Oakland Promise


Oakland Promise is a cradle-to-career initiative seeking to reduce the devastating educational and health disparities by race, neighborhood, and income that limit opportunity for too many Oaklanders. Our goal is to dramatically increase college graduates from Oakland and ensure that all students have the expectation, skills, and resources to complete postsecondary education and be successful in the career of their choice.

Age Groups Served
  • 0-3
  • 3-5
  • Elementary School
  • Middle School
  • High School
  • Post High School
  • Parent and Caregiver Engagement
Geographical Area Served
  • City of Oakland
  • County Alameda
  • State of California
Services Offered
  • Academic Support
  • College and Career Access and Success
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Family Engagement
  • Mentoring
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Student and Family well-being
Transparency: We are open and honest about what we do, how we do it, and why we do it. Accountability: We speak up when we make mistakes and constantly reflect on the impact of our work. Equity: Our programs are inclusive and targeted to provide access to opportunities for students, families, partners, and community members that are historically underserved and marginalized. Community: We exist to benefit the Oakland community and our success depends on its trust and partnership. We are intentional in listening and responding to community needs and expertise. We create space to honor culture and preserve Oakland history. Joy: We recognize, honor, and celebrate the resilience and brilliance of our students, families, and community. Integrity: We do right by our Oakland families and scholars, our educators and volunteer community,
In addition to a robust internal data collection and analysis strategy, since 2016, Oakland Promise has engaged NORC at the University of Chicago as an external research and evaluation partner. NORC currently evaluates our Brilliant Baby program, which helps parents and guardians attain financial stability and prepare for their baby’s education, and Kindergarten to College, a program that creates a culture of college preparedness to support students’ transitions from elementary, middle, and high school. NORC is also developing a mixed-method evaluation for our college access and completion programming that: (1) analyzes data focused on college enrollment and persistence outcomes for Oakland Promise scholars with the goal to understand what programming strategies and interventions were related to improved outcomes; (2) performs a case study through interviews of key informants at the three high schools that implemented site-based Future Center college access and postsecondary student success supports; and (3) conducts interviews of OP scholars to obtain additional contextual factors that mediate student outcomes. Parts 1 and 2 are slated for completion by July 2020 and part 3 is scheduled for fall 2020. Metrics we use to measure our success include: Number of College Savings Accounts opened Percent of Brilliant Baby families participating in financial coaching Number of Oakland Public Elementary Schools implementing our Kindergarten to College program Number of $100 early college scholarships awarded Number of families opening their own college savings account Number of families and students visiting a college as part of our program Number of students served through our Future Centers (college advising centers in high schools offering personalized services) FAFSA/DREAM application completion rate at our partner high schools Percent of OP seniors applying to at least one postsecondary institution Percent of OP seniors enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college directly after high school graduation Number of OP students attending college with scholarship and persistence supports Amount awarded in multi-year scholarships First year college completion rate Number of mentor/mentee pairs

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