Tag Archives: Youth

Mule Creek State Prison, 2006 (Photo Courtesy of California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)

As Prop 57 goes into effect, experts debate impact on youth, prison overcrowding

In November, Californians passed Proposition 57 by a 64.5 percent vote. Formally known as the California Parole for Non-Violent Criminals and Juvenile Court Trial Requirements Initiative, and strongly endorsed by Governor Jerry Brown, Oakland’s former...
Gritty City's Lindsay Krumbein and Maurice Jones, Jr. in front of a poster their new production, Much Ado About Nothing. (Photo by Semany Gashaw)

Gritty City Repertory Theater creates a 1970’s-style Shakespeare for young Oakland performers

For Oakland’s artists, The Flight Deck, an arts and performance venue, is an open home. But for one theater group in particular, the space means much more than that. Tucked away in the back of...
Sophie Elkin reads her poetry at the Oakland Public Library. Photo by Chloe Shi.

Oakland’s unconventional third Youth Poet Laureate finds her voice

17-year-old Sophie Elkin, named Oakland's 3rd Youth Poet Laureate in August, writes about what she knows: the grit and grandeur of Oakland’s people and places and the less tangible but no less real world of...
Hacker Scouts design the layout of the new studio.

“Hacker Scouts” trains children in tech despite naming dispute with Boy Scouts of America

Founded in Oakland in October 2012 by wife-and-husband team Samantha and Chris Cook, Hacker Scouts was developed as an outlet for children who want to learn hands-on skills not usually offered in traditional schools.

Acta Non Verba youth farm project celebrates a summer of Oakland kids’ urban gardening

The shrieks and squeals of happy children could be heard Friday over the boombox blasting pop music at Acta Non Verba Youth Urban Farm project in East Oakland. This was a day for play, not...