Youth empowerment services –After School Program
Our after school is a mix of activities that develops academic, social, physical and emotional skills in a relaxed atmosphere. We provide supplemental academic training and allow them to explore new talents in a less structured atmosphere.
GCEA runs a Youth Empowerment Services (YES) program. YES is a program that mentors and develops youths for leadership roles in the near future.
We offer seven day’s a week classes. These classes can range from supplemental academic instruction, to rendering help with projects/assignments or to students with serious academic challenges. In addition to that students are taught digital technology classes like graphic design, screen printing, photo and video editing, film and video production, social media training, and African dance class. Our convenient weekend classes also cater to another group of youths and parents especially with busy schedules
Our summer camps offer our youths an opportunity to explore their hobbies, passions and creative sides. Our youths make suggestions on what extra-curricular activities they want to participate in at the summer camp and we try to accommodate it to the best of our abilities. In addition to creative activities, camp instructors stress positive values, equality, and social justice—beliefs that make them productive contributors to society.
GCEA has hosted several youth themed workshops with local schools and organizations. Under the program, disease prevention workshops are organized. Natural health education, healthy eating habits, and healthy cooking classes are taught. A licensed speaker is brought in to engage our youths in a lively setting. We also offer “life development workshops” that involve the participation of parents and children where conflict resolution, violence prevention, self-esteem, and college placement workshops.
Presently, GCEA works in coalition with many grassroots organizations. Some of the organizations include: Youth Uprising, Oakland Votes, We Lead Ours (WELO), The East Oakland Collective, The MenTouring Project, B.H. Minds Project Inc and The Focus Leadership Initiative in many different projects. One example of such project is the “Take Back Our Streets” series that works on preventing street violence.
We also facilitate a yearly youth trip to Africa: “Trip to Africa”. The trip is cultural and humanitarian at the same time. Our youths visit a different African country every year and are given a guided tour of historical sites. Our youths also supply local schools/orphanages with books and school supplies funded by our sponsors and partners.