Youth UpRising is a "transformation center in the heart of East Oakland dedicated to community transformation powered by the leadership of youth." Through a three-pronged approach of personal transformation, a systems changes and community economic development, Youth UpRising empowers the community's youth to create community assets and wealth, offering programs in civic engagement, career & education, health & wellness, and arts & expression.
The San Francisco Chapter of Architecture for Humanity is partnering with Youth UpRising on two projects.
1) Neighborhood Visioning will directly engage the center's members and the neighborhood to develop a plan for the local community that will serve as an inspirational, practical template to sustainably improve quality of life through design.
2) Youth UpRising Facilities Expansion. The center has outgrown its current 25,000 sq. ft. facility and is considering expansion. Two possibilities are currently on the table, a three story building on the adjacent high school campus and a nearby warehouse. Through members' and community's input, AFH-SF will conduct a feasibility study, programming of the space, schematic design, and design development. Available funds for construction to be determined. Ideally, the construction of the project would engage the center's Social Enterprises program, which provides hands-on training through on-site small business development.