Inside Oakland / Castlemont:
Our mission is to transform East Oakland into a healthy and economically robust community by developing the leadership of youth and young adults and improving the systems that impact them.
Oakland, CA 94605
“We are honored to join this national network of innovators working to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty. Along with my public, private, and philanthropic partners, I am excited to have Purpose Built Communities’ actively support of our efforts to transform Castlemont into a community of opportunity for all residents.”
Olis Simmons, founding President and CEO of Castlemont Renaissance
4,696 People live in the Castlemont community, with one in four living in poverty. 87% of the housing stock in the area is over 50 years old, illustrating the urgent need for new investment in housing for area residents.
1,000 Students from K-8 will be served over the next five years by newly the opened Castlemont Primary Academy and Castlemont Junior Academy.
700+ Youth served through an onsite health center. Health and wellness programs provide holistic, accessible care in a community setting. Primary health and mental health services are offered on-site in our 4,500 square-foot clinic.
Quarterbacking a New Era
Castlemont Renaissance grew out of Youth UpRising, a respected 10+ year old nonprofit focused on community transformation through youth leadership development and system change. Castlemont Renaissance is seeking to ensure current and future residents will live in a safe, healthy and prosperous neighborhood. The Castlemont community is the first Purpose Built Community in California.
Youth UpRising’s target region is geographically defined as the area south of High Street extending to the city border below MacArthur Blvd—comprising approximately 35 square miles , 27 census tracts and a population of 120,290 of which youth 14-24 comprise 17% (20,629) of the total.
An Investment in the Future
Preparing underserved local youth for higher education and fulfilling careers is one of the best investments Youth UpRising can make. It not only promotes financial security for individuals and their families but spurs economic growth in the community. We work with a broad range of youth, from those primed for a four-year university to those struggling to graduate high school. We help our members complete high school or their equivalency exam and guide them through the transition to post-secondary education.