We Never Stopped: Preventing Violence & Saving Lives for 30 Years

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PREVENTING VIOLENCE & S AV I N G L I V E S F O R 3 0 Y E A R S Youth ALIVE! Annual Report 2 02 0 – 2 02 1


DEAR FRIENDS, Today, I am a member of the Youth ALIVE! Board of Directors and the Operations Manager for the City of Oakland’s KTOP-TV. But just over thirty years ago, I was one of the founding teen members of our first program, Teens on Target, or TNT, as it’s known throughout Oakland.

prevention — and by how much it remains deeply rooted in its founding principles, its mission and its humility. Today, everything we do at Youth ALIVE! still goes back to those who have been directly impacted by violence, to what they tell us they need to be safe and to heal.

It was the late 1980’s (YA! would incorporate in 1991 to support TNT, thus this year’s huge anniversary), a time of spreading crack addiction and Saturday Night Specials. In 1989, there were 129 homicides in our city. In the coming four years, there would be 146, 149, 165 and 154 killings, respectively. Many of these killings happened on the streets of my East Oakland neighborhood, sometimes to people I knew, even classmates.

After several years of declining violence, shootings and killings have increased, which always happens in times of social, political and economic upheaval. Our city is again bleeding profusely. Oakland and Youth ALIVE! have had sustained success in reducing violence and saving lives, but this is a quest that can test your patience, your faith, sometimes even your ability to care.

I myself was being lured into that life. But I was also curious, smart, a good communicator. With my fellow East Oakland students from Fremont High and Castlemont High, I shared a desire to understand the root causes of the violence that was destroying our community. From its beginnings, Teens on Target was supported by some truly awesome adults. But it was our program. Dedicated teachers like Bruce Kennedy and committed experts like our amazing founding Executive Director Deane Calhoun supplied us with organization, and with critical data. They helped connect us to decision makers. But when it came to ideas for change, the adults always deferred to the teens. We had many successes (as you can see on our Historic Timeline on the following pages).

My advice is, if you ever feel yourself losing interest or sympathy or hope, just look to Youth ALIVE!. Try to remember how its programs came to be and why YA! still exists. Remember that Youth ALIVE! is made up of people from the community, who can’t afford to stop caring, who can’t afford to stop paying attention to the violence, because it is all around us every day. Remember that Youth ALIVE! never stopped. Even during the worst of COVID, we never stopped bringing love, attention, healing, hope, alternatives to violence, pressure on the powers that be, never stopped empowering kids like me. For generations now.

What we created was about stopping violence, urgently and permanently. But it was also about a community’s urge to come together to solve its problems. Today, I’m struck by how much Youth ALIVE! has changed in 30 years — 7 programs, 35 staff members, a national reputation as a leader and innovator in community violence


Youth ALIVE! remains at the forefront of the solution to community violence and the vast inequity it represents. We thank you for joining us in being part of the solution. Sincereley,

Mike Munson Youth ALIVE! Board of Directors


allows our team to arrange an emergency hotel stay while we work to relocate a family who was shot inside, or in front of, their home.


covers a school year’s worth of stipends for a TNT youth leader to complete training, speak at public events, and teach a series of workshops on gang, gun, family and dating violence.



covers one month of bilingual case management for ten recently shot or incarcerated youth.

$25K covers the cost to help fifteen

grieving families bury a loved one after the state denies their appeal.



Programs & Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,751,798 (89%) Administration & Fundraising . . . . . . . . . . $475,213 (11%)



$4,365,513 5%

Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $3,559,560 (82%)



Foundation Grants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $334,477 (7%) Individual Giving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $208,647 (5%) Earned Income . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $205,570 (5%) Corporate Contributions . . . . . . . . . . . . . $57,259 (1%)



Youth ALIVE! accepts donations by mail or online at YouthALIVE.org,

where you can make a one-time gift or set up a monthly recurring donation.





YESTERDAY. In its infancy in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Teens on Target youth leaders, high school students in East Oakland, focused their considerable energy on the problem of guns on the street. As a crucial member of a statewide coalition, they succeeded in passing California’s assault weapons ban. At a time when shootings and homicides were at their highest rate in history, a TNT pressure campaign led to the elimination of gun ads in the Oakland Tribune newspaper. TODAY. Thirty years later, a new generation of TNT youth leaders is as busy as ever creating change. There were 52 youth leaders in the 2020 –2021 school year at two East Oakland high schools, Castlemont and Fremont. Not even the limitations of the COVID pandemic could slow them down. This dynamic group of TNT youth participated in 51 community events, including using their voice to promote alternative violence reduction strategies through the Oakland Police-Community Youth Leadership Council and the Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force. TNT youth leaders taught comprehensive violence prevention workshops to middle school students across the city. Growth in TNT youth leaders’ own attitudes and knowledge show how much they grew in 2020– 2021.


Entry and exit surveys showed: » 96% increase in youth who do NOT believe a person is safer with a gun than without one » 100% decrease in youth who believe that if someone disrespects them, they have to fight them » 100% of TNT youth now know the difference between an abusive relationship and a healthy relationship » 74% of TNT youth helped resolve (or “mediate”) a conflict that otherwise would have led to a fight or violence » 100% of youth leaders did not carry a gun

We were able to make huge changes and see actual outcomes to our work. It was really fulfilling.

- Dawn Humphrey, Teens on Target youth leader

2017: YA!’s Linnea Ashley speaks at the NNHVIP Conference in Milwaukee

2018: TNT youth leaders at a rally in Sacramento.

2019: YA!’s Gabriel Garcia and Jessica Segura with Assemblymember Buffy Wicks.


YESTERDAY. The same primary concern emerges in every story we hear from Youth ALIVE! founders like Mike Munson (see welcome letter on page 2) and founding Executive Director Deane Calhoun: What issues matter to our youth living with violence? What do the youth want to do about this violence? Anything the organization did, taught, or fought to change emerged directly from the lives and minds of youth affected by violence.

Among our recent policy successes:

TODAY. Today, our Advocacy for Change program and Speak Up, Speak Out speakers bureau remain dedicated to addressing policies our clients and community tell us affect their lives. Our aim is to hear the voices of the community of those directly affected by violence ringing out before policymakers, educating the media and informing the public about their lives and ideas for change. Thirty years after our first campaigns, we continue to help our community shift systems and make the city and state a safer, fairer, healthier place to live.

» After months of advocacy, Governor Newsom proposed

» Together with mothers of homicide victims, we wrote

and sponsored SB 299, to make victims of police brutality eligible for compensation, and to expand eligibility to more families of the killed, so that they can bury their loved ones with dignity. SB 299 passed the Senate and is currently before the Assembly. a historic $200 million investment in State support for violence intervention and prevention. The original proposal was for $9 million.

» After shootings, cars get towed, sometimes as evidence.

Hundreds of dollars in fees to free them accumulate as families try to come up with the money; for traumatized victims, insult is added to injury, literally. Together with clients, we successfully advocated for the City of Oakland to create a fund to help victims bring their vehicles home.

At Castlemont, I know the gangs and turfs, and the people on this side and the people on that side. I even have some family members involved. I’ve had shootings in front of my house. Because of what I learn in TNT, I can talk about what’s real. I want to help people. TNT is a place I can be myself, where we are always connecting on real life issues.

- Miracle Robinson, TNT, 2017 2010: TNT youth leaders at Oakland CIty Hall





YESTERDAY. Among Youth ALIVE!’s programs are services that are the first of their kind, violence prevention and healing programs birthed through a combination of painful experience, epiphany and action. In 1989, Sherman Spears was in a patient ward at Highland Hospital recovering from a gunshot wound that had left him paraplegic. An ER doc meeting with our TNT program told the staff there was a patient they should meet, a “one-in-a-million young man.”It was Sherman. Soon, he joined the Teens on Target staff. He brought with him an idea, revealed to him as he lay in his hospital bed, tubed up and alone. In this darkest, loneliest, most painful moment of my life, he thought, I am ready to make a change. I have been offered opportunities before, but now I am ready. If a person I felt I could trust, a person I felt understood me, was to come to me, and offer me help, support and some guidance, I would say Yes. It was a golden moment of openness to change. Here Caught in the Crossfire (CiC), the nation’s first hospital-based violence intervention program (HVIP), was born. CiC has worked with over 2,000 wounded youth since its founding. In 2009, we started a national network with the seven HVIP programs that had arisen since Sherman first had his vision.


TODAY. Now, the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention has members in almost 50 cities across the US and in several other countries. And every day here in the East Bay, our Caught in the Crossfire intervention specialists attend to young victims, meeting them at their hospital bedsides, in this early, golden moment which Sherman had identified. With these youth, they appeal for peace, and bring to them the promise of energetic, committed, culturally-sensitive support toward healing their trauma. CiC intervention specialists are people from the community, some of whom have been shot or have lost a loved one to violence themselves. They bring no judgement, but only a commitment to healing. In 2020, as violence rose to higher levels than we have seen in years, CiC reported: » 159 victims of violence served » 122 (78%) were gunshot victims » 97% were not re-injured (national statistics show that 44% of victims of gun violence will be re-victimized)

2017: Pathways Case Manager Jesus Martinez and Client Brandon Lee Vega

2021: Violence Interrupters

1994: Caught in the Crossfire founder, Sherman Spears


YESTERDAY. Violence Interrupters are people who have always been leaders among their families, friends and neighbors. You might call them influencers on the streets, men and women who possess authority, credibility, and a capacity for persuasion and problem solving. In 2012, a documentary by the director of Hoop Dreams called The Interrupters showed the nation who violence interrupters were and what these community leaders could do to reduce violence and save lives. In 2016, Glen Upshaw came to Youth ALIVE! to put together a team of violence interrupters from our community. In their youth, some had been in trouble, even involved in violence and gangs. Now they use their understanding, connections, and influence to defuse tensions before the guns come out — to save lives— through mediation, communication and mentoring.

TODAY. Since 2016, Youth ALIVE!’s Violence Interruption team has mediated over 700 conflicts. 94% have been resolved peacefully, often through in-person meetings of the parties involved. Shootings and homicides decreased in each of the first four years of their effort. In 2020, our Violence Interrupter team reported: » 108 conflicts mediated » 66 resolved directly, 32 resolved indirectly – 98 total (91%) » 33 families in danger relocated to safe locations


YESTERDAY. In the extended workshops they teach in middle schools, TNT youth leaders hear how many of those students, only 11 to 13 years old, are already being recruited by gangs. The allure is strong. The risks and the stakes are high. TNT youth leaders themselves see classmates disappear from school, incarcerated at Juvenile Hall. Such separation and isolation can be traumatizing for a child. For years, schools and the Alameda County Probation Department would refer these young people to our Caught in the Crossfire program for mentoring and case management. Under the leadership of former intervention specialist and current Youth ALIVE! Program Director Kyndra Simmons, we formalized the Pathways Program in 2012.

TODAY. Through a partnership with the City of Oakland, Oakland Unified School District and the Probation Department, Youth ALIVE! takes up to 50 young people each year into our embrace, to help them get back to school, plan for the future, see their own value, and stay safe and permanently free. In 2020, our Pathways intervention specialists supported 41 youth, among whom: » 94% enrolled in school » 33 received financial support during the pandemic » 11 got a new job » 6 completed probation




YOUTH ALIVE! HISTORIC TIMELINE 1989 Deane Calhoun and a group of Castlemont and Fremont High School students found Teens on Target (which they abbreviate to “TNT”). 1990 Teens on Target youth write their first TNT violence prevention curriculum to deliver as workshops to their peers. It has modules on guns, gangs, and dating and family violence. 1990 Teens on Target youth testify in Sacramento for passage of California Assault Gun Weapons Ban. 1991 To support Teens on Target, Youth ALIVE! is incorporated as a 501c3 organization. YOUTH ALIVE! IS BORN. 1991 TNT helps pass California’s very first ban on residential gun dealers. 1993 YA’S Sherman Spears and the Highland Hospital Trauma Center design the nation’s first hospitalbased violence intervention program (HVIP); they call it Caught in the Crossfire. Today there are nearly 50 HVIPs across the country and abroad. 1994 TNT Selected as one of 10 national programs to present at a forum with President Clinton. Hearing our stories, the President cries. 1997 YA! starts the East Oakland Partnership to Reduce Juvenile Gun Violence to reduce availability of guns.


1999 YA! staff receive “Spirit of Youth Award” from the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice. 2000 Publication & national distribution of TNT Violence Prevention Curriculum by Educational Media Corp. 2000 18-year-old Khadafy Washington murdered in West Oakland; his mother, Marilyn Washington Harris, starts ministering to families of homicide victims. 2001 ANG, owners of Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times, agree to end gun advertising in their papers as a result of a successful Teens on Target boycott campaign. 2003 Teens on Target helps pass local stolen gun ordinance. 2007 Staff meets with California Attorney General Jerry Brown, who agrees to revamp the state’s Gun Tracing Database. 2007 Second consecutive National Crime Victims Allied Professional Award from LA District Attorney’s Office. 2009 We found the National Network of Hospital-based Violence Intervention Programs (now the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention) after bringing to Oakland the 7 programs from across the US that followed in Caught in Crossfire’s footsteps.

2011 Marilyn Washington Harris founds the Khadafy Washington Project at Youth ALIVE!, providing help, hope and healing to the loved ones of homicide victims. 2012 Our own in-house Counseling program begins, offering clinical services in the community alongside our other frontline staff. 2012 Youth ALIVE! founds Pathways as a separate program, to mentor young people emerging from a period of incarceration or highly at-risk for violence. 2012 Marilyn Washington Harris receives the Jefferson Award in Community & Public Service. 2013 Until You Bleed, about former Caught in the Crossfire client and TNT staff member Caheri Gutierrez, is published. 2014 Leadership in writing and passage of Measure Z, a renewal of Oakland’s violence prevention ballot initiative. 2014 Youth ALIVE! develops START: Screening & Tool for Awareness & Relief of Trauma, to help victims understand trauma symptoms and find relief. 2014 Successfully advocate for the creation of “Violence Peer Counselors,” recognized and reimbursed by the State of California, through a bill authored by Asm. Rob Bonta 2015 Youth ALIVE! is a founding member of the Movement to Address Violence as a Health Issue, led by former Surgeon General David Satcher. 2015 Successful leadership to create Violence Prevention Professionals as a recognized and reimbursable occupation in the Health Care Taxonomy at the federal level. The new classification goes into effect in 2016. 2016 Glen Upshaw creates the Violence Interruption team at Youth ALIVE!, to mediate conflicts between individuals, groups and gangs.

2017 Youth ALIVE! Violence Interruption manager and program founder Glen Upshaw receives Oakland Citizen Humanitarian Award. 2018 U.S. Representative Barbara Lee joins Youth ALIVE!’s Advisory Council. 2018 Spin off of the National Network of Hospitalbased Violence Intervention Programs (now the Health Alliance for Violence Intervention) into an independent organization with members in nearly 50 cities across the U.S. and the world. 2019 Lots of recognition! Youth ALIVE! chosen as Nonprofit of the Year by State Sen. Nancy Skinner; TNT receives the Mario Savio Young Activists Award alongside March for Our Lives leaders; and Executive Director Anne Marks recognized by Oakland Magazine as one of six “local nonprofit leaders making a big difference.” 2019 The first Speak Up, Speak Out training for adult leaders (former clients from our programs) to engage in advocacy work. 2020 Staff and clients are appointed to the City of Oakland Reimagining Public Safety Task Force and several of its Advisory Boards. 2020 Youth ALIVE! staff consulted by Biden-Harris White House Transition Team on gun violence policy. 2021 Successful advocacy to create a special Oakland Police Department fund to help victims cover fees for cars impounded after a violent assault has occurred. 2021 President Biden introduces crime reduction plan that emphasizes hospital-based violence intervention and violence interrupters specifically. 2021 Reflecting advocacy by Youth ALIVE! and our partners, California Governor Newsom allocates $200M for violence prevention programs, the most by any state ever.

2017 TNT community forum with police leads to creation of the Oakland Police and Community Youth Leadership Council (YLC) which begins meeting in City Hall in 2018.

2011: TNT youth leaders celebrate performance of “Poem for Youth ALIVE!” by youth leader Marianne Williams

YA! Intervention and Counseling Staff

2011: YA! founder Dean Calhoun and Caught in the Crossfire visionary Sherman Spears





YESTERDAY. On the August weekend in 2000 when young Khadafy Washington was killed, he was one of five homicide victims in Oakland. There was no one to help his mother, Marilyn Washington Harris, no one to guide her through the painful, confusing aftermath. Marilyn changed that. In the weeks and months after her son’s death, she began reaching out to mothers of homicide victims she would learn about in the news. Through her own pain and grieving, Marilyn had a deep understanding of the plight of these families. She became an expert in the business that comes after a homicide: complex applications for financial aid, funeral planning, police investigations. Because of Caught in the Crossfire, she knew of Youth ALIVE!’s expertise working with victims, and ten years ago she brought her passion project, named in memory of her son, to Youth ALIVE!. TODAY. Marilyn, along with the other crisis responders in our Khadafy Washington Project, continues to use her knowledge and great insight to support families in the immediate aftermath of a homicide, through Youth ALIVE!’s Khadafy Washington Project.


In 2020, KWP crisis responders served: » 101 families of the 106 Oakland homicide victims » 98 of these were helped obtaining victim compensation » 32 families received additional financial support necessary to bury their loved one with dignity

You entered my life in the darkest moment and showed me I was not alone. You became my guide. My eyes and my ears through those desperate days. You brought me things I needed. You accompanied me through the darkness.

- KWP client letter to Marilyn Washington Harris

2014: Deputy Director & Counselor, John Torres & Counseling Services Director, Nicky McCallum

2014 : Executive Director, Anne Marks and KWP founder, Marilyn Washington

2016: In Memoriam Shrine


YESTERDAY. Since inventing the approach of urgent, early intervention in the lives of youth wounded by guns, Youth ALIVE! had been gaining an ever-stronger understanding of trauma, its symptoms, and the prominent role unhealed trauma plays in our ongoing violence. To help heal that trauma, we had been referring clients for mental health counseling. But many told us that even well-meaning therapists didn’t understand their lives, backgrounds and culture. YA! Deputy Director John Torres, a former outreach worker who is now a therapist, had a vision: to be effective for our community, therapy — and how it was delivered — would need to be re-thought. In 2011, we brought counseling in-house, and then out into the field.

TODAY. Youth ALIVE! counselors work alongside our intervention specialists. They meet victims where they are, emotionally and literally, at homes, schools, on playgrounds, at cafes, wherever a person feels secure and able to talk. This and other innovations have increased the percentage of clients accessing mental health services from 5% to 40%! In 2020, our counselors served: » 86 clients received therapy » 714 hours of individual therapy » 135 hours of group therapy

I wanted to personally thank you, on behalf of me and my husband, for the work you are doing to provide us healing through our pain. Your team is really sensitive to the families they serve and it is heartfelt. They are so committed and in these times, that kind of conviction and passion is rare to find.

- KWP client letter 2018: Clients join YA!’s annual board and staff retreat


2012: Youth ALIVE! Founder & Former Executive Director Deane Calhoun; Program Director Kyndra Symmons; Current Executive Director Anne Marks

STAFF Eric Adams Violence Interrupter, West Oakland

Carlos Jackson Intervention Specialist, Pathways

MaryAnn Alvarado Program Coordinator

Sasha Long Violence Prevention Educator, Teens on Target

Salvador Avalos Violence Interrupter, Central Oakland Miguel Avila Torres Intervention Specialist, Pathways Nina Carter Violence Interrupter, East Oakland Lizeth Torres Chávez Office Manager Juan Cortez Lead Violence Interrupter Sue Danne Finance Director

Nicky MacCallum Director, Counseling Services Anne Marks Executive Director Doral Myles Violence Interrupter, Citywide Jim O’Brien Senior Writer Jaime Oseguera Violence Interrupter, Central Oakland

Guadalupe Serrano-Lopez Intervention Specialist, Caught in the Crossfire Omari Sinclair Violence Interrupter, West Oakland Yvette Mora Crisis Responder, Khadafy Washington Project Kyndra Simmons Program Director Darrell Smith Violence Interruption Coordinator Angie Teal HR & Operations Manager Dwan Taylor Program Associate

Paris Davis Intervention Manager

Andrea Piazza Intervention Specialist, Caught in the Crossfire

Gabriel Garcia Advocacy Manager

Jacqueline Quintanilla Finance Manager

Glen Upshaw Violence Interruption Manager

Lauren Greenberg Development Manager

Karla Rodriguez Counselor

Angelina Gutierrez Counselor

Joshua Rogers Violence Prevention Educator, Teens on Target

Ernest Ynostrosa Intervention Specialist, Caught in the Crossfire

Jasmine Hardison Program Coordinator, Khadafy Washington Project Marilyn Washington Harris Family Support Liaison, Khadafy Washington Project


Jessica Segura Crisis Responder, Khadafy Washington Project

John Torres Deputy Director

In memoriam, our brother Morris Turner Violence Interrupter, East Oakland Violence Interrupter Morris Turner (1969–2021)

YOUTH LEADERS Aaliyah Aceitino Isaac Andersen Angel Martinez Aquino Aaliyah Baker Marionna Brandle Kamaria Cole Peter Cross Anita Daniels Makayla Davis Edwin Emerson Edwin Estrada

Jez Monet Floyd Gabriela Garcia Miguel Gil-Gomez Bryan Gonzales Janieya Harper Kimberly Higareda Susan Hill Breece Hutchinson Kamora Jackson Mariah Jenkins Meco Johnson

Jamarion Lewis Trevontae Mangram Endia McCowan Taishaun McDade Stacy McDaniels Jacqueline Molina Leylanie Navarro Athziri Ortega Jesus Padilla-Masedonio Princess Paopao Nia Poole

Kenaiya Powell Queenilyah Prejean Magali Ramirez Maria Ramirez Ashley Rodriguez Melisa Rodriguez Merlyn Rodriguez-Guzman Miklo Santiago Selena Santiago Janique Saunders Shervel Scott-Wilson

Prezett Simon Laila Starks Saneya Starks Sierra Taylor Kaliyah Thomas Xavier Tillery Devynn Trahan Francisco Zamora

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Angela Jenkins Board President Vice President Accountable Communities Prisma Health Greenville, SC Val Barnett Board Vice President Support Services Administrator Hospital Administration Zuckerberg SF General Hospital San Francisco, CA Alisa DeWys Board Treasurer Program Manager Google San Francisco, CA

John Bliss President SCI Consulting Oakland, CA


Nadine De Coteau Manager Engagement & Partnerships Apple Cupertino, CA

Kaliyah Thomas Fremont High School

Jacqueline Molina Castlemont High School

Tracy Jensen Senior Services Administrator City of Oakland Oakland, CA

Michael Munson Operations Manager KTOP-TV10 Oakland, CA

Stan Weisner, PhD Board Secretary Director Behavioral Science UC Berkeley Extension Berkeley, CA

Rafael Vaquerano Director, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland, CA Sarah Chavez Yoell Government Relations Local Public Affairs Pacific Gas and Electric Oakland, CA

2018: YA! Violence Interrupter Juan Cortez speaks at NNHVIP Conference in Denver

I started Youth ALIVE! because we needed to hear the voices of young people. People were dying and kids needed to say how this manifested itself in their lives. Youth ALIVE!

2016: YA! Staff

- Deane Calhoun, founder of

2011: Former board members David Durant and Luis Montes with founder Deane Calhoune



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2018: Shelah Snowden and YA!’s Marilyn Washington Harris

2017: TNT youth leader Miracle Robinson speaks at YA! event

2011: Former TNT violence prevention educator Caheri Gutierrez

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Celeste Perez

Susan Lucke

Rachel Permut

Ryan Lynch

Celeste Perron and Jason Oberfest

Darrell Smith

West Davis & Bergard Foundation

Tessa Snyder

Kate White

Mary Pezzuto

Aparajita Sohoni

Kenneth Wicks

PG&E Corporation Campaign for the Community

Marit K. Sonstelie

Ali Williams

Valerie Sopher

Leah Wilson


Vanessa Wilson

John Ssemanda

Galen Wilson and Casey Farmer

Vince Steele

Maura Wolf and Noel Cook

Rachel Steinhart

Laurie Wolfe

Kitty Stephens

Women of Temple Sinai Social Action Committee

Nicky MacCallum DeAngelo Mack Ann Magovern Raj Mahajan Anna Mahony Kyle Mansfield Kate Marks JoAnn Marks Chris and Amy Marks Aimee Marti J. Mates-Muchin Mazdak Mazarei Debbie McDaniel-Lindsey Ann McDermott Jo McGinnis Kit McGinnis Sally McGrath Benjamin McKee Mike McLively

Andrew and Catherine Pines Yemaya Pitts Nicole Platt David Plekenpol Robin Plutchok Laura Podwoski Tarrah Pollaro

Aislinn Sterling Fred Stern

Michael Wong and Daniel Tsao

Tara Stewart

Rose Works

Isabel Quijada

Mark & J. Stuhr and Pamela Zelnick

Burt Yin

Ernesto Quintanilla

Sutter Health

Douglas and Terry Young

Karen Rachels

Rick and Marcy Swain

Zellerbach Family Foundation

Charles Ransford

Shelby Swartz

Christine Zhang

Charles Rath

Gary and Sandra Tamkin

Carol Ziegenhagen

Wanda Ravernell

Sarah Tamulski

Jeanine Zolczynski

Leah Price Dan Quigley

Joyce Wu


2017: Crisis Responder Yvette Mora and Finance Manager Jackie Quintanilla

2015: YA! Staff

2021: TNT Violence Prevention Educator Sasha Long

2017: Youth Leaders with former First Lady Michelle Obama and Congresswoman Barbara Lee

In the bloodiest part of a rudderless city, I had found a hidden cache of courage and kindness. I’d discovered something about Oakland that had come to symbolize the city more profoundly than restaurants or parks or the past ever could. I knew that even if the killing got too much attention, as some complained, the people around the killing, those in pain and those trying to heal this civic wound, didn’t get enough. The bullet that wounds or kills is only the beginning of the story.

2014: YA! leaders Kyndra Simmons and John Torres with National Institue for Criminal Justice Reform ED David Muhammad

- James O’Brien, San Francisco Magazine 2012

2018: Oakland’s March for our Lives Rally

2013: Former YA! Board President Mike Nieto and CiC founder Sherman Spears at YA! 20th Anniversary Celebration

2016: Caught in the Crossfire Founder Sherman Spears with TNT Youth Leaders

2015: TNT youth leaders at Golden State Warriors community event

2014: Former Client and TNT Violence Prevention Educator Caheri Gutierrez with TNT Youth Leaders

2000: Caught in the Crossfire Case Manager Emilio Mena and Client Jaime

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