Safe Passages Introduction


A Letter from the Chief Executive Officer

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

Josefina Alvarado-Mena

On behalf of Safe Passages, I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your support throughout the years. We are very proud of the work we have accomplished together with partners like you and on behalf of the children and families of our community. I also take this moment to share with you the progress we have made with your support.

Thirteen years ago, we asked ourselves, ‘What makes a young person succeed in school and life?’ We know that there is no magic bullet. That the answer lies in the integration of a multitude of services and professionals working together towards one end goal – to improve the lives and outcomes of our most important asset – our youth. This is why we brought education, health, social services, and advocacy together. Safe Passages currently partners with over 70 public, private and community providers to bring together exceptional services to our neediest children and families in Oakland and other communities in Alameda County.

We have to build a seamless continuum of services for children from birth to young adulthood and beyond. The work has been challenging but we have made meaningful gains. We are very proud to report that:

• Annually, Safe Passages serves over 4,000 children, youth and families.
• 91% of students in the afterschool academic programs experienced academic success.
• We implemented the Elev8 Oakland Initiative, a $40 Million full service community school model at five high need middle schools in Oakland.
• Elev8 school based health centers reach 3,000 students plus their families annually.
• Legal services have enabled families to resolve issues ranging from housing to immigration.
• Quality after school programs serve over 1,000 students annually.
• 145 Safe Passages AmeriCorps members have served over 800 high need students through intensive academic supports.
• Placed hundreds of young people through Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program and AmeriCorps Programs since 2011.
• Built a strong collaborative with Graduate Schools of Social Welfare regionally to place MSW student candidates in high need schools to provide case management services.

We are in the process of taking these initiatives to scale and ensure sustainable funding so that the progress moves forward. We are also committed to continuing to develop new best practice strategies to ensure our youth graduate from college and/or have professional careers that are dignified and reflective of their amazing promise.

We thank you in advance for your consideration and look forward to building our partnership in the years to come.


Josefina Alvarado-Mena, J.D.
Chief Executive Officer