stampede student.
Concerned parents, children and community members packed the Oakland Unified School District board meeting Wednesday night. They clutched protest signs that voiced opposition to the recent announcement that OUSD will soon close as many as ten elementary and middle schools.
In 1991 activist and writer Paul Kivel and UC Berkeley health educator Allan Creighton co-authored a book called “Helping Teens Stop Violence: A Practical Guide for Counselors, Educators and Parents.” The book was written as a guide for adults who work with teens, to help them tackle violence.