Pitching Innovative Solutions

Innovative Solutions

On June 3 & 4th, our students worked with local activists to design solutions for Oakland’s most pressing problems and pitched their ideas to a panel of community leaders at our latest Leadership Summit.

The two-days of listening, learning, and planning was focused on the central question: What can youth do to help make Oakland a better place to live, work, and learn?

This summit provided an opportunity for our young leaders to listen, be heard, respectfully disagree, ask questions and VOICE. A new wave of summit participants stepped into their power and pitched innovative solutions to our community leader panel.

Pitching Innovative Solutions / Civicorps

Community Leader Panel:

  • Isabel Cortes, Representative from State Senator Loni Hancock’s office
  • Diego Gonzales, Representative from Assemblymember Rob Bonta’s office
  • Captain Drennon Lindsey, Oakland Police Department
  • Mark Salinas, National Equity Project

Leadership Summit, June 2015

Pitches Presented:

  • Civicare – Affordable, reliable childcare at Civicorps . No more missed work. More time with children. Earned distinction for being Most Feasible Idea.
  • Is Minimum Wage a Livable Wage? – Raise minimum wage incrementally to $15. Earned distinction for being Most Data-Driven Presentation.
  • Changing the Learning Environment – A Coalition of Parents, Teachers, and Students working together to reduce class size and lobby for more tutors to ignite the passion and confidence in students. Earned distinction for bring Most Creative Presentation.
  • Stay Fresh! – Cleaning up the streets of Oakland. Civicorps to get contracts with the City of Oakland to clean up the city. Creating jobs for youth in the community would impact crime and violence rates. Earned distinction for being Most Innovative Solution.

Leadership Summit, June 2015

Student Reflections:

“We have the people. We have the ideas. We just have to take action!”

“I learned how to find my voice and work as a team. I learned how to be confident in my own skin.”

“We can get closer to our dream of utopia in Oakland if students get more politically involved. Be passionate. Be prepared. Be confident.”

 Check out all of the photos from the Leadership Summit!

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