Welcome to United Roots!
We believe that true social change is possible only when young people are provided with supportive conditions that inspire blazing pathways to alternative, sustainable economies. As we grow our projects and further our mission, United Roots aspires to be a gathering place across generations and cultures. The Center is a site where youth leadership pave the way forward for a more peaceful, creative, and equitable world while reconnecting urban communities with nature.
Our mission is to engage and empower marginalized youth in socially innovative ways using the following four strategies:
- Personal Development: creating a safe, sustainable environment to heal and grow through ritual, cultural healing practices and wellness services.
- Creative Arts Education: instilling confidence and developing talent through the digital and performing arts.
- Career and Workforce Mentorship: cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship through fellowships, mentorship, employment pipelines, and business incubation.
- Civic Engagement: building coalitions between communities of color, decision-makers, and employers to advocate for community change.
We envision a safe, peaceful, sustainable, and equitable Oakland. An Oakland where young people take advantage of education, utilize their new skill sets to determine their destinies, and reinvest that equity into their communities. Ultimately, our goal is for United Roots to be recognized as a hub of innovative youth leadership, immersion in the arts, and entrepreneurial education.
- We meet people where they are.
- We practice giving and receiving unconditional love.
- We work to always live in a state of hopeful pragmatism.
- We work (better) together
- Directly connect with our community
- Live and work sustainably
- Build coalitions for the greater cause
- Champion communal growth and learning