Our community is inspired and unified in maintaining a constructive and sustainable drive for empowerment. Our youth uphold an understanding of their heritage with a dignified respect for other cultures. This awareness allows us to develop a strong foundation to foster and engage youth in becoming healthy decision-makers and becoming successful and productive adults determined to create a positive social change throughout their lives. We support our schools to serve as community centers to meet all the needs of our youth to provide intense academic, social and enrichment support.
The LIBRE (Leading the Independence of our Barrios for Raza Empowerment) Program fosters Oakland Latino student leadership and engagement within the community. The program, which annually serves 100 middle and high school youth focuses on students who have demonstrated high-risk behaviors such as truancy, gang involvement, and suspension or expulsion due to violence. LIBRE serves youth year-round, including a summer bridge program that seeks to develop youth leaders and mentors who will learn to make better life decisions and contribute to a healthier community.