NewsDonor Pledges $10 Million To Rise East Initiative In East Oakland

Donor Pledges $10 Million To Rise East Initiative In East Oakland

Selena Wilson, CEO of East Oakland Youth Development Center and Rise East’s leader, sees the major donation as not only an indication that the organization’s plan is attainable but is key to unlocking an even larger fiscal contribution.

Rise East wants residents of the Bay Area and investors to “imagine an East Oakland where Black children and families are not only surviving but flourishing,” and now it seems that that future is closer than ever before.

Selena Wilson, CEO of East Oakland Youth Development Center and Rise East’s leader, sees the major donation as not only an indication that the organization’s plan is attainable but is key to unlocking an even larger fiscal contribution.

Wilson explained that Rise East’s mission and the work it has already accomplished are made possible by the efforts of myriad community organizations who were already spearheading their own initiatives to support East Oakland. The decision to partner has made its reach and impact even more valuable, with a focus on transforming the lives of residents.

“[We’re] really thinking about the holistic person all the way from inception through schooling, career years into old age,” Wilson said. “So it’s going to cover housing, learning, supports career, and all of these comprehensive services that we know it takes in order for a person to not only thrive but live with joy and prosperity.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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