News Items & Press Releases

May 8, 2015 – San Francisco Bay View

Oakland Artist and Educator Jonathan Brumfield receives top SF State Honor

Jonathan Brumfield

The article profiles Jonathan Brumfield, Manager of the Urban Arts Initiative “Get Active” at Safe Passages. Mr. Brumfield received highest honors upon receiving his Master’s of Arts Degree in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.  His thesis is title, “Oakland’s Urban Hieroglyphics: 21st Century Youth Scribes of Oaklands’ ‘Graffiti’ Culture.”

February 25, 2014 – San Francisco Chronicle

Hands-on Support Boosts Young Men to New Heights

Brother’s Keeper Response Article

Safe Passages and partners respond to President Obama’s announcement to launch the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative. The article highlights the tremendous accomplishments of Elev8 Oakland, lead by Safe Passages, to improve academic and social outcomes for boy of color growing up on poverty.


July 6, 2013 – Post News Group

Safe Passages Wins $900,000 Youth Re-entry Grant

Youth Re-entry Grant 

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announces that Safe Passages had been chosen to received a $895,950 federal Face Forward-Serving Juvenile Offenders grant through the U.S. Department of Labor.  The funds will be used to implement the Safe Passages’ Elev8 Law and Social Justice Career Pathway Project, which aims to improve employment opportunities for youth transitioning out of the criminal justice system. 


October 30, 2012

West Oakland Middle School Celebrates the Opening of New School-based Health Center

New School-based Health Center at WOMS

On Thursday November 1, 2012 West Oakland Middle School (WOMS) will celebrate the opening of a new school-based health and family resource center made possible by Lifelong Medical Care, Alameda County, the City of Oakland, and Safe Passages. School site leaders, parents, students, and community-based providers will join these key partners in unveiling a health clinic that offers comprehensive medical, dental health, health education, and youth development services under one roof, as well as a resource center which provides an array of family support and educational services.


March 11, 2011

Oakland Celebrates its First Graduating Class of the Baby Learning Communities Collaborative

Baby Learning Communities Graduation

In partnership with the City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District, and the County of Alameda, Safe Passages successfully implemented its first year of the Oakland Baby Learning Communities Collaborative Program (BLCCP) and celebrated its first graduating class on March 12, 2011.  BLCCP, modeled after the Harlem Children’s Zone Baby College, involves extensive community outreach, a series of playgroups for parent-infants, parent education workshops and case management services.

January 26, 2011

Madison Middle School Celebrates the Opening of New School-based Health Center

 New School-based Health Center at Madison

On January 27, 2011 Madison Middle School opened its school-based health clinic with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Oakland Mayor Jean Quan provided remarks during the celebration. This is the first comprehensive clinic in Oakland’s Sobrante Park Neighborhood and will provide physical care, mental and dental health care, nutrition services and health education.

January 20, 2011

Youth Safe Haven Aims to Cut Crime Through Learning

Youth Safe Haven, an international community policing/mentoring model was launched at four schools in the surrounding neighborhoods of East Oakland on February 25, 2011. The schools included Coliseum College Preparatory, Roots international, Futures Elementary and Community United Elementary. In this program students will receive homework assistance, participate in enrichment activities, learn life skills, and benefit from a trusting, consistent adult mentor. This initiative is funded by the Eisenhower Foundation.

Oakland Tribune, August 19,2010

CA Truancy Bill Crackdown

January 21, 2010

The Bill Factory: Lots of paper, few results. By Josefina Alvarado Mena

Capitol Weekly, Sacramento, CA

The article highlights the need for Joint Power Authorities such as the Youth Ventures JPA and argues that we need a fundamental shift in how social services serve young people. Alvarado Mena argues that we must treat children as integrated wholes, accounting for their intellectual and emotional health, time in school, but also their lives within families and neighborhoods.

Fall 2009

Pioneering Oakland Program Builds ‘Safe Passages’ for Urban Youth

Pioneering Oakland Program Builds ‘Safe Passages’ for Urban YouthIrvine Quarterly an online news magazine from the James Irvine Foundation,

The article highlights the work of the partnership, Safe Passages, which brings together more than 65 local agencies in Alameda County among them two school districts, the county and the City of Oakland to share responsibility for providing services to vulnerable populations of children and youth.

Building Safe Passages for Alameda County Students and Families
New America Media, News Report, Justine Drennan, Posted: Jul 21, 2009 

Building Safe Passages for Alameda County Students and Families

Safe Passages efforts have led to a 72 percent drop in suspensions in participating Oakland middle schools between 1998 and 2005 and a 45 percent drop in recidivism rates among youth who participated in the organization’s program for a year.

$15 Million Grant for Oakland Middle Schools
KCBS News; May 5, 2008 

$15 Million Grant for Oakland Middle Schools

KCBS Radio Report with George Harris
A program to keep Oakland middle schoolers in school and on the path to graduation has received a $15 million grant, announced Mayor Ron Dellums on Monday.

Oakland middle schools get $15 million – Funds will allow major expansion of services to students
The Oakland Tribune; May 5, 2008

Oakland middle schools get $15 million

Seven middle schools in Oakland’s neediest areas will receive $15 million for an initiative to give students the extra help they need to graduate from high school and lead healthy lives, the Atlantic Philanthropies, an international foundation, announced Monday.

Jim Vargas Reports On Program To Help Reduce School Dropout Rate
KTVU Channel 2; May, 2008
KTVU Broadcast video clip (2:06)

Safe Passages/Our Kids Middle School Strategy at San Lorenzo Unified School District
Hayward, Daily Review

Safe Passages/Our Kids Middle School Strategy at SLUSD

At the direction and leadership of Supervisor Nate Miley and Alice Lai Bitker, the Safe Passages/Our Kids Middle School Strategy was implemented in the San Lorenzo Unified School District beginning the fall of 2006. The two middle schools selected to participate based on high need demographics are Edendale Middle School and Bohannon Middle Schools. Over 2,000 students are currently being served at the two school sites.

Oakland Middle School Students Promote Peace & Unity During National Youth Violence Prevention Week
Press Advisory; April 5, 2007

Oakland Middle School National Youth Violence Prevention Week

In partnership with Safe Passages and the Oakland Police Department, Oakland Unified Middle Schools will make clear their commitment to non-violence on Friday, April 6, the last day of National Youth Violence Prevention Week. During the day, students will learn about peaceful conflict resolution and positive alternatives to violence in a number of different forums.