West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project

West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project (WOLLP) is a partnership oriented program, designed to serve West Oakland youth of all ages through environmental awareness inspired Arts & Sciences Curriculum.  Our courses demonstrate the necessary interplay of creativity and the sciences while connecting our youth with professionals, businesses & organizations based in our neighborhoods. We aim to bridge the gap between the professional resources of West Oakland and young people our community with a social justice and equity lens. 

Our 2016-2017 Partners include City Slicker FarmsNzilini Glass Conservation, Ponderosa Tree Service, Nemo Gould Kinetic SculptureMandela Foods Cooperative,  Numi TeaPS PrintThe CrucibleThe West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, & Focon Inc.

Our West Oakland Legacy & Leadership Project (WOLLP) offers West Oakland teens ages 14-18 educational training by professionals in Communication, Leadership, Visual Arts, Urban Agriculture, Attitudinal Healing & Environmental Impact related science.  ArtEsteemCitySlicker Farms and West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project are partnered to complete this well rounded program. 

Students will build leadership skills, experience Visual Art, Urban Agriculture and Environmental Science in engaging interactive sessions for six hours each week with additional field trips on some weekends.

Students who complete the internship will be able to work side by side with professional artists, learn to cultivate food, gain greater environmental awareness and influence our community as youth leaders.  Our program will begin in late August and culminate in June with an Overnight Environmental Awareness Trip lead by our staff and partners.

Students will present their work in our annual professionally curated and installed ArtEsteem Exhibition with upwards of 300 attendees.

Each student who completes the internship will earn a stipend and receive the necessary guidance, support and team effort required to graduate high school and apply for college. Students who participate in extracurricular activities like our internship are better prepared for adult life, college and the professional world.

These students improve their attendance, tend to have higher test scores, stronger resumes and are more likely to be hired upon completing college if they continue to participate in extracurriculars and internships throughout their college years.

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Legacy Project During School

Our West Oakland elementary and middle school classrooms are focused on the creative and scientific aspects of a particular industry and matched with a local business who connect with our youth through in class presentations, hosting field trips of their facilities providing supplies and producing student designed projects professionally manifesting our student's vision. 

Driving Inquiries:

  1. How can OUSD schools develop and sustain meaningful partnerships with community organizations, artists, and local businesses to provide interdisciplinary STEM and Arts instruction for the students of West Oakland?

  2. How can a wide-reaching community partnership cultivate sustainable opportunities for students in career fields and prepare them for college?

  3. How can STEM and Arts instruction enlighten and inspire students to become involved, aware citizens, lifelong creative critical thinkers, and thoughtful learners?

  4. How can local and neighborhood businesses invest and become more engaged in young people's lives and support the economic development of West Oakland?