Roll Call Friday – welcoming our team members

Like many small nonprofits, our size varies from year to year. We're excited to introduce you to three new members of our team this week, three seems like a sudden burst of growth and it's exciting to see what three new perspectives can bring to our work.   Firstly Nick Williams, PhD is our [...]

By | September 23rd, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

What’s Wrong with Oakland’s Education Data Ecosystem?

“You’ll never get student data from charters in Oakland!”   That was the premise of some civic leaders in Oakland late last year when we considered doing just this.  Others said it would be super easy. Turns out none of those folks were right, not exactly. The Oakland Achieves Partnership has published a school progress [...]

By | September 21st, 2016|Reports, Research & Analysis, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Fourth School Progress Report Released from Oakland Achieves

First-ever comparison of Oakland’s district and charter public schools shows need for learning on both sides OAKLAND, CA, September 22 – Today, the Oakland Achieves Partnership released its 4th Annual education report. For the first time, this report offers data (from 2014-2015) on whether students are on track for success in all the city’s public [...]

By | September 20th, 2016|Education Reform, Press, Reports, Research & Analysis|0 Comments

Boys and Men of Color Career Summit – Not Your Ordinary Job Fair

On Thursday, July 21, 2016 hundreds of young people waited anxiously outside the doors of West Hall at the Oakland Convention Center, hoping to land one of the 300+ on-site job opportunities at the inaugural Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success, Boys and Men of Color Career Summit. Over 1,000 young people were in attendance, [...]

LeaderSpring’s 2016 Leadership Legacy Award

The Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, supported by Urban Strategies Council, has been honored today as the 2016 recipient of LeaderSpring’s Leadership Legacy Award. Since 2011, the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color has been at the forefront of shaping many national, state, and local conversations around issues [...]

By | May 18th, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Working Youth Deserve Access to Financial Products and Financial Capability Programs

ACCAN Stakeholder Convening – Integrating Youth Financial Capability and Financial Services into Youth Employment Programs This summer, the City of Oakland stands to lose over half a million dollars in government funding.  The Alameda County Community Asset Network (ACCAN) Stakeholder Convening on March 24th began with this startling information. Trish Johnson, the Executive Director of [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

National Community Building Leader Selected New President & CEO of Urban Strategies Council

David A. Harris Will Bring Decades of Experience to Advancing Justice and Equity in Oakland and the Bay Area   David A. Harris will lead Urban Strategies Council as its next President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2016 succeeding Junious Williams who has led the Council for nearly 20 years. “David brings a [...]

By | May 17th, 2016|Press, Urban Strategies News|0 Comments

Oakland Achieves Fourth Annual Report Looks at All Public Schools

BACKGROUND The Oakland Achieves Partnership is working on a fourth annual Oakland Achieves Progress Report, with a big twist this year! As with previous years, this report will examine the educational outcomes of Oakland’s public school students on indicators from early childhood to college to give a picture of how our students are faring from [...]

By | April 11th, 2016|Data, Education Reform, Reports, Research & Analysis|0 Comments

Building Tech Pathways in the East Bay

Let’s imagine that you are a high school student for a minute, a student in Oakland or in Antioch, and you really like the idea of getting a “tech job.” Where do you start? Hopefully your school has good resources and staff to help you think it through. But we think there’s a missing piece- [...]

By | February 29th, 2016|Urban Strategies News, Workforce Development|0 Comments

Urban Strategies Council Announces Departure of Junious Williams, Search for New CEO

Dear Urban Strategies Council Community, Urban Strategies Council, which for three decades has played a significant role in helping catalyze substantive progress to build healthy communities in the Bay Area, is announcing a search for its next Chief Executive Officer. Junious Williams, CEO of the Urban Strategies Council for 18 years, has announced that he [...]

By | February 4th, 2016|Urban Strategies News|0 Comments